Cherry Republic is proud to announce the 50+ worthwhile recipients of our 2017 31 Days of Giving. Our donations are focused on environmental and agricultural organizations with vision. This year, we introduce a new mission of ours -- In five years, Cherry Republic will be powered by 100% local renewable energy. We hope to contribute to organizations that share the same values, but we all have five years to get there. Check back each day around 12 P.M. EST as we recognize and reward a new non-profit for their hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to these 31 Days of Giving recipients:
MLCV is one of the largest environmental organizations in the state with a staff of nearly twenty. It is the only non-partisan political organization in Michigan working to protect our air, water, and land. This donation is not earmarked -- it is for ongoing operational support. Have a great Christmas Lisa, Katie, Lauren, Phil, Janis and team!
We have been supporting these important groups for many years, but this year we give $3,500 to a special program within Father Fred Foundation -- their new Eviction Diversion Program, which provides one-time rental assistance to tenants who have fallen behind due to a short term problem. $2,000 each to Third Level (my sister Patty volunteered for them in the 1980’s) and the WRC (my mother was one of the founders in 1975).
Northwest Michigan Food Coalition - $5,000
NMFC is a coalition of 60+ food pantries and meal sites in Northern Michigan. This donation goes toward a new program where they will be buying fresh local food from area farmers to be distributed by the food pantries. For many people, these pantries are a main source of food. Hence the need to improve the nutritional quality of the food that is distributed, which will improve their health through better nutrition. We are proud that this donation will be a win-win for both the local farmers who will have a new consistent market their crops and for those that receive these healthy local foods.
Grass River Natural Area - $4,500
Grass River is a 1,400-acre preserve protecting wetlands, shorelines, and wildlife in Antrim County. They have one of the longest boardwalks in the state which takes hikers through pristine marshland. They also have a great nature center full of hands on activities. Congrats to all the good people involved in protecting and showcasing this great land.
Outdoor Discovery Center - $3,000
The 130-acre parcel of land in Holland, Michigan has six naturally occurring, distinct ecosystems including: ponds, remnant dunes, wetlands, meadows, remnant prairies, and lowland hardwood forests. It is where SW Michigan children learn about nature and what makes our states wildlands so special and important to protect.
Native American Rights Fund - $5,000
This timely donation goes to support the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute, and Ute Mountain Native American Tribes' December 4 lawsuit against the federal government’s move to revoke Bears Ears National Monument. Never before has a National Monument or a National Park's status been revoked as is being attempted by the current administration. This donation is to help protect Bears Ears and prevent a possible precedent-setting catastrophe that could threaten the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and all places we hold dear.
Glen Arbor Art Association - $5,000
This is the second installment of a $15,000 pledge toward the large expansion project is 99% completed. The new art space and expanded home to hundreds of artists across from Cherry Republic is looking great. It officially opens to the public on Friday, January 12th with an exhibition called New Gallery, New Work.
Washtenaw Camp Placement Association - $3,500
What could be better for both Ann Arbor and Northern Michigan than to contribute to this summer camp scholarship organization that sends needy Ann Arbor kids to camp for a week or two. It can make a life changing difference in these kids, but it also supports these great outdoor camps scattered all over Northern Michigan. WCPA has sent nearly 10,000 kids to camp in the last 60 years who would not have the opportunity otherwise. Check out this great organization here.
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail - $5,000
A $5,000 check will be written to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The Heritage Trail is a hard-surfaced, non-motorized, multi-use trail planned to span 27 miles from the northern end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to the south of Empire. Currently the trail runs almost 22 miles. This donation puts Cherry Republic total gifts to the trail at $95,000. Each dollar contributed feels like a gift to ourselves as this trail is enjoyed by our staff and families as much as anyone.
Leelanau Conservancy - $12,000
Cherry Republic has donated to the Leelanau Conservancy for 26 years. This was during those first years, when our company was losing money, but we had a commitment to give back to the community no matter what -- even if it was our last dollar. $3,000 of this is the second part of a three-year pledge to fund the purchase of Palmer Woods. $3,000 is a contribution toward the construction of multi-use single track trails within the Palmer Woods park. And finally, $6,000 goes toward the Leelanau Conservancy’s Farmland Programs. (Cherry Republic Green Note: The Leelanau Conservancy offices have a large solar array that reduces their carbon footprint.) Congrats to Tom, Betsy and Team!