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Improve your Media Literacy - Lunch & Learn

Improve your Media Literacy - Lunch & Learn

 
 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022 AT 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48188-1608, United States

 
In an age of misinformation and information overload, how do we sort fact from fiction and reputable sources from those less reliable? Keen critical thinking skills can help to filter through the noise to get to the truth.
Local expert Jo Angela Oehrli will be our featured speaker at the October Lunch and Learn to help us sort fact from fiction regarding news and propaganda.
 
 
About Jo Angela Oehrli:
 
7/28/17 Studio portrait of Angie OehrliJo Angela is a former high school and middle school teacher who now, as a Learning Librarian at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, helps college students find information on a wide range of topics.She is currently an adjunct lecturer for U/M's School of Information and College of Literature, Science and Arts; and is teaching a class entitled, "Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact From Fiction."

 

 

 

Details:
When: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Canton Township Administration Building - Ground Floor, Room D
1150 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, 48188
 
Cost: FREE (but we do ask that you register so we have enough seating)
Please bring your lunch or something to nibble on.

Register at the link here

 

Lunch & Learn Veterans Healthcare Update

Lunch & Learn Veterans Healthcare Update

2nd season of Lunch and Learn series hosted by Local Impact Alliance launched today at the Canton Township Building 1st floor Board room.
 
The topic "Veterans Healthcare Update" was very well received. It was in partnership with Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC
 
Speakers Deanne Bonner Simpson Esq. & Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone (retired) presented new information on Burn Pit Exposure & other new presumptive conditions.
 
Veterans and their family members from the Local Community were able to ask questions.
 
Please take a look at the pictures and the recording of the program will also be shared on our social media.
 
We, at Local Impact Alliance, along with affiliated members are forever grateful for your service.
 
Please mark your calendars for upcoming topics and dates for more in Lunch & Learn series.
 
 
Oct. 12 – Media Literacy
Nov. 9 – Long Covid
Dec. 14 – Financial Literacy
Lunch & Learn Veterans Event

Lunch & Learn Veterans Event

Welcome to the fall line up of Lunch & Learns. Mark your calendar for these great speakers addressing interesting topics in a simple, one-hour format. Whether you choose to come in person or opt to join us virtually, we invite you to bring your lunch and feed your mind!

September Topic

Veteran Healthcare Update

Burn Pit Exposure & Other New Presumptive Conditions

Speakers: Deanne Bonner Simpson, Esq. & Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone (retired)

Whether you are a military veteran, have a veteran in your family, work with veterans, or simply have an interest in our veteran community, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 14th as our VA healthcare experts give an update on veteran health care and new presumptive conditions. This includes the new presumptive conditions associated with Burn Pits and Agent Orange.

 

DETAILS:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

11:30am - 1:00pm

Canton Township Administration Building (1st floor board room), 1150 S. Canton Center Rd.

FREE (however, registration is required)

Contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 to register.

 

Deanne L Bonner Simpson LHFV Picture 1 Deanne L. Bonner Simpson Ms. Bonner Simpson’s practice focuses on the legal issues of United States veterans and their families, most commonly VA service-connected disability claims, surviving spouse benefits, and military records   corrections/character of   discharge upgrades. She is the practice partner for Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. Deanne represents her clients nationally at VA Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans   Claims, and the United States   Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in addition to the Board of Corrections for Military Records, and the Boards of Review for the respective branches of the military. She is a member of the National Organization of   Veterans Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) and accredited attorney with VA.

 

carol fausoneGeneral Fausone has been a nurse for over 40 years. She served her country for 36 years and retired in 2011. She now owns The Veterans Advocate, LLC that consults for businesses in matters related to VA health care, education and programs. She was approved in 2016 as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. She also helps direct individual veterans to resources and benefits. She works part-time at Legal Help for Veterans as its “Chief Fix-it Officer” on VA road blocks. General Fausone was selected as a Notable Veteran by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2020.

C'mas in July is Here!

C'mas in July is Here!

We’re Back!

After a brief hiatus due to Covid, the Westland Community Foundation is back and committed to providing resources to the Westland community.

Since 1996, the Westland Community Foundation has contributed over $1 million to organizations and student scholarships within our community.

Our new partnership with the Local Impact Alliance will help us continue to grow and provide assistance to Westland organizations and students.

Our first event is our annual “Christmas in July celebration. We hope you can join us on Thursday, July 21st 6 - 9 pm and help us spread a little Christmas cheer !

Your sponsorship dollars will help us fund our scholarship program and provide resources to aid other Westland organizations and residents.

During the event, we will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Westland Salvation Army Food Bank and other local food banks.

We look forward to seeing you on July 21st 6-9 pm at the Hellenic Cultural Center to spend some time relaxing, seeing old friends, and helping those in our community who may need assistance.

Call Beth Meade for more information at 734-495-1200 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Here is the link to purchase tickets

 WCF Cmas in July Flyer2

Summer Social Update - Giving Hope

Summer Social Update - Giving Hope

June 22 Summer Social Update

Twenty-eight ladies attended our Giving Hope Summer Social supporting Seedlings, Braille Books for Children. Ladies enjoyed our in-person event with friends, warm weather, and a bonus of live dinner music along with a delicious Greek buffet at George’s Senate on Bushwood Public Golf Course. Our newest Giving Hope member Christine Schingeck joined us along with several guests. Giving Hope pins were handed out to members. Members are encouraged to wear their pins to our events. Giving Hope golf shirts are still available for $53. Please contact Linda Demmer.

The Fox Hills Golf prize was given out. We had 4 gift bag prize drawings from Vitrine on Main in Plymouth. Giving Hope ladies were encouraged to participate in the Vitrine shopping event the following Friday & Saturday, in which 20% of sales were donated to Seedlings.

Katelynn Lucus from Seedlings, Braille Books for Children, shared their passion and mission. They believe it is important for all children to be raised in a literacy-rich environment. Visually impaired children also need to be surrounded with affordable Braille materials. Giving Hope Ladies participated in their Buy-a-Book donation program. Every $10 donates a Braille book. Each book donated by Giving Hope will be inscribed “This book was donated by Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle-Plymouth-Canton”.

 

 Seedlings

Online donation:                                 $820                                                                           

Pass the Purse donaations:               $390

(from the event)

Vitrine shopping event donations: $200

(Giving Hope ladies like to shop!)

                               Total donations=  $1,410

That’s 141 Braille Books!

 

Thank you to all the generous ladies of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle!

Thank you to the many hands that helped in putting this event together- Beth Meade with eblasts, Linda Demmer with evites, Denise Murray with FaceBook posts, Debbie Maloni for the food choices, Karen Hanchett for the lovely flower vases, Sharon Filips, Karen Christensen & Becky Hurst for attendance and prize drawings, Jackie Norris for her guidance & encouragement and the ladies of Special Events Committee who helped with set up and clean up!

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle is looking forward to our fall event- (tentative) Wednesday, Oct 12 @ Maverick’s, helping to support Lead Like a Girl. Please make plans to join us and invite friends to come to learn about our mission & passion of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle- supporting local charities helping women, children & families.

Raeann Neil

Special Events Committee Chair

C'mas in July is Here!

C'mas in July is Here!

We’re Back!

After a brief hiatus due to Covid, the Westland Community Foundation is back and committed to providing resources to the Westland community.

Since 1996, the Westland Community Foundation has contributed over $1 million to organizations and student scholarships within our community.

Our new partnership with the Local Impact Alliance will help us continue to grow and provide assistance to Westland organizations and students.

Our first event is our annual “Christmas in July celebration. We hope you can join us on Thursday, July 21st 6 - 9 pm and help us spread a little Christmas cheer !

Your sponsorship dollars will help us fund our scholarship program and provide resources to aid other Westland organizations and residents.

During the event, we will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Westland Salvation Army Food Bank and other local food banks.

We look forward to seeing you on July 21st 6-9 pm at the Hellenic Cultural Center to spend some time relaxing, seeing old friends, and helping those in our community who may need assistance.

Call Beth Meade for more information at 734-495-1200 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Here is the link to purchase tickets

 WCF Cmas in July Flyer2

Bridging the Student and Employer Gap Through “Future Fit”

Bridging the Student and Employer Gap Through “Future Fit”

Canton Community Foundation, part of Local Impact Alliance wrapped up it's Lunch & Learn series for Summer with Future Fit presentation.
 
Bridging the Student and Employer Gap Through “Future Fit”
with Brooke Franklin, Founder & President of Adaptive Creative Solution.
 
Brooke is known throughout the region as a first-class leader and driver of engagement, specializing in talent pipeline management and K-12 business partnerships. In addition, Brooke was identified by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Inaugural Business LEADS Program, which focused on research policy and programs that assist businesses by connecting education and workforce reforms to economic development.
 
Here are some pictures from the event. A link to her presentation will be available on our website.
 
Enjoy your summer!
We will pick up the series again this fall, beginning with a workshop for high school students and their parents.

Have a topic you would like to see at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Call or email Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lunch & Learn Series - Future Fit

Lunch & Learn Series - Future Fit

Local Impact Alliance Announces 4th in the series of  “Lunch and Learn”.

Monthly series highlights community leaders in an informal, “brown bag” setting.
 
The goal of this series is to foster community discussion on issues of importance to Canton, Plymouth, Westland.
 
Each session will begin at 11:30 am and will be hosted in the 1st floor boardroom of Township Hall of the Canton Township Administration Building — 1150 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, Mi 48188.
 
Sessions are FREE! Registration is required
Click here to register.
 

June 1st
Bridging the Student and Employer Gap Through “Future Fit”
with Brooke Franklin, Founder & President of Adaptive Creative Solution
 
 
future fit transparentDid you know that 83% of Human Resource professionals said they had trouble finding suitable job candidates; and a whopping 60% of employers said that job candidates show a lack of preparation for the roles they seek?
 
It is because of shocking stats like this and the knowledge that many of ourlocal students are looking for alternative paths to their career futures that the Local Impact Alliance has partnered with the Canton Chamber of Commerce to design this new program we call Future Fit.
 
 
 We hope that you will join for this very important presentation by Future Fit Program Director, Brooke Franklin. Brooke will details not only why Future Fit is important for our students and businesses, but she will detail how the four-step program works and the impact it will make in our community.brooke
 
Brooke is known throughout the region as a first-class leader and driver of engagement, specializing in talent pipeline management and K-12 business partnerships. In addition, Brooke was identified by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Inaugural Business LEADS Program, which focused on research policy and programs that assist businesses by connecting education and workforce reforms to economic development. With more than a decade of service to local students and businesses, Brookewill share her passion for helping students create a solid future for themselves, while also assisting local businesses.
 
 
 
 
Enjoy your summer!
We will pick up the series again this fall, beginning with a workshop for high school students and their parents.
Have a topic you would like to see at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Call or email Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 
Lunch & Learn Series Recording

Lunch & Learn Series Recording

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us either in person or virtually for 1st Lunch & Learn regarding the census.  Ren Farley was both entertaining and informative. For those of you who were unable to attend, we have a recording of the event.

Watch here

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