MFF and MTGA begin the Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps project

AmeriCorps LogoThe Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps planning grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission leverages the current extensive relationships of MFF and MTGA and seeks to build additional connections within communities with existing trail groups.

The Safe Routes to Health project will focus on 6 counties with underserved, low-income residents and high obesity rates -- Berrien, Chippewa, Genesee, Muskegon, Newaygo and Wayne counties. Michigan ranks first in the nation for miles of developed trails. Michigan currently ranks 10th in the nation for adult obesity rates.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation welcomes Kelly van Frankenhuyzen as our AmeriCorps Grant Planning Coordinator. Kelly will coordinate with the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, along with community partners who coordinate SNAP-Ed, Safe Routes to School and perform trail work. Van Frankenhuyzen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Environmental Journalism. As an AmeriCorps member from 2012-2014, she served in Michigan, Montana and Alaska.


About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have provided more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit