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Wednesday, 08 February 2023 16:49

Clean Love update - Giving Hope


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Hello Giving Hope Ladies!

We received notice from "The Clean Love Project" and wanted to share this GIVING opportunity with you. Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle had the honor of supporting The Clean Love Project at our summer social event in 2021 and were very impressed with the organization and their commitment to women. We HOPE we can help them continue their important mission!

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Linda Demmer

Giving Hope Advisory Board Chairwoman

giving hope women s giving circle

Our Plus One Campaign Is Back!

During the month of February, "The Clean Love Project" is collecting the essential hygiene products needed for their February 25th assembling event.

Add a box of tampons or pads to your next online order or simply order straight from the Amazon Wish List using the button below. When ordering from the wish list, your donation is sent directly to The Clean Love Project's headquarters.

Adding a "+1" item to your cart for "The Clean Love Project" from your favorite online store is an easy way to support their mission of helping women in need feel clean, loved and empowered.

Send your donations to:

The Clean Love Project

PO Box 1863

Taylor, MI 48180

Click Here to be directed to the Amazon Wish List

Published in Giving Hope News
Wednesday, 11 January 2023 21:23

2023 Scholarship Application Open

2023 Scholarship Application Now Open
Attention Students!
The 2023 Scholarship Applications for all scholarship funds managed through the Local Impact Alliance are now open. The applications will remain open until March 17, 2023.
We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships. Our program includes financial aid opportunities for students of all ages who are at different stages in their educational pursuits, as well as a number of different areas of study.
Local Impact Alliance has awarded $1,575,300 in scholarships since inception in Plymouth, Canton and Westland communities.

Click on the link below to be transferred to our scholarship applications.

Scholarship Application 2023

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 18:40

Westland Community Foundation Scholarship Fund

Westland Community Foundation Scholarship program for Westland students with a financial need.

We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships. 

Published in Scholarship Funds

Welcome to Sande Godbout and Diane Fritz. The Westland Community Foundation Advisory Committee is now comprised of Five members.

Jim Godbout (Chair)

Sharon Scott

Patti Neal

Diane Fritz

Sande Godbout

The members of the Westlamd Community Foundation  Advisory Committee are not only leaders in their field, but leaders in their community.  This volunteer group of distinguished community members brings a valuable perspective to how we can best serve the Westland community.

Diane Fritz    sande Godbout

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 20:03

The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn



WLIA footerelcome to the winter line up of Lunch & Learns.

We invite you to bring your lunch and feed your mind!          



 The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn  

with Nolan Finley & Stephen Henderson


 civility projectAmericans are at their best when they can talk with one another, disagree, even argue — but agree to keep the dialogue going. Unfortunately, too many people today feel like they can’t do that. Instead they avoid speaking to people with whom they disagree. The Civility Project is changing that. Civility is defined as “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.” It’s a process of treating one another — regardless of different opinions, perspectives or political leanings — with respect and kindness. It’s about listening to another viewpoint, even if you don’t agree with it, searching for the humanity behind a perspective or stance. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a Civility Project session (or even if you have), we hope that you will plan now to join us for this amazing experience with these two giants of Michigan journalism. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

• Agree to disagree

• Learn to listen to other sides

• Engage in civil conversation

• Use what you hear too challenge or affirm your own views

• Build respect for each other’s humanity

• Stay curious



Tuesday, February 7, 2023 — Westland City Hall Ballroom, 36300 Warren Rd., Westland, 48185 11:30-1:00

FREE (however, registration is required)

Contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 to register

Register Here


About Our Hosts:

Celebrated journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson have been longtime friends, despite their different perspectives on pretty much everything. The one thing they agree on is the importance of their friendship — which includes a healthy does of disagreement and mutual respect.


Nolan Finley began his newspaper career as a copy boy at The Detroit News while a senior in college. After a brief stint with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Finley returned to The News as a reporter. In 2000, he was named Editorial Page Editor, where he directs the expression of the newspaper’s editorial position. He is also the co-host of One Detroit on PBS. In 2012 Finley was inducted in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.



Hendersonn Stephen Henderson is an American journalist who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists “Journalist of the Year” award while writing for the Detroit Free Press. Since 2015, Henderson has hosted Detroit Today on WDET. In 2020, he founded BridgeDetroit, where he serves as Executive Editor.



Local news coverage, particularly at smaller local newspapers, is in the midst of a long financial crisis. As local news coverage has declined precipitously due to consolidation, declining budgets, and shrinking news staffs, communities like Canton, Plymouth, and Westland are not receiving the local media coverage they have in the past.

Plymouth-Canton's Educational Park student-run public station, WDSP-FM, 88.1 the Park, is working to fill that void. The high school students at 88.1 the Park have made a renewed investment in local news and community profiles with the goal of becoming the local media source for the community.
Join us on January 18th to learn more about how this student-led radio station is successfully filling the local news gap.
This is a FREE event, but we ask that you register so that we have enough seating

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Canton Administration Building - First Floor Board Room
1150 Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48187
Cost: FREE (but we do ask that you register so we have enough seating)
Please bring your lunch or something to nibble on.
Register Here
About Speakers
  Anuya Shetty is currently a junior at Canton High School. She serves as the News Director for WSDP, 88.1 the Park.
Avneet Pandher is a Salem High School Junior. She currently serves as the Public Affairs Director at WSDP. 
Together, these two amazing young women co-host the K-Poppin' Show which spotlights the latest K-Pop music from artists. Both Anuya and Avneet joined the team at WSDP as freshmen.
Bill Keith has been the Station Manager at 88.1 the Park since October 1991. Under his leadership. WSDP was named "High School Station of the Year" 11 of the past 21 years. The station has also been a four-time national finalist for "Non-Commercial Station of the Year." You might also run into Bill on the weekends at Livonia's Trinity House Theatre where he volunteers as a board member and the concert coordinator for the listening room.
A graduate of Canton High School, John Kreger is the P-CCS Assistant Station Manager at 88.1 the Park and helps lead the station's news and sports programming. John is also the color commentator for Detroit City FC, play-by-play host for MSU volleyball and broadcasts high school games for the MHSAA Network.
Wednesday, 28 December 2022 18:20

Annual Report 2022


Local Impact Alliance Annual Report 2022
Working with you to Make an Impact Locally
Please take a moment and read our Annual Report, we are happy to report that the state of our Alliance (LIA), with our family of foundations and funds is very strong and we are energized and moving forward with new initiatives, helping our local communities thrive.
In the Annual Report you will see the five main organizations that LIA supports.
  • Canton Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Plymouth
  • Westland Community Foundation
  • Eagles for Children
Wednesday, 28 December 2022 18:06

Giving Hope Year in Review

Hello Ladies of Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle,

I'd like to thank each of you for making 2022 one of the most successful years for Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle! We collected over $5600 in donations for our selected charities. We also donated four bags and 40 sets of pajamas to the Plymouth-Canton Foster Care Closet, and gave $225 in gift cards to the Rainbow Connection! Our recently re-established Emergency Granting Fund received $625 in funds, part of which came from our Giving Tuesday collection efforts. And in June Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle received $1680 from the Canton Chamber golf outing ball drop event. The sum of all these donations brings our collective generosity to just over $8000 to give back to local community needs. Additionally, Giving Hope made three grants totaling $13,000. And equally as significant, we welcomed NINE new members! What outstanding accomplishments across the board - well done one and all!

I'm sure we all are grateful that we learned more about new needs in our community, like the Plymouth-Canton Foster Care Closet, Seedlings Braille Books for Children, Lead Like a Girl, and the Rainbow Connection, and wow, did we respond generously! I hope you feel as I do, that we had fun events and made new acquaintances all while doing what we do best: Giving Hope. Things really do not get better than that! It's that strong commitment to Giving Hope that allows our organization to do so much good and fulfill our mission of growing the community of women philanthropists. My sincere gratitude for your support and participation. I have every expectation that 2023 will be just as full of fun, Hope and Giving!

As we acknowledge that commitment and success, I need to invite members once again to come forward and join the Advisory Board. Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 18th. My term was set to end now; however, I am willing to remain as Chairwoman one additional year if no one else comes forward to take on this role. Dian Slavens, our current Vice Chair, needs to relinquish that position, but will complete her term as a member at large on the board. This turn of events makes for an unexpected opportunity. As Vice Chair, you can learn about the Chairwoman position firsthand throughout the next year and then step with confidence into the Chairwoman position for 2024. I hope one of you will take this opportunity to get involved and help lead this great group of ladies. Sharon Filips, our Membership Committee Chair, and Denise Murray, our Treasurer, have both agreed to extend their term for another year as well. All of us stepped up when there was a need and I am hoping that at least four ladies would do the same now. Joining the Advisory Board is a good way to help influence the types of activities and charities we support throughout the year and meet new friends. The guidelines and committee description documents will supply you with answers and should a swage any fears about being an Advisory Board Member. Please, I am asking each one of you sincerely, to review the documents and then join the Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle leadership team. When you decide, please contact me or any board member to volunteer and we will see you in January!

Lastly, I want to thank the Advisory Board members for their support and efforts to help me do my best for the Circle. This wonderful group of ladies truly share the responsibilities of keeping things moving forward smoothly and make being a part of our Circle so rewarding. And my sincere thanks again to all of you members for doing your part to keep Giving Hope a vibrant organization that is able to continue our charitable mission. Remember: It's a Girl thing, It's a Giving thing, It's a Good thing!

Wishing everyone and their families a very happy, healthy, safe, and fun-filled holiday season!

Best wishes for a wonderful new year!

Linda J. Demmer

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

Advisory Board Chairwoman

Published in Giving Hope News
Wednesday, 14 December 2022 20:45

How to Prevent Elder Fraud - Lunch & Learn

Thank you to Pam Sargent and Kristin La Forest of Community Financial Credit Union for speaking on How to prevent Elder Fraud as part of December Lunch & Learn.
Elder fraud is on the rise and has resulted in over a billion dollars in losses in 2021. The attendees learned about scams targeting older adults, what to do if you are a victim of fraud, and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones.
The event took place at the Canton Township administration building on 12-14-22, 11:30-1:00 pm.
Next in the series of Lunch & Learn:
• January: How Public Radio Is Filling the Local News Gap - January 18th
• February: The Civility Project - February 7th
• March: Healthy Yard Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Watershed - March 15th
If you have questions, call 734-495-1200 or log into https://localimpactalliance.org/
 Here are some pictures from the event.
If you were not able to attend, a recording of the discussion can be watched below
Wednesday, 14 December 2022 19:39

Winter Social Update


Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

Winter Social Update

On November 30th, 41 Giving Hope ladies came out for the long-awaited return of our Dixboro General Store Christmas shopping event. Brenda, owner of Dixboro General Store, and her crew did an amazing job making the store look like a Christmas wonderland! They were very generous with their time in assisting our guests with their shopping ... and our ladies know how to shop! We spent $4000 (and that's after the 20% off Brenda gave our guests).

As we shopped, sipped and socialized, we supported The Rainbow Connection through our Pass the Purse. Our in-person collection totaled $550 and another $1100 was collected through on-line donations. The Rainbow Collection's mission is to make wishes come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions. They also provide support services to eligible "wish" families in need.

As always, thank you to all of our volunteers - Karen Hanchett, Jackie Jossey, Becky Hurst, Dianne Neihengen, Dian Slavens and Debbie Maloni - for helping with set up, clean up and serving cookies and wine. Also, thank you to Sharon Filips, Denise Murray and Maureen Visser for greeting our guests at the sign-in table.


Next Special Event

Our next special event is tentatively set for Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Village Arts Factory. We are planning to support MOD Market. They may even set up a pop-up shop for our guests to purchase handmade items.

Merry Christmas Wishes and Happy 2023 New Year!

Raeann Neil

Special Events Chair

Published in Giving Hope Events
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