Time, talent, treasure — Allegan County Community Foundation celebrates Allegan County Gives

The Allegan County Community Foundation is inviting the community to give of their time, talent, and treasure with matching fund opportunities and a new volunteer fair for its second annual Allegan County Gives.
The second annual Allegan County Gives event will feature a volunteer fair and matching funds.
“We really wanted to find a way for people who might not give their treasure to give their time and their talent,” says Amanda Chappell, ACCF community engagement officer. “You’re finding out the volunteer opportunities that are out there, getting a face-to-face connection.”

The volunteer fair will feature 37 nonprofit organizations with fun and interactive displays as well as light refreshments and door prizes drawn on the hour. Anyone who wins a door prize will also win the ability to designate a grant to one of the participating nonprofits.

Organizations range from food services to mediation to environmental and wildlife rescue. The ACCF exceeded the number of nonprofits organizers thought would sign up, and the venue is at capacity, Chappell says.

“It’s exciting that we’re offering something that clearly nonprofits are interested in. They need volunteers. I think that speaks to the need,” she says.

The volunteer fair will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at The Silo, 1071 32nd St., Allegan.

The Allegan County Community Foundation Volunteer Fair will feature 37 nonprofits.

The Foundation has also partnered with Allegan County Transportation to provide rides for anyone in the county who needs transportation to the event.

“We recognize that transportation is a huge barrier, but it doesn’t have to be,” Chappell says.

The Allegan County Community Foundation hosts Allegan County Gives yearly on March 19 to commemorate the day in 1965 when the ACCF was established. The foundation’s first endowed fund was created in 1969 by Ethol Stone with a $1.2 million bequest. More than 50 years later, it still supports Foundation efforts. During this day of giving, the foundation uses the power of community to encourage individuals and businesses to support nonprofit causes. The goal through this giving day is to raise awareness and monetary support for ACCF partners. 

The Allegan County Community Foundation Volunteer Fair will be at The Silo, 1071 32nd St., Allegan.

Supporting endowment funds allows nonprofit partners to build resources for future stability.  Allegan County Gives is a 24-hour initiative that fosters individual philanthropy encouraging residents to give their time, talent, and treasure.
Last year, the virtual event included a $10,000 match for all endowment gifts. This year, in addition to the in-person event, a $15,000 matching fund has been established for any of the 160 ACCF funds. To donate online, visit the ACCF website.

Volunteer Fair participating organizations

Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

Allegan Jaycees

Arbor Circle

MSU Extension

Allegan Food Alliance

Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

Allegan Ottawa/Barry Migrant Resource Council

Glenn Public School

Allegan County Historical Society


The Arc of Allegan County

The Congregational Kitchen

Friends of the Allegan District Library

Love in the Name of Christ

Allegan Area ESA Early Childhood

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity

Red Horse Center

Allegan County Health Department

Community Action House

The Salvation Army

Grant Me Hope

Christian Neighbors SE

Mediation Services

People Helping People

Ottawa/Allegan County United Way

Sylvia's Place

Community Action of Allegan County


Renew Therapeutic Riding Center

ODC Network

Wings of Hope Hospice

Allegan Homeless Solutions

Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center

Beautify Pullman

Allegan County Transportation

Hungry for Christ

Allegan Lions Club
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