Thanksgiving brings to mind our blessings and our plans for holiday shopping. In the season of gratitude, we are also thinking of those less fortunate.
For 250 families who need holiday assistance, there is the Baldwin Center in Pontiac. The Baldwin Center provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and the opportunity to shop without cost at the agency’s Holiday Store, which is stocked with donations from local churches, organizations, and individuals.
Qualified families for this year have been identified. One adult member of each family shops with a volunteer escort by appointment on December 17, 19, or 20. Each family member receives new clothing and a personal gift or toy, along with gift wrapping.
“The Baldwin Center provides low income residents of Pontiac with food, clothing, literacy support, and social empowerment,” explained Elizabeth Longley, Executive Director. “The Holiday Store is our way of not only clothing needy residents, but also offering them gifts that will help make their holiday a little happier.”
“In order to do this, we need the support of the community, through donations of new clothing and gifts. We welcome general items like artificial trees, ornaments, holiday cards and stocking stuffers; clothing for all ages, especially outerwear; and personal gifts for men, women, teens, children ages 6-12, and infants to five years of age.” Monetary donations are also needed to help supplement the gifts and food baskets.
The dates and times for GED orientation have changed. The remaining dates in 2014 are as follows:
Friday, November 14, 11:30 AM
Tuesday, November 18, 12 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 12 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 12 PM
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The Baldwin Center staff wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. We are closed to the public so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family.
At the Baldwin Center holiday warehouse, there is a sufficient supply of soup, as well as copious cans of corn. In order for 250 families in need to receive Thanksgiving Holiday Baskets consisting of a turkey dinner and a well-stocked family-friendly pantry, we are depending on supporters to contribute other non-perishable foods to fill the empty warehouse pallets by November 14th. We need stuffing, potatoes, sweet potatoes/yams, gravy, cranberry sauce, applesauce, pickles/olives, desserts, peanut butter, jelly, mac & cheese, rice, dry beans, and meals-in-a-box. We also need frozen turkeys, paper towel, toilet paper and monetary donations to purchase the fresh groceries. We are open for donations Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm, Saturdays, 10 am – 2:00 pm, Sundays 12:30 – 3:00 pm. To find out more about Baldwin Center’s Holiday Baskets or Holiday Store, you can download the flyers posted on the front page of our website.
This is not the title of a western novel or a cowboy flick. It is, however, a unique opportunity to help feed the needs of the community by going out to eat. The Baldwin Center has been chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds raised by Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern through the non-profit organization Round It Up America. If you eat at a Rusty Bucket and round up your tab to the nearest dollar, the money is used to help our cause.
There are two locations in Michigan supporting the Baldwin Center Soup Kitchen, including the Bloomfield location on Woodward at Square Lake, and the Northville location on Sheldon Road at Five Mile.
To find out more about the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, click here or go to www.myrustybucket.com
To find out more about Round It Up America, click here or go to www.rounditupamerica.org.
For their annual in-gathering project, the United Methodist Women of the Ann Arbor District chose to support the Baldwin Center Holiday Store drive, Clothes Closet, and personal supplies pantry. On Saturday, October 4, 2014, we picked up a big red van full of donations that will help us meet our goal to provide holiday gifts in December for 250 families and in our ongoing mission to feed, clothe, educate, and empower the Pontiac community.
The Baldwin Center was also a project site for the Detroit Renaissance District’s third annual Hands 4 Detroit mission day. Six adults and eight youth spent the day packing and moving non-perishable food items to our Holiday Basket warehouse, exchanging seasonal clothing between storage and shopping areas in the Clothes Closet, unloading the big red van full of recent donations, moving supplies into storage, and cleaning in the Youth Center.
Holiday Baskets (Food/ Comestibles) and Holiday Store (new items- no charge)/ Tienda (regalos nuevos – gratis)
October 7, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm @ the Baldwin Center
- Registrants must bring proof of Pontiac residency and birth certificates of all children in the family.
- Please fill out the attached registration form with names, ages, and sizes of all members of the family, including adults, and bring it back on registration day.
- Traer prueba de residencia de Pontiac y certificados de nacimiento de todos los niños en la familia
- Favor de rellenar el formulario de registro con nombres, edades, y tamaños de todos los miembros de la familia, incluyendo a los adultos, y traerlo de vuelta en el día de la inscripción.
Holiday Baskets will be ready for pickup on November 20 and December 18.
Holiday Store Shopping will be scheduled for December 17, 19, and 20
Holiday Baskets (Canastas) estarán listos para su recogida el 20 de Noviembre y el 18 de Diciembre.
Holiday Store (por cita) será el 17, 19, y 20 de Diciembre.
Application for Assistance 2014
Holiday Registration 2014.Oct.7
Thank you to all who attended the Heart of Baldwin Gala Fundraising Event. We truly appreciate your generosity and kindness. The Baldwin Center would not be able to provide our wonderful services and successfully accomplish our mission to feed, clothe, educate and empower the community of Pontiac without your willingness to help. This first year event raised over $40,000 to help further our mission. Heart of Baldwin award recipient videos: Sylvia Wheeling and Oakland University.
Jennifer Hammond from Fox 2 News presented Sylvia Wheeling with the first Heart of Baldwin Service Award. Oakland University also received a Heart of Baldwin Award.
- Attendees were busy bidding on items in the silent auction and competed to gather wonderful prizes during the live auction.
Lafayette Grande in downtown Pontiac was the perfect location for Baldwin’s first ever gala event
- Guests were treated to wonderful food, drinks, live and silent auctions, and a live band.
Thanks to all our wonderful corporate sponsors for the wonderful evening.
MGM Grand Detroit
Air International Thermal Systems
Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Coachman and Bret Spencer
Croskey Lanni, PC
Highland Engineering, Inc.
Chrysler Group, LLC
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
United Healthcare Community Plan
Clayton & McKervey, P.C.
Mucky Duck Mustard
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Talmer Bank and Trust
Photos courtesy of ImagesbyRonCard
Join us Thursday July 18th and enjoy an evening of ice cream, treats and music all on the beautiful grounds of Goldner Walsh Garden & Home. All proceeds from this event will help to replace Baldwin’s walk-in freezer.
Parking is available on-site at Goldner Walsh Garden & Home: 559 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac, MI 48341.
Event begins at 7:00 pm. Ice Cream is being provided by Treat Dreams and other yummy treats by Just Baked.
Prizes will be raffled. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/10ybApq.
For more information, please contact Lisa Machesky 248.332.6101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Baldwin distribute over 700 backpacks to Pontiac school children.
The Baldwin Center is currently accepting donations of school supplies and backpacks for its annual backpack give away. Last year over 700 backpacks were distributed, enriching the learning process for many children around the Pontiac community. Each backpack was stuffed with all the supplies needed to begin the school year. The donations will be distributed August 29th 2013 starting at 10am followed by a luncheon at noon.
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The Baldwin Center is closed November 28 and 29, 2013. The Baldwin staff, volunteers, and clients would like to thank you for all your support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.
The Baldwin Center distributed Holiday Baskets of canned goods, fresh food, paper products, and turkeys to 300 families on Tuesday, November 26, thanks to the generosity of many donors of turkeys, food, and funds, and the efforts of many volunteers who sorted, packed, and distributed the food! THANK YOU to everyone who contributed!
It was a HUGE but successful undertaking and we want to do it AGAIN!
But now our cupboards are bare, i.e., the warehouse is practically empty. We know we can count on our volunteers and donors to make it all happen. Our next Holiday Basket giveaway is Thursday, December 19, 2013, so we need the food by December 14, our Saturday warehouse sorting day before the distribution.
YOU make the holidays better for all of us at Baldwin Center. Thank you for your generous support of our mission to Feed, Clothe, Educate, and Empower our Pontiac neighbors.
There will be no more general volunteer orientations in December 2013.
The Baldwin Center will be closed December 24-26, December 31, 2013, and January 1, 2014. We wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
We are so excited and proud to share our new video Baldwin Center “The Mission” made possible through the generosity of Group Associates and created by Nice Work Productions. This donor-funded, professionally made video features staff, volunteers, and clients talking about the Baldwin Center’s impact on the community. Please share our story and thank the donors and creators who made it possible. If you have not seen it yet, click on the link to see familiar places and faces —maybe your own. Baldwin Center Video 2014
The self defense class scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, 2014 has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule when the weather is better.
Due to weather conditions and circumstances beyond our control, Focus Hope postponed its shipment for the Baldwin Center. All Focus Hope pickups and deliveries are rescheduled for next week. March 13th pickups will be available March 20th. March 15th deliveries will be available March 22nd. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will be closing today, March 12, at 2 PM due to inclement weather, and will re-open tomorrow for our normally scheduled hours.
There will be NO 2 pm community service orientations March 20 and March 27 at the Baldwin Center. Court-ordered community service volunteers seeking service hours are encouraged to contact other organizations.
Contact Arielle Gellish at email@example.com if you would like to help tune up the Baldwin Center bicycles in preparation for our monthly Trips for Kids biking excursions. Maintenance days are Saturdays, March 29 and April 19, 2014, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Click here to purchase tickets on line, or contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Baldwin Center has been chosen to benefit from a two week fundraiser by Hold on to Hope. During that time T-shirts will be sold and 50% of the proceeds will go to The Baldwin Center.
Our mission is to feed, clothe, educate, and empower the people of Pontiac.
Now you can feed your need for style, clothe yourself in a cool tee or hoodie, educate yourself about non-profit needs, and empower your sense of community.
VISIT www.holdontohope.org OR CLICK on the logo
to PURCHASE BALDWIN APPAREL
Click on the Fox2News logo to read more and watch the video.
Listen to 100.3 WNIC the first two weeks of April to hear more.
Telly’s Greenhouse at Goldner Walsh
It may be chilly outside, but Goldner Walsh Garden & Home is bursting with greenery.
Join us here on Wednesday from 6-8 PM for our Garden Party.
Purchase your tickets by clicking HERE.
Limited quantities will be available at the door. Bring a friend and learn about all of our “fresh” initiatives in the community. See you Wednesday!
In the last couple of weeks, we have received some BIG group donations from friends of the Baldwin Center. Baldwin’s Clothes Closet Manager, Mitzy, was so happy to have all the nice things to offer to clients. We want you to know that we are very THANKFUL for the individual and group generosity that has and will make a difference in the lives of the Baldwin community.
GM – Pontiac Stamping: 2 trucks full of clothing, etc.
GM – Powertrain in Pontiac: 65 bags of clothing, etc.
The Village Club Foundation of Bloomfield Hills: 5 carloads of diapers, laundry detergent, Mother’s Day clothes, and much more
If you wish to contribute to the fun at Baldwin Center Summer Enrichment Camp, consider sharing some supplies. For a printable version of the supply list, click Word Doc or PDF Donations can be brought to the Youth Center or the main building during hours of operation. Please label “Summer Camp”.
We are thrilled! The Baldwin Center has been chosen to be part of the Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Art Van Furniture. To help meet the challenge, you can click here or find the “Make an Impact” box with the multi-colored tree to the far right on our home page and click on the “Give” corner or “Donate Now” button.
Just a reminder that the Baldwin Center will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 25-26, 2014, for the Memorial Day Holiday. Have a good weekend.
This week’s Art Van Charity Challenge. The charity with the greatest number of unique (different) donors wins $1000. A donation of $10 is the minimum amount per “vote”. Donate now to help your favorite cause…The Baldwin Center.
The Ice Cream Social that was scheduled for July 17th has been cancelled due to an unexpected “meltdown”.
We need help to collect school supplies for Baldwin Center’s Backpack Giveaway
Click here for more info:
Baldwin School Supply List 2014
The Baldwin Center is in need of supplies for its summer camp programs!!
Here is a list of things we are looking for: Summer Camp Supply Drive
If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop the off at the Youth Center.
Today, 220,000 children who rely on free and reduced-price school lunches are out on summer break. Through a partnership with Michigan No Kid Hungry, they can continue to get their meals FOR FREE at summer food sites called “Meet Up and Eat Up”. Here is a list of the sites participating: 2014 SFSP SITES
The program will begin on June 23rd and will run through August 15th.
We need you help to let parents, caregivers and kids know about Meet Up and Eat Up, where kids can get a tasty meal and hang out with their friends. YOU can help by printing and distributing THIS FLYER in your community!!
It is amazing what a group of dedicated individuals on a mission
…Clarkston United Methodist Church Adult Righteous Mission…
can accomplish in a week! The Baldwin Center has been blessed again.
Thanks to the carpentry and design skills of Clarkston UMC, every room in the Clothes Closet has practical new hanging racks and updated style.
Gardeners and landscapers gave the Youth Center courtyard new planting boxes and a frog pond for the students to learn hands-on botany and biology.
A little whimsy goes a long way when waiting. Thanks to the imagination and perseverance of these artists, the laundry room has a clothesline of color.
It was hot and humid and then it rained. That did not stop the Clarkston UMC ARM from transforming the untilled garden plots and overgrown flower beds into plantings and productivity.
There was a man with a plan and a van full of tools…and they knew how to use ‘em.
This group did everything from prepping to polishing to painting to pounding to planting…and they brought presents, too!
There was no beating around the bushes…they were chopped down or pruned instead and disposed of…just like that!
Sylvia Wheeling saw a great hunger in the city of Pontiac years ago and started the Baldwin Family Kitchen, now known as the Baldwin Center. Over the years hundreds of thousands of meals have been served as a result of this woman who decided to step up and do something.
Sylvia remained with the Baldwin Center until 2012 as the Food Service Director. Her legacy to this community was her passion for a quality and inclusive food ministry which Baldwin has come to represent.
Visitation and Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Juengel & Mellendorf Funeral Home in Sebewaing, Michigan, Sylvia’s family home. Her funeral will be on Monday, June 30, in Sebawing.
The Baldwin Center will have a community memorial service in Sylvia’s honor on Thursday, July 10th at 10:30 am with a luncheon to follow.
July 4 – CLOSED – Baldwin Center is closed for the Independence Day holiday.
July 10 – Clothes Closet is CLOSED.
Have you been thinking about clearing out your closets? Procrastinate no longer! The Baldwin Center Clothes Closet is in need of clothing for men, women, and children, as well as sheets and blankets for all bed sizes. Donate your clean, gently used items and you will receive a tax receipt and a smile.
Michelle and Cha Cha – Friends at the Back to School Bash
On August 1, Food Services Manager, Michelle Tocco, marked 20 years as a Baldwin employee. Michelle says she never would have predicted that her work life would have brought her here. The rest of us cannot imagine the Baldwin Center without the energy and compassion she brings to the soup kitchen as well as all the other client services she manages. Happy Anniversary, Michelle.
Every September, General Motors employees have an opportunity to give back to the community. During teamGM Cares Week 2014, September 8 – 12, our friends and neighbors who work at the local GM Powertrain facility will come to work at the Baldwin Center. For three days, they will be trimming, transforming, repairing, restoring, painting, preparing, constructing, and caring. We look forward to their visit and we appreciate all they have done to get ready. We also appreciate the GM associates who run collection drives to benefit the Baldwin Center. Thank you teamGM!
The Baldwin Center holiday programs depend on the generosity of donors and volunteers. If you would like to add the Holiday Store to your family’s shopping list or your organization’s giving tree, click on the image below to obtain a printable version. Thank you.
The Baldwin Center’s “Lighten Your Load” laundry program is in need of liquid detergent or pods. Attention: Coupon Clippers and Bargain Shoppers, we will use any brand of liquid detergent (or pods)