In the past when we closed on a home we would give our clients a closing gift. After reading the Go-Giver Adriane realized we needed to shift in a different direction, that gifts could be more impactful than a Starbucks gift card. Rather than giving our clients a physical gift, at closing we began to donate to a non profit organization in their name. We allow them to select the charity they wish their contribution to be made to. This year we have donated more than $4,000 to Haven House, Ele’s Place and The Greater Lansing Food Bank. If you are looking for a charity to donate your time, money or resources to in the Lansing area keep reading to learn more about these incredible organizations.
Haven House provides temporary emergency housing and resources for families with children who are facing homelessness. Haven House doesn’t just connect families; They teach budgeting, assist with tutoring, monitor employment progress, and connect families to their community. While a family is at Haven House they receive housing, meals, clothing, personal care items and learn skills to avoid future homelessness.
How to Help
Haven House accepts monetary donations, and has a list of urgent needs on their website. These are items that they are presently seeking donations of to continue to assist families. These items range from diapers and all purpose cleaner to can openers and grocery store gift cards. They accept donations 365 days per year and have volunteer opportunities as well. Haven House is looking for volunteers to cook a meal for the house with all of the ingredients provided, people to supervise youth activities, greeters, cleaning assistance and a graphic designer. If you’re interested in volunteering for Haven House look at some of the opportunities and submit an application.
Ele’s Place is a center for children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one. Ele’s Place’s mission is that no child grieves alone, so they provide support for children and families though peer interaction. Groups are formed by age and led by clinicians and trained volunteers to assure that children are connecting with others in the same developmental appropriate manner. Ele’s Place also has programs that go into schools to form support groups and assist staff. They have now been working in Michigan for nearly thirty years providing support to young people suffering the loss of loved ones.
How to Help
Ele’s Place accepts sponsorships right through their website and also has opportunities for volunteering. Anybody is welcome to a tour of Ele’s Place to learn more about their facilities and programs. Potluck donations are accepted, cleaning and grounds work is always welcome. Ele’s Place also looks for more involved volunteering following training. To learn about more volunteering opportunities go to their website or call your local branch. Are you avid Amazon shopper? Ele’s Place has an Amazon wish list, so you can throw an item or two into your cart for them and it will be shipped directly to them.
Greater Lansing Food Bank
The Greater Lansing Food Bank is an organization that works with retailers, grocery stores, the USDA and the community to gather food so that nobody in the Lansing area should go hungry. They provide nutritious food to anybody at risk through community gardens, pantries, mobile food pantries and community kitchens. The Greater Lansing Food Bank provides food to 7 mid Michigan counties, and distributed more than 6,949,000 meals last year.
How to Help
The Greater Lansing Food Bank accepts food donations Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm at their warehouse. They accept unopened, non perishable items (no home canned or homemade goods). Monetary donations are accepted and hosting a food drive is encouraged! The Greater lansing Food Bank also has the option on their website to host a digital food drive. You can send a link to your friends and family asking them to donate. That money is used to purchase food to add to the food bank warehouse. There are all kinds of opportunities to volunteer for the Greater Lansing Food Bank as well!
Alternative Ways to give
Did you know that you can select a nonprofit to receive a donation in AmazonSmile and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of the item to the organization you select. All three of these non profits can be donated to through AmazonSmile, and it doesn’t cost you a single cent. Kroger has a similar program, where you can link your Kroger Plus card to an organization and Kroger will donate to them. Kroger is committed to donating $50 million per year; each dollar spent when you use your Kroger Plus card counts as one vote toward your charity of choice. At the end of the quarter Kroger tallies up the votes proportionally distributes the funds to all of the organizations. If you don’t feel like you can swing a monetary donation, this is the perfect way to continue to support local non profits.