Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FREE Community Open House on 4/26 at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland features chair massages, prizes

New South Patient Tower...
Community Open House has fun for the entire family...

Join staff, friends, community leaders and others to celebrate the completion of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's new, state-of-the-art South Patient Tower during a Community Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Guests can explore the eight-story tower that features 204 spacious, private rooms and learn about the cutting-edge patient-centered technology, collectively known as the Intelligent Care System. During the event, guests can view the new Healing Arts Program, featuring the works of renowned Michigan artists that is designed to create a calming and restorative environment and promote the healing of body, mind and spirit.

Light fare and refreshments and live music will be provided, as well as FREE chair massages, health screenings, prizes and giveaways for all to enjoy. Entertainment for children includes face painting and a meet and greet with Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot. 

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is located at 44405 Woodward Ave. in Pontiac, MI



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CHARITY: Walmart Foundation seeking Michigan Nonprofits to Apply for Grants - DEADLINE 4/26

Walmart Foundation accepting applications from Michigan organizations through April 26...

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Council Program opened the application period for its second funding cycle on, April 13. Michigan nonprofit organizations can now apply for funding to support programs within the scope of the “Focused Giving” areas that include hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity.

The deadline to submit grant requests is April 26. Grant requests for programs that would fall under “Community Engagement Giving,” i.e. education, health care access and other human services programs will be accepted during the fourth cycle in September.

Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program will award grants to Michigan organizations during its second and fourth cycles to support organizations that address areas of need among underserved populations. In 2013, Michigan-based charities such as the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Lebanese American Heritage Club, Food Bank of South Central Michigan and Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank of West Michigan received a total of $1,200,000 from State Giving Program grants.

“At Walmart, our mission is to do all we can to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Michael Collischan, regional general manager for Walmart in Michigan. “By providing organizations with these State Giving grants, we are not only fulfilling Walmart’s charitable mission, we are able to help these nonprofits work to fulfill their own missions and help better the community.”

As a 2013 State Giving Program grant recipient, the Greater Lansing Food Bank in Lansing was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to purchase a new food delivery truck. “The Greater Lansing Food Bank serves tens of thousands in need of emergency food in seven counties,” said Joe Wald, Executive Director of Greater Lansing Food Bank “Walmart’s generous grant has provided us with a new truck, which will enable us to pick-up and deliver food promptly and better serve some of the areas where food is scarce.”

Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help identify needs within their state, review grant requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.

Grant submissions are only accepted online at

Good Luck!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

COUPON: FREE Arby's Snack-sized Curly Fry for Tax Day 4/15

Who loves FREE food????

To celebrate getting those taxes over and done, for the 4th year in a row, Arby is offering a FREE Snack-sized Curly Fry on April 15th at all Arby's locations nationwide. No purchase necessary.

Click here to Get your Coupon for a FREE Arby's Snack-size Curly Fry

Coupon only good for 4/15. Limited number of coupons, print yours before they are gone.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

FREE Blommin' Onion with any purchase on Monday 4/14 at Outback Steakhouse

Hurry into your local Outback on Monday to get your FREE Bloomin' Onion...

A first place finish for race car driver Kevin Harrick means a Top 10 finish and another Bloomin' Monday™ Free Bloomin' Onion®. Just say "Bloomin' Monday" to your server on Monday, April 14th, 2014 to get offer.

Price, product participation and restaurant hours may vary by location. The Bloomin' Onion is FREE with any purchase, even a drink.


Legal Stuff:
Bloomin' Monday™ Free Bloomin' Onion® offer valid with any purchase. One per table. Offer subject to change. Say "Bloomin' Monday" to your server to receive the offer.


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SCHOLARSHIP: Calvin Johnson Football Scholarship for Graduating Seniors - DEADLINE 5/12

Calling all graduating football student-athletes in Metro Metro Detroit ...

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation Inc. is offering scholarships to graduating football student-athletes in Metro Detroit and surrounding areas. The criteria for this scholarship are:

- Graduating in Spring 2014

- Attending a college/university in Summer/Fall 2014 with no more than a partial college football scholarship

- At least a 2.5 grade point average upon their high school graduation

The deadline is May 12, 2014.



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COUPON: FREE Document Shredding at Office Depot for Tax Season - ENDS 4/29

Free shredding at Office Depot for Tax Season

IF you have some important documents to dispose of, then this FREEBIE is for you - FREE shredding at Office Depot for Tax season.

Bring in up to 5 lb. of bank statements or whatever important documents you want to shred.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

1st 50 Fans in line at DSO Box Office 4/13 are entered to WIN $2000 Star Wars Gala Tickets


Tickets for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s much-anticipated benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg will go on sale Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9 a.m.

The first 50 people in line Sunday night will be entered to win two free gala packages ($2,000 value, includes exclusive seating and admittance to black tie gala dinner honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen).

DSO security will be on site starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13th and concessions will be available throughout the night. Free pizza will be served at midnight and doughnuts will be served at 6 a.m. Fans are encouraged to wear costumes inspired by Steven Spielberg/John Williams movies to be entered in a costume contest.

To ensure order on behalf of the Galactic Alliance, Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Princess Leia and R2D2 from the 501st Legion Great Lakes Garrison will be in attendance starting at 8 a.m. Monday, April 14.

In case of inclement weather, all campers will be admitted into the Max M. Fisher Music Center atrium.

WHERE: Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201

WHEN: Sunday, April 13, 2014

8 p.m.—DSO security on site and concessions available for campers

Monday, April 14
- 8 a.m.—Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and Princess Leia arrive from 501st Legion: Great Lakes Garrison
- 9 a.m.—tickets go on sale

Good Luck! - If nothing else, it ought to be real interesting :)

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Fantasee Blu’s 3rd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway sponsored by KISS Detroit Radio 4/26 PONTIAC

Spread the word about this prom dress giveaway!

Prom is very expensive. The average family spends $1,075 for their child to attend. Do you know a girl attending prom this year that is need of help with buying a dress or getting her hair styled and nails done?

Then please join KISS Detroit Radio for their 3rd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where: Rags 2 Rubies, Upscale Resale
71 N. Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 834-3071

Time: 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

What: Free Prom dresses (all sizes), Free alterations (if needed). D&S School of Cosmetology will offer FREE HAIR or NAIL SERVICES on the day of proms to the first 25 girls who sign up at the event! There will also be prizes, giveaways, light refreshments & more!

Donna at “Unique Lady Boutique” in Oak Park is donating some of the brand new gowns this year and “D & S School of Cosmetology”, in Waterford is providing FREE hair or nail services for the first 25 girls in need. Thanks to Chapel Funeral Home in Detroit, one lucky mom will win a $200 cash prize!!

Anyone who would like to donate a new or gently used dress, there are two drop off locations for your convenience below or you can email Fantasee Blu at

1) RADIO-ONE, 3250 FRANKLIN DET, MI. 48207


With your donated dresses this year KISS Detroit Radio can help ease the financial strain for one special night!



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EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - April 11, 2014

Michigan Non-Profit Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Webinar for nonprofit job seekers:
Exploring Careers in Michigan's Nonprofit Sector

Are you interested in helping people, working for a cause, or improving your community as a career path? 10% of Michigan employees already work for a nonprofit, and they are still hiring.
Join MNA and Nonprofit HR in our first webinar designed for current and potential nonprofit professionals who want to learn more about what makes up Michigan’s nonprofit sector and where your career might fit within it.  Discover information that will help you better understand the nonprofit employment landscape, including state and national employment trends, common misconceptions, staffing challenges, and resources to assist you in identifying a career where you can change the world!
Registration Link

Professional Office Suites Available (Okemos)
Affordable, Professional Office Suites Available-Okemos, MI

Conveniently located off of I-96, Okemos Road exit. Private Office Suites available in a quiet office building. Rent includes utilities, building maintenance, and furnishings (phone and internet are tenant’s responsibility). We also offer a fully equipped large and small conference room, waiting area, kitchenette with break room, and ample parking. One year lease terms furnished/unfurnished starting at $425/month. Call us today and schedule a tour! (517)349-6226 or email Danika Thompson at

Prevention and Community Programs Director (Fraser)
Supervises and coordinates the Prevention and Community Programs Department. Responsible for Prevention and Community Programs oversight and staff supervision. Full-Time position.
CARE of Southeastern Michigan, a non-profit community agency promoting health and wellness through life skill building, drug-free messaging, and access to substance use and mental health treatment, seeks a motivated and proven leader for the position of Prevention and Community Programs Director. A successful candidate excels at relationship building, team-building, and community relations across multiple sectors- private and public entities. Candidate must have a strong background in the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, or in related health promotion campaigns and programming. 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversees all substance abuse prevention and community program activities and supervises all related staff. Responsible for interviewing, hiring, and training department staff. Develops and monitors Yearly Prevention Annual Action Plans,Outcome Evaluation Summaries, and corresponding reports for funding sources. Substitutes as needed for prevention staff-group facilitation, one time presentations, etc. Participates in community based meetings and committees as assigned. Conducts regular departmental meetings. Completes performance evaluations for staff. Monitors budget, including revenue and expenditures. Provides presentations, group facilitation and trainings within the community as needed. 
Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work or related field is required. Master’s degree is preferred. Three years experience in program coordination and supervision of staff. MCBAP certified as a Prevention Consultant (CPC) or a development plan to obtain CPC is required per agency policy. 

Apply online at

Director of Detroit (Suburban Detroit Area)
Detroit Country Day School ( has been offering a superior private education to students for nearly 100 years.
Are you the right candidate for this role? Are you willing to engage DCDS’ priority audiences with the energy, passion and time commitment necessary to help them reach their educational and financial goals? Is this the right career move for you on a personal and professional level?
To apply for this position, register with NPPN online ( and upload your resume and a cover letter addressed to Detroit Country Day School.

Mgr/Special Gifts (Mt Pleasant)
Position Summary:

The Special Gifts Manager works closely with the Major and Planned Giving Director to fully develop and implement the use of donor database. Responsible for discovering, identifying, and soliciting new prospects in the special gift range of $5,000 to $25,000.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate timing, process, and analysis of data input from various fundraising partners in a timely manner.
  • Analyze past giving to identify prospects in the Special Giving range of $5,000-$25,000.
  • Build a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects from the annual giving pool.
  • Organize portfolio according to moves management – identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship.
  • Prepare presentations for prospects and donors.
  • Assist with creation of plan for annual end of year donor appeal through mail, and electronic and social media.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 3 years experience in professional fund raising, annual giving, public relations, marketing, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see

For the full job description and to apply, please visit:

Vice President of Fund Development (Kalamazoo)
Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, the oldest and only locally governed non-profit senior housing community in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is seeking a dynamic individual to join our executive team as Vice President of Fund Development. This position provides leadership for the creation and implementation of strategic fund development initiatives including: major, planned, and annual giving, events, donor stewardship and recognition, and public relations related to development; additionally, this position serves as the Executive Director of the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation.

The ideal candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5-10 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, including 3-5 years of planned giving experience. Additional desired attributes include: excellent interpersonal, communication, and managerial skills; highly motivated to set and achieve measurable goals; decisive and resourceful, with the sensitivity to gain the support and confidence of the Board of Directors, President & CEO, advisors, all levels of staff, residents, and broader constituency; and strong organizational and strategic planning skills. An interest or background in senior services, social services, or health care is desired.

To learn more about the position and for application instructions please visit our website,, and click on the career tab; or contact Myra Johnson, Vice President Human Resources, (269)276-4048.

Senior Loan Officer (Detroit)
One of America's leading nonprofit community development financial institutions (CDFI), IFF strengthens nonprofits and their communities through lending and real estate consulting. Since 1988, we have been a trusted partner to nonprofits in every sector, including health care, education, child care, and housing. Based in Chicago but with offices throughout the region, IFF serves nonprofits in the Midwest, with a focus on those that serve low-income communities and special needs populations.

IFF is hiring a Senior Loan Officer for our Detroit Office. To learn more about the position and apply, please visit the Staff and Careers section of our website.

Vice President of Community Impact (Flint)
ORGANIZATION: Community Foundation of Greater Flint
SALARY: $85,000 - $99,000
The Vice President of Community Impact reports to the President and directs grant-making and other program activities of the Foundation. They will provide professional management of the Foundation’s grant-making programs in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic vision and priorities. 

Position Responsibilities:
  • Works closely with the President to implement the Board-adopted Community Leadership priorities, and provides organizational leadership as part of the senior management team.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of each fund under the Foundation’s management and is responsible for the
  • Foundation’s fulfillment of the terms governing each fund as stated in the gift instrument.
  • Assures integration of key qualitative and quantitative community indicators into the grant-making processes.
  • Develops, implements and supervises a process for evaluating the impact and long-term effectiveness of grantmaking.
  • Works with the Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Director of Communications to effectively communicate grant-making, programs, and community leadership strategies.
  • Manages staff within the Department including oversight of hiring process, performance evaluation and professional development, disciplinary actions, and exiting.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in non-profit management, social science or a related field.

  • A Master’s Degree (M.A.) is preferred, but not required.

  • A minimum of five to ten years of leadership experience in a nonprofit; and/or program management experience preferably in a foundation.

  • For additional details and to apply, please visit:

    HR Generalist (Pontiac)
    Lighthouse of Oakland County is searching for a part-time HR Generalist to provide support for the organization’s human resources needs. Lighthouse is one of the leading nonprofit human service agencies in Southeast Michigan. For more than forty two years, the organization has provided a continuum of services to families in crisis, and is the single largest nonprofit provider of emergency food and housing to low-income families in Oakland County.

    The HR Generalist will report to the Lighthouse CEO and will provide support to staff across the agency and its three subsidiaries. Responsibilities include managing employee relations issues for approximately fifty full- and part-time staff, conduct new employee orientations, working with managers to resolve employee issues and concerns, coordinating some trainings, oversee employee investigation and termination processes, maintaining and supporting the performance and pay review process and supporting managers in the development and revision of job descriptions. 

    Ideally, we are seeking candidates that have the following:
    • Bachelor's Degree in human resources or a related field is preferred.
    • Experience in resolving a variety of personal/work related issues
    • Conflict resolution skills
    • Knowledge of HR law Experience with cultural diversity
    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements no later than April 30, 2014 to:
    Connie Williams
    Lighthouse of Oakland County
    46156 Woodward
    Pontiac, MI 48342
    248-920-6000 ext. 2111

    Deputy Director (Detroit)
    The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) is currently seeking candidates for the full-time position of Deputy Director. GRDC is a well-established non-profit community development corporation working to preserve and improve the Grandmont Rosedale communities of northwest Detroit. 

    Primary Responsibilities:
    • Financial Management: budgets, Bookkeeper supervision, financial reports, grant reporting and compliance; coordinating annual audit.
    • Fund Development: fundraising from individuals, corporations, foundations and government entities.
    • Office Management: coordinating human resources, data management and tech support, supervising administrative staff, and overseeing the hiring and orientation of new employees and interns.
    • Communications: supervise Communications Coordinator and oversee the publication of quarterly newsletter, weekly e-newsletter, web site and social media.
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Minimum of five years experience in upper level nonprofit management;
    • Bachelor’s or advanced degree, preferably in a related discipline;
    • Experience with budgeting and financial report preparation; knowledge of QuickBooks or similar accounting software;
    • Experience with fundraising, especially grant writing;
    • Experience with office and data management, human resources, staff supervision;
    • Excellent computer, verbal and written communication skills;
    • Experience working with community-based organizations preferred;
    • Must be well-organized, self-motivated, hard working and committed to neighborhood development within Detroit;
    • Must have own means of transportation and a valid driver’s license.
    To apply, please mail or email your resume, the names of three references, and your salary requirements before April 30, 2014  to:
    Cathy Marshall
    19800 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. GRDC is an equal opportunity employer.

    Accounting Clerk (Flint)
    The YWCA is seeking a Part-time (15-20 hours/week) Accounting Clerk with extensive QuickBooks experience to assist in the financial management of the organization. Responsibilities include revenue and check processing; invoicing; assisting with budgeting process and grant reporting; and payroll processing. MUST have working knowledge of QB and Associate's degree or equivalent business experience. Email cover letter and resume to Deadline to apply is Friday, April 25.

    Group Facilitator (Inkster)
    Primary Purpose:

    This is a professional position responsible for facilitating ongoing training, resources & networking opportunities to childcare providers caring for young children. Responsibilities will include group-based training and networking opportunities, one-on-one support, offering resources and guidance to licensed childcare providers in an effort to increase program quality across western Wayne County. The Provider Engagement Coordinator will also be responsible for the organization of all Early Learning Communities (ELC) workshop offerings including material inventory, schedule development and data entry. 

    Education and Experience Required:
    1. Bachelor’s degree in child development or related field required.
    2. At least three year of experience working in early childhood education and providing caregiver support with knowledge of the HighScope philosophy preferred.
    3. At least one year of experience facilitating groups and trainings, experience facilitating in an early childhood education setting is a plus.
    For further information and to apply visit:

    Executive Director (Albion)
    The Friends of the Bohm Theatre is seeking a qualified individual to serve as its first Executive Director/General Manager for the Bohm Theatre in Albion, MI. Reporting to the board of directors, the Director/Manager is responsible for general operations and administration, operating and capital budget development, strategic planning, programming and community relations. The position will oversee a group of volunteers and eventual P/T staff once the theatre opens.
    This person will be to develop and oversee the administrative and programmatic operations of the fully restored, 400-seat Bohm Theatre, which is slated to open in fall 2014. This individual must be able to organize filming and programming and develop a strong base of support for the Theatre in terms of volunteers and visitors for both film and live performances. Our first emphasis in on film programming, but going forward, the Bohm will also provide/support music, dance, and public assembly events, as well as private meetings/small parties.
    Seeking candidates with:
    • Bachelor’s degree or four years equivalent education -- Master’s preferred
    • Minimum 2 years non-profit or management experience required
    • Demonstrated fundraising and grant writing experience preferred
    • Experience in public speaking and strong writing and verbal communication skills
    • A passion for film and live performances such as bands, vocal groups, and children's theatre
    • Commitment to encouraging community involvement in cultural events and bringing in new and diverse audiences
    Please send resume and letter of interest to: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    Director, Finance (Detroit)
    Core Values 
    Must exhibit:
    • Devotion and Dedication for our clients, agency, and your profession.
    • Passion for what you do.
    • Commitment and Accountability for your work.
    • A “Can-Do” Attitude
    • Respect, Courtesy and Patience for staff, clients, volunteers and visitors
    Five years of technical hands-on experience in the area of fiscal administration, fund accounting, planning and management information in a non-profit setting, including two years of supervision and management.
    Completion of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance and/or any combination of equivalent skills and experience.
    Certification/Licensure: CPA Preferred
    • Evaluate, develop, and recommend fiscal policy that will result in sound fiscal management.
    • Maintain all official accounting records in conformance with the generally accepted government accounting principles.
    • Supervise and maintain the agency’s payroll operations to ensure efficient handling of employees’ pay, deductions, and benefit payments.
    • Oversee the operation of the Division analyze the operations and recommend alternatives.
    • Participate with the Chief Financial Officer in the preparation of the annual budget.
    • Integrate new appropriations or grants with the current budget as necessary. Prepare contractual budgets. Monitor and report on contractual budgets.
    • Prepare all government reports, including, but not limited to: the Annual 990, Michigan Annual Reports, 5500’s, Licenses to Solicit, Census Reports, MIOSHA, Quarterly 941’s, Annual W2 and 1099’s.
    • Collaborate with Chief Financial Officer in performing and managing all bank related activities and relationships.
    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Grant Writer (Detroit)
    Since 1941 The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion has been a nonprofit civil rights organization located in Detroit MI. working to overcome discrimination and racism by crossing racial, religious, ethnic and cultural boundaries. Serving as a catalyst for change, we develop, organize and empower individuals and communities to advance equity and opportunity for all. We are seeking a short term contractual grant writer to begin immediately. The qualified applicant must have demonstrated history of securing grants from private and corporate funders of $50,000 - $100,000. The ability to be self-motivated, work collaboratively with the organization program staff and excellent listening, verbal and writing skills are required. Knowledge of the local social justice community and previous experience in direct programming is preferred. Complete position description can be found at Email cover letter and resume to

    Lifelong Learning Coordinator (Cassopolis)
    This full-time position collaborates with several departments to maintain existing educational programs and develop new programs for the primary audience of the Cass County COA. Duties include but are not limited to:
    1. Coordinates the Lifelong Learning programs within established guidelines and procedures.
    2. Coordinates with other Cass County community agencies and organizations to ensure broad utilization of local resources in conjunction with Lifelong Learning programs for the Cass County COA audience.
    3. Working a flexible schedule, participating in evening and/or weekend activities as needed.
    4. Works closely with the supervisor to create and maintain highly visible programs. Collaborates with marketing to effectively promote these programs in press releases, newsletter articles and presentations.
    5. Maintains an open, positive relationship with the management of all COA locations to ensure awareness of the Lifelong Learning programs.
    6. Purchases supplies for Lifelong Learning activities in line with budget projections.
    7. Follows the agency’s safety and health procedures to ensure safe working practices on the job.
    8. Plans and coordinates various Lifelong Learning functions at various locations including townships within Cass County.
    9. Works with supervisor to identify and provide input for grant applications for the programs.
    10. Researches potential contracts with supervisor and discusses potential instructors and speakers, within budget projections
    Qualified candidates must have excellent organization, communication, presentation and computer skills. A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Interested parties can submit their resume, cover letters and the application by May 1, 2014. Submit to

    Office Manager/Admin Asst. (Berkley/Southfield)
    Michigan IPL is seeking an administrative assistant/office manager for our small but expanding office. This is a part time position with the potential of becoming full time.

    Michigan IPL’s mission is to deepen the connection between ecology and faith. Our current focus is to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable practices in houses of worship, of all faiths, throughout Michigan. We participate in grassroots outreach, education and advocacy efforts around climate and energy issues. 

    This position is critical to keep our operations running smoothly. The ideal candidate is a nonprofit administrative professional who is committed to environmental protection, enjoys working with a diverse group of people, can manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and has strong set of computer skills. 

    Click here for more info:

    Self-Sufficiency Development Specialist (Pontiac)
    Lighthouse of Oakland County has been serving low-income families in need in Oakland County since 1972. What began as the distribution of food and clothing from the backdoor of a local church has grown to a family of agencies providing comprehensive crisis resolution and self-sufficiency services to families and individuals. Lighthouse is seeking a highly motivated individual committed to working with families at various socio-economic levels to fill the position Self-Sufficiency Development Specialist. As a Center for Working Families (CWF) agency the specialist will instruct, tutor and coach Lighthouse clients in both financial education concepts and workforce development skill building. The Specialist will also be responsible for one-on-one financial and employment coaching of clients. Essential job functions will include: providing the support and resources enabling individuals and families to move from crisis to self-sufficiency, identification of and support to resolve issues regarding clients progress concerning financial and/or employment stability, achieve and maintain proficiency in the use of ETO software as required by the Greater Detroit Center for Working Families, demonstrate leadership in the collaboration with other Lighthouse stakeholders to ensure a high level of performance and positive client outcomes. Educational and professional requirements include a Bachelor’s degree; MSHDA certification preferred. A minimum of two years coaching and case management experience with an emphasis on financial education and workforce development is highly desirable.
    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: Wilma Abney, Executive Director – LES,;248-920-6100 ext. 2202.

    Executive Director (Pontiac)
    Lighthouse of Oakland County has re-opened its search for an Executive Director for Lighthouse PATH.  Lighthouse PATH, a subsidiary of Lighthouse of Oakland County, provides transitional housing for homeless women and their families and permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. Lighthouse of Oakland County provides a continuum of services to families in crisis in Oakland County.The Executive Director reports to the Lighthouse CEO and is supported by a fully engaged Board of Directors. This position will provide overall executive leadership to the subsidiary and will coincide with the direction, policies and objectives as set forth by the CEO and the Board of Directors.  We are seeking candidates that have the following: Bachelor's Degree, MBA or Master's Degree in a social services related field is preferred, LMSW certification is desired, fifteen or more years experience in the nonprofit space with a focus on program management and leadership including a demonstrated track record of supporting and improving the lives of low-income families and communities, strong, demonstrated administrative, leadership and managerial skills, capable and passionate about leading and managing all facets of transitional housing programs including organizational development,  early childhood development, staff management, financial accountability, facilities management, resource development and community relations, strong relationship building skills is vital, including internal and external. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements no later than April 30, 2014 to:
    Connie Williams, Lighthouse of Oakland County, PO Box 430508, Pontiac, MI  48343-0508 or

    Crisis Resolution Services Specialist (Pontiac)
    Lighthouse of Oakland County has been serving low-income families in need in Oakland County since 1972.  What began as the distribution of food and clothing from the backdoor of a local church has grown to a family of agencies providing comprehensive crisis resolution and self-sufficiency services to families and individuals.Lighthouse is seeking a highly motivated professional committed to working with families and individuals as a Crisis Resolution Services Specialist.  The position is responsible for providing crisis and self-sufficiency enabling services to Lighthouse clients at the Pontiac and Clarkston locations.  In this capacity the position will work directly with clients and act as a resource for volunteers and interns in the delivery of services enabling client movement from crisis to self-sufficiency.  Essential responsibilities will include: direct client interaction including intake, assessment and case management, distribution of material aid as necessary, appropriate and available, act as a resource to volunteers and interns, reduce barriers to seamless service delivery by acquiring and maintaining thorough knowledge of all Lighthouse Emergency Services/Center for Working Families programs, as well as community resources, ensure all funding source compliance requirements are achieved.
    Educational/professional requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.  Minimum of two years professional work experience desired. Selected candidate must possess a valid driver’s license, auto insurance and transportation to travel between worksites. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to:Wilma Abney, Executive Director –LES; wabney@lighthouseoakland.org248-920-6100 ext. 2202

    Executive Director (Traverse City)
    LIAA is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation with 21 years of experience in providing community-building, planning and management services throughout the state of Michigan. To increase community sustainability and resilience, LIAA creates, develops and applies new tools and techniques to help local units of government, other nonprofits and citizen groups lead positive community change. In general, LIAA’s services include:

    1. education, research, facilitation and community planning support; 2. database and web applications; and 3. multimedia and video communications.

    Executive Director’s Role – Reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors, LIAA’s Executive Director is the central guiding force and overall supervisor for all day-to-day operations. The Executive Director provides the vision and overall creative direction for LIAA, encouraging and supporting staff members in exploring new opportunities and delivering the highest quality services. 

    Applicant Qualifications – We seek a creative, entrepreneurial, technically adept and dynamic individual with a strong background in community development and organizational management. The successful candidate will have: one or more advanced degrees in appropriate fields (e.g., urban planning, environmental sciences and community development); experience in the design and development of new projects for the public good; and, grant writing experience. The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator who understands the importance of successful interpersonal and inter-organizational relationships.

    To Apply – For the complete announcement, position description, and instructions on how to apply visit the following page on LIAA's website: Applications Accepted through Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    Community Organizer (Detroit)
    Be the change you want to see in Detroit and Michigan.

    Harriet Tubman Center, Michigan’s leading grassroots organization working at city, regional and state levels, is offering career opportunities for experienced Community Organizers. Community Organizers identify, recruit and develop leadership, build community around leadership and build community power. Community Organizers bring people together, challenging them to act on behalf of their shared values and interest. The mature organizer has an ability to connect to, engage with and inspire leaders across ordinary boundaries of religion, race, gender, age, language, politics, class and life experiences. 

    S/he must demonstrate capacity to…
    • Develop relationships with institutional leaders and individuals, bringing them into alliances for social change.
    • Work with leaders to develop leadership skills and their capacity to act powerfully on their own behalf.
    • Form action teams around various issues, provide and coordinate effective leadership training so that team members can create alliances, analyze problems and discover solutions.
    • Organize issue campaigns at the neighborhood, city, regional and statewide levels.
    • Participate in professional development sessions with other organizers and staff.
    • Raise funds: membership dues, grassroots fundraisers, grants from foundations.
    Email resume with cover letter to

    Contract Grant Writer (Lansing)
    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is looking for a contract Grant Writer to assist in identifying grants for our client. We specialize in Public Education on projects and issues for state, government, local public and private organization. We also expect the same individual to seek Technical Grants to assist in public emergency communications.

    We seek an experienced person who can help identify and assist MAB staff in applying for grants. We have staff grant writers but need overall leadership in this area. MAB has received over a million dollars in grants in the past few years. We are registered with the state as an approved fiduciary for others. Please send brief bio including experience and remuneration schedule to K. White MAB 819 N. Washington Ave Lansing MI or Email

    Office Assistant (Okemos)
    Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. located in Okemos, MI is seeking qualified candidates for an Office Assistant position. The successful candidate will have strong organizational, communication, and customer service skills. This position will be responsible for general office duties such as filing/scanning, answering and fielding calls, maintaining office/building supply inventory, creating and sorting mailings, and preparing documents. The Office Assistant will also serve as support for agency programs. Please send cover letter and resume with salary requirements to

    • High School Diploma or GED, with some college experience or professional training preferred
    • 2 years professional office experience
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access required
    • Proven customer service skills
    • Must have excellent written skills
    • Proficient with basic office equipment
    • Accounting knowledge helpful
    • Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment
    • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and show extreme resourcefulness and problem solving skills

    Resource Services Manager (Lansing)
    Purpose: Contribute to Michigan Nonprofit Association’s (MNA) brand image as a first stop resource to connect with support for building nonprofit capacity. Identify new ways for MNA to deliver impactful, as well as profitable, resources by partnering with internal and external stakeholders. Work closely with MNA’s Stakeholder Engagement Team and other staff to ensure events and initiatives align with engagement strategies.

    Position Responsibilities: 
    • Identify and help execute the creation of impactful products and/or services to generate earned income which includes; evaluating MNA’s current, past and future products and services as well as creating special pricing to provide the most efficient impact for stakeholders
    • Increase potential stakeholders for MNA by creating engagement activities
    • Manage and coordinate a selection of MNA signature capacity building events
    • Foster an environment where staff are able to provide capacity building opportunities to all stakeholders
    • Create tools/policies for planning MNA trainings/convening’s and act as a navigator for MNA staff to ensure they are utilizing these resources
    • Identify and deliver trainings, webinars and convening’s which are relevant to MNA stakeholders. These might be scaled and delivered in the following ways:
      • MNA as promotional partner for external organizations events
      • MNA as co-planner with external organizations events
      • MNA as primary planner for original events using MNA staff or networks
    • Help ensure MNA staff receive on-going education for cloud-based management systems which are relevant to planning and tracking MNA trainings/convening’s
    • Monitor and edit assigned content on MNA website
    • Ensure staff continuously update internal calendar of their MNA events
    • Work closely with Stakeholder Engagement Team to identify appropriate activities for MNA to host
    • Other duties as assigned
    Complete job description and application instructions available here.

    Executive Director (Alpena)
    Full time position in beautiful northeast Michigan. Responsible for day to day administration of a non-profit agency serving children and families. The agency serves 13 counties with programs including but not limited to foster care, adoption, and Day One. Executive Director will follow compliance with Federal and State regulations under the direction of a Board of Directors, Selected candidate must possess strong leadership skills, the ability to work with a wide range of people and groups, build collaborative relationships with community partners and referring agencies, identify and develop funding, coordinate and implement programs, hire and direct staff, manage operations and finances, possess grant writing skills and create an atmosphere of caring and support.
    Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree - Master's degree preferred, minimum 2 years experience in a Human Service organization, minimum 3 years experience in Child Welfare programs.
    Pay commensurate with education and experience.
    Send resume and cover letter to

    Financial Director (Alpena)
    Full time position in beautiful northeast Michigan, responsible for all financial operations for a non-profit agency serving children and families. Responsibilities include the day to day oversight of all financial transactions for multiple programs in compliance with all Federal and State regulations and accounting procedures. The candidate will work closely with the Executive Director developing budgets and communicating with the Board of Directors. Selected candidate must possess strong leadership skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people and groups, identify and develop funding, hire and direct staff and manage finances. 
    Minimum Requirements: B.A. with an MBA/CPA or related degree. An associate's degree would be considered with superior experience in all needed areas related to financial management, human resources, accounting and meet the experience requirements. 4-6 years of broad financial and operations management experience.
    Pay commensurate with education and experience.
    To apply send cover letter and resume to

    Executive Director (Oakland County)
    Alliance for Housing 
    Oakland County’s Continuum of Care
    Request for Proposals for
    Executive Director


    The Alliance for Housing, Oakland County’s Continuum of Care (the Alliance), is a newly incorporated collaborative body comprised of advocates for people who are homeless and at-risk for homelessness, including representation from service providers, funding agencies, banks, governments, foundations, and private businesses. 

    The Alliance invites qualified individuals or organizations to submit proposals for consideration as Executive Director.


    Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Alliance Executive Director will have responsibilities for handling various functions of the Oakland County Continuum of Care Body and sub-committees and completing the annual funding processes for state and federal support for homelessness activities. Further responsibilities will include assisting the Board in monitoring grantees and assessing progress on meeting community-wide goals, evaluating program performance, and monitoring compliance with all state and federal funding requirements. 

    The Executive Director will handle routine financial affairs of the Alliance, and will facilitate the planning process leading toward designation as a Unified Funding Agency under HUD’s McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance programs.

    For a full job description, please visit our website at:

    Executive Director (Northville)

    The Northville Education Foundation (NEF) is an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation which exists to further educational excellence in the Northville Public Schools. NEF has established an excellent track record over the years, in supporting programs and projects in the district. 
    The NEF is seeking a full-time Executive Director, who will work with the board to provide overall strategic, fund development and operational responsibility for the organization. The successful candidate must be a self-starter, preferably well-connected in the Northville community and be comfortable in both an advocacy and fundraising role. College degree (bachelors/masters preferred). Proficiency with a variety of computer programs, including Microsoft Office, Word, and various fundraising databases.
    To apply for this position, register with NPPN online ( and upload your resume and a cover letter addressed to Northville Educational Foundation.

    Project Director (Detroit)
    Project Director will provide leadership, direction, and oversight of day to day programming and supervision. The Director will manage the project by objectives ensuring assigned staff meet stated benchmarks; ensure intervention and problem solving occurs to keep the project on-track; make critical assessments and long-term plans around service delivery, staff training, and staff transitions. They are key communicators on behalf of the project to the Deputy Director and CEO as to the status of the project. The Project Director also serves as the primary representative within the DPS system on behalf of Detroit Parent Network. The Project Director is well versed in core and special programming related to the project including ensuring compliance across centers they supervise. 
    Develop STRONG relationships with key stakeholders at each school
    Develop strategic partnerships across PRCs to provide support services to parents
    Review project budgets and determine allocation of funds for staff, supplies, programs and equipment on a weekly basis based upon needs for programming
    Submit a summary report for all allocated DPS schools and PRC locations
    Assist with implementation and training in Parent University model and oversee the implementation of this model in the PRCs
    Assist in the facilitate the implementation of the California model of the Parent/Teacher Home visitation program
    Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university or higher level of education in related field, or equivalent experience.
    Five years related experience and/or training. 
    Submit cover letter and resume to: Phone calls will not be accepted.

    Supervisor - Children's Outpatient (Southgate)
    As a recognized leader in our field, The Guidance Center provides a broad range of services that have helped children, adults and families unlock potential and build better lives for more than 50 years. With over 40 programs, we offer treatment, prevention, growth and education services to more than 26,200 people annually.

    We have an exciting opportunity for a Children’s Outpatient Program Supervisor to join our team of talented professionals. 

    To qualify for this position, you will need:
    • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, psychiatry or psychiatric nursing •Minimum of five years’ experience in mental health and at least one year experience in a supervisory capacity.
    • Must possess and retain full licensure in the State of Michigan.
    • Must be eligible to become a Qualified Children’s Mental Health Professional.
    • Additional requirements are good written and verbal communication skills as well as having the ability to be creative, flexible, and provide non-judgmental, culturally competent care.
    • Must be highly organized and demonstrate competence in providing services to consumers of psychiatric and specialized services.
    • Must have valid driver’s license and favorable driving record.
    • Must have the ability to appropriately handle crisis situations.
    If you are interested in becoming part of our world-class team, please submit your resume on-line at

    The Guidance Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity

    Good Luck!

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    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    TECH: What's Up Moto? It's all good with the Verizon Moto X and Moto G Smartphones

    Verizon Moto X
    Verizon Moto G
    The Moto X and Moto G by Motorola are the new standard for smartphones...

    Special thanks to Verizon Wireless for loaning me the Moto G and Moto X smartphones for review. All opinions are my own...

    I have reviewed so many technology products over the years, that at times, they all seem to blend together where one product does not seem that much different from another. But every now and then, a product really captures my attention not just because of how it looks, but because of how useful it is. And the Moto G and Moto X smartphones had me at Hello, but for very different reasons.

    So let me break down why I love both of these Motorola smartphones that are powered by Verizon Wireless...

    Last year, I was part of the Verizon Voices Savers program and I received for review the Motorola Droid Ultra smartphone. The Droid Ultra is part of a series of 3 "Droid by Motorola" branded Android smartphones that are available exclusively to Verizon - the Droid Mini, the Droid Ultra, and the Droid Maxx. The features on all three phones are the same, but the phones differ in their design, size, and battery life.

    Touchless controls on the Moto X are amazing...
    What's Up Moto?.. a lot with the Moto X
    The features on the Motorola Droid Ultra are also some of the same as those offered on the Moto X.  The Moto X has cutting edge features that I truly love, which include:

    -Touch-less controls where you just say "OK Google Now" to the smartphone and it answers your questions by talking back to you. Just say "What's Up?" to the phone and it will read all your current notifications to you - how cool is that? This is great if you are in the car and need to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel.

    - Speaking of driving, the Moto X includes some software called "Moto Assist" that senses when you are driving and will ask you if you want to take incoming calls (via speaker phone) and also read incoming text messages to you - how brillant!!!

    - A "shake-to-awake" 10-megapixel camera that is up and usable in seconds, even with your phone locked, so that you never miss an important shot. I use this feature all the time and love it.

    - The ability to preview alerts on the lock screen with just a touch of the screen so that you know in seconds if a message is important or just something that you can take care of later.

    - A beautiful design that makes the phone a pleasure to use and hold. While I loved all the useful features on the Droid Ultra, I did not like the way the phone was designed. I found the Droid Ultra to be a fingerprint magnet that was hard to keep clean, easy to drop due to its slick back cover, and overall was just not an attractive phone.

    But the Moto X marries all the cool features on the Droid Ultra with a stylish phone design that is cool to look at and a pleasure to hold in the hand. The back of the Moto X is curved so it lays in your hand perfectly. Also the phone's back cover has a texture to it that hides fingerprints and makes the phone easy to hold on to.

    - Moto Maker allows you to customize the phone's back cover to suit your tastes. If an all black phone is not your taste, you can totally customize the Moto X on the Verizon Wireless website using Moto Maker.

    With Moto Maker you can customize the Moto X's back and front cover, volume keys, camera ring and more with over 2,000 color combinations. You can also order color matched headphones. You can even get a wooden bamboo back cover and a leather back cover is also rumored to be offered soon. And when you're done using Moto Maker to make your custom Moto X, Motorola assembles the Moto X right here in the USA and ships it to you free in about four business days.

    I love buggy night!
    - Buggy Night is a joy! One of the odd things about the Moto X is that Motorola has included a little "bug" in the software, but this bug is a good thing. While using the phone, a bug sometimes will appear and run around the perimeter of the phone's screen. Just tap on the bug and a delightful interactive animation will appear called "Buggy Night" which is totally addictive and fun to play.

    - A great price of only 1 penny with a 2-year Verizon Wireless contract. As of the writing on this post, you can buy the Moto X from Verizon Wireless for only 1 cent with a 2-year contract. That is a pretty nice price for a cool designed smartphone with a ton of great features.

    The Moto X is one of the best smartphones that I have ever used. Motorola did not rehash the features on existing smartphones. Instead they really thought about how people use their phones and produced something new and innovative. In my opinion, Motorola has produced one of the most useful and attractive smartphones ever manufactured with the Moto X, hands down.

    Moto G, the budget friendly smartphone that cost only $99 off contract...

    While the Moto X is the standard for premium feature smartphones, the Moto G is the king of the bargain smartphones.

    The Verizon Motorola Moto G is basically a striped down revision of a Moto X. The two phones are about the same size and both have a curved back that makes the phone a pleasure to hold, but the Moto G is heavier and a little thicker around the middle. The Moto X has a 4.7" screen while the Moto G has a 4.5" screen. Also the Moto X is a 4GLTE smartphone while the Moto G is a 3G smartphone, which will affect the speed of the data connection.

    I have tried a ton of cheap smartphones over the years and none of them have been as impressive as the $99 Moto G. My favorite features on the Verizon Moto G include -

    - The newest Android operating system - Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. This version of the Android operating system is not yet available on most expensive smartphones, but here it is on one of the cheapest - very impressive!

    Kit Kat enables fast, smooth navigation from screen to screen and faster opening of apps. Because the Moto G is made my Motorola (which up until recently was owned by Google), this phone will get the newest Android OS updates in a timely fashion.

    - Ability for you to speak tons of Google commands to the phone and have the phone speak back. While the Moto G does not have touch-less controls like the Moto X, you can still hit the microphone icon and speak commands to Google search and depending on the command, the phone will speak the answer back.

    - The ability to change out the black standard back cover with colorful separately purchased covers to give the phone more style. Just go over to the Motorola website, Amazon (affiliate link), or even eBay, and will find tons of back covers available to customize your Moto G.

    - A built in FM radio that does not require you to use your data plan so you can listen to all your favorite stations while on the go and save money - love it!

    - An unbelievable $99.99 price tag for an off-contract phone.

    - No-contract $60/$70 a month Verizon 3G service (with unlimited voice, unlimited text and either 2GB or 4GB of data) that, although it is not 4G LTE, is still plenty fast enough to stream music and some video and cheap enough not to break the bank.

    Since I had the pleasure of using the Moto G for a while, I want to answer a question that I have been seeing a lot around the Internet. Some people wanted to know if they could buy the Verizon Moto G and use it without activating the phone (using as a wifi only device). The answer is no, at least not for the first month.

    The first thing that you have to do after turning on the Moto G is go through the Verizon service activation process (there is no way around it). Verizon prepaid cards can be purchased at retail stores like Target and Best Buy. You can also activate the phone by using your credit card to pay for the first month of service. When the month's service is about to end, you will start getting reminders on the phone that you need to purchase another month of service. After the first month, you are under no obligation to continue using the service and the phone can then be used as a wifi only device. You can also start the service back up at any time.

    I had a fun reviewing the Moto G (left) and Moto X (right)
    It's all good with Moto...
    The Verizon Motorola Moto X retails for only 1 penny with a 2 year Verizon service contract.

    And the Verizon Motorola Moto G can be purchased for only $99.99 with NO CONTRACT on the Verizon Wireless website and in retail stores like Best Buy and Walmart.

    Whether you pick the feature rich Moto X or the wallet friendly Moto G, Motorola and Verizon have you covered with devices that are a pleasure to use.


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