Doing Good – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:52:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast Kicks Off Million Meals Match Campaign On Thursday, April 19 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:24:57 +0000 Currently one in five Michigan children face hunger. Nearly 300,000 school aged children who live in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough food to eat. That number is staggering and honestly heartbreaking.

Most of these school aged children are eligible for free or reduced meals during the week. However, once the weekend and summer vacation hits they often have very little to eat.

On Thursday, April 19 the Gleaners Community Food Bank will be hosting the 25th Annual Women’s Power Breakfast.

This is the kick off event for Gleaners Million Meals Match Campaign. The month-long campaign raises money to help feed children who have food insecurities at home.

For every dollar raised by PNC Bank, Delta and other generous donors will double your donations.

Normally $1 will provide three meals for those in need, but during the Million Meals Match campaign it will mean meals for six children. That means it will go twice as far.

So back to the Women’s Power Breakfast.

This event is a who’s who of Michigan’s most powerful and influential female leaders. These women get stuff done not only in the business world but in the philanthropic world.

Since the Women’s Power Breakfast was started in 1994 they have raised over $3.2 million for hungry children.

This is a great opportunity to network and to learn about Gleaners and the work that they do to help with food insecurity.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and $85 if you are under 35.

The 25th Annual Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast will be on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

The event will take place at Little Caesars Arena 2645 Woodward Avenue Detroit 48201.

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Happy Hour Podcast: Fighting Hunger In Metro Detroit With Gleaners Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:20:06 +0000 Hunger is a real challenge throughout metro Detroit, and an organization at the front of dealing with that challenge is Gleaners.

Sven Gustafson has Children’s Hospital of Michigan CEO Luann Thomas Ewald and Bridget Brown from Gleaners on the show to talk about the upcoming Women’s Power Breakfast, Women’s Power Happy Hour, and their Million Meal Match Campaign.

Of course, if you want to know more, you can visit Gleaners here.

Don’t forget to subscribe wherever fine podcasts are found here.

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These Baby Bunnies Have Moved In Next To The Carrots At A Detroit Urban Farm, And It’s Adorable Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:14:54 +0000 In news to lift your blues, here’s an absolutely adorable picture of a litter of baby rabbits that found a home next to a carrot patch.

The picture was shared by RecoveryPark, one of the most interesting urban farms in the city because of their mission and programming.

The farm, based near Chene and Ferry on Detroit’s near east side, is  working on making a financially sustainable, local food ecosystem work in Detroit. They focus on creating jobs for Detroit’s residents and helping returning citizens and challenged workers return to the workforce.

The program is on the brink of doing something great — putting 170 people to work doing hydroponic farming. On the other side, they’re facing an immediate cash crunch that could stop this program, founded in 2010, from fully sprouting to success.

Hopefully, RecoveryPark not only provides homes for these adorable bunnies, but is able to keep bettering Detroit through their work.

p.s.: We know, technically, baby rabbits are called “kittens,” but we know that terminology would be very confusing.

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Fundraiser To Give Free Poo To First 1,000 Attendees Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:27:47 +0000

Want some free poop? The Detroit Zoological Society will be, in their words, “number one at giving away number two” when they host their sixth annual GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo next Saturday, April 14.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrates Earth Day.

Here’s the deal. The first one thousand guests to visit the anaerobic digester educational display will receive a token for a 5-gallon bucket to be filled with free Detroit Zoo Poo.

Zoo Poo, in case you’re wondering, is an herbivorous compost — meaning it’s made by plant-eating animals — processed in the Zoo’s anaerobic digester and produced in partnership with Detroit Dirt. It leaves a nutrient-rich fertilizer that’s good for your garden.

Other green things the Zoo is doing include diverting 60,000 plastic bottles from the waste stream each year by stopping the sale of bottled water on Detroit Zoo grounds and using permeable pavement in visitor pathways and one of the parking lots.

Other highlights include the cricket-breeding program, rain gardens and solar energy system.

GreenFest guests can also explore farm-to-table food options, expand their science knowledge during chemistry demonstrations and make window decals to prevent bird strikes.

Detroit Dirt will be on hand to talk about composting, and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will provide information on conservation programs and green initiatives in Oakland County.

All GreenFest activities are free with Detroit Zoo admission.

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PODCAST: Detroit Nonprofit Day, Warren Wants To Create A Downtown, Detroit Councilman Sued & More Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:19:05 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Saturday, March 31, 2018.

-The suburb of Warren is trying to create a downtown

-A Detroit councilman is being sued

-Local furniture maker Floyd is opening up a retail shop in Eastern Market

-The State of Michigan adds 21 more schools to their possible closure list. Three, all charters, are in Detroit.

-The Michigan Science Center is hosting a week long spring break camp

-I talk to Amanda Lewan about Detroit Nonprofit Day

-And since it’s the end of the week, I check in with Sven Gustafson about who he’s chatting with for the Daily Detroit Happy Hour

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Podcast: Inside Amazon’s New Detroit Facility, BMW Pulls Out Of The Auto Show, Bike Lanes & More Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:34:20 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Saturday, March 24, 2018. We take you on a narrative audio tour of the new facility in Livonia that’s the size of 28 football fields.

We also have am Amazon Livonia facility gallery here.

Other stories:

– BMW isn’t going to be at the North American International Auto Show
– Suburban updates, including bike lanes
– The Detroit Jazz Festival is looking to bring concerts to city neighborhoods
– Ford Motor Company‘s marketing head leaves the company
– And yes, a guy ate cereal out of a pothole.

If you like the podcast, there’s more here:…/daily-detroit-news-byte/

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Local Young Professionals Are Sleeping Outside To Raise Money For Detroit’s Homeless Youth Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:01:54 +0000

Thousands of young Detroiters are homeless on an ongoing basis, and more than 15,000 people in total are estimated to be homeless in the city.

On March 23, young professionals will spend one night outside to raise money to help the cause.

And what they’re looking to raise is not pocket change, either.

The second annual Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition for Covenant House of Michigan is part of a nationwide event taking place that night in 10 cities across North America.

Each sleeper is raising at least $1,000 and will spend the night outside on the grounds of the facility in North Corktown in an effort to identify with those who are homeless.

“Our goal right now is to raise $60,000 by March 23rd and we just hit our halfway point which is phenomenal,” said Nicole Pineage the co-lead for the Sleep Out: Young Professionals Edition. “We still have the rest of March to meet our goal and raise even more than that. All of this will go back to support the mission at Covenant House and support the youth who are saying there. It will allow this amazing program to continue to support the Detroit Community.”

If you are between the ages of 23 and 39 and would like to get involved with the Sleep Out, you still have time to sign up or form a team.  You can register, start a team, or donate here.

The Sleep Out: Young Professionals Edition Detroit will take place on Friday, March 23 from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. at Covenant House located at 2959 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208.

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Fill Your Belly With Hot Soup For A Good Cause This Friday At Empty Bowls Detroit Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:38:45 +0000 Looking for something fun to do this Friday night? Maybe you want to do some good while having a good time. If that sounds like you, then I have just the event for you.

The 3rd Annual Cass Community Services Empty Bowls Detroit will be on Friday, March 9. It will be held in Shed 5 inside Eastern Market from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

There will be live music from The Relics, A Man Named Hooper and Roll & Tumble.

Not to mention hot soup, bread, desserts, beer and wine from restaurants and organizations from around Detroit.

The list of participating restaurants and organizations is pretty impressive:

Amore Da Roma, Bacco, Bommaritos, Cafe Muse, Cass Catering, Cafe Cortina, Cafe Sugar, Central Kitchen, Crews Inn, Detroit Athletic Club, Devries, Eastern Market, Fishbones, Grey Ghost, Harry’s, Johnny Noodle King, Just Baked, La Macaroon, LaFeria Restaurant, Lumetta, Randy’s Sausage, Red Truck, Rosie’s Café,  Soup Sala, Selden Standard, Seva Detroit, Slow’s BBQ, Sugar Rush, Townhouse Detroit, Tubby’s, Variety Vending, Village Market, WaterMark Bar and Grille, and Vivio’s.

In addition to getting some great food each person will be able to take home a hand panted ceramic bowl.

Local celebrities from Detroit sports, media and culture will be serving soup to guests of the event.

Some of the Daily Detroit team will be dishing out bowls of hot soup between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The services that Cass Community Services provide on a daily basis are essential to so many Detroit residents. In 2017 Cass served 700,000 meals and provided 150 low-income households with monthly food distributions.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance. You can purchase them here. You can also buy tickets at the door for $50.

When: Friday, March 9 from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5

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LISTEN: Food Truck On Belle Isle? The Detroit Welcome Center May Close, Thieves May Force A Westside Church To Close, A New Polar Bear At The Zoo Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:54:45 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

On the show:

  • Ford is temporarily laying off 2,000 people
  • The Detroit Zoo gets a new polar bear
  • Detroit gets positive travel press in two ways
  • Detroit’s Welcome Center May Close
  • Le Petit Zinc is open, and the building that housed Antietam is for sale
  • Belle Isle is looking for a Food Truck

And.. a local church on the west side of the city is at danger of closing due to scrappers.. And you can help.

Thanks to our sponsors: MILO Digital and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Find us wherever you find podcasts, including Apple Podcasts:

Like the show? You can find previous episodes and subscribe on your podcatcher of choice here:…/daily-detroit-happy-hour-pod…/

Also thanks to Podcast Detroit.

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7 Of Detroit’s Best Chefs Come Together For An Evening Of Awesome Food To Help Raise Money For Detroit Prep Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:47:21 +0000 What happens when seven of Detroit’s best chefs come together to cook?

Well, first of all I’m pretty sure that the food is going to be amazing.

And secondly, there is probably a really cool reason that they are all cooking together.

On Monday, April 30 that is exactly what is going to happen at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield. And it is for a really great cause.

The Chef’s Schoolyard is a fundraiser for Detroit Prep in Indian Village.

The free charter school is trying to raise $1 million to purchase and renovate an abandoned school. The school is located two blocks away from the school’s current location in the basement of a church.

The school will soon run out of space in their temporary location.

So, back to these chefs. You might be wondering who will be cooking up this fancy dinner?

Let me tell you, there are some real standouts in this group. Some of them are even James Beard Award semi-finalists and nominees.

John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino from Grey Ghost Detroit will be joined by: James Rigato of Mabel Gray, Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard, Anthony Lombardo of soon-to-open SheWolf, Kate Williams of Lady of the House, Brad Greenhill of Takoi and Alex Clark of Bon Bon Bon.

The dinner will include a 7-course dinner which will be curated by the chef team. There will be an open bar and a silent auction as well.

All proceeds will go towards Detroit Prep.

Tickets are $250 per person and you can purchase them here. I know, it’s a lot of money. But it is for a really great cause.

The Chef’s Schoolyard will take place on Monday, April 30 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Great Lakes Culinary Center is located at 24101 W. Nine Mile Road Southfield, Michigan 48033

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