2017-11-26 / Insight

LCCF to hold open house Tuesday; hold challenge grant

810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — For Lapeerarea charitable organizations, Thanksgiving is more than a time to eat a good meal and spend time with loved ones, it’s a time when their philanthropy tends to kick into overdrive, and the “giving” part of Thanksgiving is taken to heart.

Fueled by social media, #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s considered the start of the charity season leading up to Christmas and end-of-year giving, and since its inaugural year in 2012, the event has become a movement that supports giving and philanthropy throughout the year. In 2015, the campaign reached 2.4 million people across 98 countries and generated $177 million in online donations.

The reach of #GivingTuesday has extended to Lapeer, and the Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF) has joined the movement, and to celebrate, the organization is holding an open house at their new location in the lower level of the historic courthouse in downtown Lapeer. From 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, visitors can learn about how giving today can impact tomorrow as well as enjoy refreshments, tour the new office space, learn more about the LCCF and witness the unveiling of the organization’s new look and brand. “It’s really exciting (to be a part of) #GivingTuesday,” said Executive Director of LCCF Nancy Boxey. “We always say, ‘give where you live.’”

In addition to the festivities, attendees can take part in the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Challenge Grant. The LCCF will match every dollar, up to $20,000, that is donated to the Lapeer County YAC through Dec. 15. “It’s a great opportunity, when people donate to YAC, their money will be doubled,” said Boxey.

The YAC is a 26-member committee comprised of seventh-12th grade students representing each school district in Lapeer County, and are responsible for the stewardship of more than $25,000 annually in funds. YAC students collaborate and distribute yearly funds by way of grants given to youth-related projects in Lapeer County and area service projects. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids to be able to leverage all the donations to their funds and smaller donations will be doubled, it gives people who want to donate the knowledge that their money will go even further,” said LCCF YAC Advisor Jennifer Phillips. “No donation is too small.”

The YAC provides its members with valuable leadership training while they volunteer their time to assess community needs, study issues important to youth, report their findings to community leaders and evaluate grant proposals requesting funds for youth-oriented programs. The group also completes four to five community service projects annually. “They’re very thoughtful about the process and they’re great stewards of the funds,” said Phillips. “They think of questions the adult board members might not even have thought of.” Lapeer’s YAC is one of 86 YACs throughout the state of Michigan.

Refreshments will be provided at Tuesday’s open house. For further information, contact Nancy Boxey or Jennifer Phillips at 810-664-0691. To learn more about the LCCF and the group’s 62 funds, head to www.lapeercountycf.org.

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