Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan has been feeding hungry people and nourishing communities for years. On Saturday (Feb. 18), more than 30 volunteers with Mitch Albom’s A Time to Help initiative contributed to the effort.
The volunteers — which included nearly a dozen National Honor Society students from nearby Fitzgerald High — gathered at Gleaners in Warren to spend the morning repackaging donated frozen carrots into two-pound bags.
Albom divided the group into three teams for a friendly competition to see which one could package the most. By the end of the two-hour shift, all combined, 3,480 pounds of carrots were packaged and boxed. According to Gleaners, the effort will impact nearly 3,000 lives. Working alongside the teams was Ken Brown, Albom’s radio show co-host on WJR (760AM)
“Last year we distributed 35.9 million pounds of food, and we have less than 100 employees,” said Sherree Gerzanics, who works Gleaners as a volunteer coordinator. “If not for the over 48,000 volunteers who came through our doors at all five sites, we couldn’t exist.
“What your group did today was great. We couldn’t do it without you.”
In a special Valentine’s Day treat for our neighbors in the Guardian Building (500 Griswold) and the Buhl Building (535 Griswold), we scooped FREE Detroit Water Ice in thanks for all the neighborhood love and support we receive in Campus Martius.
If you missed your free scoop, try our D-Ice Water Ice, hot Philly Pretzels, one-of-a-kind Motown Mash, or other sweet treats at our flagship location at 1014 Woodward Avenue.
All proceeds from the Detroit Water Ice Factory benefit S.A.Y Detroit, a 501 (c)(3) charity aimed at improving the lives of our neediest citizens through shelter, food, medical care, volunteer efforts and education.
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Detroit — When the Michigan Masons and Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation became large supporters of Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit charities last fall, they stressed that their commitment would be more than financial.
For more than two hours, the volunteer group did a deep-cleaning of the store and its storage facilities, from scrubbing floors and windows to organizing items and products sold at the shop at One Campus Martius.
“This was two hours of good sweat,” said Bob Conley, who drove in for the event from Alma with his wife JoNeil. “We had Masons here from all over — Grand Rapids, Port Huron, St. Clair Shores and the Detroit area. We were really happy to be here and help Mitch. What S.A.Y. Detroit does with the (S.A.Y. Play) Center and with this and all of its outreach, it really is a place of hope. Being here today, I certainly see a rebirth in Detroit.”
Created by Albom, the DWIF opened its flagship location at 1014 Woodward Avenue on Aug. 4, 2015. The store follows the “Newman’s Own’’ model of philanthropy, offering a delicious frozen ice dessert – and other products — with the sole goal of raising funds to help others. All profits from the store benefits Detroit’s neediest citizens under Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit umbrella of charities.
Two days before Christmas, Lillie Taylor and her three children received a gift that she hopes will last a lifetime: A place to call home.
Taylor smiled broadly on Friday as she received the keys to a newly refurbished house in the Morningside neighborhood on Detroit’s east side from Kisha Woods, director of Genesis House 2 at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, as part of S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families charity. (more…)
Each door that was opened brought its own special surprise. Mia Branch couldn’t believe it.
Slide over the high chair in the kitchen, and Branch was already envisioning herself and her nine children having a family dinner around the dining room table.
In the expansive living area upstairs, Branch was awestruck to see a bedroom large enough for her four girls to share. On the same floor, there was room for the kids to do their homework after school, and, just around the counter, a room dedicated for prayer and reflection. She couldn’t believe it. (more…)
The idea of Working Homes/Working Families is simple. Detroit has too many empty or abandoned houses. It also has too many families who lack a decent place to live. By encouraging the donation of homes that would otherwise go unused, then utilizing the efforts of volunteers to refurbish those homes, needy working families can be given a decent, clean place to live, one they must keep up while continuing to work. Click here to learn more
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