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#raiseUPshiawassee Encourages You to Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate

Tuesday Event Created for Civic-Minded Individuals and Groups Looking to Make A Difference By Volunteering

Posted by Uplift Shiawassee at 9:07am 11/10/18

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The #raiseUPshiawassee initiative is on a mission to thwart couch potato-dom and encourage volunteerism throughout Shiawassee County with the upcoming “Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate” event, to be held Tuesday, November 13th from 3-7pm at the Downtown Owosso Armory. Whether you’re interested in volunteering time, sharing talents, or donating money, the Soulmate event will highlight worthy causes to consider supporting among 17 nonprofit organizations in a sort of “speed dating” type format.

This first time event is a part of the global #GivingTuesday movement – where local nonprofits around the world are looking for people to make an impACT in the community. The Shiawassee County Community Giving Tuesday Campaign is called #raiseUPshiawassee. It includes not only the Soulmate event, but also activities throughout the community on #GivingTuesday, November 27th (including online financial donation opportunities) - with the goal to “raise UP” awareness and focus on the needs of the people in Shiawassee County.

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The local nonprofits represented in the Soulmate event include:  

The Arc Shiawassee
Child Advocacy Center
Devries Nature Conservancy
Downtown Owosso Farmers Market
Durand Union Station
Friends of the Shiawassee River
Girls on the Run Mid-Michigan
Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Owosso Community Players
Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee
SafeCenter
Shiawassee Arts Center
Shiawassee Community Foundation
Shiawassee Council on Aging,
Shiawassee Family YMCA
Shiawassee Hope
Shiawassee Humane Society

“The Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate event will help participants narrow down their interests as to where and how they’d like to help any number of organizations," said Tracey Peltier, Market Master of the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market. “All 17 nonprofits will have representatives stationed at information tables so folks can chat with current volunteers and learn how to get involved.”
Stephanie McClintock, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Mid-Michigan adds “So many people think about supporting a nonprofit organization, but don’t know where to start. We’ve all been there - but now there’s an easy first step to identify the charity that’s a match for you.”

And each participating nonprofit organization is looking for individuals with specific skill sets to carry out their missions. Sometimes that’s answering phones, sometimes that’s caring for animals, sometimes that’s teaching children, and sometimes that’s just being a listening ear. Everyone has something to give.

“The Y is always looking for volunteers to take on any number of roles – not just those involved with fitness,” said Shiawassee Family YMCA Executive Director Laura Burroughs. “But we are just one of 17 organizations. Each of them are looking for volunteer champions.”

There is no admission fee for the Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate event – which will also feature refreshments and the opportunity for any participant to register for future county-wide volunteer opportunities. Visitors are encouraged to bring friends and family members to have some fun and learn more about ways to help.
For more information about the Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate event and #raiseUPshiawassee initiative, contact Yvette Collard, Associate Director of the Cook Family Foundation, 989.725.1621 or yvette@cookfamilyfoundation.org. To learn more about all of the participating nonprofit organizations, visit the Cook Family Foundation website at http://www.cookfamilyfoundation.org/givingtuesday/.   

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