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.
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.
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.
Associated Charities is the only charity that does not charge for their products. They also collaborate with other agencies in the community so they don't duplicate services. I am proud to have Associated Charities in our community.
Associated Charities is there for the community when needed. There have been several instances that I have had to call on them to help out persons in dire need of winter coats and they have always said YES, send them over! It didn't matter that these individuals were not registered clients of AC. They were helped anyway. That is what community is all about....helping those that need it...without judgment...that's my experience with Associated Charities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.