Charity of the Year

COY

2021-22 Charity of the Year: Foster Care Closets of Michigan!

As we know, this has been a difficult stretch for just about every person, family, and industry. The impact of the pandemic has left many nonprofits trying to make ends meet, while working twice as hard to provide critical information, materials, and services too Michiganders. 

For this reason, we are excited to announce our 2021-22 COY program will focus on providing as many items and exposure to a coalition of Foster Care Closets across the state!

What started with one conversation with the Michigan Foster Care Closet quickly evolved into a BIGGER idea, where Michigan students can help Foster Care closets across the state. 

For this year’s state service project, we are asking schools to host a clothing drive, focusing on specific “shopping lists” from these incredible organizations. All collected items can be brought to the state conference to complete our onsite service project and allow these wonderful organizations to provide for families around the state. 

Service leadership is one of our primary core values and we are excited to continue our work supporting outstanding nonprofits around the state of Michigan – while allowing your students to exercise their passions and commitment to making our state a better place to live and grow. 
 

Make a Donation

For this year’s state service project, we are asking schools to focus on our specific “shopping list” from these incredible organizations. All collected items can be brought to the state conference to complete our onsite service project and allow these wonderful organizations to provide for families around the state. 

We are hoping each school will select 15 items from the following list. 

IMPORTANT: Please consider matching outfits, current styles and mixing items between genders and sizes (Infant - Adult XL) to allow a wide range of items.

If school's would prefer to make a monetary donation to help support the mission of these incredible organizations, donation links can be found below on each organizations webpages. 

"Master Shopping List"
 

Meet our New Friends!

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Macomb Foster Care

macomb

Contact: Kevin McAlpine

Email: macombfostercloset@gmail.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MacombFosterCloset

Website: https://macombfostercloset.org/about-us
 

Mid Michigan Foster and Adoptive Coalition

mid mich

Contact: Sheila Barnaby

Email: gratiotfostercloset@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mmfac

Website:https://midmichiganfac.org/?fbclid=IwAR3p8BwRDzMYIH26IO0Rn1y7taYhngOxaO_WkSUyhDCcfqiEvgKqnaWHj-w
 

Western Wayne County: Foster Closet

west

Contact: Allison Johnson

Email: fcmwwc@gmail.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FosterClosetofMichiganWesternWayneCountyBranch

Website:http://fosterclosetofmichigan.org/?fbclid=IwAR2ASIoP63A5xZSrAKI8zh5tRSO9bX8lx6kGDaZysUVNyaZ2GB4IfSaU1Ms

 

Downriver Foster Closet

downriver

Contact: Charity Bronson and Kimberly Allen

Email: downriverfostercloset@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Downriverfostercloset

Website:http://www.downriverfostercloset.com/?fbclid=IwAR1DSirFbhP3nIoCGX9OfjSgm_PvHdgW60VN_vCVZ8-w-pao1eBexpLSmlQ

Foster Closet of Isabella County

Isabella

Contact: Holly Hansen-Watson

Email: isabella@fosterclosetofmichigan.org

Website:https://fosterclosetofisabellacounty.org/?fbclid=IwAR2PgEw9z6HXn5Cn-PU12kApn291KZNoxoabF1296CiNQ9CUF8XnfFTy7G0

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FosterClosetOfIsabellaCounty

Michigan Foster Care Closet (Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Lenawee)

Michigan FCC

Ann Arbor Contact: Jennie Sharp

Email: annarbor@michiganfostercarecloset.org

Website: https://www.michiganfostercarecloset.org/ann-arbor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MFCCA2

Plymouth Contact: Rachael Secord 

Email: plymouth@michiganfostercarecloset.org

Website: https://www.michiganfostercarecloset.org/locations/plymouth/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichiganFosterCareClosetMainBranch

 

Oakland County Foster Closet 

oakland

Contact: Michele Austin

Email: Oakland@fosterclosetofmichigan.org

Website:https://www.ocfostercloset.org/?fbclid=IwAR1nZ1dpd_WatEQefG1o6DBbi3ASR1_x6sKKXVfku6IddBME9lANjGIUKdk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OaklandCountyFosterCloset

U.P. Foster Closet

UP

Website: http://www.upfostercloset.org/?fbclid=IwAR37ozX_pxmP5i8nVib1F9MkqTqrCnqomHcE_uXlHM0n8g2LrAhuVijBfLo

Delta

Email: upfcdc@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPFosterClosetofDeltaCounty/

Dickinson

Email: upfcodc@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPFosterClosetofDickinsonCountyInc/

Marquette

Email: upfcmc@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPFosterClosetofMarquetteinc/

Livingston County Kids Closet

Livingston

Check back for a complete shopping list soon!


Extra Credit: Supporting your own Local COY - Here's how it works:
This year student groups can look to their own community for nonprofits that are doing amazing work supporting their neighbors and community members. Your student group will review what nonprofits operate in your community and will select one local nonprofit that you would like to highlight as your school's very own “Charity of the Year.” Here’s where the fun starts! After you’ve made your selection, we want schools reaching out to learn more about that nonprofits mission, benefits, organizational structure and the value they provide to your community. This information will be collected by your student group and turned into a 10-minute or less video overview of your selection. 

This project gives educators the chance to encourage students to take a closer look at service leadership in their own communities, learn more about community initiatives and projects and provides students with a curricular activity (with an informational interview.) In the video overview students will also highlight their work to support this nonprofit, whether that be with fundraising, material collection, a social media awareness campaign or other creative ideas. 

Help Promote Local Charities and their Work!
After your group has made the selection, follow our informational collection guide to help craft a custom video. These videos can be posted to your schools social media accounts, to local city webpages or shared with other media outlets to help spread the word and provide more exposure!


Informational Interview Video Should Include the Following (click to enlarge):

video guidelines

Students are encouraged to use video editing software to enhance the presentation and incorporate photos, video from student fundraising, awareness projects, images or promotional created, and video from the interview with your charities spokesperson.

Example Submissions
 

Eisenhower High School

Salem High School