Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fathers Day GIVEAWAY (Week 3): Dads will love the iGo Slim Laptop Wall Charger - ENDS 6/10 (ENDED)

iGo has products that every Dad will Love...

Father's Day is on the way and we are now ready for the 3rd and final Father's Day giveaway from iGo, the company with the cool name that makes a wide range of tech products for all kinds of devices.  If you travel with your laptop and/or smartphone, iGo makes products that will make your life easier.

Week 2 iGo Winner is...
Before we get into this week's giveaway, I want to take a moment and announce the week two winner. Congratulations to Marlo May of Pontiac, MI who won an iGo USB Dual Wall Charger for Father's Day. Marlo, your prize is on the way and will arrive before Father's Day.

My iGo Slim Laptop Wall Charger is a treasure!
I use more than one laptop on a daily basis.  I have a personal laptop and a work laptop and I carry them both with me everywhere. As anyone that uses a laptop knows, the battery life is about 3 hours tops.  So carrying a laptop charger is just part of owning a laptop.

But carrying around more than one charger takes up a lot of room.  So for a while now, I have wanted to have a second laptop charger for each laptop so that I can keep one at home and one at work.

But replacement chargers usually cost around $100 and can only be used for a small segment of the laptops from only one brand. But iGo has changed all that with the iGo Slim Laptop Wall Charger.

The iGo Slim Laptop Wall Charger is ultra-thin and works with almost any laptop from any standard wall outlet. This laptop charger weighs less than a pound and includes tips for thousands of the most popular laptops including: Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. This charger also works worldwide so there is no need for a voltage converter when traveling.

My work laptop is made by Dell and my personal laptop is a Toshiba. When I received the iGo Slim Laptop Wall Charger, I sorted through the eight tips that were included in the box and quickly found the two that I needed for my two laptops. I just snap the tip that I need onto the end of the cord and I am good to go. Now I only carry one power supply with me for my two laptops and I keep the others in the car for backup.

At $79.99 this laptop wall charger is an excellent value for the price and it is currently $10 off on the iGo website.



One FREEISMYLIFE reader will win an iGO Slim Laptop Wall Charger just in time for Father's Day. An $80 Value - HOLLA to the FREE!


 - Fill out the information in the form below.

 - One entry per person please.  Duplicate entries will be removed.

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The winner will be selected by random number generation.

 - Giveaway fulfillment will be provided by iGo or their PR firm.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the @freeismylife giveaway to win an $80 @iGo Slim Laptop Charger for Father's Day http://t.co/lqxZtTx"


Disclosure: I received complementary products from iGo as part of attending CES as media.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions stated are my own.

Random.org has spoken! Out of 118 entries, Random.og has picked #37.

Congratulations to the winner of the $80 iGo Slim Laptop Charger for Father's Day - Nina M. of Flat Rock, MI !!!

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FREE Hard Rock Memorabilia Tour comes to Downtown Detroit 5/31 ONLY

Madonna's "Like a Virgin" wedding dress and Ace Frehley's outfit from KISS' 'Alive' tour will be part of the fun.
Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour makes a pit stop in Detroit today 5/31

 From unique clothes and lyrics, to historic instruments and rare personal items, fans will have the chance to see the 40 most iconic pieces of music memorabilia from the Hard Rock collection and will tour some of the most memorable years in rock history.

Some of the pieces include:

- Eric Clapton: Hard Rock’s first piece of memorabilia, Clapton’s guitar.

- Steven Tyler of Aerosmith: Striped outfit and scarf-covered microphone stand used by Steven during - Aerosmith’s Back in the Saddle tour in 1984

- Madonna: Wedding dress worn on the cover of her “Like a Virgin” album and during her performance at the 1st MTV Video Music Awards in 1984

- John Lennon: Jacket worn on the cover of Rubber Soul and handwritten lyrics to “Imagine”

- Ray Charles: Braille Playboy Magazine

- Marvin Gaye: Address book

Set-up began at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. The 80-foot double-wide semi-truck trailer will then be open to the public from 12 - 6 p.m. tonight. It is located on Monroe St. just outside of Hard Rock Café Detroit. The tour is free and open to the public.

Detroit Hard Rock Cafe
45 Monroe, Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-7625


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FREE Virtual Blogging Conference: BlogHer Food 2011 Live Blogs

FREE Foodie Blogging Info

Last year, I went to New York City to attend the biggest female blogging conference in the world - BlogHer.  It was a wonderful conference with over 3000 attendees and hundreds of brands.

Another conference that is sponsored by BlogHer is called "BlogHer Food".  BlogHer Food 2011 was attended by over 200 food bloggers (and wannabe foodie bloggers)  in Atlanta, GA in May. 

I would love to have attended BlogHer Food since I want to add frugal foodie posts to my blog.  But there is no way that I can afford to attend blogging conferences more than every so often.  But the good thing about conferences sponsored by BlogHer is that they live blog all the sessions and post them online.  So even though we were not there, we can still get all the information that was presented - for FREE.  HOLLA to the FREE!

Click here to link to the FREE 2011 BlogHer Food Virtual Conference Live Blogs

And stay tuned for a giveaway on FREEISMYLIFE from one of the BlogHer Food sponsors :)


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COUPON: Additional 30% off at Coach Factory Store ENDS 6/5


Get an extra 30% off at the Coach Factory Outlet with this COUPON that expires on Sunday June 5, 2011.

Good thing there is a Coach Factory Outlet Store at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills :)


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Monday, May 30, 2011

COUPON: Kids eat FREE at Chili's on May 31th

Pay for Your Meal and 2 of Your Kids Eat for FREE at Chili's on 5/31

This offer is for kids 12 and under. Limit of 2 FREE kids meals per purchased adult entree. Restrictions apply.


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FREE Admission Night at Cranbrook Institute of Science 6/3 5-10pm + FREE COFFEE COUPON

FREE Evening of Science on June 3rd at Cranbrook

Friday, June 3rd offers an amazing FREE ADMISSION NIGHT of Science at Cranbrook courtesy of The MASCO Corporation Foundation! 

The Institute is free from 5-10pm.

StarbucksPresent this coupon at the Reflections Café and receive either a free regular coffee or $1 off any specialty drink.

Reflections Café is open Tues.-Fri. 7:45am-3pm, Sat. 11am-3pm, and Sun. Noon-3pm. The Cafe offers salads, sandwiches, pizza and more, including fresh soups and desserts made daily.

Limit one usage per customer.
Offer Expires: June 1, 2011

Cranbrook Educational Community is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Download a map of the entire Cranbrook Educational Community campus, a map of how to get to the Institute when on campus, or a map of the interior of Cranbrook Institute of Science.


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FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series 6/6 6/13 6/20 6/27 7/11 7/18 7/25 8/1 8/8 8/15 8/22 8/29

Dearborn Main Library 
Free Blockbuster Film Series
Monday Evenings
HFCL Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

JUNE 6—TRON:LEGACY (2010) - Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. Starring Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde. (PG, 125 min.)

JUNE 13—TRUE GRIT (2010) – Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). Together along with the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), the unlikely trio find danger and surprises along the way, where each will have his or her "grit" tested. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. (PG-13, 110 min.)

JUNE 20—THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (2010) - Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. Based on the classic book by C.S. Lewis, this is terrific adventure for the whole family. (PG, 113 min.)

JUNE 27—GNOMEO AND JULIET (2011) - Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet fall in love but have as many obstacles to overcome as their Shakespearean namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? Eye-popping animation highlights this modern re-telling of a timeless classic. Featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. (G, 84 min.)


JULY 11, 18, 25 AND AUGUST 1

This past spring, film lovers everywhere lost two cinematic giants, actress Elizabeth Taylor and director Sidney Lumet. Join us for a four-week retrospective as we screen two of the most famous films from each of these artists, classics that have stood the test of time as testaments to their talents.

JULY 11—CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) – Elizabeth Taylor is at her most radiantly beautiful in this adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. Paul Newman co-stars along with Burl Ives as “Big Daddy” in this story of family jealousy and “mendacity.” Directed by Richard Brooks. (Not Rated, 108 min.)

JULY 18—WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) – Elizabeth Taylor stars with her husband, the great Richard Burton, as George and Martha in this harrowing tale of a marriage on the edge of madness. The film won five Academy Awards, including Taylor’s second for Best Actress. Directed by Mike Nichols. (Not Rated, 131 min.)

JULY 25—12 ANGRY MEN (1957) - Sidney Lumet made his feature film directorial debut with this riveting courtroom classic about a lone juror (Henry Fonda) standing alone as the only not-guilty vote against eleven others seeking to convict a son of murdering his father. (Not rated, 96 min.)

AUGUST 1—DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975) - Al Pacino stars as Sonny, a dim-witted bank robber trying to pull off a heist in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year. When the robbery turns into a hostage situation and media circus, there’s no telling what the outcome will be. Also starring John Cazale and Charles Durning. (R, 125 min.)

AUGUST 8, 15 AND 22

Join us in recognizing three films that celebrate their golden anniversary this year! From talking Dalmatians and Cruella De Vil to Paul Newman and pool to Elvis on the beaches of Hawaii, these films have charmed and moved us for decades, and will continue to do so for future generations.

AUGUST 8—101 DALMATIANS (1961) - Walt Disney’s original animated tale of the theft and rescue of Dalmatian puppies by the villainous Cruella De Vil. Memorable canine characters and thrilling chases highlight this enduring family classic. (G, 79 min.)

AUGUST 15—THE HUSTLER (1961) - Paul Newman, in one of his greatest performances, stars as “Fast” Eddie Felson, a young, talented but self-destructive pool hustler looking to beat the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). When he teams up with a conniving manager (George C. Scott), Felson must decide whether making it to the top is worth the price of his soul. Also starring Piper Laurie. Directed by Robert Rossen. (Not Rated, 134 min.)

AUGUST 22—BLUE HAWAII (1961) - Elvis Presley stars as Chad, fresh out of the Army and back home in Hawaii where his family expects him to run the family business. Elvis, however, has other ideas, including singing, surfing and romancing the ladies. Songs include the title tune and the lovely “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” (Not Rated, 102 min.)

AUGUST 29—BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (2011) - A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. Non-stop action and suspense make this an intense thrill ride from start to finish. Starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez. (PG-13, 116 min.)


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Happy Memorial Day in Detroit and Beyond! FREEDOM is NOT FREE!

FREEISMYLIFE wishes you and your family a Happy Memorial Day as we remember the people who gave their lives for our freedom.  FREEDOM is NOT FREE!


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

DEAL: Rent Movies "Tangled", "Tron Legacy" and more for $1.99 thru Amazon - ENDS Memorial Day

Amazon Instant Video Deals for Memorial Day Weekend

Its raining big time in Detroit and in lots of places this Memorial Day weekend.  So if you are looking for indoor fun to keep the kids occupied, Amazon.com Instant Video service has a few movies that you can rent for only $1.99 each through Memorial Day.


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

GROUPON DEAL: Pay $2 for 5 one-night DVD rentals from ANY Blockbuster Express Kiosk ENDS 5/29

Limited Time Deal from Groupon

Pay only $2 for 5 one-night DVD rentals that can be used at any Blockbuster Express. This is a limited time Groupon deal so act fast if you want it.  And don't worry that the deal city specifies Piedmond Triad, this deal is good in any city.


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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes - ENDS 6/6 (CLOSED)

Fresh, Convenient, and Environmentally Friendly

Since my son was a baby, I have loved using moist wipes. From cleaning baby bottoms back in the day, to now cleaning hands and faces, and spills and stains, wipes have really become a necessity in my life.  I keep them in the bathroom, the kitchen and in the car.

But, keeping wipes in the bathroom has always been a small problem for me.  I want to keep them out where they can be used, but I don't have much counter space to spare.  But Cottonelle has come up with a way to solve my space problem with their moist wipes that are fresh, stylish, convenient and good for the environment.

Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes are pre-moistened and can be used instead of toilet paper to provide a more thorough cleansing and freshening than with toilet paper alone.  These wipes are great for the entire family and are alcohol-free, and sewer and septic tank safe.  I was sent a tub for review and they have a nice soft fresh scent and the tub is very easy to open and to store.

One Touch Easy Open Dispensing Tub
The Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes come in an innovative One Touch Dispensing Tub with a very large button that easily pops the lid open without fuss.  The tub has a sleek, modern design that will fit well into most room decors.

These wipes can be hung from the bathroom wall!
Since there is limited counter space in my bathroom, I love that the Cottonelle wipes come with a 3M hanger that allows the wipes to be hung on the wall next to the bathroom tissue dispenser. How cool is that?  The hanger system uses 3M Command brand stripes so you know your walls will not be damaged in any way and the tub will be mounted securely.

Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes are available nationwide in drug and grocery stores at a retail price of $2.89 for a 42 count tub.  The wipes are also available in resealable refills, reclosable pouches, and individually wrapped singles and travel pouches

Get a $1 off coupon for you - and a friend!
For a limited time, visit http://www.getfreshwithafriend.com/ to receive a $1 off coupon for a Cottonelle OneTouch Dispensing tub that comes with a Cottonelle EasyReach Hanger for you and a friend. Just provide a mailing address and your friend’s email. The offer is limited to one coupon per person with a valid e-mail address.

Three FREEISMYLIFE Readers will each win Cottonelle Flusable Moist Wipes with the one touch dispensing tub and the easy reach 3M hanger.  HOLLA to the FREE!


 - Fill out the information in the form below.

 - One entry per person please. Duplicate entries will be removed

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The three winners will be selected by random number generation.

 - Giveaway fulfillment will be provided by Cottonelle or their PR firm.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the @freeismylife giveaway to win a tub of @CottonelleBrand Flusabable Moist Wipes http://t.co/WtXAoMA"


Disclosure: I received complementary Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes for the purpose of writing this review and stating my unbiased opinion.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions stated are my own.

Random.org has spoken! Out of 174 entries, Random.org has picked the following 3 winners:

#60  - Denetta W. of Warren, MI
#90  - Jennifer M. of Orion, MI
#106 - Ken D. of Phillipsburg, NJ

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FREE Admission to Comics on Patrol Show (COPS) at Hard Rock Cafe 6/9 7pm

C.O.P.S. Cops On Patrol Show to Benefit Covenant House Michigan

A night of laughs from Michigan's Top Cops of Comedy! Laugh and no one will get arrested! Admission is FREE and a portion of proceeds from food and drink purchases will go to Covenant House Michigan. Doors open at 5 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.

Hard Rock Cafe
45 Monroe Street
Detroit, Michigan


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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 6/4 9am-Noon

Bring the kids to build Dad a FREE Father's Day Gift

The next FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop will be Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 9am to Noon at all Home Depot stores. Kids ages 5-12 will make a Valet Organizer to give dad for Father's Day.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

COUPON: 15% off Macys WOW Pass - ENDS 5/30

WOW! As in Macys Wow Pass!

Click here for your 15% off Macys Wow Pass for Memorial Day Weekend.  The pass is good thru  Monday, May 30th.


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FREE BIGGBY Coffee during HUNG taping 6/1 7am-6pm Birmingham

BIGGBY on the house!
Wednesday, June 1 · 7:00am - 6:00pm

The HBO TV show HUNG will be taping on location and they picked the BIGGBY Coffee location in Birmingham as the backdrop for one of their episodes.

To celebrate, The Birmingham BIGGBY will have FREE BIGGBY coffees for all of their fans in front of the cafe on June 1, the day of the taping!

The cafe will be closed while the lights/action goes on inside (Joe and Rose are part of the show too!). Check out the excitement and enjoy your BIGGBY on the house!

BIGGBY Coffee of Birmingham
112 Old South Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, Michigan


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EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - May 26, 2011

Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - May 26, 2011

Regional Policy Advocates (Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids/Battle Creek)
MCHA currently has Regional Policy Advocate positions available for the Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids/Battle Creek regions. Our advocates will typically work out of the offices of regional coalition partner organizations as well as have the occasional opportunity to work out of the home. Requirements: Bachelors degree; Prior legislative, health advocacy, community organizing or political campaign management experience; Excellent planning, presentation and organizational skills; Familiarity with the political/legislative process; Familiarity with the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Valid driving license. The target salary for these benefited positions is $35,000/year. The positions will remain open until filled. Please view the full position description here. Please send a cover letter, resume and list of references to careers@healthcareadvancement.org.

Community Outreach Manager (Lansing)
Working under the direction of the Project Director, the Community Outreach Manager will work collaboratively to build relationships with key stakeholders, particularly grassroots organizations, throughout the state to increase the presence, impact, visibility and consumer voice of MCHA. This will necessitate a skilled outreach professional who can facilitate and nurture the development and maintenance of a statewide collaborative network that will bring consumers and communities into the state health policy arena through support of local initiatives, community networks, community outreach activities and facilitation of state-level advocacy partnership. Requirements: Bachelors degree. Prior community organizing success within underserved communities and/or communities of color. Prior experience advocating for uninsured, underinsured or otherwise vulnerable populations. Ability to understand the importance of developing, nurturing and supporting grass roots organizations. Familiarity with the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Familiarity with Michigan’s advocacy and non-profit community. Valid driving license. The target salary for this benefited position is $45,000/year. The position will remain open until filled. Please view the full position description herePlease send a cover letter, resume and list of references to recruiter@lsaservices.com.

Executive Director (Lansing)
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness seeks a new Executive Director. Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in Public Policy, Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related human services field preferred. Minimum of three years of management experience required. Demonstrated experience in fiscal management, budgeting, and fund development; strong leadership skills and a successful track record with innovative program development; proficient in word processing and basic computer applications. Key Functions: 1. Oversee agency fiscal operations, including the development of agency and program budgets, and cash reserve. 2. Responsible for grant, gift, membership development and public relations activities. 3. Oversee and participate in programs and service delivery, including the implementation of new programs and services. 4. Develop and maintain relationships to strengthen state and local collaborative response to homelessness. 5. Manage and foster teamwork among staff and volunteers in fulfillment of MCAH’s goals and objectives. Additional Requirements: 1. Must have a valid driver’s license. 2. Must be willing to use own vehicle. 3. Ability to drive and travel within the county, region and state on a regular basis. 4. Ability to safely operate office machines and computers. For a more detailed job description please visit: www.mihomeless.orgSalary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package is also available. Cover letter and resume should be submitted by 5 pm, June 10th to: Jason Weller, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, 15851 Old US 27, Suite 315, Lansing, MI 48906. email: weller@mihomeless.orgfax: (517) 485-6682 (Posted 5-24-11)

Office Manager (Grosse Pointe)
Busy social service is seeking Office Manager. The position is full time. We are seeking an individual who possesses the ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment and discretion. This individual should be able to communicate effectively with clients and be able to build strong, cooperative and cohesive working relationships. This individual should have good organization skills with the ability to work methodically, accurately, and neatly. He or she should have good oral and written communication skills as well as a base knowledge of accounting and accounting principles. The individual must have strong PC skills in Word, Excel, Quickbooks, and Powerpoint. Experience with government grants and CDBG. A business degree or equivalent. This individual will be responsible for monitoring all expenses, preparing records,organizing orientation and training of new staff members, ensuring filing systems are maintained and current, coordinating audit and general office coordination. Interested individuals should submit their resumes to Services for Older Citizens by email: soc_director@yahoo.comNo phone calls please. (Posted 5-24-11)

Project Manager (Lansing) 
Michigan Nutrition Network at Michigan Fitness Foundation, FTE: 1.0 (40 hours per week), SALARY: Commensurate with experience. DESCRIPTION: Manage federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) nutrition education and physical activity promotion grant projects as assigned. As part of a project team, ensure efficient and effective accomplishment of the Michigan SNAP-Ed Plan of Work and help Michigan Nutrition Network (MNN) at Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) support Michigan SNAP eligible people to eat healthy and be active. Please submit letter of interest and resume or CV to: Dr. Marci Scott, Michigan Fitness Foundation, ATTN: Patricia Abood, Operations Coordinator PO BOX 27187, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-347-7891, pabood@michiganfitness.orgThis position is grant funded and considered exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. (Posted 5-23-11)

Project Coordinator (Lansing)
Michigan Nutrition Network at Michigan Fitness Foundation, FTE: 1.0 (40 hours per week), SALARY: Commensurate with experience. DESCRIPTION: Provide operations support to Michigan Nutrition Network (MNN), as part of a project team, to ensure efficient and effective accomplishment of the Michigan Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Plan of Work; and to help MNN support Michigan SNAP eligible people to eat healthy and be active. Support includes implementing and organizing procedures to ensure compliance with grant requirements, and coordination of training, reporting and materials directly related to program functions. Please submit letter of interest and resume or CV to: Michigan Fitness Foundation, ATTN: Patricia Abood, Operations Coordinator PO BOX 27187, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-347-7891, pabood@michiganfitness.orgThis position is grant funded and considered non-exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. (Posted 5-23-11)

Executive Director (Flint)
The Flint Children’s Museum is seeking an entrepreneurial Executive Director to build on our exceptional six-year record of growth and development. Our Mission: The Flint Children’s Museum exists to inspire discovery, learning and imagination through exploration and hands-on play. Our museum serves as an indispensible resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community network devoted to our children’s development and learning. The Flint Children’s Museum is a 501(c) (3) organization, founded in 1980. It has a half-million dollar budget, thirteen staff members, a growing base of volunteers, and a volunteer board of directors. The Executive Director will have proven non-profit management experience. Duties and responsibilities include: fundraising, grant-writing, and public relations, business and strategic planning, financial management, personnel management, building and exhibit management. Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to the FCM’s mission of inspired childhood learning, bring a variety of experiences and attributes, and have a demonstrated history of working effectively with volunteers and community partners. A full description of the position and its responsibilities may be found on our website: www.flintchildrensmuseum.org/apply/ExecDir.pdfTo apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, resume, and salary requirements to Joan Pierson at jpierson@thewilliamsfirm.comor mail: ATTENTION: Joan Pierson, The Williams Firm, 8263 South Saginaw Road, #6, Grand Blanc, MI 48439. Resumes will be considered until position is filled. FCM is an equal opportunity employer. (Posted 5-23-11)

Business Development Specialist (Detroit)
First Children's Finance (FCF) is seeking a Business Development Specialist to work with the Michigan and Corporate staff to ensure the effectiveness of FCF's services in Michigan, including (1) loans to child care providers; (2) management assistance and business planning to child care providers; and (3) private sector engagement. Salary and benefits competitive with nonprofit business development specialist salaries for comparable organizations in Michigan. Please visit www.FirstChildrensFinance.org for a complete job description. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing how their experience meets the requirements of the position with a resume to the attention of: Carol Zapfel carol@FirstChildrensFinance.org(Posted 5-19-11)

Experienced Grant Writer (Farmington Hills) 
JARC, a dynamic Oakland County agency serving people w/ developmental disabilities, seeks an experienced Grant Writer to work on a contract basis. This person is responsible for research and production of grant applications to corporate, foundation and government funding sources, ensuring that the application reflects a high standard of professional business writing and conforms with the requirements of the funder. Successful track record with writing FUNDED proposals required. Must provide examples. [Please use job code GW-MNA]. Send Resume to JARC: 30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100; Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Fax: 248.538.6615. Email: jobs@jarc.org. (Posted 5-18-11)

Senior Associate Director, Research and Relationship Development (Royal Oak)
Location: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Reports to: Senior Director, Research and Relationship Development. Description: Responsible for assisting in all facets of Research operations, including (but not limited to) compiling research profiles for various audiences (including internal staff, external volunteers, and the hospital CEO), running a daily wealth screening program to identify new donor prospects, conducting proactive and reactive research on donor prospects, maintaining and enhancing a suite of customized Crystal Reports, and performing prospect management tasks in the Foundation’s donor database, The Raiser’s Edge. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required. At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience with demonstrated success in research, writing, and using relational databases, as well as expertise in using Crystal Reports reporting software. Prior use of The Raiser’s Edge is strongly preferred. Excellent writing skills (candidates will be asked to provide writing samples), strong technical skills (use of relational databases, internet resources, writing queries, etc.), and attention to detail is essential. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a member of a team. Demonstrated commitment to donor-centered relationships and ability to communicate effectively with front-line fundraising staff. High level of personal motivation, high energy level, enthusiasm and flexibility are a must. Salary Commensurate with experience. Please apply by June 1, 2011 at www.beaumonthospitals.com/search-and-apply or send resumé to Ebbonye Graham at ERGraham@beaumonthospitals.com. (Posted 5-17-11)

Accounting Services Contract (Detroit)
Issuer: Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) 220 Bagley St., Ste. 212 Detroit, MI 48226. MOSES requests qualified independent certified public accountants to submit proposals to enter into a term contract to perform a financial services for each of the fiscal years ending December 31, 2011 & 2012 (Renewable).. Request for Proposals can be downloaded from the MOSES website www.mosesmi.orgProposals will be received until 5:00 p.m. on May 23, 2011. All inquiries for information should be directed to: Ponsella Hardaway, MOSES; 220 Bagley St., Ste. 212; Detroit, MI 48226; (313) 962-5290x15. If proposals are mailed, send directly to the address shown above or email to mosesmi@mosesmi.orgIf proposals are hand delivered, deliver to the address above. (Posted 5-16-11)

Positions are posted daily on the Michigan Nonprofit Job Center at www.MNAonline.org/nonprofitjobcenter.aspx.

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