While most kids celebrate their birthday by receiving gifts, one teen used her special day to give. Fifteen-year-old Arianna Hernandez asked her Quinceanera guests to bring personal care items to donate to SOS Community Services. Thanks for your contribution, Arianna!
Thank you to those who helped us reach our goal on Giving Tuesday. With your support we were able to surpass our goal of $20,000! Thanks to the Buhr Foundation we were able to "double your donations" and match each donation made up to $10,000. This helped us raise a grand total of $22,590!
The proceeds from Giving Tuesday will go to our Food Pantry, which responded to over 30,000 requests last year. The food pantry will be able to continue providing essential services to our neighbors in need.
“Summer Games” for Ypsilanti Kids
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
While other kids spent the summer sleeping in late and watching television, some local children in Ypsilanti did something a little unusual—they hit the books!
After weeks of studying hard, the children were more than ready for a special day to celebrate their success. On Friday, August 19th, the HealthCap Helping Hands team helped them do just that in a way they are sure to remember.
After a delicious lunch, volunteers from HealthCap Helping Hands organized stations for children and parents with traditional and silly field day games. Children played ladder ball and bean bag toss, unwrapped star burst candies singlehandedly, and ran relay races while suited up in flippers, goggles, and inner tubes. Children also stuffed brand new back packs with the supplies they will need for a successful 2016/2017 school year.
Annually SOS hosts a booth at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival in Riverside Park. SOS sells handmade ceramic bowls to raise funds for the food program. We need your help to make the booth a success!
Interested in supporting families in need of food? Do you enjoy volunteering? Register to become a booth volunteer today! We have 3-4 hour volunteer shifts available Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28. If you have questions or would like to sign up for a shift, please contact Marti Lachapell, at or 734-484-9900.
Our volunteers are an essential piece of the puzzle! Last month we hosted an event to honor our volunteers and recognize their amazing contributions at SOS Community Services. Our volunteers had a chance to design their own puzzle piece, play games, and enjoy refreshments.