Secure-24 Cares 2019 At-a-Glance
Looking back, 2019 was an incredibly busy year for the S-24 Cares team! We’re proud of our many accomplishments, and we’re looking forward to an even more productive 2020.
Below is a summary of all of our philanthropy events and activities in 2019.
2019 Philanthropy: Our Sincere and Committed Efforts
We began our Spring Cleaning initiative in March, collecting gently used household goods, cleaning supplies, furniture, toys, etc. for Humble Design. It was to see the items we collected in the homes of deserving families that were featured in Humble Design’s weekly transformation videos!
Also, in March, we funded an Alpaca for the Methodist Children’s Home Society’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program. The goal of AAT is to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functioning.
April was a big month for sponsored events. LAHC provides educational scholarships, youth development, hunger relief, substance abuse prevention and public health to those in need in Southeast MI. We sponsored their 31st Annual Scholarship Gala. LAHC has given over $1.3 million in scholarships to date.
Teacher’s Pet is a program that pairs troubled youth with hard-to-adopt shelter dogs. The program teaches kids care and responsibility, and the dogs learn obedience and good behavior. As a sponsor of their annual Gala, we helped support Teacher’s Pet and their mission.
We also sponsored the Kicks for Kids charity kickball tournament, benefiting Playworks Detroit, an organization that helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills . Our team may have come in last place, but we didn’t play to win – we played to support a great cause and have some fun.
Each month, the Furniture Bank of Southeast Michigan collects over 1,200 pieces of furniture for families in need. We sponsored their annual event, which helped raise nearly $80,000 to help children and families that are lacking basic essential furniture like cribs, beds and kitchen tables.
We also sponsored Rainbow Connection’s Dream Maker’s Ball. Rainbow Connection grants wishes to Michigan children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1985, over 3,600 wishes such as trips to Disney World, completely free for the entire family, have been granted to local families in need of some smiles.
Humble Design serves individuals, families and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty house into a warm, welcoming and uplifting home with donated furniture and household goods. They have served over 1,376 families since 2009. We sponsor two “Days of Service” with Humble Design each year. You can learn more by watching this video!
We also sponsored Forgotten Harvest’s Comedy Night. The goal of the evening was to provide two million meals for those in need in metro Detroit. We also held a “Night on the Town” raffle at Secure-24 Headquarters, offering two tickets to Comedy Night with Jim Gaffigan, a restaurant gift card, and a complimentary stay at Greektown Casino Hotel, which allowed us to raise an additional $310 in cash donations.
During our July Committee Meeting, we had the pleasure of meeting with Detroit SOUP’s EIR, Jacquise Purifoy. Detroit SOUP is a crowdfunding potluck that brings people together to raise money and support for community projects. We learned about Swim 1922, a program that aims to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in the community. Secure-24’s sponsorship of this event helped over 1000 local kids and families enjoy a fun and educational day at the Wayne County Aquatic Center, along with an opportunity to meet Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon.
We also sponsored Judson Center’s Corporate Golf Challenge. Judson Center’s programs support children who have been abused and neglected, and others who are challenged by developmental disabilities, severe emotional impairments and autism spectrum disorder.
In August, we held a backpack and school supplies drive. We were able to donate 35 backpacks full of all of the back-to-school essentials to Durfee Middle School, in partnership with the Durfee Innovation Society. The Durfee Innovation Society provides hands on educational programs, employment opportunities for Detroiters, and inexpensive leases for entrepreneurs or non-profits serving in Detroit.
We furnished a second home with Humble Design in October. You can watch the transformation take place before your eyes here!
October also marks “Pet Month” – where our beloved Secure-24 pets take over the lobby screens, our social media accounts, and on occasion, make guest appearances in the office. We collect food, toys, and supplies for local shelters in need. To fundraise, we hosted our first ever “Paws & Claws” happy hour, featuring the carbonated booze-infused beverage that took 2019 by storm: White Claws. We also raised $146 in cash donations during the Happy Hour, which was donated to Teacher’s Pet of MI.
November was a busy month! Secure-24 was proud to sponsor The Empowerment Plan’s Sixth Annual Fundraiser with the goal of raising $175,000 to support employment and educational programs for some of Detroit’s most at-risk residents. This is a very cool organization that provides employment and training to homeless parents who manufacture sleeping bag coats for those in need. To date, more than 35,000 sleeping bag coats have been hand-sewn right here in Detroit and distributed across the world (as far as Antarctica!) to those in need. We also had the chance to check out their new, 21,000 square foot facility and learn about their on-the-job training and enrichment programs.
We honored our Veterans in November as well, by asking employees to write hand written notes of gratitude and encouragement to Veterans at Volunteers of America, MI. We also fundraised, and with company matching, we were able to donate $500 to The Volunteers of America, MI.
Board and Brush is one of our favorite activities each year. We raised $565 in cash donations, which we donated to Gleaner’s Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. And the coolest part? We made the donations on Ford & Kroger’s “Matching Days” – meaning our contribution of $565 was DOUBLED!
In December, we sponsored The National Flag Football Championship’s fundraiser for Game On Cancer, which took place at Ford Field on December 1st. Game On Cancer, a unique collaboration between Henry Ford Health System, the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Pistons, is a peer-to-peer team-based fundraiser designed to alleviate barriers cancer patients face on their road to recovery and advance leading-edge research.
To close out 2019, we placed “Holiday Giving Trees” in our lobby featuring wish list items for two local families: One from Humble Design and one from Rainbow Connection. Our employees go above and beyond every year with this endeavor. Not only were we able to provide both families with every item on their wish lists, we were also able to purchase their “big ticket” items, and provide gift cards to gas stations and grocery stories so their needs are taken care of well into the New Year.
Being a part of this committee and working with such generous, creative, and caring individuals is a true blessing. I’ve learned that it doesn’t take a ton of money or time to spread good in the world — it just takes a dedicated group that sees an opportunity to make a difference, and runs with it. We’ve accomplished so much in 2019, and I look forward to lending more helping hands, creating more fun and unique ways to fundraise, making every dollar stretch, and doing so much good in 2020.
Cheers to a new year and a fresh start!
By Megan Sharkey, Marketing Manager and Chair of the S-24 Cares Committee, Secure-24.