Baldwin Center raising funds
nonprofit Baldwin Center will launch a new program to fight poverty in Oakland County during its annual fundraiser May 4 at the Lafayette Grande banquet hall in Pontiac.
Organizers at the Pontiac center, which provides food, clothing, education and empowerment to the area’s poor through more than 25 programs, hope to raise $50,000.
During the event, which coincides with the center’s 100th anniversary, organizers will launch a program to help mitigate poverty. The program, financed with a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, creates a countywide network to help social services clients navigate assistance.
“Our goal at Baldwin moving forward is to diminish the poverty that impacts individuals and families in our community,” Elizabeth Longley, the center’s executive director, said in a statement. “We want to provide more tools that help our clients attain and maintain a standard of living above the poverty line.”
The 6:30 p.m. fundraiser will have a Kentucky Derby party theme.
Money raised during the event will help the center continue to serve as many as 3,000 people per year. The center serves more than 50,000 meals a year, runs a holiday store and operates a summer camp.
Baldwin Center has a small staff and relies on hundreds of volunteers. “AnyThe body who comes to us has a number of needs, from legal problems to educational problems to food problems, substance-abuse problems and immigration problems and we can’t serve all of those so we work better when we connect them with the the right agency,” Crabill said.
General Motors Co. also donates school supplies, clothing, money, food and volunteer hours. It will receive the Heart of Baldwin Corporate Service award. Michelle Tocco will receive the Heart of Baldwin Individual Service award. Tocco, the center’s retiring food services manager, has worked at the center for almost 24 years,.
Tickets for the gala cost $65. For information, call the center at (248) 332-6101 or visit www.baldwincenter.org.