Category Archives: Causes

Taking a polar plunge to support Special Olympics

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What better way to plunge into a brutal winter than taking a plunge into your local pool or pond? Maybe not recreationally, but to raise money for a good cause.
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Pastors, volunteers fight human trafficking at auto show

DETROIT – The 25th annual Detroit International Auto Show rolls into town this week. While it may be good for the automotive and tourism industries, the event has faith-based and community groups mobilizing to fight a wave of human trafficking they say is an unfortunate byproduct.
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New report says the Midland county shelter is doing an outstanding job of saving animals..

Each year the Michigan Pet Fund creates the Save Rate report to determine if progress is being made toward Michigan becoming a no kill state.
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Michigan observes World AIDS Day

Every year on December first World AIDS day is observed.

This year the Michigan Department of Community Health is using the week around this day to spread awareness about issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘getting to zero’.

The goals of; zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths have not been met, however Angela Minicuci with the MDCH says we have come a long way since the first World AIDS Day in 1988.

“It’s something that has changed a lot in our community across the state of Michigan as well as nationally” Minicuci said, “we’ve gotten a much better understanding of the disease as a whole and what we can do to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.”

The MDHC is hosting many events this week, a full list can be found on their site.

Information about HIV/AIDS
Full Calendar of Events

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Turkey Trot runner runs for Alzheimer’s Awareness

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Thanksgiving is a special time for family to gather and spend meaningful time together. This year’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Detroit will have special meaning for one runner. Read more

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CMU to host 13th annual Issue Day conference

9f482c5139e70ca22f1d104684466925Central Michigan University will be hosting the 13th annual Issue Day conference on Social Justice Saturday, November 2.
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New protocols to help abused and neglected children to be signed tonight

Authorities in Bay and Saginaw Counties are signing a new protocol Thursday night allowing them to better serve victims of child abuse and neglect.

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MHSDA awards $2 million in housing grants


The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has awarded over $2 million in housing resource fund grants to seven counties and three cities.

Grant money being awarded to Michigan counties and cities will go towards home rehabilitation and emergency repair projects.

According to he state housing authority the projects that stem from the grants will create a positive and sustained community impact.

Patricia Lowrey is the housing director for Antrim County said,in many counties the money will be well spent. “ I think it’s very important, there’s a lot of need out there. All the counties are having backlog, this is my first time I haven’t. They just don’t have enough money to go around so, I think there’s a huge need.”

Antrim county has received $175,000, half of the money will go towards emergency repairs to homes and the other half to  strategically targeted areas.

Other counties being awarded are Emmet, Kalkaska, and Gladwin.

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Organizations honor 9/11 victims by volunteering


September 11th is a day of remembrance.

For some local volunteers it’s also a day to give back.

Americorps members from Huron Pines along with local Eagle Scouts and community members will take this morning to beautify the ground of Patriot Place, Northern Michigan’s only transitional housing community for veterans.

Volunteers will be building birdhouses and toad houses and removing invasive plant species from the grounds.

Joy Leisen is an Americorps member at Huron Pines.

“We really just want the veterans that are living their to be able to get more enjoyment out of their gardens,” Leisen said.

Volunteers will also be completing a memorial garden on the grounds of Patriot Place.

Any community members wishing to help with effort can arrive at Patriot Place on today at 9 a.m.

More information about the event can be found at

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Horses boosting handicapped kids in Chippewa County


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The 4H horseback riding program for handicapped kids in Chippewa County has a little giddy-up in its step this year, thanks to help from some volunteers and a new partnership with Sault Schools.

Ten students from Sault-area schools took part recently in a 4H horseback riding program for handicapped kids in Chippewa County. The program benefits kids with emotional, physical, and social challenges. School officials said it can help the students maintain skills over the summer months.

Norma Osborn has coordinated the PEP program for the past 40 years.

She said many people have never heard of the nationwide program.

PEP stands for 4H Proud Equestrian Program. She said it also referred to as a therapeutic riding program and a handicapped riding program.

PEP relies on help from volunteers, even down to the location of the program, at a large horse farm in the Sault that’s currently for sale. The owner boards his own horses elsewhere during the program and even barbecues lunch for the volunteers each day.

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