Step Up wins for a fourth time!

Step Up became a four-time winner in December, making it two in a row after Kids’ Food Basket became our first four-time winner the previous quarter. Step Up provides housing for young men and women aged 18-24, especially those who have aged out of foster care.

The only other nominee in December was the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre, which provides kinds and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in community theater.

Kids’ Food Basket Wins for Fall ’22

Kids’ Food Basket became our first four-time winner at our September meeting. KFB provides sack suppers to more than 1,700 kids in Muskegon County every school day while strategizing dignified long-term solutions to childhood hunger, including two farms where kids can plant and harvest their own produce and helping overcome barriers to accessing healthful food.

Other nominees this quarter were the Muskegon Rescue Mission, which works to help our homeless neighbors, and Greater Muskegon Support Services.

Muskegon Heights Optimists a first-time winner

Our second quarter donations go to first-time winner Muskegon Heights Optimist Club. We were happy to welcome several representatives of this great organization at our June meeting and look forward to having them as members. The Optimist Club works to make the future brighter by bringing the best out of children in their communities and in themselves.

Other nominees in June were previous winners the Hope Project and HEY Radio.

Our meeting space may change for September because or recent host, the Sherman Bowling Center, has been sold. We’re hoping to make arrangements with the new owners, but please watch your email or this website closely for the location of future meetings.

Fresh Coast Alliance is our Q1 choice

Our first charity of 2022 is a first-time selection: Fresh Coast Alliance. They partner with like-minded churches, businesses, and agencies to help people with criminal history or a history of substance abuse recover and re-enter society.

One of my favorite things about being part of Muskegon County Men Who Care is the opportunity to learn about terrific organizations I’d never heard of before, and I love that we’ve selected two first-time winners in a row. Our list of worthy charities keeps growing!

Other nominees this quarter were The Arc Muskegon and Community Encompass, and it was great to hear our speakers say they’d be happy to support any of the nominees.

A huge thank-you to Hagar’s Hideaway for accommodating us on short notice after our usual venue had a conflict. Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for a place to hold a wedding reception, graduation party, or family reunion.

A first-time winner for Q4!

The Tommy Davis Memorial Fund has won our donations for the fourth quarter of 2021. Tommy loved Muskegon and had a passion for giving back to the community; hew was Chair of the Finance Committee for Habitat for Humanity, participated in many charitable events and it was not uncommon for him to ask a homeless stranger to join him for dinner.

The foundation established in his memory helps needy families childproof their homes, partners with Feeding America to distribute food, and finds other ways to support the community.

Other presenters in December were AMBUCS and AgeWell Services Senior Medical Transportation.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.