Thank you to everyone who donated to our 21st annual Warm Your Heart Campaign 2022.  We have raised $43,851 and pledges are still coming in! 
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:
  • Campaign sponsors: Tom Riekse Family; Edward Jones - Paul Hix Office; Smith Family Fund
  • Event Sponsors: Knights of Columbus; Women's Auxiliary of St. Basil; Three Blondes Brewing; Clementine's; Black River Tavern; Bangor Area Churches; Taste.
  • Island Sit Sponsors: Cosy 103.7 FM; Wolverine ACE Hardware; Woodhams Ford Lincoln; The Living Room Cafe; Golden Brown Bakery.
  • Island Sit Community Participants: PUSH; SHAMA; Miss South Haven Court; Caring Circle; South Haven Nursing and Rehab; Haven Heating; Baseline Middle School Student Council; Kiwanis; Holy Trinity Anglican Church; South Haven Robotics; Bangor Community; Tri-County Head Start; Sheriff Dan Abott; Kevin Schooley; Griffin Graham; Wendi Onuki; Rotary Club; Youth Development Company; We Care Board of Directors. Also: Rosalie Plechaty; Anne Layendecker; Marilyn West; Mary Sue Lyon; Yolanda Brunt, Sue Murphey.

WARM YOUR HEART CAMPAIGN 2022

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The Warm Your Heart Campaign runs from February 1st and through February 28th.  The campaign raises funds for our pantries and programs to assist those in need in our community, including aid toward utility bills to keep homes heated through the cold Michigan winters. 
For more about what the Warm Your Heart Campaign is, click HERE.

About

What is the Warm Your Heart (WHY) Campaign?

In 2001, Father Jim from St. Basil Catholic Church approached We Care's Executive Director at , Linda Olsen and Paul Laydendecker from Cosy FM to help raise funds to provide heat in people's homes. That event became the annual Island Sit on the last Saturday of February.

22 years later, Warm Your Heart expanded to include events throughout the month of February. It also now includes raising funds for all our programs, as we have found that families who need heat, also need these other things, such as food, personal hygiene items, and holiday meals and gifts, etc.

Why Participate?
We Care meets over 10,000 needs in our community each year. As a non-profit, we are able to do this equitably so that every need is met.  But we can’t do it without the support of the community and this fund-raiser, which provides for more than 85% of our utility assistance budget. The more people, business, churches, restaurants and groups that participate, the more utility bills we can help with – like heat in homes during the cold winter months.

Why is this necessary?
In order to help everyone who comes to our door, We Care relies on donations from individuals, businesses, churches and social organizations. We only receive 10% of our funding through grants. This allows us to be able to serve everyone.

What does We Care do?
Our staff and volunteers provide and create the necessary connections to resources that families and individuals need.  We do this intensive work by coordinating services with assistance agencies, businesses, pantries and ministries throughout Michigan. We Care offers over 25 pantries, ministries and programs such as food, personal hygiene, baby items, clothing/housewares/furniture, transportation to medical appointments or work, ramps, medical equipment item loan, holiday meals and gifts, emergency assistance, housing resources, and more

HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?
Here are some ideas.  However, if have your own ideas, please let us know - we're happy to help in anyway we can. However, we understand this has been a difficult past year for everyone. If you can't participate, we get it. No worries. Thank you for your support!

RESTAURANTS:
  • Place the We Care logo next to a specific menu item. When someone orders that dish, a percentage goes to We Care.
  • Create a special dish with the WYH name, where a percentage goes to We Care.
  • Create a drink reflecting the WYH concept, and a percentage goes to We Care.
CHURCHES:
  • Host a social distanced or virtual event.  Have a collection or entry fee.
  • Have an auction throughout the month of February.
  • Host a curb-side potluck or to-go luncheon for a donation.Let your members know about the campaign.
BUSINESSES:
  • Have a soup luncheon for employees with an "entry fee" that goes to We Care.
  • Host a WYH themed Spirit Week: Employees get to wear the "item of the day" for a donation
SOCIAL CLUB:
  • Create a challenge with a goal to raise on behalf of your organization or club.
  • Spread the word about WYH through e-mail, mail or word-of-mouth.
ANYONE:
  • Have a collection box for financial or physical donations.
  • Tell your friends, family, co-workers, etc. about opportunities to donate.

Contact

For more information on ways to be involved, please contact us at the South Haven office.  

Central Office

1301 M-43 Hwy. Suite 2B
South Haven, MI 49090
269-637-4342

Mobile Office- Bangor
PO BOX 145 (MAIL ONLY)
269-427-9581
By appointment only.
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