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Food drive adds new twist to Milford's MLK Day event

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Organizers of the annual Huron Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will collect soup ingredients the first 14 days of January. 

They’re asking shoppers at Kroger and Matti’s Fresh Market to add seven ingredients to their shopping lists and to donate that food after buying it.

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County employees set record for Casual Day donations

Oakland County employees donated a record amount of nearly $60,000 to support local charities this year through the county’s Casual Day program, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during a special ceremony today in downtown Birmingham. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions may donate $1 to wear jeans or dress casually.

Patterson presented 21 organizations with checks totaling $30,500 during the event. Receiving Casual Day funds for the first time was Clarkston Community Schools Media Center, Humble Design in Pontiac, Neighbor for Neighbor in Springfield Twp., and Scarlet’s Smile in Commerce Twp. County employees also donated $19,484 during a special Casual Week from Thursday, Aug. 31 – Friday, Sept. 8 to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Employees gave an additional $9,700 during four Special Casual Days this year. A Special Casual Day is one that has a designated recipient.

“Oakland County employees are among the most generous individuals I know,” Patterson said. “They are eager to help not only our Oakland County neighbors but also our neighbors 1,000 miles away. Casual Day is just one of the many ways our employees give back to the community.”

This year’s 21 Casual Day recipients were:
  • American Diabetes Association, Southfield
  • Canine Advocacy Program, Novi
  • CARE House, Pontiac
  • Children’s Village Foundation, Pontiac
  • Clarkston Community Schools Media Center, Clarkston
  • D-MAN Foundation, Rochester Hills
  • Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Grace Centers of Hope, Pontiac
  • Helping Hearts Helping Hands, Clarkston
  • Humble Design, Pontiac
  • Kids Kicking Cancer, Southfield
  • Neighbor for Neighbor, Springfield
  • Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society, Pontiac
  • Operation Injured Soldiers, South Lyon
  • Oxford/Orion FISH, Lake Orion
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester
  • Pink Ribbon Trail Blazers, Lake Orion
  • Scarlet’s Smile, Commerce
  • The Rainbow Connection, Rochester
  • Toys for Tots, Waterford
  • Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, Southfield
Since its inception in 1993, Oakland County employees have donated over $850,000, touching the lives of thousands of people. No taxpayer funds are used in the Casual Day program.
 

20,000 holiday gifts flying to 6,400 Michigan children thanks to Operation Good Cheer

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Organized chaos would be the best way to describe the scene inside the hangar at Pentastar Aviation in Waterford the morning of Friday, December 1.

Over 20,000 gifts and hundreds of volunteers packed the facility, 7310 Highland Road, as Operation Good Cheer was in full swing. The annual initiative provides gifts to more than 6,400 foster care children, and adults, across Michigan.

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Helping hands: Library, robotics team partner to produce limbs for kids

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There’s giving a hand – and there’s giving 200 hands.

That’s one of this year’s goals for the Novi Public Library. Partnering with the Novi High School robotics team, the library is working to establish itself as an official chapter of e-NABLE, joining the group’s grassroots effort to create free 3D-printed limbs for kids overseas who’ve lost a hand, arm or fingers due to war, disease or natural disaster.

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Spread warmth this winter with Coats for the Cold

The warmth of your generosity could help those less-fortunate this winter. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of new or clean, used coats through November 30th as part of their 30th annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive.

Donated coats will be sent to a variety of local charitable organizations, who in turn distribute the coats to community members most in need.



“Coats for the Cold is an easy way for the community to reach out and help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. “For the past 29 years, we have worked with local charitable organizations to provide free coats to those in need. The community’s generosity has been wonderful every year.”

Spotlight | Coats for the Cold Drop-Off Sites

This year’s coat drive is sponsored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with 1-800-Self-Storage.comCOWS (Container on Wheels Mobile Storage)Real Estate OneGenisys Credit UnionAmp97 Detroit, and several other Oakland County charitable organizations.

As a special promotion this year, coat donors will receive $10 off of the cost of a pet adoption at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center for each of the first five coats donated (limit $50).

If you’d like to know more about Coats for the Cold and other Community Outreach Initiatives of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Five charities receive $50,000

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and local philanthropist Rick Frazier, founder of Others First, awarded five charitable organizations a total of $50,000 today to help veterans and children. Others First, a car donation charity, raised the funds. Frazier then asked Patterson to identify the organizations to each receive $10,000.

“Others First is a phenomenal program that helps members of our community who are in need, such as veterans and children,” Patterson said. “I was delighted to work with my staff to name the recipient organizations.”

Those organizations are Fisher House Michigan, Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council, Oakland County Veterans’ Services, The Rainbow Connection, and Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc.

“Others First is pleased to support these five outstanding charities as well as hundreds of other worthy organizations and are grateful to our generous car donors who make donations like this possible,” Frazier said.

About the recipient organizations
  • Fisher House Michigan in Ann Arbor: Fisher House is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. www.fisherhousemichigan.org/
     
  • Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council in Holly: The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council supports volunteer veteran service organization units that provide the rifle volleys in support of the Department of Defense funeral honors team. www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/greatlakes.asp
     
  • Oakland County Veterans Services in Pontiac and Troy: Oakland County Veterans Services has been providing Oakland County’s 70,000+ veterans and their families with professional veterans’ benefits advocacy and assistance for over 60 years. It has a staff of highly trained and accredited veterans' benefits counselors who are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans’ benefits to which they are entitled. www.oakgov.com/veterans/
     
  • The Rainbow Connection in Rochester: The Rainbow Connection, founded by Patterson, has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. The Rainbow Connection has never turned a child away and depends on the generosity of the Michigan community to make dreams come true for these brave children. The Rainbow Connection also addresses the special needs of its wish families. The Special Response Program assists families with financial difficulties such as rent, utilities and even funeral expenses brought on by having a child with a catastrophic illness.www.rainbowconnection.org/
     
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc.: The Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc. provides practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and after they return to their hometowns. Since its beginning, more than 80 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to programs and services, thanks in part to its small staff and a volunteer force that has grown to more than 1,300. www.yellowribbonfund.org/
About Others First
Others First is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the community by providing funding and support to a wide range of charitable causes. It supports various veterans’ organizations, children's programs, cancer research, animal groups, and many other worthwhile programs. Through its vehicle donation programs, Others First has raised millions of dollars to provide much needed services to the less fortunate. Its mission is to make a difference in as many lives as physically and financially possible. www.othersfirst.org/

Five charities receive $50,000

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and local philanthropist Rick Frazier, founder of Others First, awarded five charitable organizations a total of $50,000 to help veterans and children. Others First, a car donation charity, raised the funds. Frazier then asked Patterson to identify the organizations to each receive $10,000.

“Others First is a phenomenal program that helps members of our community who are in need, such as veterans and children,” Patterson said. “I was delighted to work with my staff to name the recipient organizations.”

Those organizations are Fisher House Michigan, Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council, Oakland County Veterans’ Services, The Rainbow Connection, and Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc.

“Others First is pleased to support these five outstanding charities as well as hundreds of other worthy organizations and are grateful to our generous car donors who make donations like this possible,” Frazier said.

About the recipient organizations
  • Fisher House Michigan in Ann Arbor: Fisher House is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. www.fisherhousemichigan.org/
     
  • Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council in Holly: The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council supports volunteer veteran service organization units that provide the rifle volleys in support of the Department of Defense funeral honors team. www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/greatlakes.asp
     
  • Oakland County Veterans Services in Pontiac and Troy: Oakland County Veterans Services has been providing Oakland County’s 70,000+ veterans and their families with professional veterans’ benefits advocacy and assistance for over 60 years. It has a staff of highly trained and accredited veterans' benefits counselors who are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans’ benefits to which they are entitled. www.oakgov.com/veterans/
     
  • The Rainbow Connection in Rochester: The Rainbow Connection, founded by Patterson, has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. The Rainbow Connection has never turned a child away and depends on the generosity of the Michigan community to make dreams come true for these brave children. The Rainbow Connection also addresses the special needs of its wish families. The Special Response Program assists families with financial difficulties such as rent, utilities and even funeral expenses brought on by having a child with a catastrophic illness.www.rainbowconnection.org/
     
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc.: The Yellow Ribbon Fund Inc. provides practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and after they return to their hometowns. Since its beginning, more than 80 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to programs and services, thanks in part to its small staff and a volunteer force that has grown to more than 1,300.www.yellowribbonfund.org/
About Others First
Others First is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the community by providing funding and support to a wide range of charitable causes. It supports various veterans’ organizations, children's programs, cancer research, animal groups, and many other worthwhile programs. Through its vehicle donation programs, Others First has raised millions of dollars to provide much needed services to the less fortunate. Its mission is to make a difference in as many lives as physically and financially possible. www.othersfirst.org/

Arts, Beats & Eats raises over $275,000 for charitable groups

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Gate admissions, sponsors and beverage sales at this year’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak raised more than $275,000 for local charities.

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Oakland County seeks public input for disaster plan

Oakland County residents and businesses can help the county update its emergency preparedness plan by attending a voluntary public meeting, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today.

There will be two informational and planning sessions open to members of the public who wish to inform the county about their emergency preparedness needs in the event of a natural or manmade disaster:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Oakland County International Airport Main Terminal, J. David VanderVeen Conference Center, 6500 Patterson Parkway, Waterford
  • Monday, Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Farmington Hills Fire Station No. 5, 21455 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
“With the public’s involvement, we will work together to identify ways to improve our emergency preparedness,” Patterson said. “That is why we encourage residents and business owners to attend.”

Oakland County updates its hazard mitigation plans every five years to keep residents, businesses, and organizations well prepared and vigilant in compliance with federal requirements.

“Emergency preparedness planning helps to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and mitigate future losses,” said Thomas Hardesty, manager of Oakland County Homeland Security Division.

About Oakland County Homeland Security Division
The Oakland County Homeland Security Division is dedicated to supporting Oakland County cities, villages, and townships through a coordination of effort for logistical support during emergency operations by enhancing all-hazard preparedness along with comprehensive homeland security initiatives and first responder training. It develops and coordinates programs for natural, technological, national security, and nuclear/chemical/biological emergencies/disasters affecting Oakland County. For more information, go to OakGov.com/HomelandSecurity.

Hundreds celebrate opening of Flanders Park

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Nearly 200 people turned out recently to celebrate the official opening of Flanders Park.

The park sits on a portion of the lot where Flanders Elementary School used to be. The school was opened in 1962 and was officially closed in 2010. The original principal, Frank Delewsky, was one of many former staff members and alumni in attendance at the party.

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County employees raise nearly $20k for Hurricane Harvey victims

Oakland County employees donated $19,484 during a special Casual Week to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. On Casual Day, employees in participating departments and divisions may donate $1 to charity to wear jeans to work. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson called for a special Casual Week from Thursday, Aug. 31 – Friday, Sept. 8 when employees could dress casually every day in exchange for a donation to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"As County Executive, there are many reasons I am proud of your commitment, professionalism, and hard work," Patterson said in an email message last week to employees thanking them for their donations. "This week, it was your generosity for the victims of Hurricane Harvey which exceeded my expectations."

To put the employee Casual Week donations for Hurricane Harvey in perspective, when Patterson annually hands out Casual Day checks to a variety of charities at Christmas time, the combined total of those checks is usually somewhere between $30,000 and $35,000. In one week, Oakland County employees raised more than a half-year worth of Casual Day donations.

The Casual Week donations will be sent to Harris County, Texas officials who have identified a number of individuals who lost their homes due to Hurricane Harvey flood damage and need help with basic necessities.

Since its inception more than 24 years ago, Oakland County employees have donated over $850,000, touching the lives of thousands of people. No taxpayer funds are used in the Casual Day program.

Local Penn Station East Coast Subs owner pledges to raise $75,000 for The Rainbow Connection

Local Penn Station owner Bernie Marconi has partnered with The Rainbow Connection to bring the dreams of seriously ill children in Michigan to life. Penn Station, a fast-casual restaurant, is known for its grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, hand-squeezed lemonade and fresh-cut fries.

“The Rainbow Connection makes a huge impact on the lives of local children and their families who need our help,” said Bernie Marconi, owner of the Rochester & North Gratiot Clinton Twp. Penn Station locations, “We’re thrilled to partner with them and raise money to support their mission.”  Bernie Marconi and his wife Linda began this partnership in 2016 and have committed to supporting the Rainbow Connection year-round. “Our goal is to raise $75,000 for this local charity and to give back to the communities we serve.”

George Miller, Executive Director for TRC, is excited to be working with the Penn Station team.  “Bernie has a big heart and was quick to step up to help when he learned our wish referrals had increased by 37%.  With the popularity of the Penn Station restaurants growing bigger as people learn about their unique menu, the support they have already demonstrated will only improve.”

The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses.  From something as simple as a computer or as unique as meeting the President of the United States or a glorious trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection has fulfilled the dreams of over 3300 Michigan children.

Donations are being accepted at both Penn Station locations to support The Rainbow Connection.

For more information or if you would like to be involved with The Rainbow Connection call 248-601-9474 or visit www.rainbowconnection.org

Seger sponsors Dale Carnegie program at Children's Village

Rocker Bob Seger’s generosity is bringing life-changing skills to at-risk teens at Oakland County Children’s Village. For the second year in a row, Seger is sponsoring the Dale Carnegie Teen Program at Children’s Village which is taking place through July 21.

“Oakland County is grateful for Mr. Seger’s support and continued generosity,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “His participation sends a powerful message to our at-risk youth that they matter and their success matters.”

The first class of 12 at-risk Children’s Village teens graduated from the Dale Carnegie Teen Program in June of 2016 with inspiring results. They learned public speaking and decision-making skills. Their self-confidence grew every session. Most importantly, the students learned to replace negative attitudes with positive thoughts and actions.

“I got to watch each of these students change right before my eyes. I know that this year we’ll again see incredible changes in all the teens taking the course,” said Aaron Danish, a Brother Rice High School student who, as a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Teen Program, was inspired to bring it to Oakland County Children’s Village. Now, he is a volunteer graduate assistant with the program.

“I saw the big difference this program made for me and my classmates,” Danish said. “We gained confidence and learned goal setting and public speaking skills. It occurred to me that those who need it most rarely have the financial means to get this kind of training and support.”

So he spoke with his mother, Dr. Myra Danish, a board member of Children’s Village Foundation, and together they contacted Seger who immediately embraced the program. Based on last year’s inspiring and lasting results, Seger agreed to support it again this year.

Danish participated as an assistant in the 2016 course under the direction of Kathy Tosoian, a Dale Carnegie instructor. Tosoian will return this year to lead the course with Danish at her side.

The sessions and graduation are closed to the public and media.

About Children’s Village and Children’s Village Foundation
Children’s Village is the Oakland County’s residential facility for children and youths who are in need of out-of-home services. Youth are placed in Children’s Village by court order or by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Children’s Village provides residential care and comprehensive treatment services for youth and their families. To learn more about Children’s Village, go to www.OakGov.com/Village.

The Children’s Village Foundation provides funding for extra-curricular educational programs as well as special projects and activities. The foundation is made up of volunteers from the community and every dollar raised has a direct impact on the children. For more information about Children’s Village Foundation, visit www.CVFoundation.com.

Farmington DDA Director: 'We want everyone to succeed'

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Smart development, public/private partnerships and a friendly “hello” are some of the keys to growing a successful downtown, according to the new DDA director for the city of Farmington.

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Orion Township Public Library receives Friends donation

The Friends of the Orion Township Public Library recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Orion Township Public Library for funds raised at the Friends Passport to Spring Gala event which was held at the library at the end of April.

Over 300 guests attended The Passport to Spring: A Visit to Poland event when the library was filled with Polish music, food, culture, and entertainment.

“This donation will be used to upgrade the technology in the Teen Room at our library,” said Karen Knox, director, Orion Township Public Library. “Orion teens would like to be able to have access to the latest video game systems, chargers for their portable devices, and special software on the computers. With this generous donation from the Friends, we will be able to provide our teens with upgraded technology, which encourages them to keep coming to the library.”

Library staff plan to add these upgrades to the Teen Room this summer. Be sure to stop in a take a look!

The Friends of the Orion Township Library is a 501(c)3 organization whose volunteer members are dedicated to supporting and improving the library by raising funds for services, programs, projects, and resources not provided for by the general library budget.

The Friends are always looking for new members and volunteers! If you are interested in learning more about the Friends of the Orion Township Library, please visit orionlibrary.org/friends.

For more information, visit the Orion Township Public Library at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362, orionlibrary.org or call 248.693.3000.  The library is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.
 
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