Help Change a Life with One Click

Editor’s note:Voting has now ended for this promotion.  Thank you for all of you who voted for the Baldwin Center.  We placed 24th out of 107 nonprofits and the top ten charities moved on to the final round.  This is the first time Baldwin has participated in a contest such as this.  We have learned some things and hopefully you will support us in the future!

Suburban GiveawayLast month I had one of the most rewarding days of working at the Baldwin Center . . .

I found out that three of our students passed the GED exam.  They have achieved a high school diploma– a necessary component to any job application.  It was a day of celebration!

That program, that celebration, is now in jeopardy and we need your help.

We have found a program that works.  We have a computer lab set up where students can come and work at their own pace using software that is specially designed to prepare them to take the difficult GED exam.  Another agency had provided us free access to the software and we provided the computers and the tutors.  That agency is no longer operating the program and we must now purchase the software on our own.  The cost is $6,500.  This is a cost we haven’t budgeted for.

But this is where you come in . . .

We are entered in the Suburban Collection Facebook promotion and we have a chance to win $10,000 if we get the most votes.

We need you to vote for the Baldwin Center.

I want to keep telling you about how many students have passed the GED but we need funding, we need your vote!

  1. Here is how it works…

The contest is on facebook (if you are not on facebook – it’s really easy) and involves 105 non-profits.  From August 10th thru August 24th, you can go to the link provided below and VOTE for Baldwin Center.  If you do not see the Baldwin Center “VOTE” on page 1, just click to page 2, 3 or 4 (the order is randomly generated).

Now… this is the fun part, if we make the top 3 – Baldwin Center will move forward and compete to win a $10,000 grand prizeon August 26th thru August 31st round.

August 10 – 24: Round 1 voting officially begins!
Each “voter” will have the option to vote 1 time for up to 10 different charities to determine the top 10 charities.  On August 24, voting will conclude and our top 10 charities will be announced… but wait, that’s not all!

August 26 – 31: Round 2 voting officially begins!
The Top 3 go head-to-head to compete for the $10,000 grand prize!

You can be a big part of changing someone’s life for the better.

You can help someone get on the track for future education and job opportunities. You can help  more GED students graduate.

All you need to do is VOTE and tell your friends!

Please take a moment today and VOTE for Baldwin Center.

After you vote for Baldwin Center – “share” your vote with your facebook friends and ask them to VOTE for Baldwin Center.

“Share” our vision of hope and empowerment.

Thank you for helping to change a life with one click,

Lisa Machesky, Executive Director

FYI-  our entry submission:

What could your charity do with $10,000 to benefit the communities of Southeast Michigan?With $10,000 the Baldwin Center will be able to dedicate additional resources to our GED program.

• The Pontiac public school drop-out rate is 17.86% with a graduation rate of only 58.63%.
• As many at 37% of local adults do not have a high school diploma or GED.
• Only 10.7% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The Baldwin Center is doing something about this problem by offering an online GED program where people can come to the lab and work at their own pace with dedicated tutors. When the students are ready we also pay for the GED examination. If we are to encourage economic self-sufficiency, education must be at the forefront. Baldwin is playing a part, are you? Help us meet our goal of more adults with a high school education. Vote for us!

As always, if you have any questions, just let me know how I can help.

Thank you, now VOTE!

P.S. If you want to help support our GED program with your own gift go to Network for Good and designate the gift for GED.

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