WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY?
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – this year on December 1st. Millions of people all over the world come together to champion the causes they believe in and to support the communities in which they live. Again this year, several Shiawassee area non-profit organizations are working together to celebrate #GivingTuesday as a community under the collaborative hashtag of #raiseUPshiawassee.
HOW CAN I GIVE?
- Click on the “DONATE!” button listed after the description of one, or more(!), of the nonprofit groups listed on the group’s collective website, being handled (with no fees whatsoever) at: raiseUPshiawassee.org. You will automatically be transferred to an online giving site – where you can also learn more about the focus of each group’s nonprofit work.
- Mail in (or stop by if org is re-opened). You may also participate by mailing in donations or dropping them off at each group’s office (check first that the office is re-opened to the public–and make sure to designate the gift to go toward #GivingTuesday or #raiseUPshiawassee).
- Get a match. Several of these nonprofits have found sponsors who will match online donations.
- Many small gifts can make a big impact. What may seem like a small donation to you, when added with others, will mean a lot for these organizations. They depend on gifts like yours to provide needed services to our community.
IS THERE MORE I CAN DO?
- Volunteer, by clicking on the “VOLUNTEER!” button listed after the description of the nonprofit(s) that have a volunteer need and that you may feel a connection with. You will automatically be transferred to an online volunteer opportunity site, Shiawassee Serves– where you can also learn more about the focus of each group’s nonprofit work.
- Share the news of your donation. On social media, announce your gift, tell why you love the group you supported, and use the hashtags: #GivingTuesday and #raiseUPshiawassee
- Make a gift in memory or in honor of someone special. A donation to a local charity is a great way to shop for those you love who seem to have everything already. The organization that receives your generous gift will acknowledge your gift directly to you or to that special someone for whom you’ve given.
- Workplace giving can be started at your workplace by simply emailing the Shiawassee area’s United Way Relationship Specialist, Emily Marrah (or call: 561.818.0234). Emily can work with your employer so you and your co-workers can easily give to the causes and organizations you choose to support each payday.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THESE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING THEM TO:
American Red Cross
The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors.
Contact: Dawn Carleton, 517-702-3341,
The Arc of Mid-Michigan
The vision of The Arc Mid-Michigan is that all people realize and fulfill their dreams of having employment, education, meaningful relationships, and living independently within their community.
Contact: Kyle Hatfield, 989-723-7377, [email protected]
Capital Area Community Services, Shiawassee
IS DEDICATED To The Promise of Community Action by:
- REACHING Out to low-income people in the community,
- ADDRESSING Their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach,
- DEVELOPING Partnerships with other community organizations,
- INVOLVING Low-income clients in the Agency’s operations, and
- ADMINISTERING A full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.
Contact: Rebecca Zemla, 989-723-3115, [email protected]
DeVries Nature Conservancy
Nestled on the banks of the Shiawassee River just five minutes from downtown Owosso, the fresh air and calming spaces of DeVries Nature Conservancy bring nature close to home. We provide access to outdoor spaces, low-cost educational programs, and community events that connect people with Michigan’s natural beauty and agricultural history.
Contact: Ben Glardon, 989-723-3365, [email protected]
Durand Union Station
State-wide history museum with local feel, housed inside a grand 115-year-old active train station. Durand Union Station, Inc.’s mission is to preserve, maintain and operate the Durand Union Station and Michigan Railroad History Museum. We engage and educate the community through the celebration of railroading: its past, present, and future. Offers free virtual and audio tours.
Contact: Mary Warner-Stone, 989-288-3561,
FridgeBot Foundation, Inc.
Our fundamental mission is to inspire students to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). But our mission goes beyond building a robot–by promoting innovation, leadership, mentorship, and community service. The FridgeBot Foundation supports robotics programs with funding and community resources. The organization strives to promote team members and give them educational and career opportunities not normally offered in other competitive programs.
Contact: Scott Stap, 810-691-0687, [email protected]
Friends of the Shiawassee River
Caring, Sharing, and Enjoying the Shiawassee River – our mission is easy to remember and even easier to be a part of. THE GOOD NEWS? Community members from Holly to Chesaning joined together to overcome many of 2020’s obstacles, making our summer river cleanup the most successful ever. MORE GOOD NEWS? By donating your time, talent, and/or treasure to us via the #raiseUPshiawassee campaign, you can help sustain ALL of our programs despite the financial hardships we’ve encountered this past year.
Contact: Lorraine Austin, 989-723-9062,
Girls on the Run of Mid-Michigan
Social isolation has been one of the primary stressors resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help reverse its effects. Your gift will build confidence and resiliency in a girl by providing her with a research-based program experience which creatively integrates movement in a fun and motivating way—whether lessons are delivered virtually or in-person with safety and physical distancing modifications. In today’s unpredictable world, she needs you now more than ever. Put the “unity” in “community” by making your gift today.
Contact: Stephanie McClintock, (989) 723-6329,
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers Shiawassee
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers Shiawassee is located at 200 Caledonia, Owosso MI 48867. The center provides high-quality family practical medical, dental and behavioral health care including lab services and substance use disorder treatment. Everyone is welcome and all insurances accepted including private, Medicaid and Medicare. A sliding fee scale based on income is available for those without insurance with medical visits costing as little as $10.
The mission of Great Lakes Bay Health Centers is to provide excellent health care to individuals and communities, especially those who are underserved, uninsured or underinsured. The services provided are sensitive to the needs of the community, are not based on ability to pay and are offered without regard to criteria such as race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. The nonprofit organization includes 32 locations in seven counties.
Contact: Hannah Marrah, (989) 729-4848, [email protected]
Great Start Collaborative
We believe every child deserves a Great Start! Please help us raise funding to provide scholarships for families that cannot afford to send their child to preschool. Donate now to invest in Shiawassee County’s future!
Contact: Tara Agnew, 989-725-2581, [email protected]
The Laingsburg Clothesline
The Clothesline, a 501(c)3, is a nonprofit, resale clothing store completely run by volunteers. Our mission is two-fold. The first goal is to provide high-quality, gently-used clothing to the community at low prices and to those in need for free. The second goal is to provide needed funding for local charitable projects by returning all profits from the resale of donated clothing back to the community.
Open: Jun-Oct, Wednesdays 3p-6p & Mar-Dec, Saturdays 10a-2p
Contact: Lisa Jelenek, 517-256-1399, [email protected]
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts
We put passion and inspiration in the spotlight. Our productions have transported audiences for decades with bold, timeless and memorable performances. We believe everyone should have access to live performing arts throughout their lifetime but we need your support to make that happen.
Contact: Kathy Brooks, 989-723-4003,
Our Purpose is educational and inspirational. We believe in the advancement of musical culture within our club and community. To support and promote all music endeavors of children, youth, and adults within our club, community, county and beyond.
Contact: Susan Rigoulot/Katie Florian, (989)-723-3728,
Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee
Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee provides case management home visits, explains all senior services, home care and home health services available while getting to know the person that is ill and their family caregiver. We then try to find a compatible volunteer to visit weekly. This gives the family caregiver a well deserved break and the person a friendly visit. Respite Volunteers help the elderly and persons with disabilities to remain living safely in their own homes. You can be the change for Respite time for families caring for adults with health challenges by giving.
Contact: [email protected], 989-725-1127
24 people per minute experience violence by an intimate partner. We believe everyone deserves a life free of abuse. Help us raise money for essential services to victims of domestic & sexual violence. Today, let’s inspire, hope, & heal!
Shiawassee Arts Center
Love the Arts? Visit SAC in Curwood Castle Park and enjoy the artwork of local, state and world renowned artists including Owosso-born impressionist, Frederick C. Frieseke. SAC offers multi-media classes for both children and adults in addition to programs such as SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ART for Seniors) and The Creative Arc for developmentally challenged young adults. Help SAC continue its mission to present quality arts and cultural activities that Educate, Entertain and Enrich the quality of life in our community.
Contact: 989-723-8354, [email protected]
Shiawassee Community Foundation
The mission of the Shiawassee Community Foundation is to enrich the quality of life throughout the Shiawassee County region. Donations to our Unrestricted Fund would be used to support local nonprofits who play a critical role in the support and strength of our community. Because together, we are stronger!
Contact: Kim Renwick, 989-725-1093, [email protected]
Shiawassee Council on Aging
The Shiawassee Council on Aging mission is to advocate, assist, and promote the well-being and independence of seniors 60 years and older in Shiawassee County. SCOA is the Meals on Wheels program for Shiawassee County and currently serves over 300 homebound seniors with a nutritious hot meal and a safety check 5 days per week. No income requirements for services. No service fee, donations accepted.
Contact: Cynthia Mayhew, 989-723-8875,
Shiawassee Family YMCA
Camp Shiawassee becomes the backdrop for adventures, discoveries, friendships, fun, and traditions every summer. Dating back to the 1940’s, Camp Shiawassee has morphed from its origins as a Christmas tree farm to its current purpose: the site for the most amazing summer fun for 10 weeks every summer. Were you a kid at camp in the 1960’s or 70’s? Do you remember the Y’s Men Club? Can you help us share the legacy of Camp Shiawassee with kids in the summer of 2021? All youth deserve the opportunity for a “normal” summer experience – camp games, camp songs, archery, canoeing, kayaking, gaga ball, arts & crafts….and just being a kid. Can you help us share 100 weeks of the legacy of Camp Shiawassee?? Your donation of $150 will send one kid to camp for a week in 2021. Help bring back the “normal.”
Contact: Laura Archer, 989-725-8136,
Shiawassee Hope helps people in poverty build hope, skills, and motivation for improving their lives. Participants discover their strengths, receive resources, and meet people who can assist them in making connections to opportunities.
Contact: Marlene Webster, 989-413-7342,
Shiawassee Humane Society
The mission of the Shiawassee Humane Society is to ensure the humane treatment of companion animals in need. We do this by providing safe, temporary shelter and care, finding permanent homes for adoptable pets, and engaging in public advocacy and community education, with an emphasis on population control. From our beginnings in 1954 to the present, we have re-homed over 20,000 community animals!
Contact: Patrice Martin, 989-723-4262, [email protected]
Shiawassee Hunger Network
The SHN is a collaboration of pantries dedicated to eliminating hunger & providing emergency food to families in need. In the first 6 months of 2020, our pantries have provided over 80,000 meals. Help us give families a Hand-Up, #raiseUPshiawassee!
Contact: Helen Bear, 989-723-8239, [email protected]
Voices for Children
At Voices for Children Advocacy Center, we focus on providing healing to victims of child abuse and prevention education in our community. In 2019, we helped over 1,200 children experiencing child abuse and neglect in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties. Every child receives trauma-focused counseling, a sound investigation, medical services, court accompaniment, hope and healing. In addition, we continue to lead efforts to assist children who have been victims of human trafficking. Our services are provided at no cost and it is vital for us to raise funds to keep our children and community safe. Help provide hope & healing through free therapy services and resources to the most vulnerable children in Shiawassee County.
Contact: Ellen Lynch, 989-723-5877 Ext. 220,
*Last, but not least — a huge thank you to our other #raiseUPshiawassee generous sponsors and leaders: