WFGR Makes a Wee Difference
The Wee Difference organization this month is the “Friends & Family of Cystic Fibrosis”, a group that “is a nonprofit organization composed of volunteers dedicated to raising monies in support of children and adults affected with cystic fibrosis in West Michigan.”
The F&FOCF “is an all volunteer organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for those in our community that suffer with Cystic Fibrosis. Our goal is to bring them a small piece of joy that the disease has taken away. There are several ways we help local families. We bring care packages to the hospital, help pay medical and utility bills, rent and mortgage payments, vitamins, medical equipment, gym memberships and much more. All the money we raise stays here locally to help families right here in W. Michigan.”
Their big fundraiser is the “17th Annual Bid For Bachelors & Bachelorettes” benefits Friends & Families of Cystic Fibrosis will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at DeVos Place. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 5:30p.m., the bidding begins 7:00p.m. The bachelors & bachelorettes have put together excellent date packages to be auctioned off. Tickets are available online at www.bidforbach.org. Please help us help the F&FOCF, this month’s Wee Difference!
January gives us a chance to get rolling on a new year for sure, but it also gives us a chance to help you learn a little something about an organization you have probably heard of, but might not know exactly what they do and why they do it.
Meet the AMBUCS! Simply put the AMBUCS help create mobility and independence for people with disabilities. From the AMBUCS website;
“Currently, there more than 5,500 AMBUCS™ members spread throughout more than 130 chapters in over 30 states – and we’re growing!
AMBUCS members enjoy the following benefits:
Social: Chapters provide fun, innovative service opportunities for people who want to improve their community. By working together, AMBUCS volunteers make their spare time go a long, long way.
Service: When someone joins AMBUCS they join a group of individuals who are ready to make a difference. AMBUCS local and national service programs generate intense satisfaction and pride.
Professional: As members work together, they contribute to chapter activities and goals while learning new skills that can pay lasting dividends in their professional lives. They also have the opportunity to make valuable contacts and develop essential leadership skills.
David Hodge dropped in to talk about the Kenowa AMBUCS and give us the in’s and outs of their activities and how he came to be a part of such a great organization.
Locally the Kenowa AMBUCS accept new members anytime of the year, and if you are so inclined, CLICK HERE for the Kenowa AMBUCS website. If you would like to follow the Kenowa AMBUCS on Facebook, CLICK HERE for that link, give them a “like” and follow them. You never know when the chance to help out might pop up.
December brings us to a time of giving back to a community known for it’s charitable works. We introduced you to “More-Self-Less” last year. A group founded in West Michigan with the notion that if everyone does something small, and thinks a little less of “self”, well miracles happen.
It’s true, and it’s easy. CLICK HERE to visit the More-Self-Less ”I Dream Beautiful” page and see how you can help provide a Christmas a child will never forget. Does your gift need to be extravagant? Nope. Anything from a blanket, to a bar of soap is needed and YOU can help to the tune of $5-$5000. It’s totally up to you.
Lauren Stanton and Brady Schmitz, founder of More Self Less stopped in today to talk about this year’s event and how you can help out
The Mary J. Szczepanski “Never Give Up” MS Scholarship Foundation is starting its 14th year and offers annual scholarships to seniors at Catholic Central, Kenowa Hills, Covenant Christian and Northview High Schools in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area for using their creativity and raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis. The inaugural year of the program was the fall of 2000. This unique and prestigious program has touched the lives of many people in communities across the world and is constantly raising awareness of this terrible disease.
Rick Szczepanski founded the Never Give Up Scholarship Foundation to help kids around the country from right here in Grand Rapids
High school and college students from 32 states and three foreign nations (Indonesia, India and Lebanon) have contacted them on scholarship opportunities.
More Details can be found HERE.
The definition of the word “wee” is a small amount. We chose the word “wee” because we are humble enough to understand that anything we can do to help your cause or organization is only a small part of the bigger picture. There are so many great causes to champion out there, and so many people that are very passionate about their commitment to them. We would like to do our part when we can. It might be as simple as a web link, maybe a visit on air or more.
We are very proud of our role in West Michigan and we want to be able to use this position to add to the greater good without becoming boastful. We will happily share in the success, but most charity or non profits mean so much more to those who run them, well, we feel more hands on deck make less work for all, so let us know how we can make a Wee Difference for you or an organization you may be associated with.
Check out the non-profit organizations that 98.7 WFGR Classic Hits has partnered with to offer up a Wee Difference: