2017 Portland Beacon Giving Guide

December 10, 2017

 

The Portland Beacon is proud to present our inaugural Giving Guide.  This guide is a detailed list of local non-profit organizations operating right here in our community.  It includes a description of the organization, contact information for the group, and instructions on how you can make a charitable donation to the organization. 

 

Some studies show that individuals often do up to 25% of their charitable giving between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is why we want to get this guide out now.  We hope for this guide to be an annual publication, and will do our best to publish a bit earlier in future years. 

 

To be included in this guide, organizations had to be located in or have operations in Portland or neighboring communities.  Organizations also had to be legally registered non-profit organization in the state of Michigan.   While we appreciate that there are many very deserving regional, national and international charities, this guide is intended to focus only on local organizations.

 

Everyone’s financial situation is different.  While there are several free guides available online covering year end giving, like  Charity NavigatorFidelity, and Liberty Tax Service, it may be advisable to discuss your charitable giving intentions with your financial professional.

 

If you should have any questions about one of the organizations listed, please contact that organization directly.

 

 

Legal name: 

          Friends of the Red Mill

Mailing address:  

          858 Maynard Road, Portland, MI  48875

Facebook:

          Friends of the Red Mill

Contact Person name: 

          Noreen Logel

Contact Person phone number:  

          517-743-1830

Email address

          friendsoftheredmill@gmail.com or nlogel74@yahoo.com

Brief description

          We are a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to building a pavilion for the betterment and benefit of the City of Portland and the surrounding areas.  While the pavilion has been done and turned over to the City in September 2015, we continue to be actively involved with its maintenance (we have volunteers who clean the bathrooms, plant flowers, sweep the floor, stain the wood, etc.) and continue to raise money to install temporary sides on the open bays to help with wind and inclement weather.  We are also raising money for a boiler to operate the tubing that was put in the floor for an ice melt system at the time the pavilion was built.

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

          Send a tax-deductible check (you will receive a receipt with our tax number).  Anytime anyone has bottles/cans to donate they can bring them down to our receptacles at the area where the recycling center used to be at the Portland DPW.  Also by supporting our fund raisers which are always posted on our Facebook page.

 

 

Legal name

                Portland Area Service Group

Other name the organization may be known as

                Formerly known as the Portland Senior Center    

Mailing address:  

                144 Kent Street, Portland, MI 48875

Contact Person name

                Beckie Bates, PASG Director

Contact Person phone number:  

                517-647-4004

Brief description

                The Portland Area Service Group has served the Portland residents and the local community for over 40 years. PASG offers daily activities, houses a food bank and meeting space with kitchen facilities. The center also serves as a collection and distribution point for seasonal clothing and excess medical equipment such as bath seats, walkers and wheelchairs.

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

                Monetary donations are welcome as are donations of new unopened items for our annual fundraising event. 

 

 

Legal name

                Portland Athletic Association

Mailing address:  

                1100 Ionia Rd., Portland, Michigan 48875

Web site

                portlandathleticassociation.org

Facebook:

                Portland Athletic Association

Contact Person name

                President:  Ron Green  

Contact Person phone number:  

                517-647-4243  

Email address

                rlgreen68@sbcglobal.net or paa48875@gmail.com

Brief description

                The Portland Athletic Association has two goals:  1) raise funds to support Portland High School athletic programs; and 2) promote the Portland Raider athletic programs.

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

                The Portland Athletic Association is a 503 C non-profit organization.  Donations can be sent to the above address with checks payable to the Portland Athletic Association or go to the web page and use PayPal.
 

 

Legal Name

          Portland Community Fund Association

Mailing address:

          P.O. Box 524, Portland, MI, 48875

Web site

          www.portlandcommunityfund.org

Facebook:

          Portland Community Fund Association

Contact person name:

          Sandy Olson (Board Member)

Contact person phone number

          (517)647-6306

Email address

          PCFAInfo@gmail.com

Brief description of the organization and its activities

          For over 40 years our mission of the Portland Community Fund is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens, now and for generations to come. Our big 4 events to make a difference: 1) Every October a coat drive is held.  Each year 100s of people receive coats on our distribution day.  2) In 2017 our Annual Christmas Giving program provided a dinner, socks, hats, gloves to individuals and over 135 families with 320 children in the Portland School District.  In addition, children received gifts and a shoebox filled with goodies. Residents of local nursing homes received personal care items. 3) When requested, assistance is provided to families in need due to fire or special circumstances.  Funds are available for local emergencies. 4) Part of the mission of the Portland Community Fund is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that serve those who live in the Portland School District.  This funding allows exceptional groups to continue providing much needed support to our neighbors. 

Instruction on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

          Portland Community Fund Association is accepting donations—send tax deductible donations payable to “PCFA” P.O. Box 524, Portland MI 48875, or online at our website or Facebook page via PayPal.

 

 

Legal name

                Portland Community Orchestra

Other name the organization may be known as:   

                Also known as Portland Orchestral Society  

Mailing address:  

                331 S. Lincoln St,  Portland, MI  48875

Web site: 

                A link to our web page is through the Portland Community Arts website at www.portlandcommunityarts.com.

Facebook:

                Portland Community Orchestra

Contact Person name: 

                Mike Judd (Orchestra President)     

Contact Person phone number:  

                517-285-0972

Email address: 

                judd_michael@yahoo.com    

Brief description: 

               The Portland Community Orchestra is a group of musicians, young and old, who wish to continue their love of music.  We have family members playing together and students playing with members who have been playing for many years. We perform several local concerts including our annual Christmas concert, the Day of Music and Adult Ed graduation.  Funding is necessary to replenish our music library, to purchase stands as our group grows, and for office expenses like concert flyers, advertising and organizational costs.

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

               We are a non-profit organization in Portland, Michigan.  Our State of MI ID is 70539N and our IRS 501(c)(3) ID is 47-1696882.  Tax free donations can be made by mailing a check made out to “Portland Community Orchestra” care of Mike Judd, 331 S. Lincoln St, Portland, MI 48875

 

 

Legal name: 

                Portland Garden Club

Mailing address:  

                2357 S. Pline Rd., Pewamo, MI 48873

Facebook:

                Portland Michigan Garden Club

Contact Person name: 

                Barbara Betzing

Contact Person phone number:  

                517-349-4841

Email address: 

                thebetzings@yahoo.com

Brief description: 

                The objectives of this club shall be to stimulate the love of gardening, encourage home and community beautification, promote better horticultural practices, and encourage all forms of conservation.

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

                Donations for Portland community beautification may written to Portland Garden Club and sent to Barbara Betzing. (See address above)

 

Legal Name:     

               Portland Tackle Football Association, Inc.

Other name the organization may be known as:     

               Portland Junior Raiders

Mailing address:     

               P.O. Box 288, Portland, MI 48875

Web site:

               portlandjrraiders.net

Facebook:

                Portland Jr. Raiders

Contact person name:

               Pete Hoffmeyer (Board President)

Contact person phone number:     

               517-624-9044

Email address:

               petehoffmeyer@hotmail.com

Brief description of the organization and its activities:

               Founded in 1982, PTFA has been serving local youth for 35 years.  The program offers tackle football and cheer leading programs fourth through eighth grade boys and girls.  The organization is 100% volunteer based, and is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. During the 2017 season, we had approximately 200 participants. We hold many fundraisers throughout the year so that we can provide all necessary equipment to participants at no additional charge, while keeping our registration fees as low as possible. 

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

               Checks can be made payable to "PTFA" and mailed to P.O. Box 288, Portland, MI 48875

 

 

Legal name

                Portland Youth Baseball Association

Other name the organization may be known as:     

                Portland Youth Baseball League

Mailing address:  

                P.O. Box 333 Portland, MI 48875

Web site

                Portlandyouthbaseball.com (under remodeling)

Facebook:

                Portland Youth Baseball League

Contact Person name

                Heath Werner

Contact Person phone number:  

                (517)256-6029

Email address

                Heath.werner@yahoo.com

Brief description

                We are a nonprofit Youth baseball program, we offer leagues consisting of Rookie League 1st & 2nd graders, Minor League 3rd & 4th graders, Major League 5th & 6th graders, and Pony League 7th & 8th graders. We offer a fun and learning environment for kids to learn the game of baseball. We have all volunteer coaches and board members.

Instructions on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

               Anyone can donate to P.Y.B.L. by either sending a check to the P.O. box listed or calling or emailing Heath Werner to set up a meeting.

 

 

 

Added 12/12/2017

 

 

Organization’s Legal Name:

          PPS Raider Music Program 

Other name the organization may be known as:

          Raider Bands/Choirs

Mailing address:

          1100 Ionia Road, Portland MI 48875

Web site:

          https://sites.google.com/portlandk12.org/raidermusic/home

Contact person name:

          Mike Sulecki, Band/Choir Director

Contact person phone number:

          517-647-2981

Email address:

          msulecki@portlandk12.org

Brief description of the organization and its activities:

            Middle School Band performs at the fall, winter, and spring concerts as well as the annual day of music and arts in march. High School Band performs at all home football games, select home basketball games, numerous parades, festivals and competitions. This is in addition to the four school concerts every year and MSBOA Band festival. 

          The choirs are still in their infancy, and we can use all the help we can get establishing a strong vocal music program here at Portland. 

Instruction on how someone could make an end of year contribution to your organization:

          To donate, please email Mike Sulecki (msulecki@portlandk12.org), make checks payable to Portland Public Schools and put music in the notes. 

 

 

 

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