By AJ Danboise

As a family-owned company, the holidays are our favorite time of year. Thanksgiving in Southern Michigan means delicious food, Lions football, and community togetherness. What better way to help our community thrive than to lend a helping hand to those in need?

This November many local non-profits are going above and beyond to bring the holidays to those in need. Whether you are looking for a way for the whole family to give back to the community or a fun date night, the charities below have rewarding events for all ages.

Charity Events

The 17th Annual Thanks for Giving Benefit Dinner

Support Peace Neighborhood Center’s mission is to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. This year’s dinner will honor The James A. & Faith Knight Foundation for their generous contributions. Dinner features ribs, salmon, salad, and other home-cooked dishes.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6 PM – 8:30 PM.

Where: Zion Lutheran Church

1501 W Liberty Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Euchre Tournament to Benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank – Livingston County

Join the Rotary Satellite Club of Brighton Sunset for an evening of Progressive* Euchre Tournament. All proceeds will go towards providing Emergency Hygiene Bags for Gleaners Community Food Bank-Livingston County. Enjoy an evening of fun and friendly competition, snacks, cash bar and fellowship for a great cause.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 6PM – 10PM

Where: Mt Brighton Ski Area, Ore Creek Restaurant

4141 Bauer Road

Brighton, MI 48116


3rd Annual Fall Crawl – Dive Bar Edition

Join Central Woodward Junior Chamber for their 3rd Annual Fall Crawl. All proceeds from the event will go to the South Oakland Shelter. Come join the fun and support your local community just in time for the holidays!

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:30PM – 8PM

Where: The Hideout

1110 West 14 Mile Road

Clawson, MI 48017


Pins 4 Kids Bowling Fundraiser

Come join Caleb’s Kids Foundation for bowling fun, fellowship, games and prizes! Proceeds of this event will go towards the 2017 Holiday Outreach Initiatives. Caleb’s Kids Foundation provides holiday specific mental health workshops and holiday support for youth in need.

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017 2PM – 4PM

Where: Plum Hollow Lanes

21900 West Nine Mile Road

Southfield, MI 48075


Pop the Top

Join Dine Drink Detroit for a holiday season kick off celebrating the drink that symbolizes cheer and celebration…champagne! Tickets include a custom champagne flute, samples of 30+ champagnes from around the world, and culinary delights from Detroit’s most popular restaurants and catering companies, plus entertainment and dancing!

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Bottomless Toy Chest, devoted to delivering art projects, crafts and interactive games to hospitalized pediatric cancer patients.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017 7PM – 10PM

Where: The Garden Theater

3929 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201


Volunteer Opportunities

Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners community food bank has volunteer Opportunities in the distribution center for the whole family. Their program, “kids helping kids”, teaches kids about nutrition and allows them to participate in the distribution volunteer tasks such as sorting and packing food and preparing for drives.

Where: 2131 Beaufait St.

Detroit, MI 48207


The Bottomless Toy Chest

Each year The Bottomless Toy Chest gathers and wraps thousands of toys to give to sick children for Christmas. Support them by hosting a fund-raiser, sponsoring a toy drive, or having a wrap party.


The 7th Annual Feed the World Day

The Kids Coalition Against Hunger is looking for 600 volunteers to help package meals for starving children around the globe and in our own surrounding neighborhoods. Come join forces at this event of 100,000 meal packaging sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Rotary Clubs.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shifts available from 7AM – 12:30PM

Where: Henry Community Ford College

Student Center Cafeteria, Building M

Dearborn, Michigan 48128


Make A Difference Day – Plymouth United Way – Clean Up Day

The Plymouth United Way is looking for volunteers to provide light outdoor labor for senior citizens and people with disabilities in the Plymouth/ Canton communities. Wear your Spartan gear to show Spartans Will…Make a Difference!

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: First United Methodist Church

45201 North Territorial Road

Plymouth, MI 48170


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