Detroit’s Meridian Winter Blast 2014 patrons donate canned food items, children’s books or financial contributions as an entrance fee to support Matrix Human Services
As a non-profit organization, Matrix Human Services greatly appreciates individuals and groups who offer monetary donations, but we equally cherish those who offer their time, physical strength and energy—especially in weather conditions akin to the North Pole.
This past weekend at the 2014 Meridian Winter Blast, 170 volunteers showed up to lend a helping hand in our personal pursuit to help those in dire need. We appreciate volunteers showing up in great numbers showcasing city-unity at its finest.
“I really enjoyed it,” says first-time volunteer Denitra Flowers. “You always hear negative things about Detroit and you wonder if there’s anybody out there helping. It’s good to know there are organizations like Matrix who are giving back to Detroit and helping to feed the community. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of that.”
Patrons were asked to bring three canned goods, two dollars or a children’s book as an entry fee to the festival—and for the fourth consecutive year, Matrix Human Services was selected as the charity of choice. In anticipation of an abundance of donations, we rallied a great team of supporters to help collect and organize donations, which will go toward our mission to fight generational poverty in the city of Detroit.
“It makes me feel warm and fuzzy just knowing that I’m making a difference,” says 26-year-old Monique Toliver. “Even though I’m just collecting cans, I know that the donations are going to help so many people around Detroit.”
Matrix Human Services dedicated volunteers made it all possible!
In preparation for the most anticipated event of the winter season, Matrix Volunteer Coordinator Linda Garrison made a conscious effort to seek group volunteers. She gathered 170 participants by reaching out to organizations, churches and schools.
“The volunteers made a great impact for us,” says Garrison. “Also, they’re wearing the Matrix sticker. Not only do they get to know the type of work we do, but also, they get to spread the word to family and friends. Hopefully, they’ll bring them back for a volunteer experience.”
After completing their scheduled hours, volunteers were free to take part in the festivities, which included exciting games, delicious food, musical entertainment, etc.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of the three-day festival–the 200+-foot, three story snow slide sponsored by Buick –would’ve been a great adrenaline boost for volunteers after standing on their feet for several hours. “No,” Said 17-year-old Trina Murray while laughing. “I’m going home.”
Nevertheless, the 2014 Winter Meridian Winter Blast proved to be a huge success for Matrix Human Services—and a great deal of the credit for such a prosperous weekend is handed out to our dedicated volunteers.
- J. Gabriel Ware, Matrix Human Services Marketing Intern/WCCCD Student