Community Groups and Resources

An excerpt from the Stockbridge Community Brochure Winter 2017

Don’t see your organization listed below? Have an event to advertise or announce free on our “Community Calendar”? Please send your organization’s information to Stockbridgecommunitynews@gmail.com.

4-H Happy Hustlers. Interested in 4-H. Happy Hustlers meet generally once a month. Any youth can join who is five years or older. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership responsibility and life skills of youth through positive learning programs. Whether you are interested in crafts, photography, or animals, you can discover these programs through Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. If interested please ask to join our Happy Hustlers 4-H page or call Carrie Zeitz at 517-204-1336 or Holly Whitaker, 517-937-9547. Meetings are held the second Sunday at 6 p.m. at Heritage School.

Boy Scouts. Camping, archery, BB gun shooting, bottle/can drives, car washes, Pinewood Derby races—these are a few of the activities that Cub Scouts has to offer. Come join the adventure. Interested? Want info? Contact Assistant Cub Master Ralph Schlaff at 313-220-5337 or ralphschlaff@yahoo.com.

Friends of the Stockbridge Library organizes the annual Silent Auction and helps with book sales. The Friends help with programming and purchasing needed items for the Stockbridge Library. For info call 517-851-7810.

Girl Scouts. Enjoy field trips, camping, cultural studies and more. For info contact Michelle Marshall at 517-937-7694, marselle7726@yahoo.com or contact Membership Specialist Callie Frey with the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan at 517-742-4741.

Gregory Senior Center. All who are interested please join this fun, independent group. We are located at 126 Webb Street. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dues are $10.00 per year and membership is open to all persons over the age of 55 years, regardless of residency. Trips and special events are planned in addition to weekly penny bingo and euchre games. Lunch $3. Please call at least a day in advance. For more info or to schedule a lunch delivery, please call Dick Ellsworth, 517-851-8881 or Ken Allen, 517-281-3683. If the school is closed due to weather, the senior center will be closed.

Legacy Land Conservancy. Founded in 1971 as Michigan’s first local land trust, Legacy is a private 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that works with individuals, landowners, organizations, and local government to protect forests, prairies, farms, wetlands, and waters, securing these areas for current and future generations. Legacy has so far secured the conservations of more than 8,000 acres. Legacy is based in Ann Arbor, MI. Find more info at www.legacylandconservancy.org.

Open Air Market of Stockbridge. A 501(c) (3) Farmers Market held every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Stockbridge Township Square from first Friday in May through October as weather permits. Local and regional musicians perform in the gazebo between 5:30 and 7 p.m. May through August. Our products include local honey, eggs, produce and plants, herbs, salad greens, baked goods, handmade soap, fruit, crafts, sometimes frozen poultry and mustards and sauces from Son-in-Law Products. We welcome other non-profit organizations to set up booths for free. Contact information: OAM, P.O. Box 382, Stockbridge, MI 49285, 517-851-7437, suznort@juno.com, and we’re on Facebook.

Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce focuses on helping businesses and residents succeed by making our community a better place to work, live, dine, and play. Website www.stockbridge.net or visit our Facebook page.

Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation was founded in 2000 as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization affiliated with the Jackson County Community Foundation. SAEF has been able to offer many benefits to the Gregory, Munith and Stockbridge areas through the generous donations of community members and participation in its primary annual fund-raiser, the Festival of Tables. SAEF enhances the educational opportunities available to all of its citizens. Donations offer educational support to community members and organizations, contributing to a more positive and enriched future. Phone 517-851-7188 or visit http://panthernet.net/district/saef.

The Stockbridge Area Arts Council (SAAC) is the nonprofit, all volunteer organization dedicated to providing opportunities for all ages to participate in, and enjoy the performing arts and cultural events in our community. Since its inception in 1990, the Arts Council has contributed to the aesthetics of the Township Hall. The Council contributed funds for the new stage curtain, purchased a new sound system and provided ongoing maintenance for the grand piano and improved the lighting system. The Council also offers annual scholarships to support graduating seniors, who plan to major in the arts or to other students pursuing artistic experiences. New members are welcome. SAAC meets 4th Monday, September – November and January – May 7:00 p.m. at the Stockbridge Presbyterian Church basement. For more info: taylor_nancy@yahoo.com.

Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society (SAGHS) is dedicated to preserving and promoting genealogical and historical information throughout the greater Stockbridge area. P.O. Box 966, Stockbridge, MI 49285. For info about general public meetings, please check our website: www.stockbridgeareaghs.org. Contact stockbridgeareaghs@hotmail.com.

Stockbridge Community Outreach was organized during the fall of 1981 because local churches had become unable to handle the volume of requests for help. The first food pantry was in a room in the basement of a church. We are now located in a portable building behind the old Middle School and are open 3 days a week. We currently offer assistance with food (once monthly), utilities, housing, transportation, and prescriptions. We have clothing and small household goods—all free to the public. We coordinate the Tide Me Over weekend and summer food programs for kids and families who are on the free or reduced lunch program. We participate with the Fresh Food Initiative of Jackson, offering weekly food distributions to anyone who shows up at the site. Our facilities are used for government food distribution, and at Thanksgiving and Christmas we offer special food and gift programs. We make referrals to other agencies for specific needs. Our hours: Mon. & Fri., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wed. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. We also provide emergency assistance to those living in the Stockbridge School District. For info call 517-851-7285 or find us on Facebook.

Stockbridge Golden Years Senior Citizens’ Nutrition Site meets Fridays in Stockbridge Township Hall. Lunch is served at noon, followed by Bingo. Sometimes people play cards prior to lunch. Ages 60+, $3 donation requested. RSVP required. Call Betti by noon Wed., 517-206-9035. Info@tcoa.org.

Stockbridge Masonic Lodge supports many causes in the Stockbridge area, including the hat and mitten drive held by Positively Chiropractic, sponsoring teams through Community Education and raising funds for Outreach. A Mason is a member of the oldest and largest goodwill fraternity in the world, known as Masonry or Freemasonry Masonry teaches that each man has a duty to make life better, not just for himself, but for everyone. Contact Richard Gibson, 517-596-2588 or gibsonr@med.umich.edu.

Stockbridge Stompers Square Dancing. This is a Plus Square Dance Club with round Dancing. For info on lessons call Judy Lentz 851-8696. Second Saturday of the month. New dancers ad members welcome. Fun way to meet others and exercise. 7 – 9:30 Heritage School Café, $4/person.

Town Hall Players. Our hometown community theater group is always looking for new members: actors, musicians, technical directors, designers, backstage and front-of-house crew, and other volunteers. THP relies on the generous support of local businesses, groups, and individuals to continue to produce good local theater. If you would like more info or to sponsor a show or the complete season, please contact Barbara Krusinski at 517-851-1300 or email walabw17@yahoo.com.

Waterloo Farm Museum & Dewey School, located at 9998 Waterloo-Munith Road, is maintained and staffed by volunteer workers and members of the Waterloo Area Historical Society (WAHS). We have operated as a community service since 1962, giving tours, living history interpretations, demonstrations, educational meetings, and craft classes. WAHS may be contacted at P.O. Box 37, Stockbridge, MI 49285, email: info@waterloofarmmuseum.org, or call the Farm Museum at 517-596-2254 to leave a message.

Waterloo Needlework Club. This group has continued making needlework quilts, knitting and crocheting for people in need for 105 years. The club has supported a number of different charities through the years, including making bandages for injured soldiers during World Wars I and II. We support a number of current charities with quilts or money and will be demonstrating our crafts at Pioneer Day in October at the Waterloo Farm Museum. We appreciate donations of good cotton fabric, batting, or money to buy these items. We meet at the Munith United Methodist Church. For info call Jan, 517-769-2171, powelljanice02@gmail.com.

 

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