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Detroit Charities “Chase”-ing grants in community giving competition

There’s always a good cause to give to in and around Detroit. To that end, it’s natural that there’d be a plethora of interest around the Chase Community Giving campaign. We’ve been asked to write about a number of them, but that wouldn’t be fair because there’s too many doing good work. It’s really all about what calls to you.

What is Chase Community Giving? It’s a $5 million dollar program where nominated charities (by their customers and employees) are eligible to get grants. This voting is for the final $2.5 million which will be split among the top 196 finishers across the country. So you don’t have to be first to win, which also makes sense because again, since so many who do such good work. Winners are selected by the number of votes on Facebook using their Chase Community Giving app (which you need to allow to vote).

So without further ado, here are 10 charities for you to consider. Are you a Metro Detroit charity and want to be added to list? Leave your charity in the comments with a link to your Chase community page.  Voting closes soon though – on Wednesday, September 19th – so there is no time to waste!

Detroit 300 Conservancy
Campus Martius Park has quickly become an extraordinary public space where residents, workers and visitors come together to relax, enjoy, play and celebrate Detroit.

Detroit Dog Rescue
Their mission is to create a state-of-the-art, no kill animal shelter in Detroit. Detroit Dog Rescue is focused on raising awareness for the plight of the forgotten, homeless and stray dogs of Detroit.

Downtown Detroit Partnership / Clean Downtown
DDP is focused on making Greater Downtown a clean, safe, inviting and compassionate place to live work, play or visit. It does this through programs like Clean Downtown, which picks up more than 2 tons of trash per day and 2-1-1 On The Go, which connects the homeless to vital services.

Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit is a 501(c) (3) not “for” profit organization established in 1989 to guide and inspire the reforestation of Detroit. In 2006, a new vision was established, expanding The Greening’s mission to guide and inspire others to create a ‘greener’ Detroit through planting and educational programs environmental leadership, advocacy, and by building community capacity.

Heidelberg Project
The focus of the Heidelberg Project (HP) is rooted in the need to improve the under-resourced and horribly blighted Detroit community where the project was founded. We continue this mission, as we began, by providing hope and inspiration to local children through art and education programs and hands-on workshops.

Motor City Blight Busters
MCBB is dedicated to the stabilization and revitalization of our Detroit neighborhoods. Since 1988 we have been a positive catalyst in Detroit to neighborhoods, families, and volunteers by tearing down blighted abandoned homes, cleaning up dump sites, painting existing houses, cleaning up neighborhoods, and building new houses.

New Detroit, Inc
To work as the coalition of Detroit area leadership addressing the issue of race relations by positively impacting issues and policies that ensure economic and social equity.

Old Newsboys Goodfellow fund of Detroit
The organization includes 300 members whose sole mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie without a Christmas.” Each holiday season the Detroit Goodfellows distribute holiday gift boxes to children ages four through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck.

Teen Hype
Founded in 2004 in Detroit, Michigan, Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) is a youth development organization that empowers urban teens to thrive. Using the principles of personal, peer and community, Teen HYPE molds the whole person while teaching young people that they have options.

Warren-Conner Development Coalition
The Warren/Conner Development Coalition envisions a healthy, diverse Eastside community of individuals, families, businesses, and organizations that guide its institutions, influences its development, and controls its destiny.

Remember, if you want to add your charity to the list on this post, put the name and the link to the Chase Community Giving page in the comments below.

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