Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The Legacy of Almeda Hunter

Almeda Hunter

Wife, mother, competent professional, hard-working gardener, community volunteer, source of love mand strength to her many friends-all terms to describe Almeda B. Hunter. Almeda moved to Flint with her family at the age of 12. A graduate of Northern High School, she was involved in many community activities, including the Quota Club and the St. Cecelia Society of the Flint Institute of Music. Almeda was the ultimate supporter and cheerleader for everyone she knew. She is fondly remembered for her giggles, love of music, and encouraging words.

In November 1990, Almeda Hunter's many years of effective community service and lifelong interest in music were memorialized for all time by an anonymous donor who established a $1 million designated fund in her name.

The Jones family waits for lessons in the FIM atrium, a gathering space for families. From left, David, London, Laela, and Venisha.

Since that time, the Almeda B. Hunter Endowment Fund has granted over $1 million for general operations at the Flint Institute of Music (FIM), a testament to the power of endowment.

Janie Fleckenstein, a dear friend of Almeda's, understood her impact at the FIM. She commissioned an artist to paint a beautiful portrait which now hangs in the FIM Atrium where many young musicians and dancers see it every day. The inscription reads in part: "May her tireless work in support of the Flint Institute of Music set an example to those who knew her and empower them to carry on her legacy."

Almeda served on the Board of Trustees, as President of Allegro, the FIM's volunteer organization, President of the St. Cecilia Society, and Chair of the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. She gave selflessly of her time, and was the embodiment of faith and its power to change lives.

"Almeda challenged everyone- students, faculty, symphony musicians and staff alike-to dream big, work hard and 'Don't let anyone steal your joy!'"-Davin Torre, Flint School of Performing Arts