EXPAND OUR PRESENCE, INSPIRE EXCELLENCE, ENCOURAGE CONTINUANCE AND EVOLVE OUR LIFE’S MISSION
Service Committee – Lois McEntyre, Chair; Rita Eaton, Co-Chair
Committee Members: Tanya Clark, Rita Eaton, Reeshemah Howard, Andrea Hunter, Kathy Mickens, Danita Tucker
The North Oakland/Macomb chapter has been very busy this program year performing acts of service for those in need in the local communities. In keeping with the Service Committee’s priorities of maintaining existing partnerships and establishing new relationships with charitable organizations, NOM members, parents and children, have certainly made a significant impact within Oakland and Macomb counties.
The Pontiac Public Library continues to be a key community partner. We are once again leading monthly Story Time sessions for school age children from the Pontiac area, supporting literacy and childhood education. Every month, there is a different theme, and this year, we will be introducing a new theme on ‘water safety’ during the April 2018 Story Time that aligns with the Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated “Swimming Saves Lives” initiative. In December, we supported the library during the Holiday Extravaganza and our children demonstrated their creativity and had fun designing beautiful snowflake ornaments that were used to decorate the library for the holiday event. One of the highlights was the work our teens did with the library to support the annual Princess Tea Party in October. This event provides an opportunity for young girls to dress up in beautiful gowns and participate in a fabulous tea party, promoting confidence and positive self-esteem. The princesses were certainly a sight to see!
Our chapter continued the relationship with Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac by partnering with them for National Day of Service. On January 15, the service committee collected and delivered over 25 twin sheet sets and $100 to the Grace Centers of Hope to support the residents who are there for assistance. We also began a new partnership with the Friends of Foster Kids in Macomb County. During the NOM Holiday Social, members donated winter coats and accessories for Macomb area foster children.
We have facilitated several other activities including Meals on Wheels and Thanksgiving Basket donations to Trinity Baptist Church. Most notably, NOM’s commitment to serving the community extended beyond Michigan in support of families impacted by the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast last fall. NOM moms and children designed cards of encouragement and donated gift cards that were sent to Jack and Jill of America families in Texas. This show of support by our moms, teens and grade groups was absolutely remarkable.
The Service Committee is truly appreciative to our NOM family for the support to be of service to those in need. We have truly made an impact once again this program year.