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, 23 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 23 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  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 1 - December 31.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors.

Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/michigan.html

Contact: Dawn Carleton, 517-702-3341, dawn.carleton@redcross.org 


The Arc of Mid-Michigan

To empower people with developmental disabilities in Shiawassee, Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties to participate in and be fully included in the community.

Website: www.arcmidmichigan.org

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

Capital Area Community Services, Shiawassee

IS DEDICATED To The Promise of Community Action by:

  • REACHING Out to low-income people in the community,
  • ADDRESSING Their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach,
  • DEVELOPING Partnerships with other community organizations,
  • INVOLVING Low-income clients in the Agency’s operations, and
  • ADMINISTERING A full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.

Website: www.cacs-inc.org/about-us/mission

Contact: Rebecca Zemla, 989-723-3115, rzemla@cacs-inc.org 

DeVries Nature Conservancy 

Nestled on the banks of the Shiawassee River just five minutes from downtown Owosso, the fresh air and calming spaces of DeVries Nature Conservancy bring nature close to home. We provide access to outdoor spaces, low-cost educational programs, and community events that connect people with Michigan’s natural beauty and agricultural history.

Website: www.devriesnature.org

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

Durand Union Station

State-wide history museum with local feel, housed inside a grand 115-year-old active train station. Durand Union Station, Inc.’s mission is to preserve, maintain and operate the Durand Union Station and Michigan Railroad History Museum.  We engage and educate the community through the celebration of railroading: its past, present, and future. Offers free virtual and audio tours.

Website: www.durandstation.org

Contact: Mary Warner-Stone, 989-288-3561, dusi@durandstation.org

FridgeBot Foundation

Our fundamental mission is to inspire students to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). But our mission goes beyond building a robot--by promoting innovation, leadership, mentorship, and community service. The FridgeBot Foundation supports robotics programs with funding and community resources. The organization strives to promote team members and give them educational and career opportunities not normally offered in other competitive programs.

Website: http://fridgebotfoundation.org/

Contact:Scott Stap, 810-691-0687, info@fridgebotfoundation.org

Friends of the Shiawassee River

Caring, Sharing, and Enjoying the Shiawassee River - our mission is easy to remember and even easier to be a part of. THE GOOD NEWS?  Community members from Holly to Chesaning joined together to overcome many of 2020's obstacles, making our summer river cleanup the most successful ever. MORE GOOD NEWS? By donating your time, talent, and/or treasure to us via the #raiseUPshiawassee campaign, you can help sustain ALL of our programs despite the financial hardships we’ve encountered this past year.

Website: www.ShiawasseeRiver.org

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

Girls on the Run of Mid-Michigan

Social isolation has been one of the primary stressors resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help reverse its effects.Your gift will build confidence and resiliency in a girl by providing her with a research-based program experience which creatively integrates movement in a fun and motivating way—whether lessons are delivered virtually or in-person with safety and physical distancing modifications. In today’s unpredictable world, she needs you now more than ever. Put the “unity” in “community” by making your gift today.

Website: www.gotrmidmichigan.org

Contact: Stephanie McClintock, (989) 723-6329, stephanie.mcclintock@girlsontherun.org

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers Shiawassee

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers Shiawassee is located at 200 Caledonia, Owosso MI 48867. The center provides high-quality family practical medical, dental and behavioral health care including lab services and substance use disorder treatment. Everyone is welcome and all insurances accepted including private, Medicaid and Medicare. A sliding fee scale based on income is available for those without insurance with medical visits costing as little as $10. 

The mission of Great Lakes Bay Health Centers is to provide excellent health care to individuals and communities, especially those who are underserved, uninsured or underinsured. The services provided are sensitive to the needs of the community, are not based on ability to pay and are offered without regard to criteria such as race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. The nonprofit organization includes 32 locations in seven counties. 

Website:  www.greatlakesbayhealth.org 

Contact:  Hannah Marrah, (989) 729-4848, hmarrah@glbhealth.org

Great Start Collaborative

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

Website: www.sresd.org

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

The Laingsburg Clothesline

We realize families are struggling with clothing needs and children are falling behind in school.  The Clothesline, a 501(c)3 in Laingsburg is a nonprofit, resale clothing store completely run by volunteers who have assisted countless families over the past 15 years.  Our mission is to provide high-quality, gently used clothing to our  community and county at low prices and free to those in need.  A current undertaking is to seek funding for the installation of two bathrooms for the adjoining Clothesline and Connection, a future tutoring center for students and a community center for all.

Open: Jun-Oct, Wednesdays 3p-6p & Mar-Dec, Saturdays 10a-2p

Website: www.laingsburgclothesline.com 

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

Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts

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. 

Website: www.lebowskycenter.com

Contact: Kathy Brooks, 989-723-4003, kathy@lebowskycenter.com


Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee 

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee provides case management home visits, explains all senior services, home care and home health services available while getting to know the person that is ill and their family caregiver. We then try to find a compatible volunteer to visit weekly. This gives the family caregiver a well deserved break and the person a friendly visit. Respite Volunteers help the elderly and persons with disabilities to remain living safely in their own homes.  You can be the change for Respite time for families caring for adults with health challenges by giving.

Website: www.respitevolunteers.org

Contact: office@respitevolunteers.org, 989-725-1127


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

Website: www.thesafecenter.org

Contact:  Hannah Gottschalk, (989) 723-9716, Hannah@thesafecenter.org  OR safecenter@thesafecenter.org

Shiawassee Arts Center


Love the Arts? Visit SAC in Curwood Castle Park and enjoy the artwork of local, state and world renowned artists including Owosso-born impressionist, Frederick C. Frieseke. SAC offers multi-media classes for both children and adults in addition to programs such as SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ART for Seniors) and The Creative Arc for developmentally challenged young adults. Help SAC continue its mission to present quality arts and cultural activities that Educate, Entertain and Enrich the quality of life in our community.

Website:  www.shiawasseearts.org 

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

Shiawassee Community Foundation

The mission of the Shiawassee Community Foundation is to enrich the quality of life throughout the Shiawassee County region.  Donations to our Unrestricted Fund would be used to support local nonprofits who play a critical role in the support and strength of our community.  Because together, we are stronger!

Website: www.shiacf.org

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

Shiawassee Council on Aging

The Shiawassee Council on Aging mission is to advocate, assist, and promote the well-being and independence of seniors 60 years and older in Shiawassee County. SCOA is the Meals on Wheels program for Shiawassee County and currently serves over 300 homebound seniors with a nutritious hot meal and a safety check 5 days per week. No income requirements for services. No service fee, donations accepted.

Website: www.shiawasseecoa.org

Contact:  Cynthia Mayhew, 989-723-8875, cmayhew@shiawasseecoa.org

Shiawassee Family YMCA

Camp Shiawassee becomes the backdrop for adventures, discoveries, friendships, fun, and traditions every summer. Dating back to the 1940’s, Camp Shiawassee has morphed from its origins as a Christmas tree farm to its current purpose: the site for the most amazing summer fun for 10 weeks every summer. Were you a kid at camp in the 1960’s or 70’s? Do you remember the Y’s Men Club? Can you help us share the legacy of Camp Shiawassee with kids in the summer of 2021? All youth deserve the opportunity for a “normal” summer experience – camp games, camp songs, archery, canoeing, kayaking, gaga ball, arts & crafts….and just being a kid. Can you help us share 100 weeks of the legacy of Camp Shiawassee?? Your donation of $150 will send one kid to camp for a week in 2021. Help bring back the “normal.” 

Website: www.shiawasseeymca.org

Contact: Laura Archer, 989-725-8136, larcher@shiawasseeymca.org

Shiawassee Hope

Shiawassee Hope helps people in poverty build hope, skills, and motivation for improving their lives. Participants discover their strengths, receive resources, and meet people who can assist them in making connections to opportunities.

Website: www.shiawasseehope.org

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

Shiawassee Humane Society 

The mission of the Shiawassee Humane Society is to ensure the humane treatment of companion animals in need. We do this by providing safe, temporary shelter and care, finding permanent homes for adoptable pets, and engaging in public advocacy and community education, with an emphasis on population control. From our beginnings in 1954 to the present, we have re-homed over 20,000 community animals!

Website: https://www.shspets.org/

Contact: Patrice Martin, 989-723-4262, director@shspets.org

Shiawassee Hunger Network

The SHN is a collaboration of pantries dedicated to eliminating hunger & providing emergency food to families in need. In the first 6 months of 2020, our pantries have provided over 80,000 meals. Help us give families a Hand-Up, #raiseUPshiawassee!

Website: catholiccharitiesflint.org/shiawasseehungernetwork

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

Voices for Children 

At Voices for Children Advocacy Center, we focus on providing healing to victims of child abuse and prevention education in our community. In 2019, we helped over 1,200 children experiencing child abuse and neglect in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties. Every child receives trauma-focused counseling, a sound investigation, medical services, court accompaniment, hope and healing. In addition, we continue to lead efforts to assist children who have been victims of human trafficking. Our services are provided at no cost and it is vital for us to raise funds to keep our children and community safe.  Help provide hope & healing through free therapy services and resources to the most vulnerable children in Shiawassee County. 

Website: www.voicesforcac.org

Contact: Ellen Lynch, 989-723-5877 Ext. 220, ellen@voicesforcac.org

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.