Superior Health Foundation

Equipment Funds

The Equipment Fund through the Superior Health Foundation is helping to improve the health of people in the Upper Peninsula. From winter sports helmets, to wheelchairs, to automatic external  defibrillators, to exercise equipment, the fund has proven to enrich lives and improve health outcomes for people all across the Upper Peninsula.

The SHF earmarks $10,000 annually for Equipment Fund purchases up to $2,500 and requests have far exceeded expectations. The SHF seeks to match $10,000 by teaming up with individuals and businesses in order to increase the number of requests granted through the Equipment Fund.

To learn about specific equipment needs or discuss a personal cause of interest, please call Executive Director Jim LaJoie at 906-225-3431.

Gifts $249 and Under

“Words cannot express how truly thankful we are for the positive response to our mini-grant request. We are especially thrilled for our customers who look forward to shopping in our store and are in need of a safe wheelchair to use. We are very blessed to live in the Upper Peninsula and have the support of organizations like The Superior Health Foundation.”

Gifts under $249 can help instill life-long healthy and safe habits by outfitting four children with helmets for summer or winter sports, or equip a retail store with two wheelchairs so all customers are able to access goods and services regardless of their mobility.

Gifts $250 – $499

Gifts between $250 and $499 can provide a GPS-based LifeTracker to empower mentally disabled adults with independence, while allowing their loved ones the comfort of knowing that they have safely arrived at their destination. They can provide mobile first responder kits to law enforcement officials so that emergency medical treatment can begin as soon as police arrive on the scene, or place a device in the hands of five dementia or stroke patients so that they may benefit from music-based therapy for their condition.

Gifts $500 – $999

Gifts between $500 and $999 can provide a tablet which enables a nurse to connect with a physician while providing hospice care in a patient’s home, or outfit communities and schools with exercise equipment to promote healthy lifestyles.

Gifts $1000 +

“The summer camp season was a success, with enough medical supplies on hand to address all treatment needs that arose. The defibrillator was also on hand for the whole time. Thank you!”

Gifts of more than $1,000 can equip a common area with an automated external defibrillator (AED). AEDs use simple audio and visual commands to allow every-day people to provide life-sustaining treatment until paramedics can get to the scene.

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Superior Health Foundation
SHF Covid-19 Grant at Work!

Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Michigan Tech University to help cover expenses for product design and production of filtered face shields, meeting the specifications developed with the Western U.P. Health Department (WUPHD) in development with the National Institute of Health (NIH)
The face shields were donated to local first responders and health organizations who express a need.
We're happy to support!
Do you have a unfunded need during this Covid-19 Pandemic? If so, apply for SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Funding. Simply visit our website at and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund.
Please also consider supporting with a charitable gift to strengthen the fund and help others with pressing needs across the region.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
SHF Covid-19 Funding at Work!

The Superior Health Foundation awarded $1,000 to Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice to help pay for its Zoom healthcare license. This allowed LSLC & Hospice the ability to provide telehealth services for its hospice patients and Adult Day Service caregivers and participants.
To date, the SHF has provided nearly $35,000 in funding to 39 non-profit and service organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
Funding dollars remain in the SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. To apply for funding or to give a charitable gift to help support the fund, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button.
Thank you for your support!
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
SHF Grant at Work!

In May 2019, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,849 mini-grant to the Historic Ironwood Theatre for its “Don’t Laugh at Me” program.
The "Don't Laugh at Me" playwright and performance initiative is a student-driven, anti-bullying program. Its creation was inspired by Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect April 2018 performance at the Ironwood Theatre for area school children. When the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC) started work on the anti-bullying project in June, the intention was to create original scripts addressing bullying.
Several teen members spoke about the pervasiveness of bullying in schools and their desire to make a difference. They wanted the teen members of ASDC to determine the direction of the project, and they have.
The project has evolved with the input of the 25 6th to 12th graders of ASDC. An unanticipated result of the original proposal and SHF mini-grant is the ownership of the initiative shown by ASDC teens. They are speaking out about bullying, and they have expanded on the original idea of a one-time presentation of short, one-act plays. The plan is to have multiple performances of alternative fairy tales followed by a large-scale production of "Shrek the Musical."

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