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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.

#GivingTuesday
Saturday, 27 November 2021 23:25

#GivingTuesday

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One of the best feelings in the world is giving. The positive energy is contagious.
With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving, too.
Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings; it’s what makes life meaningful.
 
Please GIVE generously on #GivingTuesday2021
Give the Gift of Comfort and Joy!

https://cantonfoundation.formstack.com/.../giving_tuesday...

11-30-21 is Giving Tuesday

11-30-21 is Giving Tuesday

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community.

Whether it is donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community.

On #Giving Tuesday charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

CFP awards Grants

CFP awards Grants

Community Foundation of Plymouth recently announced the 2021 Grants receipts.
Congratulations to:
  1. $5000 to the Plymouth YMCA to fund Girls on the Run and Stride programming.
  2. $2661 to Growth Works for Narcan kits.
  3. $2500 To Camp Casey for Horsey Call.
 
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.

https://localimpactalliance.org/grants/plymouth-grants/

Cheers to 15 Years Recap

Cheers to 15 Years Recap

Autumn Greetings to all Giving Hope,

Women's Giving Circle Members and Friends,

It is hard to believe we are already well into the fall since the warm temperatures have thankfully remained with us! As was the case for our wonderfully attended "Cheers for 15 years: Gathering to Give" event!

We had 35 members and guests who joined us for delicious hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a champagne toast, and a tasty dessert!! The weather was grand, the giving generous and the time spent together as the Circle was enriching and inspiring.

The evening began with a welcome to all in attendance. In recognition of the occasion, our successful 15 years of Giving Hope, former chairwomen in attendance were given a round of applause and those not able to join were mentioned by name. We have much to be grateful for as these women leaders are truly the backbone, heart and spirit of our organization and we would not have survived without their commitment to the circle. Thanks was also expressed to all the members who have served on the Advisory Board and/or committees. It takes each and every one of us to keep growing our wonderful organization and helping more women find their way to becoming philanthropists through Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle. New logo pins were given to all members and then all were asked to stand and "pin" them on (really, they have a magnetic back! LOL!!). All members should feel great pride as they wear this signature pin. It stands for everything that we believe in and have accomplished in the past 15 years, and what we plan to continue long into the future!

A brief business meeting followed:  

Treasurer, Denise Murray presented our current budget and details. Our endowment is currently $211,962.61 and growing. We are being good stewards of our expenses and finding ways to hold events and enrich our bottom line in fun and creative ways. Please contact me or Denise if you would like to see the complete report.

Next, I presented a quick year in review, highlighting our events "Harvest of Hope" fall 2020, "Giving Green for Giving Hope" March 2021, and "Time to Get Back to Celebrating Giving Hope" June 2021.

All these events were a success due to the participation of members and guests as well as the generosity found among them all. Thank you to all who joined in! Going forward, we are planning on our next virtual event. I hope you will join us for "'Tis the Season to Rock Ugly Sweaters" zoom session to be held on Wednesday December 8th at 7pm!

More "merry" details will follow soon!!

I was also honored to introduce our newest members:

  • Gina Franciosi
  • Renee DiPonio
  • Hannah Heebner
  • Jaya Wilson

It is wonderful to welcome these ladies into the Circle! This year alone we have added 7 new members and for that I am truly delighted!!

Next Beth Meade introduced Mickey Guisewite, the founder of our evening's selected charity The Bottomless Toy Chest. This Michigan-based organization provides toys for children in hospitals in Michigan and across the country. Mickey explained why and how she came up with the idea for this wonderful charity and told us stories of the impact she has witnessed with the children getting gifts! It was so inspiring to hear about her mission and how it has been fulfilled by charitable giving like ours! If you were not able to join us but would still like to donate, please feel free to go to the Bottomless Toy Chest website where you may look at their gift list and send a toy along.

After Mickey had delivered her remarks, our time was spent socializing and enjoying the food and beverage fare at Walnut Creek Country Club.

Once again, my many thanks to all who were able to attend and make the evening so special. We not only collected 104 toys, but we also provided almost $600 in an impromptu "Pass the "Box" moment!

In closing, I expect to remain as Chairwomen for the upcoming year. My term will conclude at the end of 2022, so I am going to continue to do my best to keep up the enthusiasm, fun and social opportunities for all our members and friends and "hope" you will join in at events in the coming year.

 

Congratulations to us all on the achievements we have contributed to and been part of these past 15 years for Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle!

Best wishes,

Linda J. Demmer

Chairwomen

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

Chili Cook Off for Canton Cares Fund
Friday, 08 October 2021 17:04

Chili Cook Off for Canton Cares Fund

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October is National Chili Month.
 
When the weather cools down and the campfire gets going, there’s no better comfort food than chili to warm your soul and make it a perfect night. Every October, when autumn starts to chill our bones, break out the bread bowls and warm up with National Chili Month.

What better way to celebrate then to make it a fundraiser for our community.

This Fundraiser will support the Canton Cares Fund at Canton Community Foundation, which supports Canton community by providing financial assistance for disaster relief, therapeutic recreation, youth and senior programs.

Scan the bar code to purchase your tickets.

Fun PORCH Gathering

Fun PORCH Gathering

What a fun PORCH gathering at Canton Place 9-15-21.
 
We played Family Feud Jeopardy and every one had a great time.
Thanks to all our volunteers and senior friends.
 
PORCH is a volunteer program offering it's services in Canton free of cost to the community.
Become a volunteer make someone smile today, offer kindness. it costs nothing to you but gives tremendous confidence to the person.

PORCH = PROVIDING OTHERS RENEWED CONFIDENCE AND HOPE

12th Annual Veterans Summit in partnership with Legal Help for Veterans held at Village Arts Factory

12th Annual Veterans Summit in partnership with Legal Help for Veterans held at Village Arts Factory

Canton Community Foundation successfully completed the 12th Annual Veterans Summit in Partnership with Legal Help for Veterans at Village Arts Factory.

This year's event was a question-and-answer session with local veterans experts. Topics included 

  • Medical claims
  • Disability benefits
  • PTSD claims
  • Hearing loss
  • Appeals
  • Burial benefits
  • and more!

 

It was a free event. Thank you to the board of Partnership for Arts and Humanities and Canton Chamber of Commerce for the support and help. The event was livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook.

The beautiful setting of Cut Short Memorial made the event perfect.

Remembering and Honoring Meredith Whalen on 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Remembering and Honoring Meredith Whalen on 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Meredith Lynn Whalen, 23, was originally from Canton. A graduate of Salem High School in Plymouth-Canton schools and U-M, she became a research assistant for Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of the north tower.
Whalen grew up in Canton, Mich., where she developed a love of horses and riding. Her ultimate dream was to own a horse farm in Kentucky, though her short-term goal was to become a portfolio manager.
Whalen competed on the cross-country and swimming teams at Plymouth-Salem High School. After graduating with honors, she attended the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor, graduating in 2000 with a degree in business.
Whalen got a taste of the investment field by working at Goldman Sachs in London during the summer before her senior year. But she wanted to work for a smaller firm where she thought she would receive more personalized training.
She was recruited to work in New York by David Alger, a co-owner of Fred Alger Management. He was among 35 employees of the firm who died in the terrorist attack.
 
Meredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship Fund at Canton Community Foundation was started by her family.
 
This scholarship was created in memory of Meredith Whalen. This scholarship is available to all female students graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District who plan to attend any college or university majoring in business.
National Senior Citizens Day – August 21, 2021

National Senior Citizens Day – August 21, 2021

National Senior Citizens Day recognizes seniors who have spent their lives contributing to society and have impacted everyone’s lives for the better.
The country’s foundation and stable sectors are the result of the hard work of our senior citizens and they deserve all our gratitude.
 
PORCH volunteers made a visit to their senior Friends, played some board games, enjoyed lemonade and fresh baked cookies.
One of the volunteers also brought fresh vegetables for the seniors from her garden.
 
PORCH is an initiative of Local Impact Alliance.
To volunteer for PORCH, please fill out the application.
You have to be 18 years or older, a background check and a olunteer training is needed to volunteer.

THANK YOU!

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