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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To enhance the quality of life for Lenawee County residents by respectfully offering items generously provided by the community.

Target demographics: low income families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,850 families

Geographic areas served: Lenawee County, Michigan

Programs: free clothing and household items to registered clients.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ashley H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities provides low income families with the opportunity to shop at no cost to them with dignity to get items generously provided by the community. The staff is helpful and respectful of all consumers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization gives back to people not just through their giving but through the ability of its' customers to shop with dignity for quality items provided by the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After joining the Board, I realize the hard, dedicated work that AC does for the most vulnerable in our community.

Kudo’s to the staff!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Associated Charities of Lenawee County does an incredible job at adjusting to the needs of our community. The organization focuses on providing assistance for basic needs and helps individuals and families with clothing, shoes, household items, furniture, etc.. They also work hard to collect donations so that every family can enjoy the holiday season with a homecooked meal and a gift under the tree.

When it comes to enhancing the lives of community members, Associated Charities of Lenawee County is there to provide and help in any way possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The people are friendly the are like family to me. They take very good care of there clients. They don't need to change anything. The atmosphere is very warm and friendly.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities has been excellent over the years with providing so many needs to children and families at no cost. They truly have a heart for the people of Lenawee County. Wonderful organization!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Delight is a treasure to work with and serve on the board with. Even during this most trying of years. Delight has continued to keep the mission of the charity going and keeping everyone apprised of the happenings of the organization. I am proud to serve on the board for Associated Charities of Lenawee.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In a year full of uncertainty and upsets, Associated Charities has managed to continue their excellent support for Lenawee County clients. The staff accepted the challenges of taking donations and making distributions while ensuring the health and safety of the community. This organization has served the area for over 100 years through consistent and dedicated effort.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When an organization serves a community for over one hundred years, a strong relationship is destined to develop. Associated Charities has supported the county through hard times as well as good ones. The executive directory and her staff run an effective operation. I've seen that firsthand as a volunteer in the store. They also perform efficiently and on budget, which I have observed as a executive board member.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great Staff, Great atmosphere, Great place to give back to!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great source of help for back to school clothing warm coats , new baby bundlles, towels twice a year. Gifts for children and food baskets at christmas. And daily distribution helps with clothing household items and shoes. Great programs great staff. Great help for these trying times

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Easy to work with. Associated Charities is a great community partner, provides needed support to our Lenawee Community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing amazing work in the community.

KayRoss

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this Charity for over 30 years now in one form or another. Each year they improve upon the last, and that is saying a lot as they are so near perfection as it is. I knew of someone who had a child returning to in school sessions and the mom didn't have a way to pick up a back pack for her child. This mom has no transportation so is not a regular client of the AC. I called to ask if there was any way they could get this child a backpack and supplies for school if i could arrange someone to pick it up and deliver. The answer was an instant YES! That is what the Charities does for our community, daily!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working in the mental health field, I and my staff, have had occasions to send people we serve to Associated Charities. Not just during regular times but especially during a crisis, such as losing their living situation, leaving an abusive situation etc. I have always been able to count of Associated Charities to say "sure send them down and we will take care of them". This is a tremendous benefit for our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I only donate to this charity because they give everything at no charge to those who need it.
The staff is so friendly and comes to my car and carries everything in for me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so glad there is a place like Associated Charities to help people. I donate all of my items there and it is worth it because items are given away free to those that truly need it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The staff is very friendly, they are always cheerful and willing to help. They always greet you with a smile and everything is clean and well organized.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went there for the first time ever this week and felt very welcomed, the staff was very nice and knowledgeable.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a part of Associated Charities of Lenawee has been such a positive experience for me. what a wonderful organization and board members that I have had the pleasure of working with for a common goal to assist the community of Lenawee!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Associated Charities is a great place to get help when you need it! Michelle and June always make us feel so welcome and they never make us feel judged or less than equal human beings. My little family and I have had a tough year and I have been able to depend on Associated Charities to help us through these tough times. If it weren't for them, I don't know what I would do. The staff is amazing and have been so supportive, kind and empathetic. Instead of feeling like a burden for asking for help, I always walk out of the door feeling refreshed and loved. Our community is blessed to have them!

Ashley B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Associated Charities is a wonderful organization and provides so many wonderful services to the community. The staff is always friendly and everyone is treated like family.

1 Mary M.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we were growing up you provided our only Christmas and Thanksgiving meals.Also recieved one toy and dress at Christmas.Would have been a very sad holiday without the Associated charities. God bless.

jo2014

Client Served

Rating: 5

Associated charities helps many people who are down on their luck. They have helped me in getting things that are not affordable for me. Their Keep Lenawee Warm program supplys me with a nice warm coat every year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Associated Charities about 2 years ago. To this day I am amazed at what they get done with what they have to work with. I give kudos to the staff and how well they keep the system going. I only volunteer 6 hours a week but would do more if not for health problems and previous commitments. My wife has been there more than 3 years. It is the greatest place to volunteer, very satisfying way to give back.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy going there and seeing all the friendly, helpful people. If u need help and they can't do they will get u help. My husband is a very big on reading, so they tell me I can't leave without taking some books. LOL!. As you may know they can be costly, so he is very grateful for them. Otherwise I have been able to get some very nice things from my very first set of dishes to lots of different item's. I also refer people to them for programs, and to donate their. Thanks for all you Do! I do wish there would be a lower price for patrons to pay so they could enjoy the fundraiser as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with Associated Charities almost 4 years now. And their staff is some of the most good hearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. And what the charities accomplished on only donations is a miracle.
They don't charge a cent to qualified low income people. And the programs they have are fantastic. They have birthday gifts for 1 to 10 year olds. Baby bundles for newborns. Clothes and supplies for back to school. Christmas gifts and stockings. Decorations for all the holidays. So come in and sign up, donate, or volunteer. They very much appreciate anything to help or to help those in need.

Erica H.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the different programs the Associated Charities runs each and every year. Solely funded by donations and grants. They’ve made an amazing impact on our town and surrounding areas. Not only have I been a client, I’ve also donated and volunteered there. Outstanding group of people that work there. Always going above and beyond to help those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

clothes and household items are so expensive, if it wasnt for ACLC i'm not sure how i would make sure my kids have what they need

Donor

Rating: 5

The love and passion for the community is evident at Associated Charities of Lenawee County. Staff and volunteers take pride in the cleanliness and organization of the building.

Donor

Rating: 5

Supported thru grants and donations The Charities assists our community with clothing and housewares provided thru donations. It is an efficiently run organization meeting the needs of qualifying families. Special programs provide school supplies and Christmas gifts.

Rick29

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities is the example of a great nonprofit. We are the only nonprofit around that provides clothing at no cost to our clients. We're able to do that because of the generosity of our community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Grass roots organization that serves local community, how can you go wrong?

Board Member

Rating: 5

Efficiently run through grants and donations from the community, the organization assists our low income community. Clothing and other donated items are sorted and displayed in the "store" where clients may shop. Items not usuable by the organization are "paid forward" to other organizations.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

The ultimate recyclers!!!! Taking the unused or unneeded items of donors and giving them to those in the community who are in need. A birthday party/gift resource for parents with small children. A "Back to School" program for school aged kids and coats, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots along with blankets to "Keep Lenawee Warm". A well managed helpful organization involved in the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just dropped off donations. Building looks great and staff is so friendly and helpful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the best things about the charities is that they give away all items that are donated there is no reselling of the items which ensures that those clients who need their services are able to get the items that they need without spending their very limited resources. The staff of the Charities goes out of it's way to be kind, and respectful to every patron. Giving a helping hand to those in our community with dignity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Associated Charities of Lenawee organization touches the lives of so many in our community, I am proud to help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Associated Charities and so I see the employees and other volunteers who want to help families receive free clothing and books so they can help themselves overcome some of life's hurdles. It is led by one spectacular woman, Delight Creech. God bless her.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities is one of Lenawee's longest running non profit organizations. They provide clothing and household items to those in need, free of charge. The shopping experience they provide is top notch. There are several fundraising events held throughout the year to allow this program to continue to serve the community and give back. Proud to have them in my town.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Today was the last day of Back to School shopping and I was privileged to be one of the volunteers helping. The Charities is set up to resemble a department store, families come in and pick out Two outfits,shoes if available, New undies, New socks and backpac for each child. They chose what they want , their favorite colors and styles. Today I was honored to watch a young girl come in, shy and quiet and leave with a huge smile on her face because she found a pair of shoes she loved and made her feel special. This is why The Charities is such a special place, it is set up to allow the people who use it to keep their dignity and to leave with a smile on their face.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was asked to be on the board last year and oh my have my eyes been opened! How much that is accomplished on a relatively small budget is amazing. There is such dedication by board members and staff, it is a testament to each and everyone of them.I feel humbled by the work done by these few people, that makes a difference in the lives of so many.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities of Lenawee County has been assisting residents for over 100 years. They always give Lenawee County residents a chance to better themselves when it is needed. All the donations in the store are free to those who want to be a part of the program. Especially with special programs they have throughout the year for special services. For example, Toys for Lenawee; Back To School program; and many more.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the fact they are always pleasant and helpful when I stop to drop off donations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Born & raised in Adrian I have always heard of Associated Charities & all the good they do. As an adult I have had the privilege of sitting on the board for 6 years. Have loved volunteering over the years & helping with special events to raise money. I am most impressed with the fact that all assistance they give is free.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Clothing, household items, toys etc. given without charge to those in need. A Birthday Closet to provide a party or gift for small children. Special programs for "Back to School"( 2 complete new or gently used outfits, shoes, underwear and socks), "Keep Lenawee Warm" (coats, blankets, hats, scarves and gloves), Thanksgiving and Christmas programs too. All provided by friendly, helpful staff. A pleasant place to visit or volunteer and a definite asset for those who are experiencing difficulties. The Charities is funded solely with grants and donations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Charities helps so many residents in Lenawee County. Whether they need help with Back to School, Christmas or their everyday needs, Associated Charites strives to help them the best way they can. Working at the Charities definitely gives you a sense of pride, our clients are always so grateful and always have smiles on their faces when they leave.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a great time working here the team members are great. I love helping our clients and being able to give back to the community. everything runs smooth here. it has been amazing being a part of this team.
sara patterson

Client Served

Rating: 5

some of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of working with. I have so far enjoyed my time here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Associated Charities is such a great organization. It has helped my family in so many ways. Such as help with Christmas gifts for my children, food baskets at holiday time and clothing throughout the year to help meet basic needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had great experience with Associated Charities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great charity that provides it community in need with necessary resources at no charge!!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities provides clothing and household necessities at no cost to community members in need. They also have special distributions for Back to School, winter coats and Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are good stewards of the donations from our generous community and treat clients with respect and dignity. Associated Charities has been serving Lenawee County residents for over 100 years!

Board Member

Rating: 5

When we were passing out the back to school backpacks it was a day of smiles. I was smiling and the kids ,Moms and Dads were happy. I have a feeling Christmas will be full of joy.

Tricia E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After having a very normal life my husband and I hit some hard times and went to jail. When I got out I felt like a complete failure until Work First hooked me up with Associated Charities to work for the cash money I received every month and when that ended they let me stay on to work off my court fines. I like to help the holiday season so much joy when they see what they get for there children. A lot of work goes into keeping this place going that people just don't see.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to learn about the ACLC through Michigan Work First program. I had never been here before and I am just amazed at what this charity does for our county. Everything that goes out the door is free to qualified clients, which I also learned that I am. They have provided me and my family with much needed clothing, food, and household items. One year ago I never thought I would be in this position but I am so greatful that Associated Charities of Lenawee is around. I enjoy working with all of my co workers there as well. It's nice knowing I am going to a job that makes me feel like I am making a difference in this community.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Everyone here is so friendly every time I come in. They help me if I need it. I am blind and they are very respectful of that.

They have helped me provide Christmas presents, warm winter clothes and many other things for my family. I don't know how I'd manage holidays without their help some years. I am very greatful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In December 2014 after retiring from a medical career of 39 years I walked into ACLC with the idea of "Giving Back". I began volunteering in January 2015 and look forward every week to spending Wednesday working with the the dedicated employees and volunteers at Associated Charities. What we do for the community and those in need is SO important. To Delight, Jean, Michelle, Ricardo, Ashley, JoAnn and all of the others that I work with at ACLC, I am so
proud to be a part of an organization that gives from the heart and treats every donor and recipient with gratitude, respect and dignity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities has been a blessing to the Lenawee County community for over 100 years. I frequently volunteer for special distribution days and witness first-hand the way clients are treated with respect and dignity. Each year our generous community seems to contribute more and higher quality items that low-income families can choose at no cost. Along with the daily distribution, Associated Charities provides warm clothing for winter, Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas gifts and back-to-school items.

Elizabeth191

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated of Charities of Lenawee County is a truly wonderful organization when it comes to helping those in need. On top of the daily routine of offering clothing and household to families for FREE, they hold special events throughout the year such as back to school and during the holiday seasons. The store is clean and organized making it easy for people to come and shop. Shoppers are treated with dignity and respect, as is part of the mission statement of ACLC.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was asked to be on the board last year and I have been more impressed knowing the inner workings of this organization than I even was with all the incredible things they did for me as a community member! I kept me connected with ACLC through both church and work. ACLC was instrumental in the Christmas Connection where they partnered with our local church to distribute over 250 filled Christmas stockings to local children. ACLC also partnered with a college student driven group to provide 25 children the first year, and 50 children this past year with $50 dollars worth of a special Christmas morning! This is a fantastic organization helping those in need in the local community through fulfilling some of the basic human needs and provisions as well as their welcoming spirit, love and caring for so many people that come through their doors!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Associated Charities helps so many in all of Lenawee County.. Back to school, Christmas presents, food, clothing. They show no partiality to anyone. Always a helping hand to those in need..

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been an exciting year, seeing our plans come together, and being able fulfill needs in our community. Associated Charities of Lenawee remains a top notch community based nonprofit. Here's to many more years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently work for Associated Charities and it is by far the greatest place I have worked for. The atmosphere is so welcoming and the staff is amazing. It's a great feeling being able to help others and I feel like all the staff, myself included, has made a connection with our clients, donors and volunteers that come in everyday. There are so many programs offered to help others and seeing the look of joy and appreciation on the clients faces everyday is so rewarding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just went to the Back to School program and it was wonderful. I received new clothing and school supplies for my daughter. As a single Mom on a limited income it means a lot to me. Thank you to everyone at Associated Charities.

nanashell1969

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client of associated charities for 25 years and now an employee, I cannot say enough great things about them. As a low income working family it has been a lifesaver to our family. We received help from the daily distributions of clothing ad household miscellaneous items to help with coats and blankets from the Keep Lenawee Warm program which gives out coats , boots mittens,gloves and blankets to Lenawee County families. We also received help with Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas baskets as well as toys and stocking stuffers a Christmas distributions. What a blessing they have been to our family and members of the community. If you are in need of help in any of these areas or would like to donate any good used clothing, coats or household items please contact Associated Charities. The friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On a Sunday afternoon I had a woman and her two children approach me. She and the girls and her husband were living out of their car, as money had run out and they no longer had a home or could afford a hotel.
The Tecumseh Service Club was the first place I thought to call. I know they provide food through a pantry, as well as financial help for those dealing with hard times. Within 4 hours they had a hotel room for the woman and her family for the night, as well as a warm meal for everyone provided by Big Boy of Tecumseh. In addition, they were able to provide the woman with additional resources where she could turn to for help.

Considering this organization is completely run by volunteers and relies on the prompt reply of individuals from their homes I was very impressed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with at an at-risk teen population and their families, I see how much the services of Associated Charities is used and appreciated. Our community is very fortunate to have this this type of facility in our county!

Donor

Rating: 5

I often donate to this organization. They have caring people that reach out to our community to assist in many ways.

Loretta G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that ACLC does a great job for the community. I think Lana Archer is a great given person. She does a great job no matter what she does. And great to work with. ACLC has great workers they are so polite and helpful.

Dilla M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Associated charities of Lenawee county impressed me so very much when I became a donor to them. I had very good used clothes and household items and they were treated with respect and not just thrown in a pile. I had taken the time to clean them and iron them so that anyone receiving them would not have to worry about not using them right away. The people are sincere and honest in their positions and the people that they serve do not feel that they are receiving charity. The best part? Anyone in need can receive what they need without cost. A truly worthy organization worth supporting.

Donor

Rating: 5

ACLC serves an abundance of needs in our area! From backpacks to Keep Lenawee Warm to Adopt a Family! The store meets several needs on a daily basis.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lana Archer is one of the greatest individuals around. I highly praise her and all the work she accomplishes on a daily basis.