Local Charitable & Civic Organizations

Local Civic and Charitable Organizations

The following are local civic and charitable organizations located in St Clair Shores.

Lake House:
The Lake House is a cancer support center offering wellness programs, social activities, support groups and educational opportunities for anyone who has been touched by cancer (patients, families, caregivers, etc.) Contact information: Madeline Bialecki, Executive Director, director@milakehouse.org, 586.777.7761, www.milakehouse.org

St. Clair Shores Lions Club: 
MISSION STATEMENT: To volunteer our time and provide financial assistance to the disabled, underprivileged, elderly and youth of St. Clair Shores and internationally where appropriate, particularly related to sight and hearing in accordance with the mission of Lions Clubs International.

St. Clair Shores Goodfellows:
The St. Clair Shores Goodfellows are a local group of volunteers who try to fulfill our mission of “No Kiddie without a Christmas” with our Annual Newspaper Sale, which is always the first Saturday in December from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 Volunteers at city intersections sell our annual edition of The Goodfellows Newspaper for donations. Any and all volunteers are welcome!  You can volunteer for one hour or as long as you want.   You must be 18 or older to sell at street intersections.  Younger volunteers can sell outside of local businesses.

 With the money collected from the newspaper sale, we purchase food and gift cards.   For our residents who ask for food baskets, we provide a turkey, stuffing, potatoes and 1-3 boxes of canned and non-perishable food, collected from our local scout groups and a food drive through the public schools in early December.  

 To apply for the gift cards to purchase gifts for their children, applicants must schedule an appointment with us and provide proof of residency, birth certificates or guardianship papers for each child, along with proof of income. 

 In December, we schedule those appointments with residents at the Central Fire Station for three days.  

The number to call for Goodfellows help is (586) 980-0400 beginning the day after Thanksgiving


St. Clair Shores Lions Chartered 1944. Motto: WE SERVE 

Meeting information:

Where: Gilbert’s Lodge Trophy Room
22335 Harper Avenue
When: 2nd & 4th Tues, 7pm
Contact: Lion Dennis Oster
Call/text: 586-405-0470


Senior Citizen Organizations

AmericanAssociation of Retired Persons (AARP):
Evelyn Gole is the vice president. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Blossom Heath Inn located at 24800 Jefferson (just south of Ten Mile Road) at 1 p.m.

Senior Center of the Shores (SCOTS): 
SCOTS is a non-profit organizational board that concerns itself with providing volunteer leadership for the activities and programs of the Senior Activities Center. Board membership is limited to residents by application. The SCOTS Board meets at the Senior Activities Center on the second Friday of the month at 9 a.m.

Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC):
Chairperson Mary Cipriano can be reached at 313-884-5997. Sue Zanoni, the co-chairperson, can be reached at 586-778-0004. OPAC is an advisory committee appointed by the Mayor and City Council to discuss and evaluate the needs of older adult residents regarding transportation, recreation, food, housing, and other concerns. The committee meets the third Thursday of the month at3 p.m. in the Senior Activities Center. Membership to fill vacancies is by application.

Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores: 
Founded in October, 1992, the club is a volunteer group of adult men and women from the community that are interested in promoting optimism and helping children.

St. Clair Shores Senior Cruisers: 
Marie Krenzer is the president of the Cruisers. The St. Clair Shores Senior Cruisers are a social club for St. Clair Shores residents age 50 or older (only one spouse need be 50). Meetings are held on Wednesdays at the Blossom Heath Inn located at 24800 Jefferson (just south of Ten Mile Road) at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy coffee and donuts, play cards, play bingo, go on trips, and much more! Dues are $12.00 per year.

Wheels for Wishes: 
Wheels For Wishes" is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Michigan that offers a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs and boats. Donated vehicles can be recycled or auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish, helping your vehicle turn into a wish for a local child. You can donate your vehicle by visiting http://michigan.wheelsforwishes.org/ or calling1-855-370-9474

Wigs 4 Kids provides wigs and support services to Michigan children experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, alopecia, trichotillomania and other disorders. Our program is available to children and teens between the ages of 3 through 18 at no charge to their families and there is no waiting.

The Yardeners of St. Clair Shores:
The Yardeners of St. Clair Shores is a volunteer group of gardeners dedicated to achieving beneficial environmental and ecological results by teaching and practicing earth-friendly gardening techniques. We encourage using Michigan native plant material, landscaping for wildlife, composting and integrated pest management to eliminate the use of chemicals. The group includes M.S.U. Extension Master Gardeners, M.S.U. Master Composters, Earth Patrol, Beautification Commission members, and gardeners from local and outlying communities. We have our Native Plant Sale in early to mid-June, our annual Garden Tour (first Saturday in August), Plant Exchange (on a Saturday in September) and have three free presentations each year. All money raised by the group is put back into community programs and projects.

Welcome to 2022!

The Yardeners of St. Clair Shores are back and are again doing some fun and informative things this year. Please see our attached 2022 Events Newsletter for info on the following:

Gordon Lonie will give a presentation on Aquatic Creatures featuring Michigan Frogs. (Monday, March 14th). Should be interesting as it will involve audio and visual components!

Michelle Serreyn will inform us all about rain gardens and GSI (green stormwater infrastructure) which will help reduce flooding. (Monday, April 11th).  Should be informative and timely.

Don’t miss out...Come to our two-day Native Plant Sale! (The Native Plant Sale dates are Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11) Check out the attached list of plants and shrubs we have ordered for the sale. Inventory will be determined by Michigan weather and germination success. Also, check out the culture guide. The culture guide will give information about the plants and where they are best located, etc. Come early for the best selection. PLEASE NOTE: we will not have a pre-order period. Cash or check only.

Our 2022 Annual Garden Tour is on Saturday, August 6th. Don't miss it! It is always a good day with many neat gardens and some good ideas. Take a look at the Annual Garden Tour application to learn more about qualifications to be featured on the tour! By the way, if you know of any gardens that are in St. Clair Shores (yours, a friend’s) that should be on our Garden Tour?...please call Laurel (586) 415-7110 or email us with their name and address and let us know...Or, if you know of any vendors who would like to participate, email us with their information.

Annual fall plant exchange...no money is involved, just gardener talk and lots of plants and things (Saturday, September 17th )  
Learn about our favorite garden tools and we will look for some input from you. (Monday, October 10th).  These ideas will give you many ideas for finding garden-related tools over the winter.

We hope you’ve found something you like and that you will join us for at least one of these events!

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