GLE Winter Fundraiser ResultsNathan Binder
The Most Giving Time of the Year
This holiday season, the fundraising committee of GLE Precision wanted to run a fundraiser on top of our normal donations to the Millet Learning Center. We decided to focus on the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, which is providing holiday meals for the needy during last month and this month. There have been fundraisers in past years during this season, but with the recently finished fundraiser for the Millet Center, we weren’t sure how successful another fundraiser would be. However, the generous staff at GLE surprised us as they always do, giving $494 with a match from GLE which may be our largest donation to date!
Food and Money Always Sell
The team at GLE decided to bring back some fundraisers which we have not done in a few years; a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle. We were concerned about how many of our machinists would bring food in, but some food donations by GLE and the amazing baking skills of one of our shop supervisor’s wife helped to fill the gaps. The 50/50 raised more than the bake sale, but many of our employees also chose to donate outside of the 50/50 and bake sale to leave more money in the pot and baked goods for other employees. This is just another example of the amazing team we have at GLE.
City Rescue Mission of Saginaw
We were able to tour the Rescue Mission when we donated the funds, which was an incredible experience. They do not turn away any person who comes to their door looking for shelter; if they are over capacity, they will always find a place for those in need. The Rescue Mission is divided into four floors and recently added an addition to all four floors. The fourth and third floors are dedicated to the women/children and men, respectively, the second floor holds many classrooms, offices, the chapel, and the cafeteria, and the first floor houses the emergency shelter. In 2018, the shelter had an average daily capacity of 118 people, almost at their capacity of 120. They served over 1,200 people this year at their Saginaw location alone, and the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City served almost 1,000. Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan also runs Community Village, a low-income assisted-living home for senior citizens.
The shelter does much more than house people who have no place to go. There is a food pantry, gift shop, closets for those who can’t shop at the gift shop, and much more. One of their biggest initiatives is their SAVE program, which helps people recover then equips them with life skills to get back on their feet. We are proud to support an organization that offers such a holistic approach to rescue and rehabilitation. A big GLE thank you goes out to Marcia, who took a lot of time to show us around the building and share their passion for serving their community!