News & Events
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.