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“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” says Madonna Borgerding, a high-energy volunteer that runs the clothing pantry at Mission for Area People.

Madonna has been working at MAP since 1996 after retiring from her job at Sealed Power of 41 years. In 1997, the clothing pantry began giving out free clothes to those in need. The space was moved and expanded on the 3rd floor of Temple United Methodist Church on Jefferson Street in Muskegon Hts. The pantry has free clothes, shoes, jackets, toys, and household items.

Madonna is proud of what’s been done. “The only reason I have been here for over 20 years is that I’ve seen what we have done for people. It’s been more than once, I got a big hug and a big thank you telling me that without us, they don’t know what they would have done.” She’s enjoyed the people she’s worked with and considers it a privilege and a blessing.

The pantry has recently opened again to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, a limited number of people will be allowed to shop at the same time and a face mask is required. Household items are needed and donations may be dropped off at 2500 Jefferson Street.

Since many of the Fourth of July’s festivities have been canceled, a few of MAP’s volunteers decided to make their own fun. This group of church friends call themselves “The Penguins” and have been a staple workforce at Mission for Area People for years. Without their extra hands, MAP could not function and do all the programs they do. Although the food pantry remains open with curbside pickup, due to COVID-19’s social distancing, regular operations are limited.

Diana Wright-Stubbs, Executive Director at MAP, knows that limited operations means her “penguins” miss each other. “They came into MAP all dressed-up in Red, White, and Blue to celebrate July 4th and eat cupcakes,” said Diana. “It’s been a long few months and we miss our ladies helping out.” 

The name Penguins comes from the book "Our Iceberg is Melting," which discusses how to successfully come together to solve community conditions. A few of the congregation at Central United Methodist Church read the book and that was the beginning. Since then, the group has worked at MAP’s clothing and food pantries, newsletters, mailings, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets and gifts, Feet & Seat Covers, and anything else that needs to be done. 

To learn more about how you can get involved with volunteer opportunities at MAP, please call our office at 231-733-9672.

Pictured from left to right are Diana Wright-Stubbs, Carol Higginson, Kay Fairfield, Julie Husted, Sue Zack, Sally Wibalda, and Linda Roberts. Please note that the women pictured are only a portion of the Penguins and the group is much larger and should be acknowledged for their hard work. Thank you to all the Penguins!

Join Mission for Area People for Match Day 2020.

One way you can help during the Pandemic is to give a gift to MAP that will be matched so we can continue providing front-line services to those affected by COVID-19.

What is Match Day?

Match Day, developed by the Community Foundation, United Way of the Lakeshore and local donors, is designed to provide operating support to our partner organizations that typically rely on private fundraising to fulfill their missions. These nonprofits have been invited to participate, and a complete list of participating organizations can be found below.

What is a "proportional" match, and how does it work?

The match pool is seeded by a $75,000 grant from the Community Foundation with plans to grow it to more than $100,000. Match dollars will be distributed proportionally across all participating organizations. Gifts of up to $1,000 per donor, per organization, will qualify for the match. Donors are welcome to give more, but only the first $1,000 per organization will be matched. 

If you give a $1,000 - Mission for Area People will receive your gift and a match of $1,000!

How do I donate?

To donate, visit the Muskegon County Community Foundation's website, this page from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM on June 3, 2020. (Please note that this site will not be live until that day and time.)

Donors are encouraged to give online, but for those who cannot, MAP will collect checks at our office on 2500 Jefferson Street, Muskegon Hts. Checks must be made payable directly to Mission for Area People, dated June 3, and delivered to us prior to 7pm on June 3 to be considered for the match.

This funding will help our organization continue providing food, clothing, shelter, and other emergency assistance to those that have been affected by COVID-19, isolation and the quarantine. If you have any questions, or to learn more about Match Day, please call our office at 231-733-9672. Thank you for your support!