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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
Friday, 02 December 2022 18:17

Preventing Elder Fraud - Lunch & Learn


Preventing Elder Fraud

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Statistics show that an increasing number of people, in general, are falling victim to scams. Part of the problem is that scammers are highly adaptable and can mimic legitimate communications from romantic partners, tech support staff, and government employees. One group particularly affected by this issue is the elderly. Those homeowners with healthy financial savings, good credit scores, and a trusting nature often prove to be attractive targets for scammers.

Elder fraud is on the rise and has resulted in over a billion dollars in losses in 2021. Learn 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.  

We hope you will join the conversation Wednesday, December 14th.


When: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 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.

About Our Speakers:

Pam Sargent has been with Community Financial Credit Union for 7 years and currently works as a Fraud Investigator. She started her career as a teller, working the front line at the Plymouth branch. She quickly became interested with the fraud part of the business and worked her way to her current position by mentoring in the department. Pam's passion is to assist members who have been victims of fraud and to provide education in this area.

Kristen LaForest is the Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator for Community Financial Credit Union. Kristen travels around the state providing educational programs in the schools and communities that CFCU serves.


Future Lunch & Learn Topics:

·    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

Questions? Call Beth Meade at the Local Impact Alliance

Local Impact Alliance



Friday, 02 December 2022 17:52

No Child without Toy

No child without toy for holidays....

Westland Community Foundation's Toy drive on 1st December collected unwrapped toys for Salvation Army for the under privileged children.

John Glenn High School Choir provided the best festive cheer to the donors.

We can do so much when the communities come together.
It sure takes a Village...
Thank you for the generosity of Fire Department to bring so many toys.
Thanks to Board members: Jim Godbout, Sharon Scott and Patti Neal of Westland Community Foundation for hosting a beautiful night.

Westland Community Foundation is part of Local Impact Alliance

Saturday, 26 November 2022 15:42


Count Down to The Biggest Celebration of Generosity
Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts
Join the GivingTuesday movement and reimagine a world built upon shared humanity and radical generosity
Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.
Local Impact Alliance and all it's affiliates will be observing Giving Tuesday, Please support whichever cause you connect with and support it on Giving Tuesday.
Let's Give.....


Local Impact Alliance family consists of:
# Canton Community Foundation
# Community Foundation of Plymouth
# Westland Community Foundation
# Eagles for Children
# Future Fit
Community Foundation Of Plymouth awards grants to local non profits.
The Community Foundation of Plymouth is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Plymouth area by providing grants to organizations that support our mission.
These organizations are:
- 501(c) public charities.
- Encourage the self-sufficiency and well-being of residents within the 48170 zip code.
- Encourage programs which are collaborative, comprehensive and have the potential to be continuous.
$5000 - Canton Community Foundation / Creating Habitats for Pollinators Fund.
Plymouth Wildflower Plantings - Creating Habitats for Pollinators Fund. This project will plant ~90,000 sq. ft. of wildflowers (>2 acres) at several pre-selected locations in Plymouth, MI (zip code 48170) and on the grounds of Plymouth High School/PCEP. Site preparation and some planting will begin in fall, 2022. All plantings will be completed by April 2023
$2750 - Plymouth Community Foster Closet
To provide clothing, hygiene items free of charge throughout care, extending through to reunification, adoption, or as a child ages out. PCFC commits to working with individuals, families, communities, and social service agencies to provide these items in a dignified, inclusive, and respectful manner.
$2750 - Personalized Nursing LIGHT House
Personalized Nursing LIGHT House- Housing Assistance program. To provide Recovery Housing to persons in recovery from substance use disorder. the housing is paid for by the local Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP's) as part of their treatment program. After treatment ends, many clients still need the structure and support of recovery housing. For clients who struggled to pay recovery housing fees, request a special fund to pay up to 2 weeks for a client who applies for this financial assistance. We will accept the $200 for two weeks of recovery housing for eligible clients who fall in this category of financial hardship. This fund will: a) reduce the stress for clients in early recovery (stress which may lead to relapse), b) provide some stability and time for clients to secure employment/financial support, c) provide PNLH a mechanism to assist these clients.
$1200 - Friends of the Penn
Friends of the Penn Technology Upgrade Project - upgrade computer system, procure a PowerPoint projector, and replace assisted listening devices.
Community Foundation of Plymouth is part of Local Impact Alliance
Thursday, 17 November 2022 20:54

Long Covid - Lunch & Learn

Surviving Long Covid Lunch & Learn was held on 11-9-22, hosted by Local Impact Alliance.
Here is the link to the recording of the session. Dr. Bloom was kind enough to answer the questions of the attendees and provide some very useful information.
Most people with Covid-19 won't become severely ill and will often recover within weeks of illness. But even a mild infection can cause Long Covid. And with the high transmissibility of certain variants - which often results in milder disease outcomes - many people may be concerned about developing Long Covid.
Below are dates and topics of upcoming Lunch & Learns sessions.
Registration is always free just bring something to eat and feed your mind with new knowledge.
Future Lunch & Learn Topics:
• December: Preventing Financial Fraud on Seniors  12-14-22
• January: How Public Radio Is Filling the Local News Gap  1-18-23
• February: The Civility Project  2-7-23


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