Considering giving to a charitable organization in the Upper Peninsula this giving season? The #give906 Giving Guide is here for you! This is a one-stop place to learn what charitable organizations are doing to meet critical needs across the U.P. and how you can help this GivingTuesday and throughout the year.
More than 50 U.P. organizations are listed below. The guide includes a description of each organization’s GivingTuesday initiative and a link to donate or to learn more about getting involved. The guide is coordinated by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development as part of the GivingTuesday global generosity movement which inspires people to give back on GivingTuesday, Nov. 30, and throughout the year.

Grow & Lead encourages residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their hearts to consider giving to
an organization in the 906 area code during this season of generosity.
“Nonprofit organizations have had to work harder than ever to overcome the challenges of the past year,” says Grow & Lead CEO Amy Quinn, “yet they persevere because their missions are so important. The initiatives shared in the
#give906 Giving Guide show the ingenuity and passion of U.P. organizations to meet the needs of their communities.”

For Organizations

2021 Giving Guide

New Life Community Center

New Life Community Center will be going live on social media and posting additional videos and content to get people involved and raise awareness of the project.

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Marquette County Habitat for Humanity

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to raise $500.

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Clear Lake Stewards Group

The Stewards Group has set a goal of raising $4,500 during GivingTuesday. To achieve this, we plan to use social media to attract folks to the webpage where they can donate. We will run a concurrent Facebook giving site. Short videos of Clear Lake activities will inspire donors to contribute to the organization. We will also appeal to local service organizations to match amounts contributed. All funds acquired during GivingTuesday will support the needs of Clear Lake Education Center. In the past, this has included maintenance projects, high ropes equipment, intern costs and matching grant contributions.

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Cancer Care of Marquette County

Cancer Care of Marquette County provides financial assistance for both medical and travel expenses related to cancer treatments.

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Lake Superior Theatre

Live theater teaches us to see and hear our stories. It gives us a wider view of the world and builds empathy and compassion. With your support, Lake Superior Theatre is able to bring you amazing edutainment! Enjoy the incredible views of the Marquette Harbor each summer at the best little theater with the big shows! Forget the opera glasses and join LST in our converted boathouse bursting with nautical artifacts for spectacular live entertainment and adventures on the Superior Sea. LST has an amazing waterfront lobby view and features magical musicals and funny, uplifting, enjoyable shows with incredible casts. Laugh, shed a tear and feel like you are on Broadway in easy, intimate, air conditioned comfort. Questions about the theater? Visit our facebook page,, or click

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Superior Health Foundation

In an effort to ensure that each of the three hospice houses have adequate supplies for the holiday season, Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is setting a goal of raising $10,000 to address Wish List items for the three houses.  SHF has supported these three fine organizations in the past and believes strongly in their missions. They provide invaluable, heartfelt services to patients and their loved ones.  In kicking off this campaign, SHF is proud to announce they have secured $2,000 in matching funding for the first $2,000 raised.  One never knows when an affordable hospice house will be needed during the end-of-life process.  The UP is blessed to have these services and they need our philanthropic support.

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SAIL Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula

SAIL’s goal for GivingTuesday day is to raise $2,500 for the Action Track Chair. We will be accepting donations online at our website

Community Foundation for Delta County

The Community Foundation for Delta County has a Thanksgiving Veterans Basket campaign going on right now and our goal is 160 baskets. If you are able to donate $40 to sponsor a basket or make a donation of any amount, it will be greatly appreciated. Many veterans are struggling to make ends meet, and Community Foundation for Delta County started this project to show our appreciation for their service to protect our freedom. We distribute baskets three times a year so you can sponsor one or all the distributions. #For good. For ever.

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Gogebic Range Health Foundation

The Gogebic Range Health Foundation is kicking off its end of the year giving campaign with GivingTuesday. The annual giving campaign funds our community grant making program, and we plan to kick it off with a $5,000 goal on GivingTuesday. Giving opportunities will be available on the foundation website, through social media and a special mailing.

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Bay Cliff Health Camp

Bay Cliff Health Camp is doing a huge multimedia campaign during the lead up to GivingTuesday. We will be going live on GivingTuesday to talk about all of the exciting programs for 2022. Bay Cliff is in a place of growth and expansion. We will be holding a veterans family weekend (working with UP Vets Served and SAIL), an introduction to camp weekend, an autism family weekend, a Camp Quality weekend (for pediatric cancer survivors), an adult recreation camp, and a Deaf/HoH family camp, all new ways for Bay Cliff to serve our community. Get involved with us to help us better the lives of members of our community.

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Omega House, Inc.

Giving Tuesday donations will go directly to help future terminally ill residents afford the cost to stay at Omega House. At Omega House, no one is turned away for financial reasons. *This organization is participating in the Portage Health Foundation GivingTuesday Match program.

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906 Adventure Team

906 Adventure Team empowers people, especially youth, to become the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure. Todd and Tara will be hanging out for the day at Campfire CoWorks, ready to welcome visitors, share our mission, and discuss the future of the 906 Adventure Team. Stop in and see us anytime between 9:06 a.m. and 6:09 p.m. or contribute online at

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Marquette Symphony Orchestra is holding an online fundraiser, promoted through their social media platforms. Funds raised will be used to start a new series of Master Classes on creating, performing, and responding to music, which will help to improve students’ success in school, work, and life.

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The David & Thu Brule YMCA of Marquette County

This year’s goal for GivingTuesday is to raise $1,500, which would allow 30 participants to enjoy Pedaling for Parkinson’s for over six months. A $50 donation provides one Pedaling for Parkinson’s participant over one month of classes. Individuals pay a very small fee for a six-week session, and we rely on support from our sponsors, donors, and other local businesses and organizations to cover the rest of the costs involved. Your $50 donation matters to members of our community in Marquette County.

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Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Giving Tuesday’s goal is to meet a 1:1 match for donations through The Great Stewards Challenge issued by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.  We are nearing the $20,000 threshold for this match, so every donation counts—times two! Our year-end fundraising campaign includes direct mail letters to current donors and prospects as well as promotion on our website and Facebook page.

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Spread Goodness Day

Winter might be coming, but we’re just getting warmed up!  Partnered with Embers Credit Union, Spread Goodness Day will be hosting the #GiveNowChallenge on GivingTuesday, November 30!

Here’s how it works: For every donation over $10 we receive on our Facebook fundraiser or through our website, we will IMMEDIATELY spend half of it spreading goodness to our community. You give, we give!  

Embers Credit Union will spend up to $2,500 that day. So, our goal is to raise $5,000 and max it out! The other half of your donation will be used towards our Fifth Annual Spread Goodness Day celebration on March 11, 2022.  Help us make the future so bright, we all need shades!

You can tell us how you’d like us to spend the money: donate goods/cash to a nonprofit, buy cookies for first responders, start a free coffee train at a coffee shop, pass out surprise flowers, etc.. Anything good goes!

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Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy

On Giving Tuesday, join the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy on social media to learn more about the Dead River Community Forest project. This parcel of land will add on to the existing Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve to protect 309 total acres of forested land on the expanding edge of greater Marquette and will be a recreational, educational and economic resource managed with public input. 

With your help, UPLC will purchase 161 acres south of the Dead River, and McClure Basin Association will donate 25 acres near the new 510 bridge. When complete, the parcel will protect 3.5 miles of river front, provide access to nearly 5 miles of multi-use trails including ADA accessible trails and an outdoor classroom in partnership with local educational institutions. Share with us what you would like to see happen on this land!

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Ripple Effect of Marquette County

The purpose of Ripple Effect of Marquette County is to connect NMU students with basic living needs (clothing, bedding, food) in support of their educational pursuits and to foster positive interactions and goodwill between the NMU campus and the local community. We will be reaching out to the campus and local community via email and social media for donations of gently used, clean winter wear that will be distributed to NMU students during the winter months. Donations of all size winter clothing are appreciated and needed. It remains surprising how many students try to ‘sneak through’ a Marquette County winter with only a fall or spring-weight jacket. Providing something as basic as a good winter coat is an easy, direct way to address a need and spread some goodwill.

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Marquette Maritime Museum

Marquette Maritime Museum is housed in the old City Water Works built in 1891. If you have been to the museum or walked along the bike path in front of the museum, it is quite obvious that we need a new museum roof. Bids on a new roof are approximately $70,000, and grants for capitol projects require a 50/50 match. On GivingTuesday, we are asking for donations for a new roof and hope to begin raising enough money for a matching grant. We will go live on Facebook on GivingTuesday.

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Superior Healing Initiative

We believe that self-care should not be a luxury but a priority that the whole community takes part in. We are focused on finding ways to bring the information to the forefront of the community, cultivating space for accessible/affordable health care and providing the community with a sense of compassion and connection.

Gifts made on GivingTuesday will fund a health-focused educational series at local breweries.

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Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program

The Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program Endowment ensures that 4-H in the Copper Country will provide positive youth development opportunities to youth for generations to come. We set a goal of raising a minimum of $10,000 locally to establish county 4-H endowment funds. To donate, please make sure that you specify Houghton-Keweenaw County on the donation form. 

We will be publicizing this opportunity on social media and via email on Giving Tuesday.

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Dickinson Iron CTC

We are raising funds to help keep our prevention services available to our community. We hope to raise enough to bring TOPS teen outreach program to Dickinson and Iron counties.

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MAPS Education Foundation

We encourage people to donate to our GivingTuesday scholarship fund with the goal of providing $1,000 scholarships to at least two MAPS 2022 graduating students to be used for post secondary education. The Education Foundation for Marquette Public Schools has a broader goal to be able to give each MAPS student who applies, and is qualified, a scholarship when they graduate.

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Crystal Falls Contemporary Center

Crystal Falls Contemporary Center has been chosen for the Crystal Falls area CoVantage Cares event 2021. During GivingTuesday through Dec. 14, all donations will be matched by the CoVantage Credit Union. Checks must be dated Nov. 30-Dec. 14 and made out to CoVantage Cares in order to be matched. We have two events planned, our Wine Tasting Event Dec. 4 and the Hometown Christmas Soup Luncheon Dec. 11.  Both events will include the sale of art kits for Christmas gifting. Also, at the Wine Tasting, you will have the opportunity to win 20 fabulous baskets, donated by local businesses and individuals. Please donate to your local Crystal Falls Contemporary Center, your local community center! Visit our website to see what exciting classes we have and to view our events.

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Keweenaw Family Resource Center

The Keweenaw Family Resource Center, home of the Tree House Indoor Playground, is one of 22 nonprofits selected to participate with the Portage Health Foundation for their #GivingTuesday match challenge. This year, Keweenaw Family Resource Center will use the funds to strengthen family life in the Copper Country through high-quality programs that support and enrich the health and well-being of both parents and children. Funding provides scholarships for low-income households to the Tree House Indoor Playground; basic necessities like clothing and diapers to families in need; one-on-one family support for parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers; parent education—information about child development and parenting tools—and a safe and supportive environment for play that supports parent resilience and the social emotional development of children. Donations can be made at

E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center (EUP CDRC)

Our goal is to raise $500, which will cover approximately 10 hours of mediation services when community members are unable to access our services due to cost barriers. We do not turn people away for mediation services no matter their ability to pay, so any money raised will offset the costs we incur to provide mediation services. We will use our website which is and our Facebook presence ( to highlight GivingTuesday. Mediation is an alternative to the court process. Our mediators are highly trained volunteers who facilitate a productive conversation for those with a conflict or dispute.

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Portage Health Foundation

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is proud to announce the 22 local non-profit organizations that are participating in its fifth annual Giving Tuesday program on November 30. This year will feature a dollar-for-dollar match up to $200,000 total.

This year’s non-profits are U.P. Kids – Big Brothers Big Sisters, Swedetown Trails Club, Superior Search & Rescue, Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY), Ontonagon County Cancer Association, Omega House, Mercy EMS, Keweenaw Random Acts of Community Kindness (K-RACK), Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, Keweenaw Family Resource Center, Friends of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Dial Help, Dan Schmitt Gift of Music, CTFR Fireman’s Club, Copper Harbor Trails Club, Copper Country Senior Meals, Copper Country Habitat for Humanity, Copper Country Angel Mission, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for Abused Women, Baraga County Shelter Home, Ahmeek Village Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, and 31 Backpacks.

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Silver Creek Church

All GivingTuesday donations go toward the community outreach efforts of Silver Creek Church & Silver Creek Thrift. Specifically, this campaign will support the 12 monthly Feeding America Mobile Food Pantries we have scheduled for 2022. Our goal is to provide food to at least 300 households every month of 2022. The total cost to provide Marquette County families with this food is $36,000.

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U.P. Wild

Our goal is to introduce ourselves to the broader community. U.P. Wild is a cross-denominational faith community that creates opportunities to foster a deeper spiritual connection with God outdoors. Many of us have a deep reverence and awe for our natural surroundings and wish to raise the next generation of Yoopers with a deeper sense of place; connection to their Great Lakes Watershed and all the Mystery within it. Meeting monthly year-round, we go on wilderness walks exploring new hiking trails; we reflect/pray together within the pine trees; we share stories around bonfires, and we create a community of support for each other. We are Christian-identified and see caring for creation as the divine vocation that unifies us, so all are welcome. All donations will go toward planting more seeds of sustainability in our community so we can be rooted within the U.P. and continue to grow to reach more people.

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Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice’s (LSLC&H) mission is to provide the most compassionate and highest quality health care to patients in their home, wherever that may be. Hospice services are provided through a team of professionals that provides physical, emotional and spiritual support. LSLC&H also provides education and community support groups for grief and caregiver support.

Our goal for GivingTuesday is to raise $2,000 to support uncompensated care services, indigent care and comfort totes for hospice patients. LSLC&H never turns anyone away based on ability to pay.

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Caregiver Incentive Project

We will be featuring our Caregiver stories during the day.  We hope to raise $5,000 towards scholarships for Caregivers and establish mentoring for current caregivers.

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Mercy EMS, Inc

We will be attending a media blitz at the Portage Health Foundation. We will also be using social media to spread the word. We will be turning all stones to get the word out about donating to Mercy EMS.

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United Way of Marquette County

We are hosting ‘Tag You’re It’ all month to encourage community generosity and giving through service. Then we will be raising funds to support our community impact campaign supporting 31 local nonprofit agencies. Our goal this year for GivingTuesday is $1,000 and 100 acts of service during the month. Donations can be made with a simple text GIVE906 to 44321 or at

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Hiawatha Music Co-Op + Trillium House

The Hiawatha Music Co-op (HMC) is proud to be partnering with the Sail On Singers and Trillium House for this year’s GivingTuesday. On Nov. 30, the HMC will host the Sail On Singers from 7:30pm to 8:30 p.m. for outdoor, candlelit caroling. The Sail On Singers are part of a national group called the Threshold Choir, a 501(C)3 organization whose mission is singing for those at the thresholds of life. The Sail On Singers will begin the evening with a brief overview of their “work” within our community, sing a few songs for us and then lead attendees in song. This is a free will donation event with all donations benefiting Trillium House. This event will be held by candlelight outside the Hiawatha Music Co-op’s office at 1015 N Third St. as a continued Covid-19 precaution. Please visit for more information or call our office at 906-226-8575. All are welcome to come support and sing!

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Superior String Alliance

Superior String Alliance (SSA) will be raising money on #GivingTuesday for scholarships for SSA’s 2022 educational programming, which includes SSA 4th and 5th Grade Strings Club and SSA Summer Music Camp. Many young musicians from around the U.P. who play the violin, viola, cello, and bass attend SSA programs and will directly benefit from your donation! SSA will host a digital event on our social media pages by posting short performances by SSA faculty members and alums throughout the day.

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Superior Search & Rescue

We will be participating with 21 other organizations in a matching program with Portage Health Foundation. We are looking to raise at least $10,000 this year to help support our team and UAV program. We cover Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties and never charge anyone for any of our services. We assist in bringing missing loved ones back home when they get lost.

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Bishop Baraga Association

We will be doing short videos on our social media platform to increase awareness and talk about our cause.

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Dickinson Area Community Foundation

We will be celebrating the opening of our new location, located on E. Hughitt St. in Historic Downtown Iron Mountain, with an open house from 12 to 6p.m. CT.  We want to take this opportunity with food, beverages, giveaways and drawings to introduce ourselves to our attendees. We want to answer questions and engage our community in our endeavors to give to Dickinson and Iron Counties through grants and scholarships. Donations of $20 or more received on Giving Tuesday will be entered in donors choice of a drawing for 2 tickets to our Christmas in the Wizarding World fundraiser or two tickets to the Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers football game. We will be going on Facebook live during the day to remind people to stop by and see our new space and grab lunch or dinner with us.

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United Way of the EUP

As the holidays draw near, we find a multitude of reasons to be grateful for all we have and are reminded that not all of our EUP families can say the same. By donating today, you will help purchase turkeys for families in need this holiday season.

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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! Be a part of our village. Be an ally for U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters. PHF is matching community donations up to $200,000 overall for Big Brothers Big Sisters and 21 other local nonprofits. Donate anytime now through #GivingTuesday on Nov. 30 to qualify for the matching gift!

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Copper Harbor Trails Club

We are pushing outreach efforts to drive donations between now and GivingTuesday. No events, as our trails are now closed for the season. Our outreach efforts are focusing on email and social media. We encourage people to donate to help us build the remainder of our Highlands Trail, a 5-mile loop that was started in 2021. The trail will connect back into the Keweenaw Point Trail and offers mountain bikers and hikers an excellent opportunity to access a very scenic bluff overlooking the forests surrounding Copper Harbor.

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Ontonagon County Cancer Association

We have been selected by Portage Health Foundation as one of their local charities. The primary purpose of the Ontonagon County Cancer Association is to use monetary donations for the direct benefit of Ontonagon County residents through:

  • financial assistance
  • equipment loan closet
  • rehabilitation services
  • research assistance
  • biannual cancer screenings

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Copper Country Habitat for Humanity

We will  include the announcement on our website and Facebook page, send out an email to our donors and volunteers, and announce our partnership with PHF in our fall newsletter that will soon go out. We also plan to distribute information at our ReStores.

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STAR Children’s Bereavement Services

Wonder Boxes provide the tools to explore grief in an at-home setting. Through activities like planting a garden, making an ornament, painting etc., the participating kids and their families/guardians are able to identify new positive coping mechanisms and ways to express grief. Currently, STAR is shipping to 18 families and providing support for 41 children. There is no cost to a family to receive a box.

With the cancellation of our traditional camp, Wonder Boxes have become the primary way that STAR is engaging with families to encourage sharing together and remembering the ones they lost. The success of this pandemic-inspired way of working with grieving families has led STAR to explore keeping it as a permanent program. STAR is raising funds to make this a sustainable program that can run in addition to Camp STAR.

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Baraga County Shelter Home

Baraga County Shelter Home is partnering with The Portage Health Foundation in accepting donations that PHF will match dollar for dollar up to $200,000.

While our shelter is largely grant funded, there are many expenses for client needs and services that are met by private donations. The generosity of our community enables us to better provide for the people we serve.

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Contrast Coffee + The Warming Center

For this year’s GivingTuesday event, Contrast Coffee in Marquette will be setting up at 8 a.m. at the homeless shelter also known as The Warming Center. We are going to be providing hot coffee all day long with special gourmet flavors along with a selection of bakery items. These items will be available for anybody staying there as well as those who come and go. Our goal is to simply provide comfort to those without a home with what we know how to do best—coffee and treats. It is our hope that we can make a small difference in their life by showing that the homeless population in Marquette is both heard and seen.

Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers + Marquette Alternative High School

Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers is kicking off the Marquette Alternative High School Rock the Socks Box on GivingTuesday 2021! For every pair of socks donated at Wattsson & Wattsson on Tuesday, Nov. 30, we will buy one pair of socks, up to 200 pairs.

Socks must be new and dropped off between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 to be considered part of the match. We will continue collecting socks through mid-December.

Donated socks are distributed by Marquette Alternative High School to community organizations and schools throughout Marquette County.

Marquette Alger Resolution Service

We have a new program called Student Success Project. The program supports parents/caregivers and students whose learning and school engagement has been negatively affected by the pandemic. We offer a caregiver hotline (906-235-3466) to answer questions and address any barriers there may be for students. The program supports access to appropriate services to ensure a successful return to learning. It eases the burden of connecting with school and maintaining that ongoing communication. It provides student progress monitoring and updates to both the families and schools.

We would like to gift the families who have reached out to us for support with a holiday care package. Many families have had a difficult time throughout the pandemic. Help our students know that our community cares about them and are very proud of them for taking the steps to re-engage in school and become successful students. Help by donating $25 per student to send them a holiday package and applaud the hard work done by our Marquette students.

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Alger County Communities That Care

Alger County United and Thriving: Promoting a safe, healthy and prosperous environment for all youth and adults. That is our motto at Alger County Communities That Care. We bring people and resources together to provide evidence-based programs and support that help Alger County youth and families thrive. Our goal for GivingTuesday is to raise $5,000 that will help us maintain and expand services for youth including social workers in Alger County schools, life-skills training, career exploration, suicide prevention programming and more!

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Madgoodies Studio

Madgoodies Studio is an art gallery featuring a variety of up-and-coming local artists that show and sell their works. We will be having an event at Madgoodies Studio Shop, 209 W. Ohio Street in Marquette from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 30. We will be collecting returnables during this time. Please drop them off during the timeframe, and if you can’t do that, please drop them off at any point that works best for you. If you’re unable to bring me the returnables, please reach out, so we can make a plan. Please reach out on social media or at We will be doing a fundraiser on Facebook at Madgoodies studio, and we will also be collecting money in person. All this money will be helping to keep the doors open and the lights on during the winter months. The goal is to raise $100 that will equal one month’s electric bill for the winter months. I would love to raise $100, and if we can do that, keep going to help keep the doors open for future upcoming artists.

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Model Towners RISE (Recognizing Incarceration through Support and Education) 

At 11 a.m. on GivingTuesday, there will be a live session via the RISE – Recognizing Incarceration through Support and Education FaceBook page to talk about the program and how it benefits students and families affected by incarceration.

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will be sharing information about our Building Expansion project and highlighting the Festival of Trees fundraiser. The hospital is raising funds for the new Rehabilitation & Aquatic Therapy Center that will be open to the public in early 2022.  They will use social media to share progress in their building expansion and give virtual tours of the building under construction. 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

BBBS of the Bay Area is actively working on partnerships to strengthen our mentorship programs in better serving the mental, physical and emotional well being of our local youth.

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Superior Arts Youth Theatre

SAYT is raising funds for their 2022 spring musical! They are hoping to raise $6,000 on GivingTuesday. This amount will help fund a pit orchestra for their spring production. They are so grateful to be back producing live theatre, and donations from the community are essential to keep them going after a year away!

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