The holiday season has officially arrived (whether we are ready for it or not), and the team at GraphiColor is particularly excited about today:

Tuesday December 1, 2015

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Excerpt from http://www.givingtuesday.org/about/

Here at GraphiColor, we understand the importance of giving – whether it be a giving of time, services, financial assistance, items for those in need, etc. – and we as individuals all understand this importance as well.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

To celebrate the act of giving back, and the incredible power of #GIVINGTUESDAY, each member of our GraphiColor team is sharing details of a non-profit organization that is personally meaningful to us…

LORNA DOONE McKENZIE – Grace Centers of Hope

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Grace Centers of Hope was established in 1942. It has since grown and evolved into the largest and oldest faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope(GCH) provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men,women and children who have been abused or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

Change begins when we, as a community, extend helping hands. We do not believe homelessness and substance abuse addictions can be solved simply by throwing dollars at the problem. We believe that change occurs from the inside out. Consequently our faith-based organization is dedicated to recovery through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and supported through our challenging life skills programs.

For more information call 1-855-HELP-GCH
Email: info@gracecentersofhope.org

35 E. Huron Pontiac, MI 48342
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ANITA MITZEL – The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW)

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The Heat And Warmth Fund, THAW, is a leading provider of utility assistance for Michigan residents in need. We collaborate with our partners to deliver services that support long term energy solutions.

THAW, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 80 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. The number of households that need utility assistance continues to grow each year. Last calendar year THAW distributed more than $16 million in utility assistance to over 23,000 Michigan households, and we could not have done that without your help.

Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed over $160 million in assistance to more than 223,000 Michigan households.
Heat and electricity are essential and basic human needs during a Michigan winter. THAW was established in 1985 in order to improve the quality of life in Michigan and prevent human suffering by helping low-income families who were falling through the ever-widening cracks of existing social service programs. Now, more than 30 years later, the number of Michigan households facing huge energy burdens is staggering.
The Heat and Warmth Fund
535 Griswold Street, Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48226
1-800-866-THAW (8429)
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ROB MARCHESOTTI – Adopt a Family Program

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Rob participates in the Adopt a Family Program every year through St. Patrick Catholic Church of Brighton, MI – http://www.stpatchurch.org/

Adopt-A-Family For Christmas 

Over 600 families apply for the Livingston County Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program! 
St. Patrick Catholic Church
711 Rickett Road, Brighton, Michigan 48116
810.229.9863. Direct | 810.220.0730. Fax


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KRISTA HEILMAN – Casa de Curación Foundation (House of Healing)

The House of Healing (Casa de Curación Foundation) brings glory to God by serving people of the San Lucas Tolimán and San Antonio Palopó areas with medical care.  Further, it provides hospitality to people who come to Guatemala to serve.
The House of Healing is a center of hope.  It hosts a drop-in medical clinic that serves the local indigenous population, and provides accommodations for a continuous flow of volunteer healthcare workers and others.  It also serves as a training and equipping center that makes significant contributions to the overall quality of life in the area.


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HAVEN, a nationally recognized nonprofit leader in Oakland County, promotes a world of safe, equal and accountable communities where sexual assault and domestic violence do not exist.

Our mission: To eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County.

HAVEN has helped domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families escape abuse and create safer lives for nearly 40 years. Our survivor-centered services honor survivors as experts of their own experiences.

As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year.

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Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness.
Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. 
We work in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. 
We believe in a full solution to poverty and injustice. We provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by disasters and conflict, partner with communities for long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor. 
Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. 
World Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063
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DON MITZEL – Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

“Growing in Faith Since 1920 in Plymouth, Michigan”

Among the vast amount of ways this church gives back to individuals and communities, we’ll focus on one today:

PBJ Outreach

It was late October in 2002 when a group of 6 OLGC Parishioners inspired by Deacon Tim Sullivan went downtown Detroit to the Cass Corridor to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for anyone that was hungry. Before going down the group agreed that the food was secondary. The real mission was to offer hope, dignity and true friendship to a group of people that have been largely ignored and dismissed by society. That was the day that the PBJ Outreach Ministry was born.

Every Saturday since that day a group of volunteers meet in the OLGC Social Hall at 6 AM to prepare food. The volunteers then head downtown to 2 different sites-the original site on Martin Luther King and 3rd and a second site in Mexican Town right across from Most Holy Redeemer Church. Upon arrival, the volunteers are greeted by hundreds of people who have been waiting for their arrival. Volunteers serve them food and also offer clothing every other week; however, the most import thing they serve are the handshakes, hugs and hope. Our volunteers were surprised at first when many of the people served told them that Saturday morning is the highlight of their week, but what has surprised the workers even more is that it is has truly become the highlight of their week as well.

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http://www.olgcparish.net/ – and – http://pbjoutreach.org/


DONALD CRONKHITE – Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to a larger site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The new Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the “temple of art.” Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. The DIA creates experiences both inside the museum, and out, that help people make personal connections with art.

Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202

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If you have any further questions about these organizations

Call GraphiColor: 248-347-0271
Email: info@graphicolor.com

Our team members would be more than happy to talk more about the organizations and non-profits we love!

Thank you for reading, and please consider giving! If not to any of the above organizations, then find one important to you! And if not today, then any other day would be wonderful!

Happy #GIVINGTUESDAY friends!



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