This year, more than any other year, our communities need us. Shutdowns, lay offs, and closures have led to delays in vital services, increased need for financial assistance, and the call to support small businesses. Charitable and non-profit organizations are becoming overwhelmed by demand. As many Detroit area families are struggling to meet basic needs this year, community organizations are stepping up efforts to lend a hand. This Giving Tuesday, they need our support.
Detroit Police Athletic League (Detroit PAL)
is one of our favorite organizations that could use your help this year.
Many of us are just old enough to remember going to games at the old Tigers Stadium downtown. It has long since come down and now holds a new place for memories to be made. In 2018, Detroit PAL celebrated the completion of the gorgeous new stadium, offices, and banquet facility surrounding what’s now called The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient. Walking through the historic gates, reading the bricks engraved with the names of community donors, and strolling through the Walk of Heroes brings a strong feeling of community and camaraderie.
That’s one of the goals of Detroit PAL—to provide a place of belonging for kids. Hundreds of thousands of alumni have been touched by Detroit PAL since its founding in 1969, and many of them continue to be involved in helping the organization. More than 12,000 youth are impacted in an average year, and more than 2,000 volunteers help make this happen. Police officers, staff, and volunteers work to help youth find their GREATness through the model of Goal-setting, Resilience, Embracing a healthy lifestyle, Accountability, and Teamwork.
Detroit PAL helps student athletes become school and life ready through youth sports, mentorship, and enrichment programs that focus on topics such as literacy, STEM, coding, broadcast journalism, and more. The Girls Changing the Game Program aims to increase the number of girls participating in youth sports, provide improved quality programming, and boost the number of women coaches and mentors who work with Detroit PAL. We here at Detroit Mom think these are some pretty awesome initiatives!
Detroit PAL is more than just sports. Detroit PAL helps kids develop vital life and leadership skills, become better on and off the field, and instills core values like respect and discipline. Through their long term partnership with police officers, programs help youth develop a positive view of law enforcement. Many officers who work with Detroit PAL live right in the neighborhoods of the kids they work with and build lifelong bonds.
Your donation of time, talent, or treasure will directly impact the children of greater Detroit. Today, Detroit PAL still needs funding for 6,000 more Detroit youth to participate in 2021 programs, and MGM Grand Detroit is helping them reach this goal by matching up to $10,000 for each individual $25 donation! This is amazing!!
Please consider helping this wonderful organization continue to impact and enrich the lives of Detroit youth. And, if you get the opportunity, stop by and check out The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient. It’s beautiful!
2020 is the year to open our hearts and lend a hand, and Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to do so. We all have something to give. Detroit Mom has found many, many worthwhile organizations that would gladly accept whatever we have to offer. Maybe it’s an hour a week reading online with kids, maybe it’s needed supplies, or maybe it’s a cash donation. Anything we can give will help make Giving Tuesday 2020 an impactful one for charities that rely on donors like us.
Click the photos below to browse some of the local organizations that would love your donation this year!