$12,100 to Durand Area Schools Special Olympics!
Becky Shankster nominated Durand Area Schools Special Olympics. Becky reported that the Special Olympics of DAS was notified that all funding would be coming to an end this year. She spoke about how not only the SPED students benefit from this program, but the GenEd students benefit greatly too.
Nancy Scott nominated “Kerr Cares Closet.” Nancy has been teaching at DAS for 20 years. The Kerr Cares Closet supplies such as pantry items, toothpaste, clothing, backpacks, food, etc. to students at Robert Kerr. The family in need fills out a request form which is reviewed weekly by the Kerr Cares Family. Decisions are based on funding availability. Winning this award could finance them for up to 5 years. These funds would also enable them to purchase larger quantities while they are on sale and allow them to help more families.
Tricia Alderman Murphy nominated SCRESA Great Start Readiness Program. This program provides scholarships for preschool to Durand, Byron and the surrounding area. Tricia reported on the importance of preschool, especially for students in poverty, in order to give them the best possible start on their educational journey. This year they offered 33 scholarships. 11 were offered to Durand students and 5 were given to Byron students.
Members voted and with 100% participation, Durand Area Schools Special Olympics will receive $12,100.
Since our group started in 2016, we have gifted over $56,000 to Durand area nonprofits.
$11,200 to Operation Freedom!
Blair Panchek nominated Operation Freedom. This years game will be held on Oct. 5th against Montrose. 100% of the profit goes to the Veterans Relief Fund. In the past, they have provided things such as a roof on a house, a ramp, paid Consumers and other bills. They find those who have a need through Bob Bushman at the local VFW.
Nancy Scott nominated Kerr Cares Closet. Nancy has been teaching at DAS for 20 years. The Kerr Cares Closet supplies such as pantry items, toothpaste, clothing, backpacks, food, etc. to students at Robert Kerr. The family in need fills out a request form which is reviewed weekly by the Kerr Cares Family. Decisions are based on funding availability. Winning this award could finance them for up to 5 years.
Kathy Wilson nominated the SCOA- Durand Senior Center to purchase a new oven. Their current oven has two burners out, the oven doesn’t heat to the correct temperature and the grill doesn’t work. The oven is so old they can no longer get parts. The Senior Center uses the oven to provide 180 meals per day, both at the center and for Meals on Wheels.
Members voted and there was a two way tie between Operation Freedom and Durand Senior Center. A tie breaking vote took place and the majority vote was cast for Operation Freedom. With 100% participation from our members, Operation Freedom will receive $11,200.
Since our group started in 2016, we have gifted over $44,000 to Durand area nonprofits.
$9,400 to Durand Backpack Program!
After our 4th 100+ Women meeting we’ve made a impact in our community with over $33,000 in donations!
We heard from three deserving groups during our 4th meeting on March 15, 2018: I Cancer Vive, Durand Backpack Program and Live Healthy Shiawassee.
The Durand Backpack Program won the majority vote and will receive $9,400 from our group!
$9,000 to Durand Railroaders FIRST Robotics Team!
Three area non-profits presented to our group on September 21, 2017: DMS English, Language & Arts, Durand Robotics and Durand Model Railroad.
The recipient of our collective donation of $9,000 is the Durand Robotics Team. We hope others will put their name in the basket at our next meeting on March 15th.
After our third meeting we’ve donated $24,000 LOCALLY to worthy organizations!
$8,700 To Durand Union Station!
Three area non-profits presented to our group on March 23, 2017: Durand Robotics, Durand Union Station-Michigan Railroad History Museum and Live Healthy Shiawassee.
The recipient of our collective donation of $8,700 is Durand Union Station. We enjoyed learning about the Durand Robotics Team and Live Healthy Shiawassee and hope they will put their name in at our next meeting on September 21st.
After our second meeting we’ve donated $15,000 LOCALLY to worthy organizations!
$6,300 to Durand Educational Foundation!
The three presenters at our first meeting on September 22nd, 2016 were: Durand Educational Foundation, Durand Robotics Team, and Durand Union Station. We heard about three great organizations within our community!