News & Events
NOV 22nd, 2022
RAISING 10K IN ONE DAY!
Once again this year we will be aiming to raise $10K in One Day on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is on November 29th, so if our would like to donate and help youth and families in our community in 2023 and beyond, click on the link below!
NOV 8th, 2022
CONGRATULATIONS FALL GRANTEES!
Huge congratulations to the following organizations who have been awarded grants from our fall grant cycle. Thank you for everything you do for our community!
CARES In Farmington Hills – Funding for general support for food pantry.
Farmington Community Library – Funding towards Book & Author Festival to be held during Art on the Grand 2023.
Farmington High School Counseling Department – Funding for the FHS Counselor Café Program supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing.
Farmington United Team 3414 Hackbots – Funding towards travel expenses for the team to attend the world robotics competition in Houston, TX in Spring 2023.
Farmington Youth Assistance – Funding towards 2022 Holiday Angels program to provide holiday joy to middle and high school age students not served by other community giving programs.
Heartfelt Harvest – Food pantry supplies for senior clients and those with special dietary needs.
Operation Common Good – Funding towards CARES and other grocery store gift cards, gas cards, and transportation gift cards for families in need.
Thistle Rose Academy for Arts – Funding towards the purchase of heaters for their outdoor Winter Music Festival in Jan/Feb 2023.
OCT 1st, 2022
SILVER STAR CELEBRATION
Thank to you to everyone who attended our Silver Star Celebration last night! It was an amazing evening and it was wonderful to hear from some of our grantees. A huge thank you to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for hosting the event at their Farmington Hills offices and to Daimler Truck Financial Services for providing the amazing team of volunteers who enabled the evening to run smoothly!
We would also like to thank all the event sponsors: Daimler Truck Financial Services, Sellers Buick GMC, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, The Leo E & Ann June Mainville Fund, Serra Ford Farmington Hills, Thornton & Grooms, Paul & Lee Blizman, Farmington Public Schools, GM Financial, Heeney Sundquist Funeral Home, M Mazzoni Jewelers, and Peterlin’s Bar and Restaurant.
SILVER STAR CELEBRATION
If you want a sneak peek at our Silver Star Celebration venue, click on the video link!
MAy 26th, 2022
EAT DESSERT TO DONATE
If you like ice cream, please stop by the Silver Dairy on Grand River in Farmington on Tuesday, August 9th.
As part of their “Eat Dessert To Donate” community program, FFHFYF will receive 20% of the proceeds on that day. Tell your friends, family, neighbours and coworkers!
Thank you, Silver Dairy!
July 26th, 2022
SILVER STAR CELEBRATION
Very exciting news, we will be having an in-person fundraising event, the Silver Star Celebration, on Friday, September 30th! The event will be held at the new Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA offices in Farmington Hills, so if you have been wondering what their wonderful, new building looks like inside, here is the perfect opportunity to find out!
Tickets are now on sale, so to purchase click on the link below.
We also have a variety of sponsorship packages for businesses available, starting at $250. More details can be found by clicking on the ticket link above.
MAy 26th, 2022
GRANT AWARDS BREAKFAST
For the first time ever this year, we celebrated our recent grantees at a Grants Awards Breakfast! Grantees from the fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles, members of our board, donors, sponsors, and other community members gathered at Longacre House on May 26th. We are very grateful to SELLERS BUICK GMC for being our presenting sponsors for the event. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and hear about all the amazing programs that are going on in our community!
Our spring grantees were:
Camp Casey – Funding for a Horsey House Call for an FFH child with cancer or a rare blood disorder.
City of FH Cultural Arts – Funding towards the “Rock Around the Hawk” drop-in music program for children age 18 mths to 5 years.
Farmington Farmers Market – Funding towards the Power of Produce program for kids 4-12 years and the Healthy Oakland Partnership for seniors 60 and better.
Farmington Youth Assistance – Funding towards FYA summer camp scholarship program for FFH students who would not normally have the opportunity to attend camps.
Farmington United Hackbots – Funding towards materials and sponsorship for the 2022/23 season.
Haitian Network Group of Detroit – Funding towards the HNGD Haitian Art and Craft Festival in downtown Farmington July 30th and 31st 2022.
KickstART Farmington – Funding for free community youth art classes during summer 2022.
Operation Common Good – Funding towards emergency grocery store gift cards for families in need, emergency fast food gift cards for families housed in motels, and replenishment of Giving Box supplies.
Sib4Sib – Funding towards the Sib4Sib Junior and Tween programs during 2022 for children age 6-13.
Stand with Trans – Funding for in-person support groups for a parent/caregiver group, and a teen group for transgender youth.
West Oaks Civitan Club – Funding towards the summer reading program which primarily serves lower income families.
JANUARY 30TH, 2022
2022 SPRING GRANT CYCLE
If you are are program or organization serving youth and families in the Farmington and Farmington Hills community, it’s not too early to think about submitting your application for funding to our Spring Grant Cycle! You can find out more by visiting our Grants page, where you will also find an application form. The deadline for applications is midnight on April 15th!!
NOVEMBER 30TH, 2021
GIVING TUESDAY – 10K IN ONE DAY
UPDATE: Thank you, thank you ,thank you donors! We raised an amazing $14,575 for our 2022 grant program which will enrich the lives of youth and families in our community!!
Our Giving Tuesday campaign this year is aiming to raise $10 K IN ONE DAY for our grant program in 2022. Donations can be made by texting “FFHFYF” to 56651, or online: https://cbo.io/d/FFHFYF
SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
In place of our usual gala dinner, this year we are trying something new and different as our main fundraiser! The “Virtually Yours” online auction is now open! Lots of great items to bid on and the proceeds will go directly towards our grant program that benefits youth and family programs and organizations in our community.
CLICK HERE to register and place your bids up until 10pm on Sunday, September 26th!
MAY 7, 2021
CHANGES TO OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM & NEW TRUSTEES
Following our Annual Meeting on May 7th, we have some changes to our leadership team! Rob Francis (IT Senior Manager at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services) has taken over from Gary Dawes as president. Andrew Haller is stepping down as treasurer to make way for Alan Maxey (Retired – Ford Motor Credit Company), and Matt Friedrich (Attorney and 47th District Court Magistrate) will be taking up the role of secretary. Judge Marla Parker will remain as Vice President.
In addition, FFHFYF is also delighted to announce three new members to its Board of Trustees. Warren Ladner (Market CFO for Beaumont Dearborn and Farmington Hills), Leslie Miller (Business Consultant and owner of Leslie Miller Wellness), and Gregory Smith (Principal of Lanigan Elementary School) joined the board at the annual meeting.
JANUARY 29, 2021
FARMINGTON YOUTH ASSISTANCE – HOLIDAY ANGELS
JANUARY 21, 2021
WEST OAKS CIVITAN CLUB GRANT AWARD
The West Oaks Civitan Club received a grant of $1,000 from our fall 2020 grant cycle to support the provision of books to lower income families in our community. Despite the restrictions in place due to the pandemic, they were able to distribute the books at the end of 2020 in two different and innovative ways.
For the first, the Civitans partnered with the Society of Future Teachers at Madonna University. The students sewed blankets for 30 homeless students, and the Civitans provided books. The books and blankets were delivered to students via the Equity for Education Department of Farmington Public Schools.
For the second, the West Oaks Civitan Club teamed up with the Farmington Public Schools Meal distribution program at East Middle School on December 23, to provide the “Gift of Reading.” Prior to the delivery, books were labeled and leveled, and as families arrived, they were asked the grade levels of their children. Appropriate books were placed in plastic bags enhanced by candy canes and bookmarks compliments of the West Oaks Civitan Club.
Families were very grateful to receive books to support at home learning, especially during the pandemic. Some parents loved the possibility of using the books for holiday gifts, while other children who came along to the event were tremendously excited to have a book of their own. One little girl who came along with her parents asked the question, “You mean I get to keep this book forever? It’s my very own?” When the Civitans replied, “of course” she clapped her hands in excitement! A third-grade boy was excited to receive a Magic Tree House Book. He said, “Oh, the Magic Tree House books are my favorite.”
NOVEMBER 19, 2020
FALL GRANT CYCLE
We have recently made grant awards to the following programs and organizations in the Farmington & Farmington Hills community:
CARES of Farmington Hills have received an emergency grant award for supplies for their free food pantry. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have seen a huge increase in the number of clients experiencing food insecurity.
Heartfelt Harvest is another immediate need organization in the Farmington & Farmington Hills community that has been put under immense pressure by the pandemic. We are pleased to award them a grant to restock the shelves of their pantry with non-food items such as toothpaste, deodorant, laundry soap and diapers.
Operation Common Good have been providing supplies for a number of “Giving Boxes” located around the Farmington & Farmington Hills Community. The Giving Boxes are stocked with a variety of non-perishable items so people can help themselves as and when they have need. Our grant will provide more supplies for the boxes over the holiday season and beyond.
Farmington Youth Assistance applied for a grant for their annual Holiday Angels program. Holiday Angels provides holiday gifts to children in need from the 13-17 age group who are not covered by other community programs such as Goodfellows. We are very happy to bring some holiday cheer into the lives of young people in our community with this grant award.
The West Oaks Civitan Club has adapted their literacy program during the pandemic by distributing books to low income families through the Farmington Public School food program. The grant from FFHFYF will help purchase more books for the program.
In response to the changing childcare needs of working parents during the pandemic, The Farmington Family YMCA has been operating one of five Y Learning Centers in the metro Detroit area. The Y Learning Centers provide a safe environment for K-8 students on their online school days. The grant from FFHFYF will provide funding for scholarships, PPE needs, basic supplies, and support at the Farmington Y Learning Center.
The main priority for our fall grant cycle was towards immediate need programs and organizations. However, we have also made grants to the following programs which continue to enrich our community: The Farmington Musicale for their annual student musician competition, KickStART Farmington for a children’s community art program, First AME Church for the 2021 Juneteenth Celebration program, and the Power Middle School Hackbytes Robotics team to purchase components for this season’s competition.
Applications for our Spring 2021 Cycle are due by April 15th, 2021. Click here to find out more.
JULY 16, 2020
We are still considering emergency grant applications from programs and organizations in the Farmington & Farmington Hills community who are experiencing an increase in demand for critical need services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date we have made emergency grant awards to CARES of Farmington Hills, Sunflour Bakehaus, Operation Common Good, and Farmington Youth Assistance.