ImpImpact Connection

April 2022

Welcome to this month's Impact Connection filled with upcoming events, grant information, and updates surrounding the nonprofits, organizations, and leaders making a difference in our community!

Leaders Wanted

As a member, you are an integral part of all we do at I100 MD. Whether you attend events, volunteer for a committee, or simply come and vote at our Big Give, we appreciate you and all you do. But have you thought about getting more involved? We are looking for women who want to take a leadership role. Here are some opportunities:

  • Join a committee - learn about them HERE.
  • Become a committee chair.
  • Be a part of our Board of Directors.
  • Host an event with us.

We recently hosted a leadership event in Ferndale, but it's not too late to get involved. Click to send an email to our President, Kelly Walsh, and learn how you can help!

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The Big Give!

The party you've all been waiting for is almost here. Save the date, and start inviting your friends. On May 18, Impact100 Metro Detroit will award more grant dollars than we ever have before. Come help us celebrate! You'll learn about the amazing projects from this year's nonprofit finalists, vote for your favorites, and watch as we hand out the big checks! A reminder that, thanks to our continued growth as an organization, all of our finalists will take home a grant award. Two will receive $100,000 checks, and the rest will share $81,000 in finalist awards. Congrats, members, for helping us grow and fuel transformation! Don't miss a minute of the action!


Nonprofit News and Events


Grant Winner Honored

Global Woman Magazine recognized Zaman Founder and CEO Najah Bazzy as one of the top six Muslim female thought leaders influencing the world today. The article said of Bazzy and the other honorees: “Making a positive impact in a sea of billions of voices is difficult enough in itself. The following six women have been doing it anyway by kicking down the doors that contained long-standing, outdated mentalities that have held Muslims — especially Muslim women — back for too long.” Congratulations, Najah!

Read more HERE

Spring Clean-Up Help for Nonprofit Heroes!


Block Blitz, May 21st, 9 am: Help local residents with a number of outdoor projects including painting, gardening, home repair and other projects. RSVP HERE.

Earth Day Clean Up, May 23rd, 9 am: Volunteers pick up trash, tend to a local park, and undertake other small projects along M-59. Start the day with donuts and coffee at Indian Village Park and work till noon. RSVP HERE.


Spring Clean Up, May 21st: Work outside to clean up the flower beds and outdoor areas, or help with some tasks that need to be completed inside the homes shared by our survivors. Click HERE to sign up.

Helping the Helpers

We are taking some time in 2022 to reconnect with our past grantees and finalists, and offer our continued support. Read on for more from our 2018 awardee Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids, and finalists Alternatives for Girls and Soulidarity.


In 2018, Maggie Varner of Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids had some big plans and needed our help. Her small space could no longer support the number of kids who needed her services, and her sights were set on a new building that could accommodate programming that went much further than just fitting kids with beautiful new hair. Events and activities that help medically fragile children feel connected to one another and at home in a comforting space all because possible in Maggie's new space, pictured above. Maggie and her team are still hard at work providing care and comfort for children battling hair loss. You can help by sponsoring a child. Click below for information.

Help Maggie's Kids

At risk girls face extraordinary challenges as they try to navigate the hurdles placed before them at every turn. Alternatives for Girls helps them with housing stability, crisis management, and outreach services. Once these basic needs are met, Alternatives helps girls with preventative programming focused on building self-esteem, improving grade-point average, rejecting drugs and alcohol, and preventing pregnancy by connecting with mentors and educational opportunities. Visit their website to learn more.

Alternatives for Girls


A world without light is very hard to navigate, and in 2011, when the City of Highland Park could no longer afford to keep the streetlights on, that city quite literally went dark. That's when Soulararity was born. Their mission is to raise money to purchase and install solar powered streetlights throughout the city, and to "build a just and equitable energy system for all". Their grant proposal endeavored to add equitable access to internet services to their mission to enhance educational and employment opportunities for city residents. They still need our help.

Light Up Highland Park
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Would you like to hear more from the people who work hard for our community?

For the past year or so we've been interviewing nonprofit heroes to learn about the work they do. Give us a listen! Want to get involved? We need members to help coordinate the podcasts and also to help with social media on our Marketing Team. Click HERE to listen to the podcast. Use the button below to email us if you'd like to join our podcast team.

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