Wednesday, February 22, 2017

20- Hour CERT Class

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,
such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Free CERT Training includes:
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Beginning First Aid & Triage
  • Light Search & Rescue

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT Members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT Members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT Training follows a national standard that teaches Volunteer Safety is the most important concern.  CERT Members are instructed to help themselves and their families first and then reach out to their community if they are able.  CERT Members also learn through hands on activities and practicing skills.CERT Members do different activities and exercises to better their skills.

H.O. Steele Education Center
10260 S Sheridan Rd, 
Fenwick, MI 48834

Thursday Nights 
6:00 PM to 10:00PM
March 16th thru April 20th!
To register call 616-755-8050 or email

Friday, February 17, 2017

Relay For Life Kick Off

Be sure to join us for the Kick Off of the 2017 Relay For Life of Ionia County!

Monday, January 2, 2017

MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - #MLKDay

What is the MLK Day of Service?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  Make a pledge to serve your community for MLK Day of Service and register that pledge at this link!

Hosting a project?

If your organization is planning an MLK Day of Service project and you are looking for additional volunteers, please email details to to have YOUR project added to this blog!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Treasures For Troops Packing Day

Volunteers were GREATLY appreciated at the H.O. Steele Education Center where we packed the care packages for Treasures for Troops!

Blue Star Mothers at the pack!

Volunteers before the pack!

The Wall of Boxes that will be packed,

Blue Star Mothers worked to set up the packing order throughout the morning.

Wall #1
Wall #2

Wall #3

Sorting items into smaller packets.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Treasures for Troops - Day 5: Young Automotive Group

Tonight we wrap up at Young Automotive Group!

The Packing Challenge:  75 identical items in 4 "If it Fits, It Ships" boxes.  Volunteers had to repack with all 75 items plus add candy as packing peanuts!

More pictures and video to come!

The final donations that came in at Young Automotive Group on Day 5 of Collections.

Blue Star Mothers in the Parade!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Treasures for Troops - Night 4: B.C. Pizza in Belding

Treasures for Troops will be at B.C. Pizza in Belding from 4-7 PM today!

Donations started coming in within minutes of arriving at B.C. Pizza!  
Thank You Cheri for delivering the pie...not sure if it will make back to Jim or not.  But he mentioned sharing it with the roundtable tomorrow morning if it makes it back!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Treasures for Troops - Night 3: Saranac Fire Dept

Here we are in Saranac Fire Dept!
Blue Star Mothers setting up inside!

 The truck is parked out in front of the Saranac Fire Dept

And donations are coming in quickly!

Thank You's go out to Saranac Area Women's Club, Saranac Community Schools, and a local Girl Scout Pack for bringing in boxes and bags of donations!

We also thank Grand River Rover Rescue for calling in a pledge of travel sized toothpaste.  I will be meeting up with them to pick of the cases later this week!  And this will go great with the toothbrushes and dental floss sticks that we have also received in cases!

Blue Star Mothers finishing up night 3 at Saranac Fire Department.

Treasures for Troops Donations Collection

Day 3 of Donations

All the donations after 3 days of collecting!