Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to check-in at our virtual April GMM. We encourage you all to keep checking our facebook group for opportunities to help and to share things with members you may find useful! We're all in this together and we're here to support you. See below for an upcoming social and resources to help you during this time. Feel free to share any of this with others! If you have ideas for things you'd like to do as a group during this time, please contact your board. We have access to Zoom to help bring us together virtually. Continue staying strong and positive. We will be together again soon! :)
When: April 28th - 8:00pm - 10:00ish
What: Virtual trivia covering a variety of topics. Rules will be explained at beginning of game. Where: Wherever you are quarantined How: via Zoom, like all things in life. Details can be found on our website calendar or facebook group's event. And yes, we do want you to have your video on because we wanna see those beautiful faces, so please wear pants. Who: YOU! And those you are quarantined with. And any potential Jaycees. You/your quarantine mates will be on your own team in order to make things easy with technology. Laine Putans will be hosting
**If you are able to, we ask each team to donate $5. The winner will get to choose a local organization to donate the money to. This is a tight time for some folks, so do not worry if you aren't able to donate. Please join us regardless!**
Details on how to donate will be provided at the beginning of the game.
JCI MI Virtual Spring Leadership Conference
Conference will be virtual:
May 8th Evening Virtual Social
May 9th Virtual Fellowship Breakfast
May 9th Virtual Training Day
May 9th JCI Talks
May 16th Virtual Competitions Day
May 23rd Virtual SPE Presentations and Judging
If you've never competed, or attended conference, now is a great chance to participate from the comfort of your home. Details for participating will be forthcoming from JCI MI. Check their Facebook, Website, and Michigander newsletter emails for details.
Competitions are a great way to get involved (and mark off a task in your Passport to Civic Leadership). Registration is due May 1st to compete, or to judge competitions.
You can find details of Individual Competitions topics, deadlines, and more by checking out the calendar event on our website.
Support our Partners
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc for many Michigan businesses; especially those involving contact with the public. Many of our partners have been affected by orders to close or change their business model for the time being. In an effort to give back, we've created a list of our partners along with their websites. We encourage you to help them in this time of need to be a patron as you are able or consider making a purchase of a gift card to be used later. Help our partners who have given so much to us over the years, in a time when they could use a helping hand!
Check out a list of our partners by clicking here.
***If you find any articles or posts that would be beneficial to all, please feel free to send to Jessica Anderson and she'll get it posted up on our JCI Lansing public facebook page to encourage community collaboration and support at this time.
Ronald McDonald House
Here are ways you can help: 1.Donate $20 or whatever you’re able at https://www.rmhmm.org/help-the-house/donate. 2.Support local businesses and help our families by sending gift cards for local restaurants, which allows us to sponsor takeout and delivery meals while we are unable to have volunteers prepare dinners for families or medical professionals. Restaurant gift cards also provide families unable to stay at the House with easy access to food. 3.Encourage your network of friends or peers to donate $20 or whatever they’re able. Set up a Facebook fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan. Here’s how: https://www.facebook.com/help/990087377765844. 4.To help the House in the current climate, dollars are extremely helpful to keep operations running smoothly. If you have extra Visa gift cards or gift cards for retailers such as Amazon, Target, Meijer, Kroger or other gift cards you may have around the house, we accept those as donation. 5.Lastly, we've observed that all families at the Sparrow Health System Children's Center could use our support. We're providing comfort bags to families with children receiving medical treatment at the Sparrow Children's Center. Consider donating something from our Amazon Wishlist to help fill these bags for families: https://amzn.to/2yhoBvc.
"The biggest need we are hearing from our partners is from the Tri County Office on Aging who need drivers for meal delivery. Their congregate meal sites have been closed and they are relying more on in home delivery.
The best support is cash contributions to the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the Capital Area United Way has established an Emergency Fund to support our neighbors with cash assistance during this time. We will be building out this fund over the next few weeks and sub funds can be established (i.e. if you wanted to organize to support a specific neighborhood)
Finally, we are asking everyone to make an appt and give blood. We have a critical shortage because large blood drives have all been cancelled. Please schedule your appointment to donate bloodHEREusing your zip code to locate the closest location."
"Greater Lansing Food Bank will continue to serve our neighbors who are food insecure during these uncertain times." If you're looking for a way to support the local community through providing meals, or know someone in need, please visitGreater Lansing Food Bankfor details on how to help or how to get help.
Elections - Opportunity
If you are looking for a way to give back to the community through Democracy, you may be interested in signing up to be an election worker this spring. They are anticipating that the majority of ballots will be cast by absentee and will need to be counted. With the current situation, there is a shortage of workers willing to assist clerks. Check out "Democracy MVP" for details on how you can assist in this year's election.
If you aren't registered to vote or need an absentee ballot you can visit Michigan.gov/vote.
Lansing Area Mutual Aid (LAMA) began in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic to directly match existing community resources to those in need of those resources, as quickly as possible. We are an expanding collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations that seek to ensure every resident in our area is in a place where their basic needs are accounted for, and that we as a community feel safe, empowered, and connected.
You may offer you services, request services, or donate financially to help LAMA operate during this time.
Visit their Facebookfor even more opportunities as needs arise.
Volunteer Opportunity - WEB
DATE CHANGE TO OCTOBER 2020
The Frankenmuth Jaycees host World Expo of Beer every year. This expo provides a fundraising opportunity for us as volunteers for the day. Volunteers receive free entrance to the event Friday & Saturday, a t-shirt, and a VIP tent with food and drink following your shift.
JCI Lansing currently has 12 available shifts designated to our chapter; 8 from 1pm-6:30pm and 4 from 5:30pm-10pm.
Sign up here to save a slot designated to JCI Lansing. Volunteers must be 21 or older, but do not need to be a current member.
Recruiting New Members!
Thanks to our wonderful past members and past presidents, we are in a better position than ever to welcome and sponsor new members. If you know anyone who may be interested in joining and would benefit from a first-year sponsorship, let us know. Or if you have ideas of where and how we should be recruiting new members, please know that your BOD is all ears.