For today's community spotlight, we'd like to thank Family Fun Princesses for donating her time and talents for a virtual story time with our Early Head Start and Head Start children!
The Ice Queen read, sang, and interacted with the children, taking the time to speak with each child as well as answering questions.
Thank you Family Fun Princesses for helping to instill a love of reading in our Head Start and Early Head Start children!
Part of Alyssa's grand prize was a donation to the non-profit of her choice, and she selected Mid Michigan Community Action to receive this gift.
"When Lands' End contacted me about a 501c3 that I would like to gift the money to, I knew I wanted to keep it locally. MMCAA does a lot to help out our local community in just about all aspects of life. You have programs to help just about everyone!" —Alyssa, Lands' End sweepstakes winner.
In appreciation of this donation, here's a huge thank you to Lands' End and Alyssa! Especially now, these funds will certainly go a long way towards giving those in our communities who are struggling a hand up.
For today's community spotlight, we'd like to recognize TCF Bank for their generous donation!
Their contribution will go towards funding our Financial Literacy programming, including money management and homebuyer education, as well as our Walk for Warmth fund which helps keep our neighbors warm during the winter month with emergency utility assistance.
Congratulations to our tax preparation volunteers for helping our program be recognized with an Honorable Mention in Rural Initiatives for our efforts to bring our tax preparation services to the rural areas in our counties!
In the recent IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Partner Recognition Ceremony, our program was one of twenty-two partners from the thousands nationwide to receive an Honorable Mention in this category, and one of only two Michigan VITA partners to receive recognition in any category.
We would like to give a special thank you to our volunteers who make this program what it is, especially this year when the season ended differently than we had hoped or planned. We owe so much to our volunteers, who give this program their time and support, and thank you all for your contributions.
If you would like to volunteer with us, visit our volunteering page to learn more.
Community members offered up their front porches for the book drop offs. Thank you to Maggie S., Holly C., Chris M., and Sarah C., as well as Cardinal Rule Press Founder Maria's children and nieces for sorting and packaging the books!
The donated books will be used to help flood survivors rebuild their family libraries.
We have been incredibly moved by so many coming together to help their neighbors in need with everything going on, and these folks are a stellar example of that!
From Southern Baptist Disaster Relief who obtained the sanitizer and water to Sunrise Church of Midland who stored it to Terry Wilson who brought his forklift to load these items onto our truck so we could transport them to aid in our relief efforts in Gladwin, they have all truly made a difference in their community.
For this community spotlight, we'd like to recognize Jean!
Jean is an avid crafter. For a few months she has been working to fill a box with hats, mittens, and scarves in all sizes. She's already started on more!
These items are available for anyone who needs them in the lobby at the admin office in Farwell.
We asked Jean what inspired her to volunteer her time and resources, and this is what she had to say:
"I know there are so many people struggling to make ends meet. I just want to do what I can to give them a bit of warmth."
Thank you, Jean, for using your talent and giving your time helping to keep people warm!
Dollar Daze of Clare and their customers are major supporters of the Clare Food Pantry.
Many Dollar Daze customers donate a quarter at check out for the Pantry. These donations are used to purchase food for the Pantry. These donations often contain items we don't usually receive and fun foods that make kids smile.
The Clare Food Pantry relies on community support for much of the food we distribute. Donations help us offer more options to families struggling with hunger. Ongoing support from Dollar Daze and Dollar Daze customers is so helpful and makes a significant impact for us and for the community members we serve.
We'd like to introduce Briar, a winner of the 2019 Community Action Award, and his mom, Patricia (not pictured)!
Briar, with the support of his mom Patricia, helps to support the Clare County Food pantry in an unusual but extremely helpful way: he raises chickens to provide eggs to the pantry! Briar, who is twelve, is responsible for feeding and watering the chickens, cleaning the coop, and washing and packaging eggs. This is no small task as Briar brings 20 dozen eggs with him each time he stops by the pantry.
Briar and Patricia began dedicating time to raise chickens to donate eggs to the pantry because they are especially passionate about helping veterans and families with children. They began bringing eggs to the pantry about a year ago. This provides a resource that the pantry would not be able to purchase on its own, and the pantry customers are always excited to receive fresh eggs.
Thank you, Briar, for all you do to provide this fresh, nutritious resource to the pantry and the people of our community.
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