Albion Community Foundation

Albion Community Foundation has sponsored the Giving Edition of the General Guide in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
In 2017 the foundation moved to a new location at 1002 N. Eaton Street, Albion, Michigan.

Visit their website at http://www.albionfoundation.org/


fountain_foundationAlbion Community Foundation

“strengthens the greater Albion

area by cultivating community assets to enhance our quality of life.
The Albion Community Foundation helps individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit agencies achieve their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible, and effective.”

Recently the Albion Community Foundation had an event called “What is Philanthropy?” and showed a movie buy the same name. A trailer from the film, that is inspirational for times like these, can be found at https://whatisphilanthropy.wordpress.com/.

The film’s director, Salvatore Alaimo, a Grand Valley professor of public, nonprofit and health administration  shares some concept of the films from the film on this link.

“Alaimo wants to “bust” certain myths with his film. He wants to dispel the notion that philanthropy is just for rich people. Philanthropy is not limited to the wealthy, nor is it limited to financial giving, says Alaimo.

He says that philanthropy exists because not all of society’s needs are met through businesses and government. Tax money theoretically goes towards services for which there’s a general consensus of support, such as police and schools. This means public funding tends to stay away from things like symphonies or food pantries, he says. These are niches of need that fall through the gaps, and Alaimo says that philanthropy fills those needs.”

 

 

 

Giving Tuesday – 2017

#GivingTuesday

What is Giving Tuesday?

We know about

  • Black Friday
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Cyber Monday

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to the commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

But what is Giving Tuesday in Albion?  The Giving Tuesday woven heart logo is remodeled here with Albion events and opportunities that were made possible by gifts large and small.

General Guide – Issue XXVII is the Giving Edition, which is sponsored by Albion Community Foundation and Marshall Community Foundation.

The topics here will be covered with more photos and posts in the coming month.  Starting at the left and moving clockwise are:

General Guide XXVII Giving Edition

Look inside your Morning Star or Ad-Visor & Chronicle this weekend if you live in the city of Albion or Marshall for your very own copy of the General Guide.

This issue has information about holiday traditions of the season including Giving Tuesday.  We will post more information here soon including answers to the puzzle inside.  Check out the Google Calendars – Albion and Calhoun County – that go with the printed calendars and have links to official events.

Giving Tuesday – Albion 2016

#GivingTuesday

What is Giving Tuesday?

We know about

  • Black Friday
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Cyber Monday

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

But what is Giving Tuesday in Albion?  The Giving Tuesday woven heart logo is remodeled here with Albion events and resources that were made possible by gifts large and small.

General Guide – Issue XXI is the Giving Edition which is sponsored by Albion Community Foundation.

The topics here will be covered with more photos and posts in the coming month.  Starting at the left and moving clockwise are:

Indoor Farmers Market

Albion’s new Indoor Farmer’s Market

maple_syrup_baked_goods_900pxAlbion now has an indoor Farmer’s Market that begin in November 2016 on most Saturday mornings 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November until the end of April. The Albion Indoor Farmer’s Market is located at the Albion Food Hub, 112 E. Erie Street, near Subway and Homestead Savings Bank.  To shop at the indoor Farmer’s Market, park behind Homestead Bank, near the Albion District Library.  You will see the Albion Food Hub back door.

This indoor market happens on Saturdays when the weather is too cold for the outdoor Farmers Market that takes place at Stoffer Plaza. Click here to learn about the summer Albion Farmers’ Market.  Much of what’s happened for the Farmer’s Market and Food Hub was made possible with the help of the Albion Community Foundation.

Some of the items at the Farmers’ Market:

  • Fresh baked bread
  • Other baked goods
  • Farm eggs
  • crafts
  • vegetables
  • greens
  • Michigan maple syrup
  • Michigan honey

 

More photos from one of the first Albion indoor farmers’ market are below.

Here is the official website for the Albion Farmers’ Market.

Here is the official Facebook page for the Albion Farmer’s Market with more up to date information.

 

Albion – Marshall Connector

The Albion Marshall Connector is a bus that offers curb to curb service between the Albion and Marshall communities.

Read about the Connector on the official City of Albion website.

Visit the Connector Facebook page.

The Connector operates on weekdays, and it is best to call to order a ride one day ahead of time.
(517) 654-3000  – The fee is $1 each way between Albion and Marshall.

Since the recent annexation of Albion Public Schools into the Marshall Public School system, and the older loss of Albion Community Hospital and more use of Marshall’s Oaklawn Hospital, Albion residents are increasingly needing to go to Marshall for some basic services.  Sometimes, transportation is an issue, and when this is the case, there are options for getting around from Albion to Marshall and back.

The service has been funded through a series of grants and donation but more donations are needed. Tax deductible donations made be made to the City of Albion or the City of Marshall with the note that the donation is for the Albion Marshall Connector.  We will post more information about donations later.

See more photos and unofficial information about the connector on this page:

http://www.marshallmich.net/transportation/

The following information was taken from an official pdf flier on the City of Marshall website.

See the pdf flier by clicking here.


What is the Albion – Marshall Connector?

The Connector is a curb to curb driving service which helps members of the Albion and Marshall communities travel back and forth to work, school, doctors visits, shopping, and more. Currently, the connector runs five days a week from 7:30am to 4:30pm. The bus will also run during special events with Marshall Public Schools such as parent teacher conferences or sporting events. Call anytime to check on the special event schedule or you can find more info on our Facebook page.

Unless a reservation is made 24 hours in advance, pick up will be on a first come first serve basis. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance with standing reservations also being an option.

One Way Fares

$2.00

Adults / Children 13+

$1.00

Disabled / Seniors 60+ / Children age 5 to 12

Free

Caretakers / Children under 5 with a paid rider

*Tokens are used as change. Drivers do not carry cash. Tokens can be purchased from the drivers.

History Hill at Holland Park

The public was invited to the grand opening of the newly installed West Ward School History panels in Holland Park at on Saturday, Aug. 13th 2016.

As part of the Holland Park Transformation, a Michigan Humanities Council Heritage grant was awarded to the City of Albion and Albion College to display the West Ward School story. For this project, historians Robert Wall, Leslie Dick, and Dr. Wesley Arden Dick interviewed more than 20 former West Ward students. This history will be a permanent exhibit on History Hill in Holland Park. Park visitors will be able to access the Albion West Ward School website to discover more and to hear the voices of the West Ward students.

West Ward Elementary School was built in 1873. For 45 years, its students were primarily the children of white, European immigrants who worked in the nearby iron foundries. European immigration was cut off during World War I, and the Albion Malleable Iron Company sent a recruiter south to Pensacola, Florida. In November of 1916, almost 100 years ago, 64 African American men arrived at the Albion railroad depot, ready to go to work at “The Malleable.” Soon, their wives and children arrived, posing a question: where would their children attend school? At first, those children were educated at an Albion African American church. When Dalrymple Elementary School was completed in January of 1918, the white West Ward School children were transferred to the new school and West Ward became an all-Black elementary school.

Previously, the African American children had been educated in the segregated, Jim Crow South in all-Black schools. The only way the new arrivals would have Black teachers in Albion in 1918 was to make West Ward a segregated school. Although segregated public education was against Michigan law, West Ward remained an all-Black school until 1953. While African American parents and community leaders initially favored the segregated arrangement, racial attitudes concerning justice and achieving the American Dream changed over time. By 1953, key Black parents considered West Ward to be “separate, but unequal,” and they kept their children out of school that fall. This led to a showdown with the Albion Board of Education. Confronted by the boycott and threatened by an NAACP lawsuit, the Board ended classes at West Ward in October of 1953. The West Ward story thus changed from northern segregation to an Albion Civil Rights movement. After the school was closed, it was tor! n down, and the school grounds became a city park, which was later dedicated in honor of Robert Holland, Sr., one of the boycott leaders. West Ward is a reminder that Albion’s story is America’s story.

The historical display was made possible by a Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

To learn more about History Hill visit our new website: www.albionwestward.net

To help support the work of the Albion branch NAACP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/AlbionNaacp/

To donate, go to the Holland Park Transformation facebook page and send us a message to ask where to mail your check.

 

Giving at Albion College – Davis Athletic Complex

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We see changes happening in Albion, and many of them have to do with Albion College.

At the College one of the big new things is the Davis Athletic Complex, that is near the corner of East Erie Street and Hannah Street.  The complex was made possible by a generous gift from Bud and Ruby Davis to the college.

 

 

American Legion – Toys for Tots

tosy_for_totsGiving to the American Legion is fun at this time of year.  Look for the Toys for Tots signs around town at the Library and Albion Ford and other places. Please leave new unwrapped toys only. This project is being run locally by the Albion American Legion Post 55. This was the display for the American Legion at the “Show Your Best” event on Saturday Oct 24. Several veterans also checked in and asked about joining our organization. Toys for Tots.

Visit the American Legion online and enjoy their hospitality for a number of food events in their location by the Kalamazoo River.  www.ALpost55albionmi.org

Albion-Homer United Way

unitedwayAlbion-Homer United Way – accepting donations and volunteer applications.

https://www.albion-homerunitedway.org/home.html

The Board of Directors of the Albion-Homer United Way is pleased to announce an exciting shift in our programming priority for 2015!

The board approved moving our perspective (priority funding) towards 3rd grade reading competency programs, effective 2015.

Statistics indicate that if children are not reading at grade level by the conclusion of 3rd grade, they continue to fall further behind as they progress through school.