As the Upper Peninsula’s capacity building organization, Grow & Lead is again partnering with nonprofits from across the region to coordinate an Upper Peninsula wide GivingTuesday campaign. The #give906 campaign was developed in 2018 by a committee of local nonprofits that participate in #GivingTuesday, with the goal of encouraging residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their heart to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code.
2020 Giving Guide
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Listed below is more information on local projects and fundraisers happening for GivingTuesday. Descriptions and links were submitted by the organizations and are listed in the order they were received.
GivingTuesday Military – U.P.
GivingTuesdayMilitary is celebrating another epic day of goodness for GivingTuesday, celebrated nationwide on Dec. 1st. We are excited to announce our UP mission to support and uplift our local military and Jacobetti Center Veterans and the Iron Mountain VA.
From November 1st – December 1st, we have opened up a PO Box for people to send letters, cards or care packages to the active military men and women of the 652nd, 107th, Iron Mountain VA and our DJ Jacobetti Home For Veterans.
Here’s how it works:
1. Choose where you want your card to go. We won’t have names so just refer to “soldier or veteran”. The 652nd (approx. 50 soldiers) and the 107th (approx. 800 soldiers) are the two active military units in the Upper Peninsula of MichiganThe DJ Jacobetti Center and Iron Mountain VA are assisted living homes for retired veterans.
2. Write a letter, send a funny or uplifting card, care packages, gift cards or silly presents.
3. Address your letter to your selected military receiving organization.
652nd, 107th, Iron Mountain VA or DJ Jacobetti Veterans Center.
Care Of: GTM – UP
PO BOX 146
Marquette, Michigan 49855
4. Mail it!
All items received will be inventoried by sender for transparency. They will be delivered unopened to the selected military organization in an appropriate and secure fashion.
Omega House, Inc.
Again, this year Portage Health Foundation will match a percentage of Giving Tuesday donations made to Omega House.
Messiah Lutheran Church
Messiah Lutheran Church’s goal is to raise funds for our Community Assistance Fund, which is in place to help those in need in our community with past due rent, utilities, shut-off notices, fuel cards, etc. During Giving Tuesday, folks can give online to this cause or they can come in to drop off cash or a check between the hours of 10:30 am & 2:30 pm. There will be light refreshments in a ‘to-go’ box you can take with you when you leave.
Superior Housing Solutions
Superior Housing Solutions is accepting donations for recovery housing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Marquette Regional History Center
Please support the Marquette Regional History Center this #GivingTuesday! Your funds will go directly to the care of artifacts, archival materials, and historic photographs we’ve been collecting since 1918. Your contribution will help keep local history alive for future generations!
Spread Goodness Day
For giving Tuesday, Spread Goodness Day will be launching an apparel line featuring custom, signature sunglasses, masks and shirts! Proceeds from the sales will support the mission of Spread Goodness Day. The primary use of this funding for 2021 will be to distribute FREE recyclable shades & the new masks to participating schools, groups and organizations. The future is bright, they’re going to need shades!
Clear Lake Education Center Stewards Group
All contributions will support Clear Lake Education Center Programs in 2021 – making a difference by connecting area youth to the natural world.
Camp New Day
Camp New Day UP is a FREE one-week summer camp (additional mini camps in fall/winter) for Upper Peninsula youths, ages 9-14, who have (or have had ) a parent or family member in prison or jail. With focus on the child (and not the incarceration) Camp New Day UP provides an atmosphere that emphasizes positive reinforcement, nurtures self worth, and is a whole lot of FUN. Because camp is absolutely FREE to the campers (including transportation) we rely 100% on charitable donations and grants. In 2019, Camp New Day served 27 UP youths with costs totaling approximately $22,000. They have three requests for GivingTuesday:
- Raise Awareness. If you know a child experiencing the impact of incarceration and would benefit from camp, a link to registration is on our web page.
- Volunteer, if you are interested in becoming a camp counselor or have a special talent you would like to share in the form of a workshop at camp, contact us. These campers will touch your heart as their joy becomes your joy. A truly wonderful experience for everyone.
- Donate through our web page. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for Camp New Day 2021.
Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency
DICSA is your local Community Action Agency, offering several areas of support to our families and friends. We deliver Meals-on-Wheels, provide adult daycare, distribute boxes of food, give rides and have wheelchair accessible vehicles, make your home energy efficient, find housing for veterans, offer cleaning and personal care to seniors in their homes, help people with their tax credits/refunds for free, match volunteers to wherever their help is needed, and serve meals at senior centers.
Your donation will help us stay strong and able to offer help to our neighbors when they most need it. Support your community through action – Community Action! #DICSASTRONG #WEARECOMMUNITYACTION
The historic Calumet Theatre is seeking to raise money to purchase equipment that will enable us to present quality live streaming performances. The current pandemic has forced the Theatre to cancel most live performances in 2020, drastically reducing revenue necessary to operate and maintain the Theatre. The ability to live stream performances originating from our stage would allow the Theatre to continue our mission of providing the area with diverse cultural experiences, even in the absence of an in-person audience. We can charge a viewing “ticket” price, helping to offset the loss of in-person ticket sales. Post-pandemic, this live streaming capability would present an opportunity to reach patrons and the public beyond our immediate area who may not be able to attend a performance in-person, and open up another revenue possibility for our nonprofit theatre.
Among the items we would be looking to purchase or pay for with Giving Tuesday donations to facilitate this project are:
- Computer capable of high quality video production.
- Camera also capable of high quality recording and transmission.
- Wireless networking equipment.
- Installation costs and labor.
The Theatre will be promoting our fundraising efforts via live radio appearances and also on the Calumet Theatre official Facebook page.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers
Great Lakes Recovery Centers will be holding supply drives at all of the following GLRC outpatient locations — Ishpeming, Marquette, Sault Ste Marie, Escanaba, Hancock, Iron Mountain, Iron River, Ironwood and St. Ignace. They are looking for new or gently used goods for our clients, including but not limited to, clothes, winter coats, boots, toiletry items, linens, small household items, and cleaning supplies.They will have a box at each office to collect the donated items. For a listing of the outpatient office addresses or if you would like to make a monetary donation that will go to purchasing gift cards for our clients, please visit our website at: www.glrc.org/donate.
Superior Health Foundation
Addressing food insecurities in Upper Michigan has always been top of mind for the Superior Health Foundation. So, for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1, SHF is raising money to provide funding for colleges across the region to restock their food banks. The fundraiser will benefit the six colleges in the U.P. – Bay College, Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Tech University and Northern Michigan University.
Portage Health Foundation
Portage Health Foundation is proud to be providing a dollar-for-dollar match up to $200,000 total to donations made to 18 non-profits in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties. This year’s non-profits are:
- Swedetown Trails Club
- Superior Search & Rescue,
- Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY)
- Ontonagon County Cancer Association
- Omega House
- Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
- Keweenaw Random Acts of Community Kindness
- Keweenaw Family Resource Center
- Friends of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
- Dial Help
- Dan Schmitt Gift of Music
- Copper Harbor Trails Club
- Copper Country Senior Meals
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for Abused Women
- Baraga County Shelter Home
- Ahmeek Village Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department
- 31 Backpacks.
Through three years, this campaign has put nearly $700,000 into local nonprofits through $383,312 in donations, and another $288,380 matched by PHF.
STAR Children’s Bereavement Services
STAR Children’s Bereavement Services recently launched the Wonder Box program. Each month, a subscription type box with an activity and resources on grief are mailed directly to families. For example, in November children that have signed up to receive a box received a large mason jar, strips of paper, stickers and other art supplies to create a memory jar. Children were able to write down their memories and place them in the jar so they can take the slips out and read their favorite memories whenever they would like. Boxes are free for the children, and it cost STAR about $25 per month per child to provide the materials and ship the box. Our GivingTuesday goal is to sponsor 10 children’s participation, which comes to $1750. Please consider sponsoring a box for $25.
STAR has also relaunched the popular Camp STAR Fundraising t-shirt.
Diane Peppler Resource Center
Diane Peppler Resource Center will be going live on Instagram and Facebook to talk about the impact of domestic violence during a global pandemic that requires victims to be housed with their batterers if they have no ability to leave. They are still providing shelter to those in need, outreach services, group sessions with social distancing, providing transportation, food, hygiene items, PPE, and now winter apparel to survivors of DV, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – U.P. Kids
Thanks to Portage Health Foundation’s generosity and commitment to our community… We can make a Bigger Impact Together on GivingTuesday! Be an Ally for U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters and donate through PHFoundation for their GivingTuesday Campaign and your contribution will include an additional Matching Gift from PHFoundation!
Donate anytime now through GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020 to qualify for the matching gift at phfgive.org and designate Big Brothers Big Sisters to stand with us to #KeepKidsConnected #DefendPotential #EmpowerResilience
Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy
Michael Cameron Dempsey — “Mike” to his friends and coworkers — was descended from UP stock, both Finnish and Scottish. He spent memorable moments in the western UP, investigating his roots, accompanying his family to heritage sites, and reveling in the unparalleled natural beauty of the area. He served his country in a diplomatic capacity in Afghanistan at a forward military base, placing his life in jeopardy on behalf of those less fortunate. He was under hostile fire on numerous occasions. Mike loved his country, his State, his friends and family. Since his death in 2013, the Fund operating in his name has continued supporting the kinds of work and projects in which he believed, and to follow his unselfish example.
Together with the Michael Dempsey Fund, on Giving Tuesday, the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy is raising money to purchase 40 acres of healthy hardwoods forest along the East Branch of the Wild and Scenic Ontonagon River to establish a nature preserve honoring Mike’s life and service, and to provide a place of healing for veterans and their loved ones. Thanks to a generous match grant from the Fund, donations will be matched 1:1 up to $12,000 – your donation will have double the impact if we can raise $12,000 on #GivingTuesday, December 1st!
The Preserve will permanently protect and improve nearly a mile of North Country National Scenic Trail while providing protection to the River and the healthy hardwood forest. The preserve will be accessible by foot from the Old Victoria Historic Site and Victoria Dam. There’s a high ridge in the proposed preserve with a beautiful, scenic view of the river valley and rolling hills.
UPLC will be focusing much of our social media and email outreach leading up to #GT on this project. On Dec 1, we will go live with updates a couple times throughout the day and will be showing more photos and videos of the proposed preserve that we captured over the summer. We’ll be telling more of Mike’s story and more of the story of how this partnership and project came to be along the way!
U.P. Girl Scouts
Support the For Every Girl Campaign. This initiative provides financial support to families and girls in need so they can receive the benefits of Girl Scout membership. Visit our Facebook page for videos about the campaign.
The New Free Store
The New Free Store is a nonprofit group supporting community members who experience financial hardships by offering free of charge gently used clothing, bedding and winter outerwear. In addition we offer products for household cleaning, personal hygiene and virus protection. Each year, The New Free Store helps make Christmas a little brighter for our shopping families by providing filled Christmas stockings for children and teens, adult gift mugs with small treats and some new larger gift items for all ages. This year we anticipate a significant increase in the number of families in need of gifts for their children.
Tuesday, December 1st, and every Tuesday in December, The New Free Store will be accepting gift items, ranging from stocking stuffers to larger gifts for children of all ages. Gifts will be accepted in a safe, no-contact drop off on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 1420 M28 East. Financial donations are also greatly appreciated and checks can be made out to The New Free Store.
Cancer Care of Marquette County
Cancer Care of Marquette County will be soliciting donations virtually on our Facebook page and Website. Cancer Care is all volunteer.
Marquette Maritime Museum
Marquette Maritime Museum ‘s mission is to protect and preserve the Maritime History of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes. Donations made on our Facebook page on Giving Tuesday will help us to plan online winter programming that supports our mission.
NMU Day of Giving is a campus-wide, coordinated effort to motivate alumni and supporters from all over to come together to give and pledge resources to support NMU. This year will mark the fourth consecutive year holding a day of giving event. Gifts will be directed to academic departments, programs and athletics teams, along with increasing access and aid for our students and community, including the BEAR Center. And we will continue to address student hunger by raising funds for the NMU Food Pantry. To learn more and give, go to nmu.edu/dayofgiving.
You can also join our digital program and follow along virtually. Hear from President Erickson and NMU students during a live Coffee Chat, listen to interviews with staff from the NMU Food Pantry and BEAR Center, and raise a glass during a Happy Hour with faculty members Dr. Carol Johnson from the College of Business and Dr. Joe Lubig from the Department of Education, Leadership and Public Service.
Help us get WILD on NMU Day of Giving. Wear your green and gold, spread the word on social, get your future Wildcats involved, join us for a Coffee Chat and Happy Hour, and GROW WILD with us all day long!
Alger Regional Community Foundation
Alger Regional Community Foundation’s goal for Giving Tuesday, which is part of our End of the Year Campaign, is to raise funds for the operating expenses of the foundation. The foundation depends on fundraising to cover these expenses, so that we can continue to help Alger County through our scholarship and grant funds. This fundraising has allowed us to give over $1.6 million dollars back into our community since 1992. ARCF does not use any fund money to operate and maintain our small office and part-time administrative assistant. Donors are recognized in a variety of ways including social media, our website and newsletter. Check out www.algercf.com for more information.
Communities that Care of Marinette & Menominee Counties
Communities that Care of Marinette & Menominee Counties will be promoting GivingTuesday on their Facebook page and website. It is important now more than ever, to surround our youth with protective factors and create a positive community in which they can thrive. With your donation, you will help ensure that we provide this type of environment for our kids!
Dickinson Iron County Communities that Care
Dickinson Iron County Communities that Care will be hosting coalition information on the Dickinson Iron Communities That Care Facebook page, talking about their suicide awareness group, all the programs they offer, including free QPR and Narcan.
Gogebic County Communities that Care
Gogebic County Communities that Care will share through social media, and will also be sharing on their community partners’ pages. They will also post any campaign posts throughout the day and following the day.
Delta County Communities That Care
Delta County Communities That Care’s goal is to raise enough money to support summer activities for local youth.
Mackinac Communities That Care
Mackinac Communities That Care will be posting on our Facebook page about Giving Tuesday, and will be raising money for our CTC coalition to purchase QPR books. Learn what QPR is, what the donations will cover, and how you can contribute.
Caregiver Incentive Project
Caregive Incentive Project has recorded a webinar about the caregiver shortage that our region and country faces-it is posted on our website. The CIP will be providing updates on our progress through our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We are seeking donations that will fund scholarships to incentivize college students to be involved with in-home caregiving. Our goal for the drive is $10,000.
Ontonagon County Communities That Care
The Ontonagon CTC will post a video on social media highlighting Communities That Care efforts, activities, and impact in Ontonagon County in support of proven prevention science-based programs, policies, and opportunities to impact youth to make measurable changes toward positive choices. CTC uses funds that it raises to support these programs, policies, and activities, filling in gaps in existing services and programs that improve youth outcomes and community involvement. CTC supported Botvin LIfeSkills programming, hosted a middle school lock-in, drama camps, pick-up picnic, and a virtual mental health event as a few of its funded efforts in the past year. Your giving impacts our community, our families, and most importantly, our youth. The mission we share with the community is “Ontonagon County Communities that Care supports opportunities that strengthen our area through collaboration, education, and programs that focus on the needs of our youth, thereby benefiting the entire community.”
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative brings students, teachers, and local partners together to plan and complete stewardship projects that strengthen communities and protect natural resources. With one donation you can do so much—improve education for our youth in the Western Upper Peninsula, increase the vitality of our communities, and protect our local environment.
New donor? Through the Great Stewards Challenge, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust will MATCH your donation DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!
YMCA of Marquette County
This year YMCA of Marquette County is focusing our Giving Tuesday efforts towards our KI Sawyer and Gilbert location’s Before and After School programs, as well as our “Flipped Fridays” care days. These programs are able to give the children who attend full, well balanced meals before going home. $5 gives 1 meal to a child in the program. On Giving Tuesday visit the Y’s social media platforms, where we’ll be going LIVE at our KI Sawyer and Gilbert locations. We will be raising funds virtually this year for more meals at these Before & After Programs. Throughout the day you will see videos, posts, and updates on our progress and our goal.
Lake Superior Community Partnership
As an economic development organization, Lake Superior Community Partnership is the “boots on the ground”, working with local businesses and helping them navigate these uncertain times. Their efforts will ramp up even further with the recovery and restart of Michigan’s economy. Supporting your local economic development organization is critical to make sure these resources, expertise, and networks are available for all sectors, all sizes, and all stages of business.
Gospel Opportunities will be promoting Giving Tuesday on their Facebook page and talking about it on-air. Listen live online.
Alger County CTC
Alger County Communities that Care (AC3) is hoping to raise $10,000 to support youth programing in Alger County. Through community donations the AC3 has been able to: support school social workers throughout Alger County, Community speakers, Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) program, Gas cards, Alger Packs, Career Fair for Alger County students, and much more. The AC3 plans on going live to kick off our fundraising campaign and will keep the community updated on reaching our fundraising goal through live updates.
Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House
The Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House’s goal is to get 906 Yoopers to sign up for the 906 Pledge to help build the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House! Everyone who pledges $9.06 per month for 12 or more months will receive a 906 Pledge T-shirt with Mooch’s autograph on the sleeve! This will be the house the UP built for our friends and neighbors in medical crisis, when their home is too far away.
Copper Country Community Arts Center
On Giving Tuesday, the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) plans to raise $1500 to create free Art2Go art kits for area youth. We began the Art2Go program during Summer 2020, when we were unable to offer our usual youth summer arts camps. The first Art2Go kits were funded by the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program. Inside|Out brought seven reproductions from the DIA’s permanent collection to Hancock, and our Art2Go kits helped youth to draw inspiration from those master works. Kits included art supplies, notebooks with custom letterpress covers (made in our studio), and educational materials about the DIA artists. Community response to the kits was enthusiastic; we distributed roughly 100 kits on a first-come, first-served basis. On Giving Tuesday, we will use social media (Instagram and Facebook) to promote our campaign, featuring testimonials and artwork from youth. Our campaign will emphasize the importance of art to our youngest community members. We hope to enliven their winters by making art resources freely available.
Superior String Alliance
SSA will be raising funds for camper scholarships to attend SSA’s Summer Music Camp! SSA provides music education to young musicians who play violin, viola, cello, and bass. Check out the SSA Facebook and Instagram pages on Giving Tuesday, or you can donate directly on the SSA website. SSA teaches the U.P.’s next generation of string players, connects musicians from all over the U.P. and beyond, and grows young musicians’ artistry by providing a community based on curiosity and kindness.
Superior Arts Youth Theater
SAYT discontinued in-person rehearsals in March and transitioned to providing online activities, including an animation project, script readings, interviews with industry professionals, and virtual dance classes. By August 2020, 113 young people from Chassell, Gwinn, Gladstone, Houghton, Ishpeming, Marquette, Munising, Negaunee, and Skandia took part in SAYT’s digital programming. Due to safety limitations on gathering in person and because the digital activities were provided free of charge, SAYT is hoping to make up a portion of our lost income (from lack of ticket sales & registration fees) on GivingTuesday!
As the need for proactive safety precautions continues to rise, we hope you will consider donating to SAYT – help us provide access to theatre education while serving the social and creative wellbeing of Upper Peninsula youth!
Dial Help, Inc.
Portage Health Foundation is matching donations to Dial Help up to $200,000!
Marquette County Cares Coalition (MC2)
Marquette County Cares Coalition (MC2) is posting a video on several social media sites talking about what programs the coalition provides and how community members can join MC2. Our coalition coordinator will also talk about why community members should donate to us on #GivingTuesday. Our goal is to take the funds we receive and put them back into the community to help protect our youth from depressive symptoms and perceived risk of drug use. Providing programs and education to the youth in the community helps to lower their chances of having addiction problems later in life.
Hiawatha Music Co-op
The Hiawatha Music Co-op, as part of the usually vibrant Marquette arts and performance community, has not held their typical live music performances due to the pandemic. Local businesses have suffered due to restrictions as well. To help ease the loss of income and live events, the Hiawatha Music Co-op is partnering with several businesses in Marquette for the holidays. The Co-op, along with Dead River Coffee Roasters, Donckers, Getz’s, The Ore Dock Brewing Company and Yooptone Music, have donated their goods and swag for beautiful gift baskets. These Holiday Baskets will be on sale through December 15th and can be seen on the Hiawatha Music Co-op website, www.hiawathamusic.org.
The Holiday Baskets are full of gift certificates, chocolates, coffee, musical instruments, growlers, hats, socks, t-shirts, mugs, knit capes, baseball hats, coolies, sweatshirts and pants, in a variety of combinations and sizes. Baskets can be picked up at the Hiawatha Music Co-op office in the Village Shopping Center or shipped to any location.
BHK Child Development Board
YOU CAN HELP BY DONATING WINTER ITEMS for outdoor play at BHK Centers (homemade or purchased) OR BY DONATING @ BHKFIRST.ORG and we will purchase these items for children. Help us keep the kids warm during the winter!
Check out the BHK Facebook for more information. You can drop off donations at 700 Park Avenue in Houghton or 303 Baraga Ave in L’Anse.
Marquette Symphony Orchestra
Do you value the benefits of arts and culture in the community? We are all healthier, happier, and less stressed when we are active creatively. That is why we are fundraising for a new project called Music for Marquette, where professional, classically trained musicians spend 30-minute virtual solo sessions playing and conversing with residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, one smiling face at a time, with performances running through Valentine’s Day!
We’re going to be where you are, staying safe at home and connecting with loved ones online. It is where we need to be, keeping people safe and healthy, so we can see everyone again in 2021.
We are asking our community to help us raise $5,000 in December. Each $50 donation provides one musical visit.
Invite professional musicians into your world, performing online in fun and fresh ways, making art and culture a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.