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Associated Charities of Lenawee County

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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Today I took two of my consumers to AC. They cannot afford to purchase clothing and AC had an amazing selection for them to choose from! The registration process was quick and easy and did not make them feel bad or judged about their situation. I could not be happier with the services offered!! I will definitely refer more of my consumers to this organization!

Gina44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people,great community! Glad to be apart of it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client at ACLC for a while now and I cannot express how helpful it has been for me. I am a full time college student and I barely make it through each week with groceries, let alone clothes and needed items for myself and my four year old daughter. Without ACLC I would be struggling to put warm clothes on my daughter and find toys and things she needs. ACLC is always there for us all year round and I am very thankful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assocatied charaties of lenawee county is a great place and very helpful with assisting people who are on low income with items such as clothing, furniture, household wares, toys, shoes, ect. You are allowed to visit 3 times a month. The people are very friendly and helpful to assist individuals with things that they need. They all do an excellent job helping serve others in need in the county of lenawee. If you are in need of something I highly recommend them not only will they help you get things you need but they will also help in assisting you in other directions for help if needed. They also provide wonderful assistance for the holidays such as thanksgiving and christmas to make sure families are not left without for the holidays and provided food baskets and gifts to certain age requirements.. as well as helping families who need back to school items. Great job to all the staff at charaties, such as delight, and brenda for keeping things well organized. They are very very helpful .

Client Served

Rating: 3

I have the pleasure of going to the charities 3 x a month. i have been going here since 17 yrs ago. this place has really changed for the better it is very clean and organized. very extrememly helpful as far as getting all varieties of stuff. the staff there is awesome!! . they greet you with a smile and make sure you find anything you are in need of. the weds hours is all i can shop so the later hours are great, . because i work during the days. they have helped me with my kids to have a great christmas, with school shopping, backpacks clothes when i have been struggling. , appliances. many other items. if you need it they will try their best to help you live a comfortable life in our community. . i work at an elementary and they r very good at helping out our local schools. for coats and blankets in the winter to back packs and school supplies before school starts. . not just any blankets or coats, nice and clean things. this place has been a huge influence in mine and my kids life. I truly think this is extremely beneficial for our community. i send people here all the time if they qualify. the staff there who are in charge have really changed this organization for the better such as sorting things by size so you dont have to dig through things everything is om hangers and laid out so you can see the item clear. . its just like shopping at a regular store. very great job those ladies do!! and the volunteers in their who serve our community . thank you soo much for bringing such a great thing to help out our community!! i will continue going there. so please keep the later hours on wednesday. thank you for helping our community. you all try and do such a great job!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privledge of being involved at ACLC as a volunteer. Observing firsthand the outstanding performance of Administration, Staff and Board Members. Families shop for needed essentials with dignity. Children may choose toys and books. All items are new or gently used. The "Birthday Closet" helps parents provide a nice birthday for their child. Special programs are in place for year round community support. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACLC is a LOCAL charity serving LOCAL needs. Their work is rather diverse, but one thing it all shares in common is the potential it has for encouraging a sense of personal dignity for their clients. This is, hands down, the thing I most admire about the organization. I also deeply appreciate how they go about their work, keeping overhead costs as low as possible to ensure that more proceeds go directly to benefiting their clients, and striving to collaborate with other local charities and not-for-profit organizations to reach the greatest number of people in need in our community.