Cherryland Cares

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Lending a Hand to Nonprofits

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While we could all use a little help sometimes, some of us need it more than others. That’s why our members established Cherryland Cares—it’s a way of lending a hand to northern Michigan nonprofits doing good work in our local communities.

Cherryland Cares is a charitable fund overseen by a group of volunteer members who review grant applications and allocate funds to the nonprofit organizations seeking assistance. Since it’s an all-volunteer board, 100% of the money donated goes right back into the community.

The current members of the Cherryland Cares board are:

Carlo D’Alessandro (Director at Large)
Connie Deneweth (Grand Traverse/Kalkaska)
Jeremy Hawke (Director at Large)
Mike Kenney (Leelanau)
Karyn Thorr (Benzie/Manistee/Wexford)

It works because of you! Each month, when you choose to round up your electric bill to the nearest dollar, that money goes into the Cherryland Cares fund. A member’s average contribution is about $6 per year.

Every month, we’re blown away by how many members tell us to go ahead and charge them a little bit extra.

Did you know that in the last 10+ years, you’ve given $535,000 to deserving nonprofit groups in our northern Michigan communities?! Groups like Father Fred, Benzie Habitat for Humanity and Rainbow House of Hope have all received Cherryland Cares money to continue their important work in our community.