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Thank You 2015 Rake~N~Go Volunteers

Stan Kovacheff came out to thank volunteers on Saturday even though the 89-year old Plymouth resident is scheduled to have surgery in the next couple of weeks. The team from Johnson Controls was already hard at work at the Rake~N~Go event organized by Plymouth Community United Way.

Nearly 225 volunteers from Johnson Controls, Freudenberg NOK, Robert Bosch, Metro Consulting Associates, Home Depot, Boy Scouts Troop 1537, Lightning Robotics and Key Club from Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, Life Church, and Church of Christ cleaned the yards of 36 homes for senior citizens and disabled adults in Plymouth and Canton on April 25 and four different occasions in April and May.

“It’s a blessing,” said Kovacheff whose wife, Christine wholeheartedly agrees with him. “You get older and realize certainly you can’t do things like you used to do but like to take care of your home. I can’t bend or can’t stand very long so the group is a blessing.”

Volunteers came alone, with their families, teams of co-workers and friends who piled leaves and leftover winter debris into yard waste bags donated by Home Depots in Canton and Plymouth.

The morning began with a complimentary breakfast made possible by Tim Hortons, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kroger #671 and #703, and Busch’s. Jeff and Dyane Townley and their four children volunteered in the kitchen of Plymouth First United Methodist Church where they kept the counter stocked with donuts, bagels, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, and water for the volunteers. The church has hosted the breakfast for several years.

“We just like to help,” said Dyane Townley of Canton. “We usually go out after the breakfast and rake but the kids play flag football.”

The Townleys were recently honored with a Community Service Award from Plymouth Community United Way for volunteering at events such as Rake~N~Go, Make a Difference Day and back-to-school supplies drives. Plymouth Community United Way organizes two raking events a year: Make a Difference Day in fall and Rake~N~Go in spring. 

PCUW Plans Community Baby Shower

Plymouth Community United Way recently held a month-long baby shower and everyone was invited. Individuals and companies donated items and money to provide items for low-income mothers. The PCUW drive continued through March. 

“We wanted to help low-income mothers and single mothers who can’t afford these items and may fall through the cracks when they seek help,” said Marie Morrow. PCUW President.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible for babies to have cribs, strollers, clothing, bottles, diaper bags, and the list goes on. We especially thank Community Financial Credit Union for its large monetary donation.



Thank You Rake~N~Go Volunteers

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make 2014 Rake~N~Go a success!

Volunteers brought rakes, garden tools, hedge trimmers, and gloves. PCUW supplied yard waste bags. Everyone met at the First Methodist Church in Plymouth for a continental breakfast and worked until about noon throughout Plymouth and Canton.

PCUW organizes two raking events a year: Make a Difference Day in November and Rake~N~Go in April. More than 170 volunteers cleaned 35 yards of seniors and disabled persons. A group from Target is pictured below.

Annual Meeting on April 4

Our Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, sponsored by Comcast, was held Friday, April 4th at Comcast, on Concept Drive, in Plymouth.

More than 300 business and community leaders were invited to attend. The event is a way  for Plymouth Community United Way to thank businesses, government, professionals, and schools who contributed or provided community service. It also serves as a showcase for several of the agencies funded by PCUW and programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

The morning began with a continental breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 8 a.m. meeting and awards presentation. The meeting included reports on the nonprofit's 2013 finances and programs. Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were presented by Lou Whitlock, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Smith Elementary School students accept a Community Service award for their help with food drives and Hats for the Homeless in 2013. The Plymouth Community United Way and the Plymouth-Canton Community School District have been partnering with each other for years to help the community.


PCUW Applauds Whalers And Their Fans

Thanks to hockey fans the Plymouth Community United Way and Plymouth Whalers collected 943 teddy bears after the team scored its first goal against the Guelph Storm Saturday, Dec. 7, at Compuware Arena, 14900 Beck, Plymouth.

The 14th annual Teddy Bear Toss will not only provide toys to brighten the holidays of needy children, but those in traumatic situations including shelters.

Veterans and active soldiers weren't forgotten either as a special ceremony paid tribute to different branches of the United States Armed Forces with a Salute to Our Heroes on Pearl Harbor Day. Local representatives, on behalf of the military branches, received certificates of thanks. Fans at the game had the chance to show their appreciation as well by writing postcards to thank soldiers for their service.


Thank You Make a Difference Day Volunteers

Thank you to all of our volunteers that toughed it through the cold and rain on Saturday, November 2nd!

We had over 350 people show up at the Plymouth First United Methodist Church for breakfast and to pick up their assignment. This was our first year at this location and we couldn't have been happier! A big thank you to the church for letting us host our event there.
Volunteers met around 7:30 a.m. and went out around 8:15 a.m. to start raking their assigned houses. When it was all said and done about 65 houses received service from the United Way volunteers.
Our next raking event will be in the Spring. Stay tuned to the website for details.
Thank You for Taking Our Community Impact Survey

Education is important to you as well as basic needs and stability.

Those are the preliminary findings of our Community Impact Survey.

The results are currently being tabulating in an effort to identify issues in the community and develop a vision for the future. The goal is to advance the common good and improve the lives of all within the Plymouth, Canton and Western Wayne County area.

During the last several years, PCUW has focused on providing emergency food, rental and utility assistance as well as other crisis services because of the downturn in the economy. While we will continue assisting those in need, PCUW is looking forward to making an even greater impact on the community.

Our Community Impact Initiative aims to prevent problems rather than just treat the symptoms. In an effort to address issues, grants were awarded to organizations attempting to make lasting change. Among the recipients were Plymouth Canton Community Schools (reading and math summer academy for 300 elementary students and a Bridge program for at-risk ninth grade students to prepare them for high school), and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (energy education classes to help low-income residents lower utility bills).

Stay tuned for further developments as we move in this new direction.

Dine Out with United Way


Paul DePalma celebrated the fifth anniversary of Nico & Vali Italian Eatery by Paying it Forward and donating a portion of the proceeds from sales on June 25 to Plymouth Community United Way.
“It’s a way to show our appreciation,” said DePalma, owner of the Plymouth restaurant. “We're grateful to be here. We love this community. We want to thank the community by giving back.”
This is the second year that DePalma has hosted a fundraiser for Plymouth Community United Way.
“It shows Paul’s dedication to local nonprofits,” said Marie Morrow, PCUW President. “He has hosted similar days for several agencies and organizations. We really appreciate his generosity”


Thank You to All of Our Contributors

Your contributions make it possible to help those in need.

Because of YOU we are able to continue assisting nonprofit agencies that provide food, rent and utility assistance, shelter for domestic violence victims and their children, housing for adults with developmental disabilities, pediatric and adult hospice, educational programs for youth, senior bus transportation, and many other services.

Recipients include:

The Salvation Army Plymouth Corps

Angela Hospice

First Step

Plymouth Community Council on Aging

Community Opportunity Center

Human Service Collaborative

YMCA-Plymouth Branch

Growth Works

Girl Scouts Hearts of Michigan

Great Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America

Senior Citizens Club of Plymouth

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

New Hope Center for Grief Support

Personalized Nursing Lighthouse

Plymouth Dental Fund

Southeastern Michigan (Homeless) Veterans Stand Down

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. John Neumann and Resurrection Catholic churces

St. Christine's Food Pantry

The work of these nonprofits greatly impact our communities. Serving the Plymouth-Canton area since 1944, Plymouth Community United Way focuses on basic needs, stability and education.

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