Hello MAC family,
I have spent a lot of time recently reflecting on the challenging time we are in, and how to best support our community in a time of so much uncertainty as a result of Covid-19. So many of you have donated to our foundation over the years, and have trusted us to do what is best to meet the needs of our community, whatever those needs may be. As a result, each year we have donated tens of thousands of dollars and essential items like clothes, shoes, food and necessities to local families and non-profit organizations.
When we established the Make a Change Foundation, the board agreed to keep a small portion of our yearly proceeds set aside to be allocated specifically for emergency situations and relief. Some examples of times when we have utilized these funds include the 2014 Oso landslide, when we donated equipment to rescuers searching for victims, and in 2017 during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, when we assembled and sent emergency kits to Puerto Rico filled with items like water, flashlights, first aid kits, and batteries. Today we find ourselves in an emergency situation unlike anything we've seen before in MAC’s history, where the need of our local and global community is so great.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, our MAC Foundation board members met recently and agreed to once again utilize a portion of our reserve funds to help our community, by making a series of donations in the amount of $1,000 each to food banks and local charities in our community. Each board member selected an organization that is making a difference in this time of need in their local area.
It is with great honor that I share with you, that we were able to make a small but meaningful donations to the following groups:
I want to personally thank each of you who have helped us over the years. Please know that we are constantly reviewing our budget and incoming donations to maximize our ability to help our community. My hope is to find additional ways our foundation can help as this situation continues to evolve.
As a reminder we are a recognized 501c3 non-profit which has no paid employees. We function entirely with the help of volunteers and board members so that every dollar possible can be used to help our community.
On behalf of the MAC Foundation board, thank you for your help, support, and donations. Please stay safe.
President of the Make a Change Foundation
For our 2018 holiday giving campaign, we are partnered with Ell Marie Hair Studio and the Washington State Patrol to support Hand in Hand Kids a Snohomish, WA based organization focused on providing for children and families in times of need or crisis, and a place of safety and comfort for children who are entering or reentering the Washington State Foster Care system.
At the MAC Foundation, we've made it our mission to ensure children who have been abused, neglected and marginalized within own neighborhoods and communities are cared for, not just during the holiday season but every season. This year was no exception. We made it our goal to provide over 250 Hand in Hand kids with a "want" item like a toy, book or game, and a "need" item, like a warm winter coat or a new pair of rain boots.
We are excited to announce that thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, this holiday season, we were able to provide "want" and "need" items to all 250 Hand in Hand kids. In a time of such uncertainty for many children, we were able to provide hope, comfort and cheer, and for that we cannot be more thankful to each and every one of our donors for their support. We look forward to helping many more families in need in our community in 2019 and invite you to join us in making a difference by making a change!
Thanks to our generous donors, the MAC Foundation is able to give to multiple organizations each year. Our goal is to help as many people as possible. This year we have a unique opportunity to help families impacted by Hurricane Maria in Rural Puerto Rico. A great friend of the MAC foundation, John Figueroa, traveled home to Puerto Rico a few weeks ago to see the devastation himself and distribute emergency supplies funded by several organizations including MAC. John found that the there is still a lot of need and we want to help. We have partnered with John's employer, iSoftStone, with a goal of raising money for Fundación Arecibo Se Levanta, Inc. This organization was ranked one of the top 8 Puerto Rico based non-profits to donate to. If you are interested in making a difference in this effort please consider donating directly to them via their facebook page or to MAC and we will distribute.
I get this question a lot when I solicit donations to the Make a Change Foundation (MAC). People want to know what our organization is about and who the people are behind it. I have my well-rehearsed speech where I talk about how the idea for the foundation was built out of the generosity of my world war II veteran Grandfather and his desire to help his community. I talk about the how we are a 100% volunteer run 501c3 nonprofit in which every dollar raised goes towards the families we support and the very small overhead required to run our organization. Finally, I talk about the strong partnerships with local businesses and even large enterprises which allows us to make a significant impact in the lives of hundreds of people a year. This elevator pitch gives the essence of our organization but doesn't begin to talk about the people who make it happen. It doesn’t tell you about to the hundreds of hours our volunteers spend building our network of donors and finding organizations and causes in which we can make the most impact. It doesn’t explain the time and effort spent looking for the best deals on products and services we buy to convert your donations into gifts and necessities for those in need. The team spends countless hours making sure every dollar goes as far as possible. Finally, it doesn’t begin to recognize the unwavering commitment of our volunteers and partners who strive to make sure no need goes unfulfilled.
The MAC Foundation has a life of its own. None of us knew when we created it almost 5 years ago that we would have the ability to raise tens of thousands of dollars for children and families in the direst of situations. We could not have anticipated purchasing hundreds of bicycles and thousands of toys for children who might otherwise receive a gift for the holidays. I personally could not have foreseen meeting Todd McNeal, Alice Casson, Jorge Galindo, and the rest of the Hand in Hand organization . These are the most selfless individuals I have ever met and people who have unknowingly helped shape our organization. We never would have guessed how many strangers would feel compelled to donate to us each year.
As with every year we set goals we know are hard to achieve. This isn’t at my direction. Our financial goals are driven by the needs of the community and these needs are never ending. Our goal is simply to “Make a Change” and our generous donors are the ones who make sure we always succeed. This year we are behind in meeting our $10,000 joint target with our partners at iSoftStone and we need your help. Please consider donating today so that we can provide one “need” item (shoes, coats, etc.) and one “want” item (Toys, books, etc.) for Snohomish County kids who need our help.
MAC Foundation Family – Each fall our board meets to review the previous giving seasons fundraising activities and donation events and begins planning for the next. We revisit our vision statement and determine which causes we feel we can best serve. While we have donated to dozens of charities and families all around the northwest there is one we always come back to. Hand-in-Hand kids. Hand in Hand’s goals mirror our own. Their purpose is to help as many northwest families in need as possible. This holiday season we are inviting you to join us in raising funds for this amazing charity. We have once again set the goal high at $10,000. This money will be donated to help Hand in Hand provide holiday gifts for foster children as well as provide operational funding for their safe place and village impact community outreach programs. These program provides short term care and housing for children removed from conditions most people could not comprehend. We are calling this year’s effort Fostering Hope. Thanks to the generous donations of our friends at iSoftStone we already have $1250 to get us started.
Please consider donating today. Our goal would be to collect all donations by December 3rd so we have time to shop for these children however we will gladly accept donations at any time.
The Make A Change Foundation is excited to present Soles for School, a new shoe drive geared toward the back to school season! Proceeds directly benefit less fortunate children in our community through Hand In Hand Kids of Everett.
Beside the luxury of having properly fitting shoes, the self-esteem boost of fitting in and looking like their peers can make all the difference in the academic and social success of a child in need. Please help us by providing new shoes or a financial contribution via our website www.macfoundationnw.org or by contacting The Make A Change Foundation via [email protected]
• Shoes should be new and unworn sizes toddler, youth or adult (teens). Especially in need are youth sizes 2-5 (elementary aged) and adult sizes (middle and high school aged).
• Please no open toed shoes, shoes should be school appropriate and supportive.
• Remember that while we are still enjoying the height of summer now, these shoes need to get kids through our inclement weather in the fall and winter months!
Many of these shoes will be given to children in unthinkable emergent situations as they leave Hand In Hand Kids’ Safe Place prior to entering the foster care system.
Thank you for your support! We are thrilled to help make a difference in the life of a local child.
The upcoming 2014 holiday season will prove to be a moving and rewarding experience for both our donors and recipients alike. We have partnered with Hand In Hand Kids’ Safe Place of Snohomish County and are thrilled to assist them in making this Christmas special for so many children from across the state that are entering the foster care system through their doors. Safe Place provides immediate shelter for kids who are removed from their homes during crisis and imminent danger and provides love, caring and happiness while a foster home is matched to them which results in longer term and more successful foster placement, adoption and healthy rebuilding of families. Hand In Hand Kids’ ultimate goal is to break the cycles in which foster placement is necessary. The community outreach that Hand In Hand Kids provides is awe-inspiring and extends far beyond Safe Place to providing family services and support, after school programs, meals, clothing and a multitude of other resources that truly make a change. Please join with us to make a change for a child this year.