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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.

Giving Hope Grant Application Is Now Open

Giving Hope Grant Application Is Now Open

Giving Hope Grants

Giving Hope's 2022 Grant Cycle Is Open Now Through April 18, 2022!

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle efforts are focused on helping in the local community, reaching and assisting women, children, and their families in need.

Since 2006, the members and patrons have made it possible to grant more than $100,000 to local organizations that serve women and families in need.

Grants will only be awarded to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations serving women and children in Western Wayne County.

If you have questions with application process please contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 734-495-1200.

If you have questions about Grants in general, please contact Jane Kersjes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to fill out the application

Lunch & Learn Series

Lunch & Learn Series

Local Impact Alliance Announces New “Lunch and Learn” Series

Monthly series will highlight community leaders in an informal, “brown bag” setting

In partnership with the Canton Community Foundation, the Local Impact Alliance (LIA) is proud to announce its’ “2022 Lunch and Learn Series.”  The goal of this series is to foster community discussion on issues of importance to Canton, Plymouth, Westland, and Van Buren. 

“Our area is full of talented people doing interesting things.  We wanted to showcase those people and give our residents a chance to learn and get engaged," said moderator David Hammond, Vice Chairman of the Canton Community Foundation.

Each session will begin at 11:30 am and will be hosted in the 1st floor boardroom of the Canton Township Administration Building, 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48188.  

 

Brenda 1May 18th – “Growing Native Plants for Our Caterpillars, Butterflies and Moths"

Brenda Dziedzic is on a mission to strengthen native butterfly populations.  Dziedzic is an award-winning Master Gardener, author, and expert on raising butterflies. She is the author of Raising Butterflies in the Garden, co-founder and president of the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA), and founder of Westland's “Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat," a public greenhouse that houses butterflies native to Michigan and their host plants. Follow her efforts on Facebook at: Learn About Butterflies in the Garden. Dziedzic's talk will focus on what individuals can do to encourage butterfly populations in their own yards.  Copies of her book available for purchase.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT

 

 brookeJune 1st Bridging the Student and Employers Gap Through 'Future Fit' – Brooke Franklin

Brooke Franklin is the Founder and President of Adaptive Creative Solutions, Inc. Previously, she served as the Business Development Recruiter, Director of the Detroit Board Fellowship Program, and Director of K-12 Strategic Partnerships for the Detroit Regional Chamber for over nine years. In addition, Brooke served as the Director of Workforce and Talent for the Canton Chamber of Commerce.  

Please stay tuned to Local Impact Alliance to get more details on speakers and dates of registration.

Created to strengthen and promote organized philanthropy in the Western Wayne County (MI) communities of Plymouth, Westland, Canton, and Van Buren, the Local Impact Alliance (LIA) is a partnership of three community foundations and several local community programs.  Founding members of the LIA include the Canton Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Plymouth, the Westland Community Foundation, Giving Hope and Eagles for Children.

Have a suggestion for a future “Lunch and Learn” speaker? Call or email David Hammond at 734-862-1928 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future Fit

Future Fit

INVEST FOR IMPACT TO IGNITE YOUR WORKFORCE

 

Today’s workforce has dramatically changed, leaving employers to rapidly adjust to “creative” processes for attracting the right people to their business.

In order to compete, businesses must consider innovative programs that help them construct a talent pipeline of high-quality employees.

The Canton Chamber and the Local Impact Alliance have teamed up to launch FUTURE FIT.

This cutting-edge program prepares students (grades 10-12) to enter the workforce by directly connecting them to employers.

 

4 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL ENGAGEMENT

  1. Consult with Future Fit Director to determine your workforce challenges and expectations.
  2. Work with Future Fit Director to design a realworld experience that provides student exposure to your operations.
  3. Interview Future Fit Scholars to determine best fit for your business.
  4. Train, develop and manage your Future Fit Scholar and provide a meaningful opportunity to fill your talent needs. Work to maximize the opportunity for them to become a full-time employee.

 

To engage in the Future Fit program, contact the Canton Chamber at 734-453-4040 or email Brooke Franklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chairwoman Demmer's message to Giving Hope

Chairwoman Demmer's message to Giving Hope

Giving Hope's Advisory Board Chairwoman Linda Demmer's message to it's members.

In her message Linda Demmer wishes all the members a very happy new year as they enter their 16th year.

She also informs the member about changes in advisory board.

Giving Hope is also planning an event in March which will benefit the Michigan Foster Care Closet.

Please read letter to get more details.

Westland Community Foundation Advisory Committee

Westland Community Foundation Advisory Committee

We are pleased to announce the new Westland Advisory Commiittee. Currently committee comprise of 2 members, Jim Godbout and Sharon Scott.

Jim Godbout will serve as Chair of the committee. The main goal of this committee would be to grow the Westland Community Endowment Fund. The committee members are community leaders and bring valuable perspective to how to best serve Westland Community.

Westland Community Foundation News

Westland Community Foundation News

Visit this space for all the news regarding how the Westland Community Foundation is working in Westland.

Local Impact Alliance Annual Report 2021

Local Impact Alliance Annual Report 2021

 
 
Please take a look at our report and see how impactful the year was for our local foundations Canton Community Foundation, Community Foundation Plymouth and Westland Community Foundation.

If you are considering end of the year donation , please scan the QR code, it's that easy to be a Difference Maker!

 

Dear Friends,

Giving back to your community is one of the highest services you can provide to those in need. And those of you receiving this Annual Report are some of the most generous in our world; and for that, I congratulate and thank you.

But along with being charitable yourself, helping others in your circle of influence to learn how to give is an effort well worth all of out time. During the holidays, I Urge your to have conversations with friends and family members to explain how you give back to your community. Show them a path to philanthropy. Examples are a great way of illustrating to someone the many ways they can give back - and you all are fantastic representatives in showing how to be generous.

In addition, our team at the Local Impac Alliance (LIA) has provided you stories of people right here in Western Wayne County who have worked with our various foundations in order to fulfill their philanthropic dreams.

You'll learn about Serena Baker who is fast becoming a "difference maker" within her community, thanks to what she learned from her mentors in the Lead Like a Girl program. The Canton Police Benevolence Fund, the Last Hope Fund, the Canton Cares Fund, and the Community Foundation of Plymouth are also making their mark in our community.

Through stories like these, you can show someone whom you care about how they can become a "difference maker" in their community. And, of course, we hope that you will point them back to our family of foundations (The Canton Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Plymouth, Giving Hope Women's Giving Circle, and now we are pleased to add the Westland Community Foundation to our LIA family). Beth Mease and the team at LIA would be happy to help.

Finally, as we enter this season of giving, I hope that you will do as my family does, and take a look at our commitment to philanthropy, what our focus is, and at what level we hope to give in the coming year. Any time you would like to discuss your own fund or an idea for a fund with  Beth and the team, please call the LIA office at 734-495-1200 and they will be happy to make an appointment to meet with you.

I wish you a happy and healthy new year and easy winter.

Your Board Chairman,

Steven Sneideman

 

 

 

Giving Hope Chair Linda Demmer's year end Letter to Members

Giving Hope Chair Linda Demmer's year end Letter to Members

 

Hello Giving Hope Members and Friends!

Happy Holidays!

 

I "Hope" everyone is doing well and not stressing out … 'tis the season after all! I wanted to send out a recap of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Zoom event held on Wednesday December 8th! IT was a wonderful time!! I know we are all tired of these zoom events, but I must say, this was one of our most entertaining!!

Many thanks to all the ladies who attended and were able to hear about our pass the purse charity, Canton Goodfellows. We were fortunate to be joined by Nila Patel — the Vice President of Canton Goodfellows. Nila described exactly what and how this endearing organization accomplishes its mission of "No Child Without a Christmas." What a worthwhile organization to support at this Giving time of year!

With that typed, I wish we had an audible drum roll to help announce we raised $1,780 for the organization!!  I want to thank every lady who donated and also (and especially) the many ladies who, while not able to attend the zoom, did contribute to the Goodfellows cause and helped us reach this amazing sum! 

During the zoom we also said our fond goodbyes and thank you's to retiring board members Jackie Norris, Sharon Filips and Sue Rosiek. These ladies served their terms with enthusiasm and dedication and will certainly be missed on the board. Fortunately we welcomed new board members Noel Bittinger, Karen Hanchette and Maureen Visser. I know they will bring new inspiration and help continue the tradition of strong leadership to the Giving Hope Advisory Board. Many thanks to these ladies for accepting the role.

Having those announcements made, I must also remind everyone we are still in need of 2 or 3 additional members on the board. Therefore, I ask again for your consideration and help in filling these spots. I know many of you have some trepidation about assuming the responsibility; but please, FEAR NOT!! It is anything but intimidating and we work as a group to support our meaningful organization — please consider joining the "Team" and let me know if I can count on you! The Advisory Board will meet in January and I do HOPE to have all the positions filled! Thank you in advance for your support.

We also discussed a potential charitable giving and creating event: making fleece blankets for or donating to "Fleece & Thank You" an organization that provides blankets to children in hospitals in our area. There was interest among our attendees, so the Advisory Board will discuss the particulars at the January board meeting!

Lastly, our zoom went "techy:" Thanks to Karen Hanchette, Reanne Neil and Jackie Norris we played a rousing game of Christmas trivia on our pc's and phones — what a hoot! Trivia winners were #1- Dianne Neihengen, #2 Jane Kerjes, and #3 Sue Rosiek! Well done ladies!!

And our special prize for Ugly Sweater became a draw among all our guest and the winner, Noel Bittinger graciously declined the chocolate Santa treat (she's doing great on her diet!!) and asked that another name be drawn, and we were delighted to award that prize to Nila Patel!

With all the information shared, the Giving done and the prizes won, we all toasted the great work we achieve through Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle, wished everyone a happy and healthy Holiday Season and all the best for 2022!!

It will be another great year of Giving Hope and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!

My humble and sincere thanks and very best wishes for the Christmas season!

Linda J. Demmer,

Advisory Board Chairwoman

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

Santa is coming to Town!

Santa is coming to Town!

When Santa comes, everyone sings no matter big or small!
 
PORCH program witnessed pure joy and gratitude when Santa stopped at a Senior Residential Facility in Canton.
 
Thank you to Canton Public Safety Department for bringing Santa in a Fire Truck escorted by Police Cars!!
 
Thank you to Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Choir students for singing Christmas Carols.
 
It truly was Magical!!
 
There are 4 videos, please watch, it will warm up your heart.
 
PORCH is an initiative of Local Impact Alliance
 

https://youtu.be/9vxMZscZMd4

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