CANTON, MICH. (October 14, 2010) – The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charity providing diapers for people in need in Southeast Michigan, announced today that it has been awarded a $5,000.00 grant as part of the Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge. The Detroit Area Diaper Bank received the award at a reception held by Art Van Furniture to recognize the Diaper Bank’s important work in the community.
Art Van Furniture is supporting Michigan-based children, health and human services programs for the second year in a row by providing $1 million to fund 50 grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Nearly 600 organizations applied to receive these grants.
In addition, the public will be able to decide which of the 50 charities will be awarded additional money by voting for them online at http://www.artvancharitychallenge.com. Members of the public can cast one vote for a charity each day through October 30th. The charity with the most votes on October 31st will receive an additional grand prize of $25,000.
In an effort to encourage philanthropic giving and community support, Art Van Furniture designed the grants as ‘challenge grants’ in order to encourage others to donate and maximize fundraising opportunities. The participating organizations are Michigan-based 501(c)3 non-profits who focus on children, health and human services programs.
“We are honored to be selected for this grant by Art Van Furniture, and our hope is that this grant will be matched by other donations from our local community,” said Marybeth Levine, Executive Director and Founder of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. “In these challenging economic times, Art Van is a shining example of leadership and support for our community. Their financial support is just one part of their assistance to us; their friendship, recognition and encouragement is also a great help to all our volunteers and other donors. We are extremely grateful.”
“The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge benefits 50 remarkable and deserving organizations to help them continue their outstanding work and improve the lives of people across our state,” said Art Van Elslander, Founder and Chairman of Art Van Furniture. “As I’ve said before, it’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot harder to make a difference. I hope everyone joins us in helping make a difference for these 50 charities and for the state of Michigan.”
About The Detroit Area Diaper Bank
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s mission since its founding in April 2009 has been to raise awareness about the large hole in the “safety net” resulting in the unmet need for diapers in our community’s most vulnerable populations — babies from low-income households, the elderly and people with disabilities — and build a network to help meet it. No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, not Food Stamps or Medicare. Nonprofit organizations and state agencies working with families and individuals in crisis consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need. For more information, please visit www.detroitareadiaperbank.org.
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 34 stores in 33 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus three freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Canton, Troy and Rochester Hills, Michigan. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Mich. For more information, please visit www.artvan.com.
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This is unwelcome news from the State Department of Human Services as the temperatures start to drop in Michigan:
Due to a potential decrease in federal LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) funding for the upcoming fiscal year, the energy caps must be lowered. Therefore, effective October 1, 2010 the caps for energy services provided by State Emergency Relief (SER) will be decreased as follows:
Natural Gas, Wood and other fuel types except fuel oil, propane (LP gas) and coal: decrease from $850 to $350.
Deliverable Fuel – fuel oil, propane (LP gas) and coal – decrease from $850 to $650.
All Electric Household – decrease from $1700 to $700.
Electricity – decrease from $850 to $350.
REMINDER: All pending SER requests should be certified by September 30, 2010, if possible.
The mission of LIHEAP, as described on the michigan.gov website is: to assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.
It’s a noble mission. Very much needed in a northern state like Michigan. And I know times are tight and the state budget has been hit six ways from Sunday, but no matter how you look at it, those are some steep cuts in home energy assistance and it means that too many people will be left out in the cold — literally — when the funds run out. That will be incredibly hard on those most in need who have no options to turn to for relief. And now imagine being a baby or person with a disability or adult with incontinence issues trying to sleep in the cold in a WET diaper.
Hopefully we’ll find ways to help people most in need keep warm this winter and maintain livable environments for their families — but let’s for darn sure make sure they’re at least not having to go to bed in a sopping wet diaper!
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank – making a difference with diapers
October 1st marked 8 weeks since we launched our “100,000 by Thanksgiving!” Diaper Drive and we’re already well-past the halfway mark of diapers/funds collected — it’s fantastic! We’re so grateful to everyone who’s embraced our drive and engaged themselves with our cause, we would be NOWHERE without our donors and supporters!
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We keep getting great news and gestures of support — it’s going to be amazing when all of the results of these drives and everything else we have going on really start to “hit” over the next month or two! Please keep checking in on our big Fall Drive page and we’ll continue to post updates periodically!