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Raise Up Shiawassee

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

In an era full of Black Fridays, One Day Only Sale Saturdays, and Cyber Mondays, often times we get so hyper focused on getting the best deal; we forget those most in need. GivingTuesday harnesses the generosity of millions of people around the world to support the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
Truly embracing the heart of GivingTuesday, 19 of Shiawassee’s most trusted nonprofits are coming together to #raiseUPshiawassee with your help. In order to be successful we need change makers to give of their time and resources.  Each one of the 19 partners are listed below with their needs – both financial and volunteer. 
This is collaboration in its truest form – multiple nonprofits coming together to raise up a community. The Cook Family Foundation, the Shiawassee Community Foundation, and the United Way are working with these 19 agencies to make this year’s GivingTuesday the best yet.  To streamline the donation process for Shiawassee County residents to give to #raiseUPshiawassee participants, the United Way is managing the donation process on behalf of local nonprofits. United Way will distribute 100% of the funds to the designated organizations with no Administrative Fee assessed. Donations will be accepted from November 19 - January 1.

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

The Arc of Mid-Michigan

Project: Operation Friendship

Funding Goal: $2,000

Website: www.arcmidmichigan.org

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

The Arc is dedicated to empowering people with developmental disabilities in our county. Support Operation Friendship & help raise $2,000 to buy gifts this holiday season for the program’s financially disadvantaged individuals & their families.

Child Advocacy Center Shiawassee

Project: Prevention and Awareness of Child Sexual Abuse

Funding Goal: $5,000

Website: www.voicesforcac.org

Contact: Shawn: Shawn@voicesforcac.org OR Ellen: ellen@voicesforcac.org OR Barb: barb@voicesforcac.org; 989-723-5877

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. 

DeVries Nature Conservancy 

Project: ADA Bathroom Renovation

Funding Goal:  $3,000

Website: www.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! 

Durand Union Station

Project: Save Your Tires-Pave Our Driveway

Funding Goal: $10,000 

Website: www.durandstation.org

Contact:  Rée Wyzynajtys, reception@durandstation.org; 989-288-3561

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! 

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: Stephanie McClintock, info@gotrmicmichigan.org; (989) 723-6329

Girls On the Run 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.

Great Start Collaborative

Project: Preschool Scholarships

Funding Goal: $8,000

Website: www.sresd.org

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

We believe every child deserves a Great Start!  Please help us raise at least $8,000 to provide scholarships for families that cannot afford to send their child to preschool.  Donate now to invest in Shiawassee County’s future! 

The Laingsburg Clothesline

Project: #HelpUsWashUP!

Funding Goal: Providing a bathroom and washer/dryer onsite

Website: www.laingsburgclothesline.com 

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

MONTHLY, we distribute 200+ pounds of free, clean clothing to those in need.  Our $5,000 goal will be used for indoor plumbing, a washer/dryer, and water to do even more.

Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts

Project: To bring exceptional live theater to the heart of Owosso to enrich, educate and inspire the artist in all of us.

Funding Goal: $12,000

Website: www.lebowskycenter.com

Contact: Kathy Brooks, kathy@lebowskycenter.com; 989.723.4003

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. 


Memorial Healthcare Foundation 

Project: Open Hearts Open Doors

Funding Goal: $5,000

Website: www.memorialhealthcare.org/foundation

Contact: Lyn Freeman, lfreeman@memorialhealthcare.org; 989 729 4626

By opening your heart, MHC Foundation can open a door to out of town patients receiving medical care in Owosso. Donate to help us raise $5,000 to cover lodging costs for up to 30 patients and their caregivers in need. 

Pregnancy Resource Center

Project: Earn While You Learn Program
Funding Goal: $5,000
Website: prcowosso.org
Contact: Cary Carrel, pregnancyshiawassee@gmail.com;  989-723-4025
We offer free pregnancy tests, prenatal/parenting classes, and material/emotional support to women and men who need help when facing unexpected pregnancies. Our $5,000 goal will keep these essential resources available to all who seek it.   

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee 

Project: You Can Be the Change for Respite Time

Funding Goal: $9,000

Website: www.respitevolunteers.org

Contact: Helen Howard, office@respitevolunteers.org; 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: www.thesafecenter.org

Contact:  Hannah Gottschalk, Hannah@thesafecenter.org;  (989) 723-9716 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: www.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, kim@shiacf.org; 989-725-1093

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 Random Acts Of Kindness.

Shiawassee Family YMCA

Project: ADA Accessible Family Locker Rooms 

Funding Goal: $25,000

Website: www.shiawasseeymca.org

Contact: Janae Fear, Jfear@shiawasseeymca.org; 989.725.8136

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

Project: One year operations for Pleasant Valley Impact Center

Funding Goal: $7,400.00

Website: www.shiawasseehope.org

Contact: Marlene Webster, marlene@shiawasseehope.org; 989-413-7342,

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 support our families! 

Shiawassee Humane Society 

Project: Outdoor Expandable Play Area

Funding Goal: $6,500

Website: www.shspets.org

Contact: Susan Osika, director@shspets.org; (989) 723-4262

Our rescued dogs spend outdoor time chained to igloo huts. We are looking to raise $6,500. Donate now to provide outdoor expandable play areas.

Shiawassee Hunger Network

Project: Give A Hand-Up!

Funding Goal: $2,500

Website: https://catholiccharitiesflint.org

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

Our goal of $2,500 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. 

All Agencies

Can't decide which of the above agencies you'd like to support? By clicking the donate button below your gift will be split equally among all.