helping others and getting something for yourself in the process

I posted something here a few days ago asking you to consider making a donation to one of our great local non-profits, like SOS Community Services, or Growing Hope. As budgets are tight right now, I realize this isn’t something that all of us can do, but here are a few ideas as to how you may be able to work a donation into your existing budget without too much financial hardship.

First, Linette just told me that Ypsilanti photographer Marry Potts is offering free half-hour family portrait sessions at her Depot Town studio this weekend in exchange for a $40 donation to SOS Community Services. She’s hoping to raise $1,000 this way, and, if you can participate, it would be greatly appreciated. To sign up for a slot, call 972-2331. (As I understand it, prints of the resulting shots would be an additional cost, but the session includes a free web gallery.)

Second, speaking of great local photographs, I just remembered that our friends at Growing Hope are selling their 2009 calendars featuring beautiful local shots of succulent veggies and the like. The calendars, I believe, will be available for sale at the Ypsi Food Co-op (now open 9 to 9 everyday) and all over town starting this Friday. So, if you were thinking of picking up a 2009 calendar for someone anyway, why not make it a local one whose proceeds will go toward doing good things in the community? And, to be honest, who really needs another Dilbert calendar anyway?

And I’m sure there are other examples of local not-for-profits, and their supporters, getting creative with their fundraising. These were just the first two that came to mind. If you know of others, please leave a comment.

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  1. Mr Alan
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Here’s one more that fits the bill-

    On December 6th at 9am and 10:30 am Frenchies, along with The Enchanted Florist, will be hosting their 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa! There will be green eggs and ham, pancakes, donuts (from Terry’s bakery), juice and coffee (from Cafe Luwak) at Frenchies, to be followed at pictures with Santa at The Enchanted Florist. This year’s circus theme is sure to impress- there will be magicians, carolers and much more!

    The breakfast is open to the public and free with a donation of non-perishable food or a new blanket. Pre-registration is a required, and spots can be reserved by calling The Enchanted Florist at 734.547.9230. Hurry, there are only 45 reservations available for each seating and they fill up fast!

  2. Kerri
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I just read your post and I wanted to let you know about the upcoming Meals on Wheels Holiday Home Tour this weekend. It’s usually a huge fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program, and this year ticket sales are down. An article in the Dec. 1 Ann Arbor News ( notes that “The annual fundraiser next weekend will help defray the $6.50 cost of the more than 70,000 meals the nonprofit delivers per year in the Ypsilanti area to help seniors remain in their own homes. For the first time last year, the agency had to place a limit on the number of meals it could deliver in a day, resulting in a waiting list.”

  3. amanda
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    hey our growing hope 2009 wall calendars are super awesome and for sale now! get yours through our website at also we’ve got the organic cotton onesies and organic GH tshirts for grown ups….

  4. amanda
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    if any SAF vendors would be interested in selling growing hope calendars for us at their table tomorrow, let me know and i’ll come drop ’em off… we’d much appreciate you for it, and give you a free calendar in exchange!

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