This week, our featured charity is Northeast Guidance Center.
Northeast Guidance Center (NEGC), a community-based mental health care provider since 1963, greatly appreciates the support of Art Van through its Charity Challenge. NEGC uses its challenge dollars to help fund its RIM (Resiliency in Motion) group therapy program that provides daily therapy groups to 700 youth aged 10-14. Cheryl Coleman, NEGC’s President and CEO says, “ The Art Van support provides resources that are greatly needed to bring art and therapy together to help children resolve feelings and challenges. Where else could you get more bang for the buck?”
This year, the Art Van Charity Challenge grant funds were used to maintain art programs and a family fun fair held on August 26th at its Child & Family Services location, 20303 Kelly Road, near Art Van’s 8 Mile store. One RIM participant, identity protected, stated “the RIM program was great because I was able to make lots of friends.”
NEGC serves over 1200 children and their families annually and provides them with important enrichment opportunities that are lacking in our community.
This week, our featured charity is Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors.
Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors works closely with family members of local, state and federal officers who are killed. Art Van’s grant will go towards their Mending Shattered Lives Program. The funds will assist children, siblings, spouses, parents/in-laws and co-workers to attend counseling-based programs designed to assist them in coping with the line-of-duty death of their officer.
This week, our featured charity is Seedling’s Braille Books for Children.
“In the past, braille books were scarce and very expensive, making it difficult for blind children to obtain the materials they need to read and succeed. For 25 years, we have been working hard to change this … to give blind children the same chances that sighted children have to learn to read and love to read. Over the years, I have become increasingly committed to getting braille books into the hands of the very young children: toddlers and preschoolers. Studies have shown that children need to be surrounded by books at a very early age in order to become good readers.”
“The grant from Art Van enabled us to make over 1,000 Print-and-Braille Books available on loan for all the visually impaired toddlers and preschoolers of Michigan. With access to this large pool of braille books, preschool teachers now have the materials needed to encourage early braille reading and parents have been able to nurture the love of reading at home.”
“Since its beginning in 1984, Seedlings has produced over 375,000 braille books and articles and we hope to distribute 25,000 more books in 2013. For more information, please visit us at www.seedlings.org.”
–From Seedlings’ Executive Director
This week, our featured charity is Open Door Outreach Center.
Open Door Outreach Center has been serving the needy of northern Oakland County for 31 years. Working within the mission statement of “providing food, clothing and referral services’, approximately 300 families receive food monthly from the food pantry, as well as clothing free from the Resale Store. When Open Door cannot help, referrals are given to other agencies that might be able to help. When extra funding permits, clients are helped with emergency needs such as utility shut-offs, eviction notices, car repairs, etc. We try to make the holiday seasons of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas special by providing food baskets and gifts to our families. We have a special place in our hearts for the children of our families. We provide additional healthy, kid friendly, food for families with school age children during the summer months. We give them new books for Easter and our Back-to-School Program provides children in grades K-12 backpacks with school supplies, haircuts, shoe store gift certificates and a shopping trip for clothes at a local retailer. We can’t help everyone who comes to us, but we do a good job of spending donations wisely and make them stretch as far as we can.
This week, our featured charity is CATCH.
Caring Athletes Team for Children’s and Henry Ford Hospitals (CATCH) was founded to raise funds for items and services that help improve the quality of life for sick, injured, needy and at-risk children. The major goal each year is to maximize fundraising activities to meet the growing, current and future needs of children whose special needs otherwise “fall through the cracks”. The Art Van grant will go towards CATCH’s annual year-end giving program.
This week, our featured charity is Michigan AMBER ALERT Foundation.
Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation was formed to garner funds for the improvement of the Michigan AMBER Alert Program; to act as a community liaison between law enforcement and the media to facilitate the speedy recovery of abducted children; and to perform ancillary and related services; and any additional improvements possible to the Michigan AMBER Alert Program. The Art Van grant will provide the financial resources for community outreach and donation solicitation to continue the operation of the Michigan AMBER Alert Program and to build additional support programs that will result in maximizing the lives saved by the program.
This week, our featured charity is Mercy Primary Care Center.
Mercy Primary Care Center is a free health clinic located on the east side of Detroit. Their mission is to provide a medical safety net for uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 64 who require healthcare services to improve their quality of life. Mercy Primary Care Center operates their Special Personal Assistance (SPA) program for homeless men and women in the community, which encourages both personal growth and improved health.
This week, our featured charity is Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry.
The Detroit Metropolitan area has been hard hit by the recession. Downriver families have been particularly affected. Families are struggling to meet basic household expenses, including groceries. Parents are unable to put food on the table for themselves and their children. Good nutrition is sacrificed. Fish and Loaves appreciate your help in addressing this need. Fish and Loaves is able to stock its shelves at a deeply discounted price. Monthly food expenditures can run $20,000 per month. Financial grants are crucial for Fish & Loaves to maintain its services to Downriver residents in need. In the month of August, 1,270 clients were served 158,496 pounds of food. Your help is greatly appreciated and enables us to continue to help our community.
This week, our featured charity is Horatio Williams Foundation.
The Horatio Williams Foundation is dedicated to helping local youth realize personal success and achievement through a series of developmental leadership programs that will engage students in education, sports, and community service activities. Our mission is to teach our children character-building life lessons and encourage them to take on leadership roles throughout their lives. HWF parallels the philosophy of our schools, which is that every child is important, every child is special and every child can learn. Once we recognize the similarities and differences between our goals and our children’s goals then we can find the common ground to reach one – teach one. We are committed to providing our youth with leadership, discipline, organizational, and the life skills required of them to become more effective life-long leaders. To that end, our focus is to provide a structured program that will help cultivate their leadership skills so that each year they accelerate their potential and build upon their skills from the previous year.