Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Macomb Township residents are among some of the top givers in the country, according to national study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Whether it's money to local synagogues or churches, food banks or animal shelters, metro Detroit residents are givers. Those are among the findings of a six-month project released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy researching "giving habits" of Americans. The research breaks down giving by zip code, town, county and state and is based on a year’s worth of IRS 1040 forms from households nationwide. Researchers did a deep dive into various avenues of giving, including whether it was for religious or secular organizations and how much of one's household income was devoted to charity. For an apples-to-apples comparison, the data collected was on the percentage of post-tax income that was donated. In the two zip codes that encompass …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
All proceeds from lemonade sales at area Panera Bread locations this Saturday will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The following information was submitted by Panera Bread. School’s out for summer, and more than 315,000 kids who usually get meals in school are home — and hungry. To help, metro Detroiters can “cool off with Panera” lemonade for $1 on July 21 to help combat childhood hunger in our community. Panera Bread is donating 100 percent of lemonade proceeds to Gleaners Community Food Bank’s Hunger Free Summer effort. Every $1 lemonade sold on July 21 will sponsor six summer meals. On July 21, Panera associates will be manning handmade and decorated lemonade stands outside of the cafes in the following cities: Lathrup Village, Livonia, West Bloomfield, Novi, Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Troy, Farmington, Dearborn Heights, …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Macomb Charitable Foundation supports Macomb's homeless children and their families in a variety of ways throughout the year and needs community support to help these children and their families through the summer.
The Macomb Charitable Foundation estimates there are now more than 1,200 homeless school-age children in Macomb County, most of which have no place to go during the summer months. When shelters close for the day, some of these children and their families can be found riding the Smart bus to escape the heat, or wandering the aisles of Meijer or Walmart to stay out of the sun. "Most of these children come from families with little or no income and spend their days seeking relief from the summer heat," wrote MCF President Shelly Penzien, in an email to MCF supporters. "While our children look forward to summer vacation, the homeless child misses the breakfast and lunch provided to them, as well as the interaction with their peers. They have …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Macomb Charitable Foundation supports Macomb's homeless children and their families in a variety of ways throughout the spring and summer months. This Easter season, they need your support to continue their efforts.
Although best known for its "Christmas for Kids" program, the Macomb Charitable Foundation works throughout the year to support the more than 950 homeless school-age children currently living in Macomb County. It is the mission of this Macomb Township-based charity to make a difference in the lives of local children and their families, and this Easter season, MCF representatives are asking the community to offer their support in any way they can. Here are a few ways you can help: In May, the foundation will be giving its female pantry visitors and homeless mothers new or gently-used purses filled with essentials, such as Band-Aids, lotion, aspirin, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, and more. Consider making a financial donation …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Laura Pokas of Macomb Township is trying to get a thousand cards sent to a young boy in his second battle with cancer.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
UPDATE: As of Dec. 14, Laura Pokas has collected some 5,000 cards with well wishes. Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this story it was reported Joey was battling cancer for the third time. This is actually his second cancer, as his first brain tumor was benign. A Macomb woman has started a card drive to help a young boy battling cancer for the second time. Laura Pokas of Macomb Township has the goal of getting a thousand cards to give to Joey Caretti, 11, of Washington Township who is fighting leukemia, according to a story by WJBK-TV Fox Detroit. The hope is that the cards will give Joey support as he enters his third cancer fight following previous treatment for a brain tumor. You can read more about Joey's fight in the Fox …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Todd Schaffer will host a charitable auction from 2 to 5 p.m. today at his studio. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Local photographer Todd Schaffer will open his studio today in the hope that community members will open their wallets to support multiple sclerosis. A charitable silent auction will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Schaffer's 21 Mile Road studio, with all proceeds benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. These proceeds will be added to funds already raised through Schaffer's nonprofit, Portraits for a Cure. Portraits for a Cure raises money for charities through session fees for photography. Last year, the organization raised more than $500 for MS and $1,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year, Schaffer will donate 75 percent of his August session fees to MS. "I was thinking of a way to combine photography with charity and…
Friday, August 12, 2011
With the help of Facebook users, Paws for Life could win up to $10,000 in The Great Charity Giveaway on Aug. 24.
With a little help from its Facebook friends, Paws for Life Rescue & Adoption could win $10,000 from The Great Charity Giveaway, sponsored by Troy-based auto dealer, The Suburban Collection. The Great Charity Giveaway awards monetary prizes to the top 10 charities that receive the most votes during the contest period. Only the charity with the most votes can claim the $10,000, but the contest will also award $5,000 to the runner-up, $3,000 to the third place winner and $1,000 to the charities ranked fourth through 10th. “Paws for Life is excited to be part of The Great Charity Giveaway and if the Rescue receives the most votes and wins $10,000, it will make a major difference for the homeless pets in our care,” said Courtney Protz-Sanders…
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Mistakenly classified as only a public charity by the IRS, the tax-exempt status of Horizons Church was revoked last week.
An error on the part of the Internal Revenue Service nearly caused the Macomb Township-based Horizons Church a whole lot of headache when its tax-exempt status was revoked last week. On June 8, the Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax exemptions of 11 Macomb Township-based nonprofit organizations, Horizons included, after the groups failed to file legally required annual tax forms. But in the case of Horizons Church, this loss of tax-exempt status was not the fault of the church. "They classified my church only as a public charity, which almost never happens, but the IRS paperwork was wrong on how they filled out tax-exempt status," said Dan Mastrogiacomo, of Horizons Church. Mastrogiacomo expressed shock when Macomb Patch contacted …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Angels of Hope, a Macomb-based children's cancer charity, will hold its premiere fund-raising event on March 26.
Referred to by one of its organizers as “an emotional good time,” the Night of Hope is the premiere fund-raising event for the Macomb-based charity Angels of Hope. A nonprofit organization, Angels of Hope provides financial, advocacy and support services to families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. The Night of Hope will be held from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 24 at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center in Shelby Township. “I call it an emotional good time,” said Steve York, a director on the Angels board. “In the middle (of the event), we do a video that hits home to a lot of people. I think a lot of the people who come to our event are blessed with healthy children. That’s the uniqueness of it. It’s a great event. There is a part …