March Crock Pot Thursday at Traverse City High School

We hosted our March Crock Pot Thursday with a great group of high school students. We made Chicken Taco Bowls! Super easy and delicious! We can’t say enough about how gracious and enjoyable these young people are to interact with! On top of it all, they always send a beautiful, handmade thank you card after each event!FullSizeRender


Our Step Up Northern Michigan Volunteers are also very special as well!  Thank you to Rebecca Galsterer, Michelle turner, Cathy Swaffer, Krissy Kernan and Jennifer Weekly for helping to make this event a success!


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Traverse City High School Career Fair- February 15, 2017

Traverse City High School is holding a Career Day! The event is on Wednesday, February 15 from 12:45 until about 3 pm. We are looking for about 40 professionals to come in and talk to small groups of students for about 5 minutes per group. Each professional should see between eight and ten groups. We do have some suggested fields we are trying to fill (construction, health, tech, manual labor, marketing, and child care), targeting entry level positions! If you are a local employer willing to meet and train our area’s youth please let me know!

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Collaboration is the key!



I love when good people collaborate in a positive way to help others! Stefee Roberts, a good tennis friend of mind suggested we try and recycle the MANY tennis ball cans that are generated at the Grand Traverse Resort! Resort pro, Bob Cawood started saving them for us and Betsy Rudolph , the Youth pastor at First Congregational Church and her team of young volunteers will soon be filling these cans with personal toiletries , and socks for our local homeless population. These cans are just the right size to fit into a backpack and are very durable! Collaboration is the key!


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NMC’s Food For Thought Program was a huge success!

A huge thank you goes out to the many NMC students who conducted a series of food drives for the Northwest Food Coalition.  Step Up Northern Michigan was one of ten local food pantries to share in the fruits of their labors.

Our Plante Moran Cares Team members also joined in and helped with the unloading of the trailer as well as loading the awaiting pantry vehicles. We are exited to share that for the first time ever the shelves at the Traverse City High School are full as we head into the holiday season!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!




NMC students and volunteers unloading semi
Members of our Plante Moran Cares Team

Cathy O’Connor



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