Local Organizations to Give Back to this Holiday Season & New Year

'Tis the season to give back! We thought it would be helpful to highlight a few area organizations and groups you can give back to this holiday season and all year-round. Perhaps, your new year’s resolution is to volunteer or help others. Here’s a great place to start planning how to give back now and in the new year.

 

Blue Star Mothers Thumb Chapter MI 178

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The Blue Star Mothers of America is a national organization that promotes patriotism while supporting our troops. Members are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or who are veterans. Our local Blue Star Mothers organization is Thumb Chapter 178, and serves Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties. The members meet at the Franklin Inn Restaurant on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Ways to give or get involved:

  • Operation Snowflake
  • Spaghetti Dinner - December 20th, Port Austin

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Clothe-A-Child

The Clothe-A-Child project delivers complete outfits and essentials to hundreds of children in need in Huron County each year during the holidays. The program is run by the Interfaith Council and serves the entire county. Every year caring individuals and volunteers throughout the Thumb come together to make the Clothe-A-Child project happen. Clothe-A-Child is made possible by the donations made by the United Way, Knights of Columbus, as well as many other area organizations, businesses, and individuals. 4-H and National Honor Society Chapters also help with wrapping boxes to package the clothing for distribution.

Ways to give or get involved:

People in the Interfaith Council are getting older so younger people who are able to help are encouraged to get involved. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Donna Reimann at (989) 269-7927. Clothe-A-Child could also use help delivering packages to families.

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  • For more information contact Pauline Goretski at (989) 975-8990.
 

Huron County CA/N Council

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The Huron County CA/N Council is 1 of 73 local child abuse and neglect prevention councils representing all 83 counties in Michigan and are the function of the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan. The council facilitates community prevention programs focusing on creating awareness, providing education, and supporting the general community to take action to keep children safe and secure, free from abuse and neglect.

Ways to give or get involved:

There are many ways to get involved with the Huron County CA/N Council. New members are always welcome. Outside of membership, you can participate in one of the many community outreach programs or fundraising opportunities.

  • 22nd Annual Roof Sit - Friday, February 2nd

    • Help the CA/N Council reach their $12,000 goal! Start fundraising now!

    • Click here to Register your Roof Sit Team

    • Click here for the Welcome Team Letter

    • Funds raised can be sent to the Council until February 28, 2018, to be counted toward awards. Please mail your funds to Huron County CA/N Council, PO Box 332, Bad Axe, MI 48413. You may also call (989) 550-6261 to arrange a drop-off of cash.

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Huron County Community Foundation

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Huron County Community Foundation is a non profit organization that gives grants and scholarships out.  They have many funds you could give to help organizations in Huron County, just to list a few - Huron County Safe Place, Fund; Huron County Homeless Solutions Fund, Arts & Culture Fund, Health & Medical Fund, Huron Natural Areas Preservation Fund; and Recreation Resources Fund.  Last year the Foundation gave over $146,500 back to the Community.  

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Huron County Homeless Solutions

Huron County Homeless Solutions is a non-profit organization that works to help those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. For those who are at risk of becoming homeless, Huron County Homeless Solutions provides short-term help to help them attain and maintain stable housing. By working with many individuals and local organizations throughout Huron County, HCHS is not only able to raise funds but can provide connections to other agencies that can remove barriers to housing like utility assistance, medical services, and foreclosure counseling.

Ways to give or get involved:

Local community members can help by becoming a “Friend of the Homeless,” attend or volunteer at a fundraiser; conduct a fundraiser, or make a donation. Monetary donations can be made by making a check payable to Huron County Homeless Solutions and mailing it to P.O. Box 115, Bad Axe, MI 48413.

 

  • Project Connect

    • Project Connect is held in early November in partnership with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and the Thumb Area Continuum of Care. The event is usually held at the Huron Area Tech Center and provides information and assistance to those families at risk for homelessness or in need of housing.

Learn More:

  • Contact Alex Miller about Huron County Homeless Solutions to find out more, call (810) 648-2555.
 

Huron County SafePlace

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Huron County SafePlace provides a supportive and safe environment for domestic abuse survivors and their families. By assessing their needs, Huron County SafePlace can help them evaluate alternatives, access caring, and compassionate services, and be empowered to make decisions about their future. SafePlace provides a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter in addition to safety planning, food & clothing, transportation help, housing and relocation assistance, legal assistance, community referrals, case management, crisis intervention and much more.

Ways to give or get involved:

There are a number of ways you can get involved and give back to Huron County SafePlace. Make your Christmas shopping count by purchasing eligible gifts for friends and family on AmazonSmile where the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of your purchase. Participate in annual events like the Annual golf outing held at Ubly Heights Golf and Country Club, or the Pasta & Silent Auction held at the Pasta House in Kinde. You can also purchase their Candy Cane Bread hosted by the SafePlace Auxiliary to feature in your holiday spread. You may have seen drop boxes about area businesses called “Cell Phones for Safety” sponsored by Thumb Cellular. Drop your old cell phones & cell phone accessories into the box and Thumb Cellular will recycle it. For a list of recycling locations visit the Huron County SafePlace website.

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Loads of Love  Laundry Project

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Jill Rowland noticed a need for families to be assisted with their laundry needs while working at Huron Behavioral Health and doing home-based therapy. Since there wasn’t a local program addressing this need at the time, JIll got to work building the Loads of Love Laundry Program. The program provides assistance for Huron County families in need who have difficulty with the financial aspect of getting their laundry completed.

Ways to give or get involved:

Ways to get involved with the Loads of Love Laundry Project include donating laundry supplies, handing out program flyers to spread the word, attend a meeting, or volunteer to help.

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Thumb Area Helping Hands

Thumb Area Helping Hands was founded to help lend a helping hand to those who need a little help making ends meet. Today, Thumb Area Helping Hands operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit group helping residents in Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties. There are no income guidelines and all information is kept confidential. The organization is opening a new storefront location at the light in downtown Bad Axe before the new year where plans are being considered for it to be a free store with a freewill donation collected or perhaps a $1 per bag format. The location will also serve as a contact point for families in need.

Ways to give or get involved:

Thumb Area Helping Hands is always looking for individuals to help with donations, volunteering, and also by “adopting a family”. Currently, the organization helps 109 families in the local area, with 4 families on the waiting list. Donations help residents and families get ready for school, the holidays, and just everyday hurdles. In addition to this, the group also helps when tragedy strikes, such as a fire or loss of a family member. To find out more on how to get involved, call Helene Lockhardt at (989) 963-0146 or email her at thumbhelpinghands@gmail.com.

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