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Across Shiawassee County, individuals and groups are stepping up to #RaiseUPShiawassee. 

The Cook Family Foundation, the Shiawasse Community Foundation, and the United Way are teaming up in 2019 to help guide this communty-wide energy. While engagement efforts, volunteer events, and social media outreach is happening year-round, in November and December we will bring together community organizations and resident change-makers to #raiseUPshiawssee on GivingTuesday and with our annual Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate event. 
To streamline the donation process for Shiawassee County residents to give to #raiseUPshiawassee organizations, the United Way is managing the donation process on behalf of local organizations. Below, you can see all of the #raiseUPshiawassee organizations in one place and can donate to each directly.  United Way will distribute 100% of the funds to the designated organizations with no Administrative Fee assessed. Donations will be accepted from DATE to DATE.

Donate today to help your Shiawassee County Nonprofit Soulmates meet their goals! 

The Arc of Mid-Michigan

Project: Tobey House Safety

Funding Goal: $5,000

Website: www.arcmidmichigan.org

Contact: Kyle Hatfield, 989-723-7377; kyle@arcmidmichigan.org

15.4% of residents have a developmental disability in our county. Tobey house provides housing for these individuals who are living below poverty. $5K makes the house safer for the developmental disabilities or mentally ill residents.

Child Advocacy Center Shiawassee

Project: Prevention and Awareness of Child Sexual Abuse

Funding Goal: $5,000

Website: cacshiawassee.org

Contact: Shawn: Shawn@voicesforcac.org OR Ellen: ellen@voicesforcac.org OR Barb: barb@voicesforcac.org

Help us in our efforts to prevent child sexual & physical abuse by raising $5K to implement a prevention education program for children and families in our community. #raiseUPshiawassee #givingtuesday #childadvocacycenter


DeVries Nature Conservancy 

Project: ADA Bathroom Renovation

Funding Goal:  $3,000

Website: devriesnature.org

Contact: Ben Glardon, bglardon@devriesnc.org; 989-723-3365

Don’t hold it! Donate today to help us add handicap accessible bathrooms to the DeVries Nature Conservancy classrooms & nature center. 3,000 visiting schoolchildren will thank you! #Don’tHoldIt #GottaGo #RaiseUpShiawassee

Durand Union Station


Funding Goal: $10,000 


Contact:989-288-3561; dusi@durandstation.org

Save Your Tires-Pave Our Driveway: The $10,000 we raise will help put us on track to resurface our access road and smooth your way to our beautiful depot and museum. Your car will thank you; we will too! #ontracktoRaiseUPShiawassee.

Friends of the Shiawassee River

Project: Educational Programming for Youth

Funding Goal: $3,500

Website: www.ShiawasseeRiver.org

Contact: Lorraine Austin, info@shiawasseeriver.org; 989-723-9062

The Friends is expanding its educational programs for school-aged youngsters using hands-on, boots-in river activities. Our goal of $3,500 will help pay for staff & water exploration materials – opening the eyes/minds of nature’s future caregivers.

Girls on the Run of Mid-Michigan

Project: Give the Gift of Confidence

Funding Goal: $3,000

Website: www.gotrmidmichigan.org

Contact: info@gotrmicmichigan.org

#GirlsontheRun inspires girls to activate their #limitlesspotential and boldly pursue their dreams.  Our $3K goal will gift confidence to 20 local girls.  YOU can make an impact:  https://www.gotrmidmichigan.org/Donate #RaiseUpShiawassee #GivingTuesday

Great Start Collaborative

Project: Preschool Scholarships

Funding Goal: $8,000

Website: https://www.sresd.org/District/Department/22-Early-Childhood/1784-Untitled.html 

Contact: Tara Agnew, 989-725-2581; agnew@sresd.org

We believe every child deserves a Great Start!  Please help us raise at least $8000 to provide scholarships for families that cannot afford to send their child to preschool.  Donate now to invest in Shiawassee County’s future! #GSPIF #RaiseUpShiawassee

The Laingburg Clothesline

Project: #HelpUsWashUP!

Funding Goal: Providing a bathroom and washer/dryer onsite

Website: www.laingsburgclothesline.com 

Contact: Lisa Jelenek, 517-256-1399; lisajelenk@gmail.com

We distribute  more than 200 lbs of FREE, CLEAN clothing donations MONTHLY! Laundry costs=$3/load! $5,000 for water, indoor plumbing,  & a washer/dryer will give us extra time and money to do MORE!  #raiseUPshiawassee with #HelpUsWashUP!


Memorial Healthcare Foundation 


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By opening your heart, MHC Foundation can open a door to out of town families receiving medical care in Owosso. Buy a poinsetta for yourself, or gift one to a patient of Long Term Care, Hospice, or Cancer Care, to help us raise $5,000 to cover lodging costs. 

Owosso Community Players

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Website: owossoplayers.com


We put passion and inspiration in the spotlight. Our productions have transported audiences for decades with bold, timeless and memorable performances. We believe everyone should have access to live performing arts throughout their lifetime but we need your support to make that happen. 

Pregnancy Resource Center

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Funding Goal: $5,000
Contact: Cathy Morrow, 989-723-4025
Our pregnancy center offers free pregnancy tests, prenatal and parenting classes, as well as material and emotional support to parents who need help through and after pregnancy. Your help raising $5,000 will benefit 30 women and men with these key services when facing an unexpected pregnancy. #raiseUPshiawassee #helpPRChelpFamilies.

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee 

Project: You Can Be the Change for Respite Time

Funding Goal: $9,000

Website: www.respitevolunteers.org

Contact: 989-725-1127

Even Caregivers need a break. You can be the change for Respite time for families caring for adults with health challenges. At Respite Volunteers our goal is to raise $9K to serve 20 persons/families for 1 year.


Project: Inspire, Hope, & Heal

Funding Goal: $5,000

Website: http://thesafecenter.org/

Contact: Hannah@thesafecenter.org OR safecenter@thesafecenter.org

24 people per minute experience violence by an intimate partner. We believe everyone deserves a life free of abuse. Help us raise $5K for essential services to victims of domestic & sexual violence. Today, let’s inspire, hope, & heal!

Shiawassee Arts Center


Project: Seniors Love SMARTS!

Funding Goal: $5,000

Website: shiawasseearts.org

Contact: Piper Brewer, sac@shiawasseearts.org; 989-723-8354

Seniors Love SMARTS! Help us raise $5K to continue offering SMARTS (Senior Mobile ARTS) to Shiawassee County nursing home & assisted living residents. Dollars raised over our goal will help purchase and plant trees in Curwood Castle Park. 

Shiawassee Community Foundation

Project: Random Acts of Kindness

Funding Goal: $1,000

Website: www.shiacf.org

Contact: Kim Renwick, 989-725-1093; kim@shiacf.org

You can help the Youth Advisory Council raise $1K to assemble 50 "Essentials Kits" filled with basic necessities for homeless people visiting Shiawassee County's new shelter. Be part of these #RandomActsOfKindness to #raiseUPshiawassee!

Shiawassee Family YMCA

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There's a Y in every family! Help us make space in the Y for every family. Your donations help us renovate to create two ADA accessible family locker rooms! Will you be one of our 100 donors?

Shiawassee Hope

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Shiawassee Hope supports Pleasant Valley Trailer Park-Impact Center in Owosso as a bridge out of poverty. $20/day ($7,300/year) will connect 70 families with the resources and support they need to break out of poverty. Help #raiseUPshiawassee and support our families! 

Shiawassee Hunger Network

Project: Give A Hand-Up!

Funding Goal: $2,500


Contact: Helen Bear, hbear@ccsgs.org; 989-723-8239

Our goal of $2500 will provide 10,000 meals-Giving families a hand-up! The SHN, facilitated by Catholic Charities in Owosso, is a collaboration of pantries dedicated to eliminating hunger & providing emergency services to those in need. Help us #raiseUPshiawassee!