Volunteer Spotlight: Labors of Love
We're extending a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated volunteers! In our time of need, volunteers in our community donated gloves and worked hard to create masks for our essential staff and youth! The gloves and hand-made masks are helping minimize the spread of germs and keeping our kiddos safe! We send our most sincere THANK YOU to the following volunteers for their kind acts of love:
Janie Hamilton & Oakland County Cloth
Heather & JoNell Santos
Ferndale Free Methodist Church
Josh York of York Project
Officer Jennifer Mansfield, Redford Twp. Police Department
Krysta Baughman & Better Life Bags
Glamorous Moms Foundation
Detroit Garment Group
We are still in need of masks and gloves for our campus. If you are interested in donating gloves and/or masks, contact Chief Development Officer Kathryn Woodstock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Spotlight: Chef Greg Ervin & Deann Forbes
Go Chiefs! Our boys had a ball at their very own Super Bowl Party! Special thank you to Chef Greg Ervin and Deann Forbes for their generosity for providing a smorgasbord of Super Bowl treats and the setup for our viewing pleasure. Our boys love sports and enjoyed watching the Super Bowl together.
Volunteer Spotlight: Redford Township Police Department
Our year is off to a great start with the help of Redford Township Police Department! The RPTD treated our residential youth to a day at the movies! Our boys received special treatment with snacks and a theatre reserved just for MCHS! Boys entered the galaxy as they watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at the Emagine of Canton! Thank you to Captain Jeziorowski and RTPD Officers for your dedication to MCHS and our youth! Sincere thank you to Emagine Theater CEO Paul Glantz who donated the theater for our viewing!
Volunteer Spotlight: Trey Flowers
The holiday season is the time of year for cheer and giving! Lions Defensive End, Trey Flowers blessed our children and campus with a holiday extravaganza and provided an evening of fun and surprises for our youth. MCHS residents had the opportunity to hang out with Trey Flowers, receive autographs, and enjoy dinner sponsored by Happy’s Pizza. Flowers surprised our kiddos with the unveiling of a donation of six new smart TVs, gaming consoles and games for every cottage on campus! The boys were ecstatic to receive the new gifts and to have the opportunity to spend time with Flowers! Special thank you to Trey Flowers and his team for coordinating this amazing event and to Happy’s Pizza for providing dinner! Your acts of kindness are gentle reminders this season to spread love, hope, and joy!
Volunteer Spotlight: Michigan Green Industry Association
Hats off to the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) for their hard work and efforts in beautifying our historic 80-acre campus. More than thirty MGIA volunteers representing thirteen companies spent a day grooming our landscape. Volunteers expanded our serenity garden, filled our playground with mulch, and planted trees, shrubs and florals. Even our therapy animals received some care as volunteers built a sandbox and rock wall for our pigs and goats. Special thank you to Diane Banks (MGIA President and Chairman of this initiative), Steve Udell (WH Canon) and Robert Bywalec (D&B Landscaping). Your efforts on our campus will go on for years to come!
Volunteer Spotlight: Trunk or Treat 2019
Volunteers participated and made a huge impact at our spooktacular annual Trunk or Treat event! Residential youth and foster care families enjoyed checking out decorated trunks, collecting tasty treats, face painting and pumpkin decorating! More than seventy volunteers, from the metro Detroit community participated in a competition for the most creative trunk. The event was very successful thanks to the organizations and individuals who volunteered!
Special thank you to: Thrivent for providing lunch, Towne Mortgage for supplying treat bags, and Mercy Road Church for providing a face painter. Your donations added a special touch to this year's event!
Volunteer Spotlight: Redford Township Police Department
This summer, the Redford Township Police Department coordinated an informative safety summer camp series introducing our youth to the world of emergency first responders! Children in our residential program learned first-hand what training and education are required to enter the field. Throughout the summer, they met officers from the Redford Police Department, Redford Fire Department, The Redford EMT, and the Detroit Mounted Unit! Perhaps the most memorable moment was meeting Corporal Gunther and his equine partner Ivan, a ten-year member of the Detroit Mounting Unit. Special thanks to Officer John and fellow officers of the Redford Township Police Department for your time and dedication to our community!
Volunteer Spotlight: TruGreen & Commerce United Methodist Church
Children in our residential program had the opportunity to shoot some hoops and learn the fundamentals of basketball with Joe Griggs of TruGreen at the 6th Annual MCHS Basketball Camp! Mr. Griggs rounded up a handful of volunteer coaches, some returning year after year and others new to our campus, to give our kids an amazing day of fun! The afternoon was topped off with Slows Bar BQ, provided and served by the lovely ladies of Commerce United Methodist Church. And as a special treat, the ice cream truck stopped by, leaving our kids (and staff) smiling from ear to ear! Thank you to Mr. Griggs and all of the volunteers who turned an average Friday into a day to remember!
Volunteer Spotlight: BOMA Metro Detroit
All things grow with love... and with a little help from our friends at BOMA Metro Detroit! The MCHS Garden Club has put down roots as members from the volunteer group finalized installation in May 2019. We'll be growing fruits, vegetables as well as a variety of butterfly bushes and flowers! Thank you for all your hard work, BOMA Metro Detroit!
Making Our Mission Possible
Volunteers are imperative to the success of any organization, and, at MCHS, we couldn't be more grateful for the hundreds of folks who join us every year to give of their time helping alongside our children and staff! Whether our volunteers are hosting basketball tournaments for our residential boys, babysitting our foster care children while their parents attend our support group, or beautifying our children's bedroom with a fresh coat of pant, these difference-makers are the reason we have been able to provide such a loving and supportive experience to the children and families we have served for the last 100 years.
If you would like to volunteer, take a look at the many ways you can contribute and get involved!