FOCUS Detroit is a local non-profit organization that connects communities with kids in need, helping them to succeed in school. Through our partnership with elementary and middle schools (public, charter and private) we address the important issues of food insecurity, illiteracy, and lack of basic resources needed to be successful at school. We conduct a number of need specific drives with businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations throughout the year, as well as service project opportunities in Detroit for individuals and groups.
We are asking for support so that we are able to address the most important social justice issues of our day: the education, feeding, supplying and clothing of children living in poverty...in our own city! Of the 50 largest cities in America, Detroit has the highest rate of childhood poverty, nearly 60%! And in areas of concentrated poverty it is well over 90%. The causes and effects of poverty are many and we take a multi-faceted approach of wrap-around resources and services.
We also make extra effort to provide opportunities for volunteer individuals and groups (churches, businesses, schools, universities, civic group) to join together for greater impact. And we hold to Mother Theresa's saying that "We can do no great thing, only small things with great love."
The money received from this fundraiser will help us address all the requests from schools and from community partners that we are not currently able to fulfill due to our need for more program staff, space and transportation. Winning the grand prize will help us impact thousands of more kids in need.