For the past few years, Starr has given its staff a holiday challenge: make the season especially magical for the children and families in our care. This year, our Albion and Detroit colleagues came together to build baskets for each cottage on our Albion campus, while Battle Creek adopted a local family. Once again, we had 100% of our Starr staff step up to the challenge.
At Starr, our employees believe in the work that we do for children, families and communities. That’s why so many of our staff members choose to give back to our organization, either through annual gifts, sponsoring events, or payroll deduction. Brandy Jurdzy, our current Grant Writer and future Research Analyst here at Starr, is no exception.
We are all aware of the recent tragedies that have befallen our country in the past months: shootings, wildfires, and multiple hurricanes have caused devastation to those who live in the affected areas.
This devastation is not solely felt by adults. So many children have lost their homes, lost family members, or are living in a state of uncertainty for an extended period of time. But, in the words of the immortal Mr. Rogers, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
As you may have heard, Giving Tuesday is once again approaching! This national day of giving takes place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is your chance to show the organizations that mean the most to you how you feel about them.
This year, we have a generous benefactor, George Franklin, who is challenging fellow supporters to double their impact – for the first $5,000 given to Starr on November 28, he will match it!
Stan Allen, a Technical Project Manager in Technology Infrastructure at Wells Fargo, was recently named a 2017 Volunteer Service Award winner. To the students on our Albion campus, though, he’s known simply as “Mr. Wells Fargo,” as referenced in numerous thank you notes received from staff and students. Stan and his wife, Patricia, have supported our organization for many years, and Stan currently serves as a member of our Board of Trustees and the president of our Alumni Association.