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Consider the CAN Council this Holiday Season

I was 12 years old when my mother’s rights were terminated because she failed to protect me from a sexual predator in our home. I was placed into a foster home. With the help of my CASA, I felt more comfortable through the court proceedings, and I am now adapting to my new environment.“ For this 12 year old, your support to the CAN Council has provided her with a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to be her voice throughout the court process to define a permanent plan for her!

Parenting does not come with a how-to book. From the first day I had my children, I worried about making the best choices for them. I found the parenting classes through the CAN Council’s Child Abuse Prevention Education Program (CAPE), and it helped me to gain confidence in my parenting. I learned techniques such as communication, how to parent my children’s hearts, and to provide for their needs.” For this parent, our Incredible Years series has given her the confidence to face a new day and be the best version of herself for her children.

These program successes simply wouldn’t be possible without you! From our CAC, which provides a safe place for all children who enter through our doors; to the CASA program, which gives children a voice and a friend; and finally the CAPE programs, that help parents, grandparents, future parents, and community members learn different aspects of Child Abuse Prevention through parenting support and education; these programs change lives daily.


You are a big part of our success. The fast-paced growth we have been able to achieve after expanding into Bay County shouldn’t surprise us, because the need for our programs in Bay and Saginaw Counties has been evident for years. Our success stories, and the community that we serve, show us every day that what we do matters. It also shows us that there is more work to do.

Please consider supporting the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region this holiday season. Together, we can help provide more CASA volunteers to foster children, and more programs to help parents care for themselves and their children. You CAN make a difference with your gift of any amount; donate today.

The Brain Game is Back!

logo-verticalTeams are forming for The Brain Game! Join CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region for an evening of trivia fun that will test your pop culture, sports, music, history, and geography knowledge.

Flex your mental muscles and outguess the competition Tuesday, October 25th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge. Invite family and friends to cheer you on as you vie for the championship.

All trivia players and cheering section attendees will enjoy a Frankenmuth chicken dinner. Event proceeds support CAN’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CASAs are highly-trained volunteers serving as the voice for children who are in the system due to abuse or neglect.

Register an individual trivia player for $30, a half-team of (4) people for $120, or a team of (8) people for $240. Cheering section tickets are available for $25.

Join the game or sponsor the event by calling Delores at (989) 752-7226. Register your team online today!

Art Van Charity Challenge


The Art Van Charity Challenge is a friendly fundraising competition that puts the power of positive change in your hands. Support the CAN Council’s Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE) Program; it’s easy! Donate today!

18th Annual Children’s Advocacy Center Golf Outing


Join us Monday, July18th at Apple Mountain for our 18th Annual Golf Outing benefiting our Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Begin the day with breakfast at 8:30am and the shotgun start at 9:30am. Entertain clients, reward employees, and showcase your company (and amazing golf skills), all while helping raise money to support our Children’s Advocacy Centers. Click here to learn more about the services our CACs provide to children and families throughout the region.

Show your support. Be an event sponsor! Want to see you company’s name on our sponsor board and future communications? Please complete and return the sponsor form, and we will contact you with details. Or, call Cindy Morley or Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226 for more information.

Golf Team Registration
Register and pay for a foursome by May 31st and qualify for the $450 early bird rate! Pay $500 per team after May 31st. Space is limited; click here to register now!

4th Annual Saginaw County Community Baby Academy

logo_baAll you need, all in one place. Join us for the 4th Annual Saginaw County Community Baby Academy on Saturday, May 21st from 10am-1:30pm at Stone Elementary School in Saginaw.

The Baby Academy offers a variety of helpful child-rearing resources all in one place. Participants will be able to visit booths selling products for children and families. Attendees also can sign up for two breakout sessions. During these sessions, parents, and family members will gain valuable insight on parenting topics and how to be the best parent or caregiver possible.

Breakout Session Choices (participants can choose two):
A. Beauty & Self-Care for Mom
B. Breastfeeding
C. Car Seat Safety
D. Forget Big Change: Make Small Changes & Save Money
E. Infant CPR
F. Nutrition/Food Demo
G. Postpartum Depression
H. Safe Sleep
I. Setting the Stage: Promoting Social & Emotional Health
J. Simply Dads
K. U Me Paint Experience

Expectant parents and parents with babies up to 1 year old are invited to attend, as are grandparents and other key support persons. Childcare professionals also are welcome. Box lunches and beverages will be provided.

Space is limited! Pre-registration is required. Call Vera Harrison at 989-752-7226 or e-mail vharrison@cancouncil.org. Upon registration, participants will be entered to win wonderful prizes related to raising a child!

Give Where You Live. Give Local.

bacf-logoThe Bay Area Community Foundation realizes the importance of endowment building for non-profit organizations. They help ensure long-term sustainability by providing a steady source of annual funding, forever.

By contributing to the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region – Bay County Endowment Fund, you will help keep programs and initiatives in place and grow services to maintain and add to the quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Your gift will be pooled with many others to create a lasting impact benefiting the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.

give-local-bay-2The Bay Area Community Foundation is sponsoring a ‘Give Local Bay’ day of giving on Tuesday, May 3rd. This is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising competition that raises money through a single online donation platform: www.givelocalbay.org. Every donation made in the 24-hour period will be eligible for incentive pool funds totaling $35,000, the more that CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region raises the more incentive money we receive! Hourly prizes are also awarded to non-profits throughout the day. Think of the impact you can make on the entire community if you Give Local!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

pinwheelChild Abuse Prevention Month challenges our community to examine the impact of child abuse and what we CAN do to prevent it. Help the CAN Council further their impact on the Great Lakes Bay Region in April by getting involved in the various opportunities throughout the month. For more information, give us a call at (989) 752-7226.

The pinwheel represents the healthy, happy, full life all children deserve. Purchase yours by visiting a CAN Council office today!

April Child Abuse Prevention Month Opportunities 2016

SMFCU Cases for Kids

Spank Out: A Non-Violent Approach to Disciplining Children on April 20

Wines Around the World

we-std3Catholic Federal Credit Union presents the CAN Council’s 13th Annual Wines Around the World on April 8th from 5:30 to 9pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Bay City’s Riverfront. Now on a Friday, you can begin your weekend with various wines, beers, and bourbons, along with savory samples of the region’s finest foods. Reserve a room and make an evening out of it!

Your $60 ticket includes food, wine, beers, and bourbon throughout the evening and covers admission into the silent and live auction. Your support of this event is critical to the CAN Council’s daily operations throughout the coming year. Ultimately, we’ll protect more children and support more families with the revenue from this event.

Be sure to invite your co-workers, friends, and family and help celebrate with the best of the best in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Purchase your tickets today! Hurry, they’re limited!


CAN Council’s 23rd Annual Mardi Gras Auction

mardi-gras_purple_nodateIt may be snowing and blowing, but there’s a 100% chance of frenzied fun during the CAN Council’s 23rd Annual Mardi Gras Auction!

The heat is rising at Horizons Conference Center, and the event is set to begin at 5:30pm, Thursday, February 25th. We will be ready with amazing auction items as well as a few exciting surprises including a delicious, plated meal!

Shuttle service available! Drop off your friends and family at the building (under the overhang) and get shuttled back by our gracious event sponsor, Garber Automotive Group! If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (989) 752-7226.

The 23rd Annual CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction is presented by:




Freeland Lights: Seeing is Believing

freelandlightsThe Freeland Lights Show annual display of 100,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music is ready for viewing from 5:30 - 10:00pm each night December 1st until January 1st at Tittabawassee Township Park. Visit the Park at 9200 Midland Rd. in Freeland, tune your car’s radio to 93.9 FM, and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car! Spectator donations benefit the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region and Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity.

Take a peek at the Freeland Lights Show: visit Gary Shepard’s website or youtube.