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The organizations of the Local Impact Alliance are working hard for all of the communities of Western Wayne County.  Below is just a sampling of the latest news from the nonprofits and groups under the LIA umbrella.

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.

Community Foundation of Plymouth Grant Application is now Open

Community Foundation of Plymouth Grant Application is now Open

The Community Foundation of Plymouth has worked to enrich the quality of life in the Plymouth area through grants that have benefited Plymouth residents.
 
Since 2005, the Community Foundation of Plymouth has granted more than $200,000 to support local programs, projects and students in the Plymouth community.  
 
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 must:
- Be 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.
- Encourage leveraging and matching grant opportunities from multiple funders.
- Support "seed" money opportunities for innovative projects.
 
While the Community Foundation of Plymouth remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, the following are areas that will generally not be considered for funding at this time:
- Routine operating expenses
- Travel, tours or trips
- Endowment campaigns
- Special fundraising events and sponsorships
- Organizations that do not provide services to the greater Plymouth, Michigan area
- Political organizations
- Existing obligations or debts/liabilities
- Individuals
- Issues that divide us, not unite us
 
Community Foundation of Plymouth is part of Local Impact Alliance.

Grant application for 2022 is now open till October 7th. Please click on the link below to apply.

Grant Application

Christmas in July Update

Christmas in July Update

After a brief hiatus due to Covid, the Westland Community Foundation was back and committed to providing resources to the Westland community.
 
Their first event was their annual "Christmas in July" celebration?. Attendees were asked to bring some unopened bags of food to be given to the The Wayne-Westland Salvation Army to help spread a little Christmas cheer to those who might need it!
 
The first event with their new partnership with the Local Impact Alliance was a great success and will help them continue to grow and provide assistance to Westland organizations and students.
 
Since 1996, the Westland Community Foundation has contributed over $1 million to organizations and student scholarships within our community.
 
Special thanks to the sponsors that included
Wayne County Community College, Priority Waste, Westland Car Care, Shaw Family Foundation, Fausone Bohn, LLP, The Buccilli Group, Dearborn Real Estate, Michigan Chiropractic Specialist, Plante Moran, Mayor William R. Wild, Midwest Recycling, OHM Advisors, Westland Fire Administration, Westland Fire Public Awareness, Westland Police Department Community Partnership.
 
The Christmas in July was held on 21st July at Hellenic Cultural Center in Westland!
 
To learn more about Westland Community Foundation, part of Local Impact Alliance, please visit the website

Please watch out for the the Toy Drive in December hosted by Westland Community Foundation!

30th Jack Demmer Golf Outing 6-15-22 pictures

30th Jack Demmer Golf Outing 6-15-22 pictures

For the 30th year, the Canton Community Foundation hosted its annual golf outing.  And once again this year we partnered with the Canton Police to provide funding to the Canton Police Benevolence Fund.  

This fund supports not only the families of fallen and injured officers, but it also provides scholarships to local students and provides aid to local families struggling with basic human needs.  

By supporting the Annual Jack Demmer Ford Golf Outing, you support our community!

Thank you to  Chief Sponsors Jack Demmer Ford and the Denski Family, to the Staff and Board of Canton Community Foundation, the golfers and event sponsors for it a great success.  

Thanks Kari Klavon for taking these beautiful pictures!

Please enjoy the shots and see you all next year!!

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners

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.

Our online scholarship application opens in early January and remains open until mid-March.  Scholarships recipients are notified in May; and funds are sent directly to schools for the fall semester.

A description of each scholarship offered through the Community Foundation of Plymouth can be found here.

 

Community Foundation of Plymouth Schoarships
Scholarship Winner
Erin Ryan/ Kiwanis Scholarship Amari Edwards
Gene & Jane Overholt Kiwanis Iris Ding
Community Foundation Credit Union/George Lawton Scholarship Katherine Ruffner
  Jayden Joy
  Lily Bird
  Delaney Morrin
  Macy Bahr
  Archana Chandran
  Tristan Janisse
  Conor Whalen
  Hailey Deptula
  Cassidy Craggs
Community Financial Credit Union/Margaret Dunning Emma Johnson
  Amari Edwards
  Amin Jazaeri Moghaddas
  Kendall Bailey
  Elizabeth Pallarito
  Max Moon
  Katelyn Collins
  Sean Henigan
  Elise Book
Community Foundation Credit Union/Ron Carlson Sydney Shanahan
Community Foundation Credit Union "Trade" Kari Klavon
  Brendan Wright
Robert Loyd Memorial Scholarship Donald Liveoak
  Lisa Luecke
Dul Foundation Scholarship Brendan Church
  Marwa Dalmi
  Luke Davila
  Stephen Derosia
  Adam Eby
  Michael Fisher
  Owen Fisher
  Jessie Gray
  Alyce Krumm
  John Paul Krumm
  Sydney Olejnik
  Amber Salloum
  Brenna Shaw
  Michael Szymanski
Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations Class of 2022 Scholarship Winners!

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. 

Our online scholarship application opens in early January and remains open until mid-March.  Scholarships recipients are notified in May; and funds are sent directly to schools for the fall semester.
 
We are pleased to announce the winners of 2021 Scholarships.

A description of each scholarship offered through the Canton Community Foundation can be read here

 

Canton Community Foundation Scholarship for 2022
Scholarship Winner
Barbara Church Rodenberg Scholarship

Julia Burgess

Barbara Ann Romano

Kyle Bolyard

Canton Soccer Club

Katherine Ruffner

  Megan Wu
  Ohm Patel
  Lauren Sourbeck
Fred Thomann Memorial Scholarship

Ella Walden

Elizabeth Durack Scholarship Ericka Tucci
  Dawn Isby
Dustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship

Reagan Moran

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - U/M

Jayden Joy

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - EMU

Carol Detary

 Meredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship

 Amelia Troung

 Jack Demmer Ford Scholarship

 Hailey Deptula

 Jack Demmer Ford - "Trade"

 Dawn Isby

 CCF/Penelope Hope Klei

 Katherine Ruffner

 Heather Nicole Hill Memorial Scholarship  Celeste Anderson
   Shannon Churchwell
   Amteshwar Kaur
 R K Bhama MD Memorial Scholarship

 Delaney Morrin

 Bonnie Berg Memorail Scholarship

 Deborah Abodunrin

 Hagbard Berg Memorial Scholarship

 Abigail Dipple

John Kelly Wheately Scholarship 

 Lily Bird

 Robert Loyd Memorial Scholarship  Donald Liveoak
 

 Lisa Luecke

 Livonia Firefighters Scholarship  Erica Molnar
  Alejandro Ordaz
 Eve Grigg Memorial Scholarship  Madelyn Laskowski
   Coleton Taylor
 Marjorie & Doanld Treadwell Scholarship  Daniel Heiman
Linda Hutchinson Scholarship  Jayanthi Sree Anila

 

Patricia Maurer created this scholarship fund in memory of her son, Jason Russell Maurer. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and those who just completed their freshman year of college and who attend Woodside Bible Church - Troy Campus. This scholarship requires that the applicant attend Woodside Bible Church regularly and have documented community service. Scholarships may be awarded to those attending any college, university or trade school.

The list of awardees is below

Jason Russell Maurer Memorial Scholarship Margaret Curd
  Annie Fisher
  Caleb Flosky
  Kyler Gerrard
  Gabrielle Jones
  Alex Kirschmann
  Lauren Kolodsick
  Josh Kubik
  Olivia Kubik
  Caitlin Luca
  Hailey Nichols
  Gracelyn Philip
  Chloe Putnam
  Emma Sawdon
  Andrew Schmidt
  Alison Schoonover
  Olivia Seventko
  Autumn Simon
  Gideon Smith
  Mason Solecki
  Miranda Solecki
  Joel Stirnemann
  Luke Sumner
  Taylor Trenta
  Sophia Walker
  Olivia Weaver
  Allison Wei
  Nancy Xu

 

Giving Hope in the Community!

Giving Hope in the Community!

Hello Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle members!

I am happy to announce that Giving Hope will receive a check for $1680 from the Canton Chamber of Commerce. This money was ½ of the total proceeds earned by the Golf Ball drop sales which took place at the Canton Chamber golf outing May 20th and will go into our endowment fund.

Many thanks to Maureen Visser and  Noel Bittinger who manned the golf ball sales table all day!! Jane Kerjes and I, along with  GH members Renee DiPonio and Jaya Wilson played in the outing representing Giving Hope.

It was a wonderful day to share Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle with the community!!

Best wishes and looking forward to seeing everyone at our Summer Social June 22nd!

Linda Demmer Advisory Board Chair  

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..
 
 
 
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