31 Days of Giving – Loaves and Fishes

by Audra Ellis, Tri-County Community Partner Liaison, MiCAFE Loaves and Fishes is a familiar organization to me now since I have volunteered here five times. I was able to get to know the staff and organization very well after Rachael Savoie and I volunteered here last year during our first year of 31 Days of Giving. I liked the staff and what the organization did so … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving – Loaves and Fishes

31 Days of Giving – Gleaners Food Bank

by Shirley Brown, Project Healthy Living Coach As part of our 31 days of giving, I volunteered at Gleaners Food Bank. It was such a wonderful experience. I was highly surprised and impressed at the enthusiasm of so many people interested in doing something for someone else. There were people from all walks of life, working together to serve the community. The mixed blend of … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving – Gleaners Food Bank

ELM’s 31 Days of Giving

by Audra Ellis, Tri-County Community Partner Liaison, MiCAFE 31 Days of Giving is a community service campaign Elder Law of Michigan started last year. Our goal is to provide 31 days of consecutive service work to our community. Last year, our staff provided 23 days of service and were able to assist many different organizations and give back to our community. The campaign also built stronger … Continue reading ELM’s 31 Days of Giving

A Reflection of “31 Days of Giving”

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2014 is almost behind us. As with every new year, it’s important to take the natural opportunity to look back and consider our areas of growth as an organization, the lessons we learned, and which goals we should set for the coming year. During the month of December, Elder Law of Michigan embarked on a volunteer … Continue reading A Reflection of “31 Days of Giving”

31 Days of Giving, Day Seventeen: Memories

Memories can be a curse or blessing. Memories can be a wonderful reminder of the past like a warm gentle breeze, or a time of despair. During the holiday season, along with some very talented colleagues, we provide holiday music to seniors living in retirement communities. As part of ELM’s Day of Giving Program, I have been visiting several senior facilities in the greater Lansing … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving, Day Seventeen: Memories

31 Days of Giving, Day Sixteen: Eaton Rapids Senior Center

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend my morning at the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.  The Center’s mission is to help seniors stay involved in the community, provide them with resources, and support their independence.  Each month there are a number of activities to encourage senior citizens to get out of their homes and socialize with their peers, including events like Bingo Night, dances, … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving, Day Sixteen: Eaton Rapids Senior Center

31 Days of Giving, Day Fifteen: Loaves and Fishes Ministries

For another “day of giving,” I had the pleasure of being invited back to Loaves and Fishes Ministries. This time, I helped with the mailing of their monthly newsletter. This was now my third time volunteering at Loaves and Fishes Ministries, and I decided to put in an official application to be a regular volunteer there. I enjoy my time there immensely. Loaves and Fishes … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving, Day Fifteen: Loaves and Fishes Ministries

31 Days of Giving, Day Fourteen: Helping Out a Friend

Our 31 Days of Giving Campaign has inspired me to give back to someone  who has helped me when I was unable to help myself.  In fact  over  the  5  years  I’ve  known  Clela Bernice Gray, better known as “Bunny,” and she has lended a helping hand multiple times.  A few  years ago, Bunny did something so heartwarming that I felt I must somehow  Include … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving, Day Fourteen: Helping Out a Friend

31 Days of Giving, Day Thirteen: Loaves and Fishes Ministries

Today, I spent the day at Loaves and Fishes Ministries. We separated all of the donated Christmas gifts for everyone staying at the shelter, followed by evenly packing gift bags for six men and four women. This task made me think about how so many organizations run solely on donations, Loaves and Fishes being one of them. There are many other ways to donate to … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving, Day Thirteen: Loaves and Fishes Ministries

31 Days of Giving, Day Eleven: Loaves and Fishes Ministries

Yesterday, Rachael Savoie and I spent our morning cleaning window blinds at Loaves and Fishes Ministries. Normally, cleaning isn’t my favorite activity, but I ended up having a great time. Upon our arrival, we received a warm greeting from the amazing staff, especially Amy who took us both on a tour of the shelter and answered some of our questions about the organization. Loaves and … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving, Day Eleven: Loaves and Fishes Ministries