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.
SOS participated at the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber’s Foundation Gala providing the coat check for guests. The Gala was at Washtenaw Community College with this year’s theme set as Hawaiian Luau! Dressed in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts community members participated in the silent auction, enjoyed food and beverages and partook in the entertainment activities like the photo booth. With generous contributions from attendees SOS raised over $300 in donations to benefit our programs!
Special thanks to the A2Y Chamber for allowing SOS to host the coat check!
SOS Food Pantry Expands Services
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
SOS Community Services expanded food pantry services starting in January 2016. Previously, people could access the food pantry a maximum of six times per calendar year, but now people can access the pantry twelve times per year.
“We are seeing an increase in need for food,” says Marti Lachapell, food pantry coordinator at SOS. “90 percent of the people we serve are at 100 percent of poverty or less. This means for a family of 4 their annual income is $23,850 or less.”