Here are just a few ways you can help today:
You may volunteer your time. There are many opportunities throughout the year to give of your time, talent and energy.
You may host a school supply drive. This is a great event for your family, friends, business, religious group, boy/girl scout troop, youth group, honor society, sorority / fraternity or just about any group you belong to.
All kids deserve the opportunity to grow, and learn, and make their mark on the world.
But, the number of Michigan students living in poverty robs them of those opportunities. Our eligible coverage area population is now 741,000 children.
We invite you to join us in providing school supplies, books and other aid for kids living in poverty. You can help rewrite our children’s future.
Kindle a kid’s desire to learn today. Your donation puts books, pencils, notebooks, and crayons in their excited hands throughout the year.
You help them show up with confidence and gusto because they now have what every other kid has. They aren’t left out. They are equipped to succeed.
You can help make that difference today with your donation. Every dollar you invest can be turned into $19 worth of supplies for local students in need.
The MFE Imagination Library is an early literacy initiative that provides new, age-appropriate books each month to children from birth to age five – free of charge. Books are mailed directly to the child’s residence.
Families in Lake, Mason and Oscoda Counties with babies born on or after January 1, 2013 are eligible to enroll in the program. Expectant mothers are also encouraged to pre-register. There are no family income requirements.
Click here to learn more.
The Elementary Express program provides leveled-reader and other literacy building tools each month for students in kindergarten through fifth grade – free of charge. Your child will receive leveled books you can read together. By doing this, you will help your child get more practice at their reading level.
This program provides for families who are struggling to afford books, readers or other reading improvement tools for their children.
Fixed income families in Lake, Macomb, Mason, Oakland and Wayne Counties are eligible to enroll in the program. Families in Macomb County will pick up their books monthly in Clinton Township; families in the other counties will have the books mailed to their home. Donations are welcome but not required. If you want, click here to donate.
The online application may be found by clicking here.
A downloadable application may be found by right clicking here and saving the link to your computer.
Formerly known as the Teachers’ Annex, this Operation: Kid Equip program provides educators with supplemental school supplies to give to students who need them in the classroom, or at home to complete homework assignments.
Participation in this program is limited to traditional public school teachers in Macomb, Oakland, Roscommon and Wayne Counties. Educators in other counties may be invited to participate on a case-by-case, invitation-only basis.
Eligibility is also determined by building poverty level. Educators must work in a building with 70% or more of the students eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.
Requests for supplies are made entirely online. There are no charges for donated school supplies; handling and shipping fees may apply.
While there will be a cap on the number of educators who may enroll in this program, we are currently accepting membership applications.
Previously known as the Book Nook program, this program allows schools, nonprofits and other groups the opportunity to select books for the sick, needy or youth they serve.
The program focuses on literacy-building books and materials, especially leveled-readers and other educational tools.
Eligibility is open to all Michigan schools (public, charter, private or home), nonprofits and many other types of organizations/programs.
Requests for books are made entirely online. While there are no charges for donated books, there is a nominal annual membership fee to participate in this program. Handling and shipping fees may apply.
Click here for more information about eligibility and membership applications.
Michigan Friends of Education’s Work Readiness & Job Skills Training program provides an opportunity to develop the skills and behaviors necessary for a successful career.
Work readiness training is modeled after on-the-job training programs, in which participants learn work behaviors and job skills in actual workplace settings.
At this time, MFE works exclusively with a partnership program of the Michigan Department of Human Services, Work Development Agency and Michigan Works! called PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.)
The PATH program is the work participation program required for families receiving cash assistance through the federal Family Independence Program (FIP). This program works towards helping participants create self-sufficiency for themselves.
Click here for more information about the MFE Work Readiness & Job Skills Training Program.
What parents, guardians and grandparents are saying . . .
Our family would like to thank you so much for this amazing opportunity that we have been given. Each day my kids run to the window when they hear the mail truck and run to the box to see if they have gotten a new book. On the days that new books come, they run inside with HUGE smiles on their faces and run right to the couch and crawl up on my lap and we spend hours reading the new book over and over again. They love that it is theirs to keep and that they can carry it around with them.