Thursday, April 30, 2015

FREEISMYLIFE May Calendar - All the May FREE in 1 List

FREEISMYLIFE May 2015 Calendar - Don't you just love FREE?

Keep reading to see all the great May FREE and low cost events, deals, contests and more in Detroit and beyond...



Late Night Happy Hour at Bahama Breeze features 1/2 Priced Appetizers & Drink Specials every Sunday through Thursday from 9pm to close

Start Saving at the Pump with the FREE Shell Fuel Rewards Card

COUPON: FREE MiniBon for Joining the Cinnabon Club

DEAL: 99 Cent .COM Domain Registrations at GoDaddy with special offer link for a limited time

FREE eBook: What would Judy Say? Be the Hero of Your Own Story by Judge Judy

Earn FREE Google Play Credits just for taking Short Surveys with the Google Opinions Rewards App


5/01 - SCHOLARSHIPS: Metro Detroit Youth Day Scholarship deadline is 5/1 - APPLY TODAY!

5/01 - FREE eBook listed TODAY and every week on the Nook Blog for Freebie Friday

5/01 - FREE Admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science after 5pm 5/1 - Bloomfield Hills

5/01 - 5/10 - DEAL: Starbucks Half Priced Frappuccino Happy Hour 5/1 - 5/10 from 3-5pm

5/01 - 5/10 - Detroit Restaurant Week returns to Downtown, Midtown, Corktown, and Midtown 5/1 - 5/10

5/02 - FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in May - 5/2 - 52 New Foods Presents Brunch with Mom - RSVP

5/02 - FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop 5/2 - Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame for Mother's Day

5/03 - FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma Sundays in May -5/3 - Infuse Flavor with Oils - RSVP

5/04- FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 4th - The Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

5/06 - WIN 2 Tickets to Sold Out McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour in Detroit - ENDS TODAY 5/6 AT NOON EST

5/07 - 50% off Craft Draft Beers & Wines THURSDAY's 2pm to close at Bagger Dave's

5/08 - FREE eBook listed TODAY and every week on the Nook Blog for Freebie Friday

5/09 - FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in May - 5/9 - Kitchen Gifts for Mom - RSVP

5/10 - FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 5/10 1-5pm

5/11- FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 11th - The Babadock (2014)

5/14 - 50% off Craft Draft Beers & Wines THURSDAY's 2pm to close at Bagger Dave's

5/15 - FREE eBook listed TODAY and every week on the Nook Blog for Freebie Friday

5/16 - FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in May - 5/16 - Top Your Tacos - RSVP

5/17 - FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma Sundays in May -5/17 - Southwestern Spice - RSVP

5/17 - FREE Touch-a-Truck is a Family Fun Event on the Detroit Riverwalk 5/17

5/18- FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - May 18th - The Fury (2014)

5/19 - FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues on 5/19 with jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins

5/21 - 50% off Craft Draft Beers & Wines THURSDAY's 2pm to close at Bagger Dave's

5/022 - FREE eBook listed TODAY and every week on the Nook Blog for Freebie Friday

5/23 - FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in May - 5/23 - 52 New Foods Presents Ice Cream Shop - RSVP

5/24 - FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma Sundays in May -5/24 - Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue - RSVP

5/28 - 50% off Craft Draft Beers & Wines THURSDAY's 2pm to close at Bagger Dave's

5/29 - FREE eBook listed TODAY and every week on the Nook Blog for Freebie Friday

5/29 - Comerica Bank FREE Prix Day" Returns to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 5/29

5/30 - FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in May - 5/30 - Eat Your Veggies! - RSVP

5/31 - FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma Sundays in May -5/31 - The Beer Revolution - RSVP


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WIN 2 Tickets to Sold Out McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour in Detroit - ENDS 5/6 (CLOSED)

Find out how to WIN tickets to this sold out show...

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will kick off its concert series in Detroit with a FREE night of inspiration and joyful song on Wednesday, May 13th at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit.

Some of gospel music’s biggest acts have partnered with McDonald’s to give back to communities across the nation through the 14-city concert series. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the soul-stirring singing starts at 7 p.m.

Hosting the tour is Stellar-nominated artist and radio personality Lonnie Hunter. Joining him on stage will be music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, vocal powerhouse Yolanda Adams, evangelist and the “Rose of Gospel” Dorinda Clark-Cole, the incomparable choral-master Ricky Dillard, urban inspirational artist DeWayne Woods, Stellar Award nominee and BET’s Sunday Best season six winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and Christian comedienne Small Fire.

Back for its ninth year, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour focuses on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). In recognition of the Charity’s 41st anniversary, this year concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about RMHC and the important role it plays in helping families heal and thrive in their local community – and worldwide. Attendees also will be encouraged to support the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit by donating to help local families served by the charity.

“The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel tour is a wonderful event that features the joy of gospel music while showcasing some of the talented musicians who share Detroit’s gospel roots,” said Jon Campbell, McDonald’s restaurant owner. “We are proud that this meaningful event will raise awareness and funds for McDonald’s namesake charity, the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.”

The cross-country concert series will kick off May 13 and run through October 17, making stops in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Houston, Indianapolis, Jackson, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Raleigh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage, and achievements of African-Americans year round.

To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit Follow @365Black on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.

Currently, there is a Wait List to get tickets to the Detroit performance of the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, but one (1) Metro Detroit FREEISMYLIFE reader skip the wait list and get  two (2) general admission tickets to the event at Greater Grace Church - HOLLA!!!

To Enter -

- Fill out the information in the form below.

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


- The contest ends on Wednesday, May 6th at 11:59am EST.

- The winners will be selected by random number generation.

- Prize fulfillment to the winners will be the responsibility of the PR company for the Detroit leg of the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.


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- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on TwitterI entered to WIN 2 Tickets to the @365Black McDonalds Gospel Tour in Detroit on @freeismylife " has spoken! Out of 37 entries, has picked #21. Congratulations to the winner of the 2 tickets to the sold out Detroit performance of the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour - Belinda T. of Harper Woods, MI!!!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DEAL: Starbucks Half Priced Frappuccino Happy Hour 5/1 - 5/10 from 3-5pm

Can You Say 1/2 Priced Frappuccino?

Here's a deal for all the Starbucks lovers. Starbucks is having their Frappuccino Happy Hour May 1st thru May 10th where you can get half-price Frappuccino blended beverages from 3-5pm.

And if you are a member of the Starbucks Rewards program, you get an extra hour for this deal until 6pm.



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A Night of Fashion, Art and Luxury with Nigel Barker at Royal Oak Shuptrine Interiors 4/30 at 6:30pm - RSVP

Be one on the 1st 200 to register for this FREE event to receive a complimentary copy of Nigel Barker’s Models of Influence ($40)...

You are cordially invited to a celebration of art, fashion and luxury design, featuring Nigel Barker – fashion authority, photographer, and former judge on America’s Next Top Model.

See the latest summer trends from Scott Shuptrine Interior's most luxurious brands, including its new private label, Century, Bernhardt, and Celerie Kemble for Lane Venture. The Thursday, April 30 event will also feature a haute couture fashion show by Katerina Bocci and Tapper’s, a live painting demonstration by fine artist Tony Roko, and Life Chest by Donna Yost.

Barker will sign his brand-new New York Times best-selling book, Models of Influence – the inspiration for the event.

Bryan Pope will perform and refreshments and light fare will be served at the celebration, which takes place at Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Royal Oak from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

The event is free of charge

Shopping proceeds and donations will benefit The Suite Dreams Project.

If you are among the first 200 to register, you will receive a complimentary copy of Nigel Barker’s Models of Influence ($40). Please register here:

Scott Shuptrine Interiors
32301 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48073


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FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma Saturdays in May - 5/2 5/9 51/6 5/23 5/30 - RSVP

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Junior Chef Classes

My son is one picky eater who refuses to try new foods.  So I wish when he was younger that I had signed him up for a cooking class like these FREE ones being offered weekly by Williams-Sonoma.

- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
- Class size is limited – call your local store to register

Saturdays - times vary by store location

May 2nd - 52 New Foods Presents Brunch for Mom
On Mom’s special day, treat her to an awesome brunch that you prepared yourself. You’ll learn how to make Mini Asparagus Frittatas, Healthy Strawberry Fool and Blueberry Blast Smoothie. We know she’ll be impressed! Suitable for ages 5 –13.

May 9th - Kitchen Gifts for Mom
Discover some great gift ideas for Mom on Mother’s Day! You’ll learn how to use everything from a waffle maker to the Vitamix blender, which makes amazing smoothies. Then you can create a delicious treat that Mom and the rest of the family will enjoy. Suitable for ages 5 –13.

May 16th - Top Your Tacos!
Whether you prefer crunchy tacos or soft ones, the toppings are the best part. We’ll show you how to make fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. You’ll impress your family when you prepare these at home. Suitable for ages 9 –13.

May 23rd - 52 New Foods Presents Ice Cream Shop
Scream for ice cream! Discover how easy it is to create unique ice cream flavors with just a few ingredients and easy techniques. Use your imagination and come up with your own tasty blends. Suitable for ages 5 –13.

May 30th - Eat Your Veggies!
Join us for a veg-tacular class and learn how to make vegetables the star of the plate. They’re delicious—we promise! Discover what’s in season at the farmers’ market and how to select veggies that are ripe and ready to eat. We’ll show you some fun and easy ways to serve them. Then head home and prepare your favorites for your family. Suitable for ages 5 –13.


Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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FREE Cooking Classes at Williams-Sonoma Sundays in May -5/3 5/17 5/24 5/31 - RSVP

Williams-Sonoma Complimentary Technique Classes

Become a better cook with Williams-Sonoma Technique Classes and be inspired! Learn fresh menu ideas, healthy recipes for family dinners, and both classic and new cooking techniques. Their complimentary Technique Classes are each dedicated to a specific culinary topic, such as cookware, tools or the best way to work with seasonal produce.

- Hour-long technique classes are FREE and include tastings of prepared dishes.
- Participants enjoy 10% savings on select same-day store purchases.
- Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.

- Class size is limited – call your local store to register


May 3rd - Infusing Flavor with Oils
Infused olive oils are an easy way to add amazing flavor to foods. Using these versatile oils, we’ll cook an entire meal that includes fresh pasta with grilled vegetables, roasted chicken and even olive oil–infused ice cream.

May 17th - Southwestern Spice
Fresh chiles and unique spices are the keys to creating a Mexican meal with a little Tex-Mex flair. From braised meat for tacos to fresh side dishes, you’ll learn how to whip up a Southwestern-inspired meal that’s packed with flavor—it’s perfect for parties, potlucks and even weeknight dinners.

May 24th - Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue 
Welcome summer by hosting a backyard barbecue on Memorial Day. In this class we’ll cover grilling basics (including classic barbecued chicken) and show you how to give meat a flavor boost with spicy and beer-based sauces. We’ll also share a few of our favorite side dishes.

May 31st - The Beer Revolution
Beer is taking on a life of its own in the culinary world. We’ve partnered with Anchor Brewing Company to celebrate all things beer. Using beer-based sauces, we’ll prepare savory braises, grilled fare and scrumptious side dishes, and offer tips on serving our favorite brews.


Williams-Sonoma locations in Michigan include -

2801 West Big Beaver Road
Troy , MI 48084
(248) 637-0672

27710B Novi Rd
Novi , MI 48377
(248) 596-1036

352 North Adams Road
Rochester Hills , MI 48309
(248) 375-5891


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center -April 24, 2015

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

Communications Associate (Royal Oak)
The communications associate, a new position at ETM, will be responsible for implementing strategic communications efforts, assisting in the development and updating of communications plans and working to elevate community voices through grassroots engagement strategies.

Email your cover letter, resume and 2-3 brief writing samples to

Cumulative writing samples should not exceed 10 pages. Please use “Communications Associate” as the subject line for your email. We review applications on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to applications received by: May 8, 2015.

Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships (Royal Oak)
The Education Trust-Midwest seeks a full-time Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships to develop and lead new partnerships – and deepen existing partnerships – to advance educational quality and equity for all Michigan children. Reporting to the Executive Director in our Royal Oak office and working in close partnership with the organization’s program directors, the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships will provide overall direction to develop, coordinate, and implement the organization’s collaborative efforts to advance a state-wide policy and educational agenda on behalf of students, in partnership with other organizations across the state.

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Please use “Managing Director” as the subject line for your e-mail. We review applications on a rolling basis.

ACE System Program Coordinator (Okemos)
General Summary

ACE (Alliance for Clinical Experience) is a network of clinical education stakeholders in Michigan, organized around access and utilization of ACEMAPP. ACEMAPP is an internet-based clinical rotation matching tool developed by the ACE System team at the Michigan Health Council.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and plan partner meetings
Conduct research, compile data, and prepare reports for consideration and presentation by the Program Director
Train new system users and continually assist partners and customers with web-based software problems and questions
Prepare invoices, reports, user manuals, newsletters and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software
Support program expansion efforts by assisting with marketing and development activities for the ACE System
Participate and contribute to system design, planning and implementation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Bachelor’s degree required.
Extensive computer knowledge required, including Microsoft Office with heavy emphasis on knowledge of Excel, and Adobe design products.
Experience with public speaking and presentations to disparate groups a plus.
Proven ability to effectively prioritize tasks.
Attention to detail is essential.
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
To apply submit cover letter and resume to Stacy Gradowski

Business Manager/Grant Accountant (Lansing)
Business Manager/Grant Accountant

Job Description: MMAP, Inc. (Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program), a 501c3 non-profit organization, seeks a Business Manager/Grant Accountant with experience in Federal Grants. This position provides fiscal and administrative support services for total grant programs exceeding $2 million annually. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package.

Responsibilities: This position will provide assistance on all aspects of award management as applicable to each grant. In particular, this position will provide high-level financial, accounting and administrative support for our current grants, program staff and consultants.

Requirements: 3-5 years of professional experience as a Grant Accountant or similar role, preferably in a non-profit environment. A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business is preferred. Must also possess: strong analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, solid organizational skills and solid computer skills (in particular, proficiency with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office software).

Part to Full Time Position: Initially the position will be part time (24 hours/week). The position will transition into full time (40 hours/week) once training has been completed.

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Jo Murphy, Executive Director Administration at No calls please.

Parent Coach (Detroit)
Parent Coaches will have a case load of 50 families and be responsible for implementing programming using the peer-to-peer service delivery model to engage parents of children ages 0-5 to prepare them to school ready.

Conducts and implement lesson plans, parent workshops and trainings that promote parent teaching strategies, including: modeling reading, play, parent/child interactions, storytelling techniques and others that can be done at home
Maintain confidentiality
Maintain all paperwork and notes for a case load for at least 50 families
Implement lesson plans and conduct monthly play group opportunities that demonstrate fun learning activities that can be done in the home
Develop and prepare incentives for parents and children in the Pathway to Literacy program that may include birthday, holiday, and summer learning gift packets
Conduct home visits with parents in the Pathway to Literacy program
Recommend wrap around services to parents that may need additional services
Follow up on any parental referral requests to assist parents
Enroll parents in the Imagination Library Program
Assist coordinate and prepare for large events that would include 200 families
Assist with outreach to parents and children for upcoming events
Ensure evaluation tools are completed
Submit weekly and monthly reports using the EDI model and format developed by supervisor
Other duties as assigned by manager – salary $25,000-$32,000 You can also mail your resume or fax to (313) 832-0623, or e-mail to Phone inquiries will not be accepted

Executive Director of Administration and Programming (Grand Rapids)
Heartside Ministry in downtown Grand Rapids provides healing and empowerment through art, faith and advocacy. The Executive Director of Administration and Programming, in partnership with the Executive Director of Development, will create and execute a vision that transforms lives by establishing relationships with our underserved neighbors so that they experience measurable long-term, life-altering success through Heartside Ministry programs. (See

The ideal candidate will possess:

Passion for Heartside's mission and values and working for a non-profit organization High comfort level working with a diverse population Bachelor's degree or five years of non-profit management experience. Master's preferred Evidence of the following:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style
Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word and Power Point
Experience in fiscal oversight and budget management
Experience with strategic planning and implementation
The person will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for day-to-day operations, program oversight and expansion, facilities and financial management, and strategic planning.

Please send cover letter and resume to by April 30, 2015.

Membership Organizer (Detroit)
AAUP-AFT, Local 6075
Wayne State University Chapter


The American Association of University Professors-American Federal of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), Local 6075, is a Labor Union representing over 1,900 Faculty and Academic Staff at Wayne State University in Detroit. We seek a full-time Organizer to begin employment, ideally, on or about July 1, 2015.

Expected duties:

Organize existing members, and develop their leadership roles
Reports to the Executive Director and President of the Union, to conduct the daily business of the Union (most work activities taking place on the University campus)
Orient new members, and recruit volunteers among the membership, for Union activities
Refer member inquiries to appropriate Union representatives
Complete other duties as assigned
Qualifications include:


Collective bargaining and organizing experience
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Flexibility in work schedule is absolutely necessary (some nights/weekends will be required)
College degree

Competence with MAC Office and membership database system
Experience with Unions at institutions of higher education
Experience with organizing in the higher education environment
Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Expected range is $45,000-$55,000 per year
Competitive healthcare insurance provided, including dental and vision coverage
Retirement savings plan
Send resumes to:

Social Benefit Case Worker (Rochester)
Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a social benefit non-profit serving the needs of the economically disadvantaged in a 5 city radius in North Oakland County, MI. Our mission is to assist clients in their journey from crisis to self sustainability. Our services span from food and clothing assistance, shelter, transportation, income supports, financial and life coaching, employment and career planning. We are looking for an experienced Case Worker, preferably with history engaged with a poverty or low income populations. The candidate should possess an approachable, non- judgmental, skilled interview technique. A demonstrated ability to actively listen, critically analyze problems, establish boundaries, and set appropriate goals and work plans is a must. Experience and a history of negotiation and cooperation with the various service communities is a strong plus. Demonstrated success in multi-agency client advocacy is considered a basic foundation for the position.

Interested individuals may submit application documents to Mark Kilbourn; Executive Director Rochester Area Neighborhood House;

Application deadline: May 8.

Director of Development (Ferndale)
Affirmations, the community center for LGBTQ people and their allies seeks a FT Director of Development. For a full job description go to


Essential Functions:

Reporting to – and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic fund development program that results in the securing of funding support in an excess of 1.5M annually.
Undertake a strategic approach in the development and implementation of the center’s annual development plan
Monitor and forecast annual, quarterly and monthly successful proposal submissions; report on funding partner renewal, acquisition, growth and increase in contributed revenues and expenses
Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporation.
Serve as staff liaison to the fund development committee comprised of both board, staff and community members.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Provide direct supervision to employees and interns in the Development Department.

Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree a plus)
Minimum of three (3) years’ experience (min. one year in a supervisory role)
Proven track record in the cultivation, solicitation and closing of individual, corporate and foundation gifts
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Ability to develop and manage budgets
Available to work evenings and some weekends
Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Strong team leadership skills.
Competence in working non-judgmentally with diverse populations; strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Jon Fitzgerald at

Corporate Relations Coordinator (Southfield)

The corporate relations coordinator is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporations in order to maximize their engagement and gift revenue in support of agency priorities. This position reports to the Event Manager.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred or equivalent education and work experience Proficiency in Microsoft office applications Minimum of two years event/fundraising experience Minimum of one year corporate relations experience Excellent written, verbal and electronic communication skills Strong organizational skills


Research, identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate prospects resulting in annual contributions, program or event sponsorship, employee engagement, workplace giving and/or other support of agency priorities Handle all solicitations in an appropriate and timely manner toward closure Work closely with Event Manager to design and present quality sponsorship proposals resulting in securing financial support for the agency Develop and maintain effective long-term relationships with companies to provide a reliable base of volunteers for the agency Provide supervision and training to volunteers recruited for speaking at events on behalf of the Association, providing assistance at third-party events and providing administrative support Facilitate and promote third party events in accordance with agency policies Assist in planning and implementing the agency’s annual gala event, Chocolate Jubilee, with particular responsibility for vendor relationships Assist in planning and implementing the agency’s national signature events, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Longest Day, including recruiting corporate support, recruiting teams and working with committees

Send resumes to:

Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter
Attention: Paul Kappen
25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033

Fax: 248-799-4196

Equal Opportunity Employer

Finance & Operations Manager (Detroit)
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit seeks a Finance Operations Manager. This position plays a critical role in strategic planning/decision making related to finance. This is a tremendous opportunity to maximize/strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected organization.

Responsibilities include:

Analyze/present financial reports in accurate/timely manner; clearly communicate monthly/annual financial statements
Coordinate and lead annual audit process, liaise with auditors/Board finance committee
Oversee/lead annual budgeting/planning process
Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
Implement a robust contracts management/financial management reporting system
Update/implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy/procedure manual.
Effectively communicate/present the critical financial matters to the finance committee/board of directors.
Oversee all bookkeeping/payroll operations
Manage compensation/benefits plan
Ensure integrity of finances/mitigate risk.
Final responsibility for the quality/content of all financial data

The ideal candidate must have superb leadership/process improvement/change management skills and:

Proficiency with Microsoft Office
6+ years of broad financial/operations management experience
Ability to translate financial concepts to/effectively collaborate with, programmatic/fundraising colleagues
Grants management
Technology savvy
Commitment to training programs that maximize individual/organization goals
Successful track record setting priorities; keen analytic, organization/problem solving skills
Salary and Benefits:

Fulltime position, Starting Salary of $48,000 - Benefits package including medical/dental insurance, short-term disability, paid time off, and 403(b) plan.

Mosaic is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, three references to; subject:
Finance Operations Manager.
No phone calls please.

Executive Director (Detroit)
iO, is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. The Executive Director is a strategic thinker and implementer of iO's mission. The ED establishes the artistic, programmatic and funding direction, sees to the development of all plans, and leads the staff to ensure plans are executed. For more information or to send your resume apply at or

Communications Director (Lansing)
MARO is a statewide association of service providers removing barriers to community access. Our mission is to maximize the impact of our members, and we are seeking a creative self-starter to join our team. Full-time, salaried position, with flexible scheduling. Some travel is required. Reports to the Executive Director.


Position MARO to be viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within our network, and among our stakeholders.
Establish and guide strategy for communications, website, and public relations messages to consistently articulate the association’s mission.
Assists with coordination of all aspects of seminars and conferences.
Additional duties as assigned.

Bachelors Degree in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education / experience
Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications
Ability to work with diversified groups
Knowledge of issues affecting people with barriers to community inclusion
Experience in developing marketing and public relations materials
Web design and desktop publishing proficiency, preferred
Experience with event planning and management, preferred
Experience with fund development a plus

40,000 – 45,000 – Full-Time, Salaried position, with flexible scheduling
Health and Dental Insurance Plan
Life and Disability Insurance
Two weeks vacation after one year of service, 10 paid holidays and two discretionary leave days.

Send cover letter and resume to

Executive Director (Harbor Springs)
Executive Director of non-profit youth development organization The First Tee of Northern Michigan seeks a full time director to manage day to day operations.

We seek candidates who are strong managers, outstanding communicators, and self-starters with leadership skills. The ED will provide overall management of fiscal and program operations of multiple locations and will provide detailed reports to the board of directors. The ED will assess the needs of youth in the community and will develop programs to meet those needs. Experience in youth development or related fields, fundraising and public relations desired.

Position details online at

Send resume by May 15 to President, The First Tee of Northern Michigan 4882 Lower Shore Dr., Harbor Springs, MI 49740 or

Coord/Development & Events, SE Michigan (Troy)
Responsible for researching, identifying, managing and stewarding corporate and business relationships, for fundraising events and athlete competitions. Responsible for generating and growing revenue and building sponsor relationships. Identify opportunities for cash and in- kind (budget relieving) sponsorships. Assist with the development and implementation of SE Michigan signature fundraisers. Responsible for working with third party fundraisers and other SOMI fundraisers. Assist with recruiting, training and overseeing volunteer fundraising committees.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's Degree.
One year of qualifying experience in fund raising, and/or event management as employee or volunteer.
Proficiency with computers; specifically Microsoft Suite.
Valid Driver's License.
Must be able to travel around the state.
Some weekends, evenings and overnights will be required.
Must be able to independently organize work to meet established deadlines, solve problems independently using good judgment, and understand when to seek assistance or guidance from others.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
Will be required to work outside events in a variety of weather and temperatures.
Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, respectful, and trustworthy.
Desire to have fun while working in an environment of intelligent, highly motivated people.
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to project a positive, professional image.
Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.
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Assistant Director of Annual Fund (Bloomfield Hills)
The main responsibilities of this position are managing fundraising programs for primary constituencies of Cranbrook Schools, with particular emphasis on annual giving among parents, parents of graduates and grandparents. In conjunction with the Director of Advancement Operations, works on fundraising strategies, budget and timelines so that annual fund goals are achieved each year. Emphasis on helping cultivate and staff the Development Committee of the Board of Governors by providing timely updates and reports on annual fundraising progress and participation. Helps to identify prospects with the capacity to make contributions at higher giving levels and join the major giving program of the Annual Fund (Twenty-First Century Club at the $1,000 plus levels). This includes managing a portfolio of prospects to cultivate and recommend for major gifts to the Schools and CEC. This individual will work closely with volunteers and staff members of the Cranbrook community on executing solicitation strategies including peer-to-peer contact and annual fund phonathons throughout the school year. Assists in recruiting and training volunteers. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field is required along with three to five years of fundraising experience. To successfully perform the functions of this position, computer proficiency is required especially in Microsoft Word for mail merges, Microsoft Excel for data maintenance, and donor software programs to create giving reports and prospect management. Valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required.

Interested candidates please send a resume and employment application to

Employment applications can be downloaded at

HR Specialist (Midland)
United Way of Midland County is seeking a Human Resources Independent Contractor. The HR Specialist will provide support to several agencies participating in the shared services agreement. Support provided will be for HR governance and administration specific to each agency.


Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or BBA with HR Concentration
3 to 5 years of relevant HR experience
Professional HR certification

Masters of Business Administration with HR Concentration
5+ years of relevant HR experience
Advance professional HR certification
Experience in non-profit or similar industry
Qualified candidates can send resumes, cover letter and references to by April 24.

Executive Director (Battle Creek)
VOCES is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to take the reins of our successful, highly regarded non-profit organization in Battle Creek, Michigan. VOCES promotes an inclusive society by providing Latino/Hispanic families with opportunities and resources that lead to individual and community transformation The new executive director will be a passionate, credible, and an articulate advocate for VOCES mission, someone who leads by example and inspires support from both within and outside the organization. With an entrepreneurial spirit and sound marketing instincts, the new leader will expand VOCES resource base, developing fruitful partnerships and alliances in the community.

The Executive Director is responsible to the board of directors to ensure that the strategic, operational and organizational objectives are accomplished. He/she will be responsible to lead and manage the organization according with the direction set by the Board of Directors. The ED will be responsible for leading the operations of the organization and will use his/her position to energize new constituents and work collaboratively to secure broad public support for action.

All interested applicants are required to submit a letter of interest (letter should include a personal statement explaining how your experience prepared you to successfully fulfill this position), and resume along with three professional letters of reference no later than April 27th 2015.

Voces seeks to fill this position no later than May 15th

Please send application via email to : Details of the job description available by request.

For more information about Voces visit website:

Grant Writer (Detroit)
Contract Start Date: July 1, with training in late June. The Living Arts Grant Writer will develop and research funding sources as well as write, prepare, and submit grant applications and proposals on behalf of Living Arts. Contractor is supervised by Living Arts’ Director of Administration and Executive Director, and will work closely with Director of Programs to develop proposals. Expected project time commitment is an average of 6-12 hours weekly. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Living Arts recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages proposals from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.

Develop strategic narratives, budgets, and attachments for proposals
Develop justifications for new proposals and renewals of grants with assistance from Living Arts
Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of Living Arts programs, operations and strategic plan and utilize that information to seek grants that are compatible with the operations, services, and goals of Living Arts
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Minimum 3 years’ experience with proven success in grant awards
Experience with standard concepts, practices, and procedures for researching and writing grant proposals for government, corporate and foundation funds, including Requests for Proposal (RFP)
Excellent budgeting, spreadsheet, and internet skills
Strong initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness
Excellent follow-through and timeliness mandatory
Please e-mail cover letter with proposal including proposed rates, resume or CV, 3 professional references, two writing samples (one short and one long), and a budget sample (in Excel) to by Friday May 22nd.

Health Innovation Project Coordinator (Okemos)
Purpose: Coordinate the efforts of staff, collaborators, and subcontractors in order to implement complex, large-scale health innovation projects for clients. Lead collaborative learning networks and project implementation in the areas of healthcare or community health programming. The position requires facilitation skills and collaboration with staff, multiple external partners and vendors.

All applicants must apply online on the Careers page of, no emailed, mailed or faxed resumes will be accepted.

MPHI is an EEO/AA employer and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

MPHI participates with E-Verify.

Production Manager/Technical Director (Detroit)
A full-time position responsible for budgeting/ scheduling/coordinating the work of various technical contractors and Mosaic staff related to production. Oversees the cost effectiveness/planning of the entire production process; is responsible for set construction /coordinating necessary maintenance of tech equipment/ facilities/supplies.

Responsibilities include:

Develop yearly production calendars with artistic team
Attend weekly production meetings as scheduled and additional meetings as needed;
Work with show Director/technical contractors to plan technical aspects of productions.
Distribute information to Mosaic staff, technical contractors and other key stakeholders as needed;
Determine necessary technical supports
Assist guest designers with technical matters.
Hire, supervise set construction crews within budgetary constraints and assist with set construction and stage management.
Hire and supervise load-in, load-out and run crews within budgetary constraints.
Monitor condition of equipment
Assist with preparation/management/communication of production budgets; maintain inventories and order production supplies.
Plan/prepare/manage strike and tech week schedule
Final review of production expenses with Associate Artistic Director
Act as Technical support to First-Stage Technical Stagecraft Lead Teaching-Artist.
Act as Scenic Designer and/or Lighting Designer for all Main Stage productions.
Act as Scenic and/or Lighting Designer for Studio Productions.
Act as Master Carpenter on all productions.
Oversee/maintain Black Box Theatre, and Scene Shop/Storage.
Participate in Tech Contractor hiring process.
Handle facility needs/serve as liaison at Mosaic’s office location, working with onsite UPSM facility staff.
Responsible for management of Mosaic's main office building facilities.
To Apply:
Email cover letter, resume, three references to; subject:
Production Manager/Technical Director.
No phone calls please.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

FREE Comerica Java & Jazz Concert Series at Detroit Main Library continues on 5/19 with jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins

FREE concert series celebrates its 15th season with local musicians

Comerica Bank has partnered with the Detroit Public Library to present the FREE Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series for the 15th consecutive year.

The concert series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Detroit for music fans to enjoy FREE of charge.

“We’re pleased to bring back Java & Jazz for the 15th year and honored to be a part of a program that entertained Metro Detroiters for more than a decade,” said Patricia McCann, vice president and national civic affairs manager, Comerica Bank. “The success of Comerica’s longstanding partnership with The Detroit Public Library is a testament to the continuing popularity and longstanding tradition of Detroit’s unique jazz sound.”

The FREE concerts will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from March through July at the Detroit Public Library, Friends Auditorium located at 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.

The series continues Tuesday, May 19th with Kathy Kosins.  The complete lineup includes:

Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 17 – 6 p.m.
Straight Ahead have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Their sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz, R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk.

The Jazz Cycle
Tuesday, April 21 – 6 p.m.
The Jazz Cycle showcases a different approach to making music by combining different styles of jazz to achieve the right blend of sound and feel of the tunes all the while having fun playing and creating music.

Kathy Kosins
Tuesday, May 19 – 6 p.m.
An award-winning vocalist, Kathy Kosins is known for her eclectic musical palette that spans many eras throughout the rich history of jazz.

Armond Jackson
Tuesday, June 16 – 6 p.m.
A gifted singer, Jackson has been delivering soulful performances on Detroit stages since childhood.

Obed Succari
Tuesday, July 21 – 6 p.m.
Percussionist Obed Succari beautifully melds his Latin percussion training with his Motown- inspired musical stylings, creating a jazz sound all his own for concert goers to enjoy.

Comerica Java & Jazz Series
Detroit Public Library - Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202


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FREE Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 5/10 1-5pm

Bust of museum founder Dr. Charles H. Wright.
Charter One Free Family Second Sunday at The Wright Museum
Sunday, May 10,  2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bring the whole family to Rejoice, Relive & Reconnect at The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of Charter One Bank! Enjoy the many exhibits on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.


This event is FREE and open to the public. 

The event excludes guide group tours. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.

Check out my review of the Charles Wright Museum during my "Day in the D" tour

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
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