2nd Annual Migrant Child Task Force Donation Drive
April 5- The Community Foundation for Oceana County is thrilled to announce our 2nd annual donation drive with Oceana’s Michigan Migrant Child Task Force (MMCTF)! With West Michigan welcoming thousands of farmworkers from across the US and abroad, our Migrant families are a crucial part of our summer community as they hard-harvest local produce. Our area’s Migrant Child Task Force is a part of a larger Department of Health and Human Services initiative to address resource insecurity facing young children and their families. The Foundation is collecting much-needed items like toothbrushes, soap, diapers, and toys for the Migrant Child Task Force to deliver. Each item donated is directly going to a family via the Migrant Child Task Force’s Camp Outreach events!
“Each summer and fall, Oceana County becomes a temporary home for our Migrant farmworkers and their families as they support local farmers. For our community to thrive, we want to participate in recognizing and appreciating all workers for their contribution to our agricultural businesses,” Foundation CEO Tammy Carey explains. “We are grateful to our Migrant farmworkers for their contributions to our area’s economy and are excited to have the opportunity to welcome and support their efforts.”
Oceana’s Migrant Child Task Force Donation Drive is taking place both online and in-person. Via Facebook and the Foundation’s website, participants can donate items through the Task Force’s Amazon Wishlist (at tinyurl.com/MigrantChildTaskForce). It is a quick, straightforward way to support Migrant children and their families. In-person donations are accepted through a donation box in Shelby State Bank’s lobby in Pentwater. It is directly below the Foundation’s office at 388 S. Hancock Street in Pentwater. Helpful donations include face coverings (including bandanas), toys and books, personal hygiene items, blankets, sun screen, bug spray and diapers (of all sizes) and wipes. Any donation would be appreciated and accepted until June 1st, 2022.
For learn more about Oceana’s Migrant Child Task Force, contact Delores Peters, the Task Force’s Oceana liaison. She is available at PetersD@michigan.gov.
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is united in envisioning a community where everyone has access to resources to thrive. The Foundation receives and manages contributions from people and organizations and has provided nearly $8 million in grants and scholarships back to the community since 1989. More information can be obtained by calling Foundation staff at 231-869-3377, or following the Facebook page.