SRSLY has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
By giving to SRSLY on this day, you can make a direct impact on your community and help Manchester youth live healthy, substance-free lives. You can support SRSLY on #GivingTuesday by visiting our donation website through St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea at srslymanchester.org/donate.html
Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, more than $177 million was raised online to benefit a broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
SRSLY could not have the impact it does without the support of our donors, volunteers, and the community. The recent data shows 4 of 5 MHS Students have never used marijuana (2016 MI Profiles for Healthy Youth Survey). We're also celebrating these accomplishments:
SRSLY is a key resource that is helping keep Manchester youth healthy and safe. But because we are community-based, we heavily rely upon financial support from the members of our community — from people like you. Please consider donating to SRSLY on #GivingTuesday this year. Your gift is an investment in our community’s youth that could pay off for years to come.
Those who are interested in supporting SRSLY on #GivingTuesday can visit srslymanchester.org/donate.html and be sure to designate which SRSLY community you would like to donate to.
This has been an AMAZING year for volunteer participation and hours! As a potential federal grantee we make sure to track volunteer hours to be able to count it towards in-kind match. Below you can see how much our volunteers time was worth for in-kind match. Of course our volunteers are worth waaaay more to us and the community than this monetary value. Our volunteers make SRSLY what it is. All of our success in preventing youth substance use is because of them. So thank you volunteers we love you... seriously!
Dates: Aug 30, 2016 - Sept 15, 2017
TOTAL Hours: 3756.5
TOTAL Volunteers: 249
TOTAL Volunteer Hour In-Kind Match: $44,413.27
61 Adults with 720.5 Hours total = 24.14 x 720.5 = $17,392.87
188 Youth with 3036 Hours total = 8.90 x 3036 = $27,020.40
Adult time is based at $24.14 according to independent sector website
Youth time is based at $8.90 according to Michigan minimum wage
Hi, I'm Reiley Curran, the Regional Director for SRSLY. I am so excited to work with all the great SRSLY volunteers in Manchester this year! Lindsay has done an amazing job leading this group over the last four years, and the foundation she has built will ensure we continue to see the amazing engagement and positive outcomes you all have worked so hard to achieve for years to come.
I have worked with SRSLY for the past nine years. I started at Chelsea Community Hospital when SRSLY kicked off in Chelsea in August 2008. I helped get SRSLY started in Dexter and Stockbridge in 2012, and then worked with Lindsay to re-brand Manchester Voices in 2015. My favorite part of working for SRSLY is the youth leaders – their energy and ideas make coming to work every day pure joy.
Before I started with SRSLY, I grew up in Williamston (which is near Lansing, and a lot like Manchester). I went to the University of Michigan for my undergrad, then out east to Dartmouth for my Master's in Public Health. I live in Chelsea with my husband, who is a physician at the VA in Ann Arbor, our two young boys, and two bird dogs.
I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all. See you at the kickoff rally on the 15th! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
SRSLY Regional Director
Hello, I'm Katie Fendt, the SRSLY Manchester Transition Coordinator. I am honored to be here to make the transition as smooth as possible. I have some big shoes to fill, but I promise I will do my absolute best. A little about me, I grew in Dexter and completed my associates degree in Liberal Arts at Washtenaw Community College. Currently I am finishing my undergrad at Western Michigan University in Child & Family Development. Before I started at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, I worked at Huron Valley Ambulance as an EMT and a member of their Honor Guard team. I live in Grass Lake with my husband, our 2 year old son, and our German Shepard and lab.
I have really enjoyed helping Lindsay and the other coalition directors throughout the years, especially Project Stick Shocker and the delicious pizza from Ollie’s. I can promise we will enjoy many pizzas throughout this period. I’m particularly excited for the Haunted High School as I hear it is such a fun event, full of scary, goofy, slimy things! I enjoy working with the youth and building relationships.
We will miss Lindsay and her kind open heart. She has made such an impact while working with all of you. Please know my door will always be open, so feel free to come at any time. We will have countless support from the SRSLY Regional Coalition Director, Reiley Curran and the other SRSLY Coalition Directors in Chelsea, Dexter, and Stockbridge. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and my time here with the SRSLY Manchester coalition.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
SRSLY Manchester Transition Coordinator
Every year, SRSLY celebrates the hard work of its dedicated volunteers by throwing a Volunteer Appreciation Party. The SRSLY coalitions in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, and Stockbridge came together at Pinckney State Park for this celebration on August 9. Thousands of t-shirts, slices of pizza, and hours of volunteer time have been put into SRSLY since it formed in 2008.... read more on the Manchester Mirror Website!
Manchester Mirror Article: CLICK HERE
In a letter dated Friday, Aug. 25, Lindsay Hannah, who has been acting as the Coalition Director for SRSLY Manchester over the past four years, announced to the coalition that she has accepted a position with a health foundation in Wasilla, Alaska.... to read the rest of the Manchester Mirror article please click on the button below.
Dear SRSLY Manchester Members,
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I will be leaving the position of Coalition Director. I have accepted a position working for a health foundation in Wasilla, Alaska. My last day will be September 15, 2017.
This was a very difficult decision. It has been a true honor working in Manchester and being part of this community. I will miss Manchester, its unique character and beauty. I am grateful to have spent 4 years working with amazing caring adults and youth to prevent substance abuse. To my youth members, its incredibly challenging for me to find the words to express how truly special you are. On my roughest days, you could make me smile, breathe, laugh, and swell with pride. I will be leaving a piece of my heart in Manchester with each of you.
Thank you for sharing Manchester with me and coming on this often bumpy ride they call prevention.
Though I may be leaving that DOES NOT mean SRSLY Manchester is coming to an end. SRSLY Manchester will continue with added reassurance with our new partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital. The hospital already hosts the other 3 SRSLY regional coalitions and will be officially adding SRSLY Manchester to the team! To make the transition easier Katie Fendt has accepted the position of SRSLY Manchester Transition Coordinator and will be working with me to make sure the transition goes smoothly. She is going to pick up the reigns and get us all through the next months as we look for a new director. Katie has already met many of the youth and helped out at events towards the end of last school year. We will also have added support from Reiley Curran the SRSLY Regional Coalition Manager and the other regional SRSLY Coalition Directors and Coordinators in Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. And again, thank you for your services and a memorable four years.
SRSLY Regional Manager
Director of Community Health Improvement
SRSLY Manchester Transition Coordinator