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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.

Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

Lucile Packard: The Children's Champion

If you are reading this list on a desktop or laptop, there’s a good chance you’re currently benefitting from the work of Lucile Packard and her husband David. Together the couple transformed a small garage business into Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s most prominent technology companies. The duo was also a philanthropic powerhouse, influenced by Lucile’s passion for children.

When Lucile met David as a Stanford undergraduate, she was already giving back, volunteering at the Stanford Convalescent Home to help treat children with tuberculosis. Even after Hewlett-Packard achieved monumental success, Lucile continued her work with the Home; she and David later donated $40 million to convert it into the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, widely considered one of the best pediatric hospitals in the country. She also served as chair of the board of the Children’s Health Council and gave her name to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, established a few years after her passing.

Giving Hope Members Update

Giving Hope Members Update

Giving Hope - Women’s Giving Circle Update

Hello members and friends,
 
As board chair I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the Advisory Board’s most recent meeting and some of our upcoming plans.
 
First and foremost, I want to acknowledge the members of the 2021 GH Advisory Board:
 
Vice Chair............................... Dian Slavens
Treasurer.................................Denise Murray
Secretary.................................Jane Vesch
Marketing Chair......................Sue Rosiek
Membership Chair..................Sharon Filips
Special Events Committee......Jackie Norris, Dianne Neihengen and new board members Jane Kersjes and Raeann Neil
 
This exceptional group of women showcased their dedication and enthusiasm for Giving Hope by actively participating in our first meeting which was a delightful 2 ½ hours of sharing, discussing, planning, and considering the what’s, how’s, and whys of our organization!
I am beyond pleased to tell you there are great times and opportunities ahead for Giving Hope!
 
The biggest and most challenging concern the board addressed was our lack of membership growth. Over the past 3 to 4 years, Giving Hope has only added two new members. The board felt obligated to consider and discuss various factors contributing to this situation and learned that other nonprofit organizations are experiencing the same difficulties.
 
The board arrived on two key and specific, likely causes for our lack of membership growth: 1) Younger women are less likely to formally “join” groups, preferring instead to participate “at will” and 2) our $1,000 joining fee is imposing. As recently as 2019, it had been thought this fee would be continued and feasible, but the recent pandemic has imposed great changes and challenges on our community both socially and economically and we are now forced to reconsider.
 
To further one of the missions of Giving Hope - Women’s Giving Circle, “to build a community of women philanthropists” it has become
evident that to attract younger and more diverse women to philanthropy we need to make a drastic change. If we are unable to grow our membership, Giving Hope will be unable to survive in its current form. With that said, the Advisory Board unanimously voted and agreed to suspend the $1,000 membership joining fee.
 
The Local Impact Alliance accepted and unanimously approved this decision. Both organizations believe it will make a significant impact on growing membership by providing a more attainable path to philanthropy for many interested women. There are additional aspects of this new change that will be discussed at the upcoming zoom event.
 
Another progressive effort I would like to share with you, is our increased efforts to better utilize our social media platform. Denise Murray has been posting on Facebook twice a week and added an Instagram account for Giving Hope. To best assist with achieving our new goals a new Media Committee will be formed. The women involved in this committee will be tasked with the responsibility of working together to ensure our website at LIA is current and dynamic. It is another opportunity we want to utilize to improve our chances of growing membership.
 
We are looking for a few volunteers to help with this committee. Please contact me or Denise Murray and let us know you can help.
Additionally, if you have photos or ideas for posts please share them with Denise or any member of the board and we will work together to grow our Giving Hope - Women’s Giving Circle’s name recognition, social media presence and website! “It’s a Good Thing!”
 
Lastly, I would like to ask you to “Save the Date” of March 10th for our next zoom event: Giving Green for Giving Hope! We are putting together an informative and very entertaining virtual event which will benefit our endowment fund. The event date has been posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Keep an eye open for the official event information in mid-February.
 
Great things are ahead for Giving Hope - Women’s Giving Circle; and we are glad you will be part of them.
 
Thank you for your time and participation. I’m hoping to see every “Lassie” on March 10th! As always, if you have comments, questions,
or concerns please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
 
Best wishes,
 
Linda J. Demmer
Advisory Board Chair

Giving Hope - Women’s Giving Circle

Giving Green for Giving Hope

Giving Green for Giving Hope

Calling All Giving Hope Lassies for a Zooming Good Time

Wear your green and zoom along with your fellow "Green Givers"

Wednesday, March 10th - 7 pm

An event benefitting the endowment fund of Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

The event will feature a brief history of the GH endowment fund and how it makes it possible for the women of Giving Hope to accomplish our mission of helping local women, children and families in need.

Canton Community Foundation President Beth Mead will explain the recent changes and the decision to partner with others to become the Local Impact Alliance.

Judges will award two of our best dressed "lassies" special Irish libations. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for gift cards to local shops and eateries - all donated by your GH Advisory Board Members.

We HOPE you will join us! 

Click Here to Register to Attend

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

 The Canton Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications from 501(c)3 organizations whose primary purpose is providing programing to help local youth and seniors live heathy lives.  The application deadline is Sunday, April 18, 2021.  Questions?  Contact Beth Meade at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734-495-1200.

Click here to go to the online application.

 

2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

Attention Students!  The 2021 Scholarship Applications for all scholarship funds managed through the Local Impact Alliance are now open.  The applications will remain open until March 15, 2021.  

Click on the link below to be transferred to our scholarship applications.

2021 Scholarship Applications

Criteria for Scholarships Using the CCF/CFCU Scholarship Application

CCF/Penelope Hope Klei Scholarship - Applicant must be planning to attend a Christian college.

Canton Clerk Election Inspector Scholarship - Applicant must have worked the 2020 election polls for Canton Township - both midterm and November.

Canton Historical Society Scholarship - Applicant must have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be pursuing a degree in History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Historical Education or other like field. 

Canton Police Benevolence Scholarship Applicant must have participated in a Police Explorer program at a police department within Wayne County or planning to major in Criminal Justice.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  If applicant participated in an Explorer program, one letter of recommendation must be from an Agency Advisor.

Canton Soccer Club Scholarship - This scholarship is open to any Michigan resident that has played with the Canton Soccer Club for either the past 3 years or a total of 5 years overall. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach.

Cherry Hill Scholarship - Applicant must be employed by Waltonwood Cherry Hill (for a minimum of the past 4 months).

Community Financial Credit Union Scholarship - Applicants must have had their own personal Community Financial Credit Union account opened for at least 6 months prior to applying for the scholarship and demonstrate the credit union's "people helping people" philosophy.  Account needs to have been open on or before September 15, 2020.

Jack Demmer Ford Scholarship - This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors or current college students attending any college or university with any major. The scholarship requires that the applicant has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Denski Family Scholarship Applicant must be a senior cheerleader graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District, planning to attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a minimum of 40 hours of documented community service. Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from their cheerleading coach.

Elizabeth Durack Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be a "non-traditional" student planning to attend any college or university in Michigan. A non-traditional student is generally someone beginning college later in life or returning to college following an extended absence.

Heather Nicole Hill Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors enrolled at the Starkweather Academy who are planning to attend Schoolcraft College as a full- or part-time student with any major, and with an appreciation of art.  Art samples are required.

Starr D. Kohn, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be currently attending University of Michigan, majoring in Civil Engineering.  Primary consideration will be given to students focusing on geotechnical, pavement or pavement-related fields of study.

Kenneth W. Kramer, PE Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is available to students from the greater Plymouth and Ann Arbor areas who are pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at any Michigan ABET accredited university. 

Gene & Jane Overholt Kiwanis Scholarship - This scholarship is available to all graduating seniors within the Plymouth/Canton school district (public, private or charter) who have demonstrated leadership through volunteerism in the community.

Dustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is available to all Plymouth-Canton Community School student athletes involved in wrestling, football, or baseball. Applicants may attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their coach.

Erin Ryan Kiwanis Clubs of Plymouth Scholarship - This scholarship is available to all graduating seniors from any high school in Plymouth or Canton, Michigan.  Applicants must have a passion for their community, be Key Club members, and have demonstrated leadership in Key Club.

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District and plan to attend either the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Keith Patrick Torp Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be graduating from Plymouth-Canton Community School District and plan to attend either University of Michigan or Washtenaw Community College.

Fred Thomann Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be a student athlete graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District and planning to majoring in Education at any college or university.  Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A letter of recommendation is required from both a coach and a teacher (the two may not be the same person).

Meredith L. Whalen Memorial Scholarship - 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.

2021 Scholarship Application Now Open

2021 Scholarship Application Now Open

Attention Students!  The 2021 Scholarship Applications for all scholarship funds managed through the Local Impact Alliance are now open.  The applications will remain open until March 15, 2021.  

Click on the link below to be transferred to our scholarship applications.

2021 Scholarship Applications

Criteria for Scholarships Using the CCF/CFCU Scholarship Application

CCF/Penelope Hope Klei Scholarship - Applicant must be planning to attend a Christian college.

Canton Clerk Election Inspector Scholarship - Applicant must have worked the 2020 election polls for Canton Township - both midterm and November.

Canton Historical Society Scholarship - Applicant must have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be pursuing a degree in History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Historical Education or other like field. 

Canton Police Benevolence Scholarship Applicant must have participated in a Police Explorer program at a police department within Wayne County or planning to major in Criminal Justice.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  If applicant participated in an Explorer program, one letter of recommendation must be from an Agency Advisor.

Canton Soccer Club Scholarship - This scholarship is open to any Michigan resident that has played with the Canton Soccer Club for either the past 3 years or a total of 5 years overall. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach.

Cherry Hill Scholarship - Applicant must be employed by Waltonwood Cherry Hill (for a minimum of the past 4 months).

Community Financial Credit Union Scholarship - Applicants must have had their own personal Community Financial Credit Union account opened for at least 6 months prior to applying for the scholarship and demonstrate the credit union's "people helping people" philosophy.  Account needs to have been open on or before September 15, 2020.

Jack Demmer Ford Scholarship - This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors or current college students attending any college or university with any major. The scholarship requires that the applicant has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Denski Family Scholarship Applicant must be a senior cheerleader graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District, planning to attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a minimum of 40 hours of documented community service. Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from their cheerleading coach.

Elizabeth Durack Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be a "non-traditional" student planning to attend any college or university in Michigan. A non-traditional student is generally someone beginning college later in life or returning to college following an extended absence.

Heather Nicole Hill Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors enrolled at the Starkweather Academy who are planning to attend Schoolcraft College as a full- or part-time student with any major, and with an appreciation of art.  Art samples are required.

Starr D. Kohn, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be currently attending University of Michigan, majoring in Civil Engineering.  Primary consideration will be given to students focusing on geotechnical, pavement or pavement-related fields of study.

Kenneth W. Kramer, PE Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is available to students from the greater Plymouth and Ann Arbor areas who are pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering at any Michigan ABET accredited university. 

Gene & Jane Overholt Kiwanis Scholarship - This scholarship is available to all graduating seniors within the Plymouth/Canton school district (public, private or charter) who have demonstrated leadership through volunteerism in the community.

Dustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is available to all Plymouth-Canton Community School student athletes involved in wrestling, football, or baseball. Applicants may attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their coach.

Erin Ryan Kiwanis Clubs of Plymouth Scholarship - This scholarship is available to all graduating seniors from any high school in Plymouth or Canton, Michigan.  Applicants must have a passion for their community, be Key Club members, and have demonstrated leadership in Key Club.

Marvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District and plan to attend either the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Keith Patrick Torp Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be graduating from Plymouth-Canton Community School District and plan to attend either University of Michigan or Washtenaw Community College.

Fred Thomann Memorial Scholarship - Applicant must be a student athlete graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District and planning to majoring in Education at any college or university.  Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A letter of recommendation is required from both a coach and a teacher (the two may not be the same person).

Meredith L. Whalen Memorial Scholarship - 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.

Local Impact Alliance Giving Tuesday 2020

Local Impact Alliance Giving Tuesday 2020

Join the Giving Tuesday movement! 

Click on the link below to watch our short video to learn about the huge impact we were able to make in 2020.  Our grants, scholarships and programs were able to support those in our communities struggling with basic human needs – many due to the impact of COVID-19.

Use the link below to give to the Local Impact Alliance so we can continue to make an impact in the greater Plymouth/Canton communities and beyond.

 

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

 

   

Local Impact Alliance Giving Tuesday 2020

Local Impact Alliance Giving Tuesday 2020

Join the Giving Tuesday movement! 

Click on the link below to watch our short video to learn about the huge impact we were able to make in 2020.  Our grants, scholarships and programs were able to support those in our communities struggling with basic human needs – many due to the impact of COVID-19.

Use the link below to give to the Local Impact Alliance so we can continue to make an impact in the greater Plymouth/Canton communities and beyond. 

 

https://cantonfoundation.formstack.com/forms/covid_19communityfund

Coming Soon Annual Report 2020

Coming Soon Annual Report 2020

Coming Soon on Giving Tuesday, December 1st 2020 Annual Report

This year has been like no other. As we make our way through it, We want to tell our story. Please stay tuned for our Annual Appeal and Annual Report. We are going digital this year. With your support we are able to make impact.

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