Community Involvement

At LifeWays, we believe in being an active part of our communities. Our staff are committed to participating in at least one community event each calendar year and many them go far above and beyond that! Here are just a few of the the events we participated in over the last year:

  • Amount employees raised for charity in 2016: $5,189.25
  • 2016 events we’ve participated in: 15
  • Staff involved in local events or organizations in 2016: 31

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

polar plunge

In January, Team LifeWays braved the icy waters of Clarklake for the 2017 Polar Plunge, benefiting the Special Olympics of Michigan.

Not only did six team members take the icy plunge, but our team also raised over $1,000 for the Special Olympics thanks to the efforts of our entire staff!

 

Annual Celebration

alzheimers walk

Our 2017 Annual Celebration was held in May just after passing the Mental Health Millage, so we had a lot to celebrate. Over 400 Staff, Providers and consumers were in attendance at Gene Davis and Sons. This year there was more recognition of Cconsumers including honorable mentions and even a youth award! Thank you to all of your support in the last year. looking forward to a great next year!

Stomp Out Suicide

suicide 5K

LifeWays partnered with the Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition to host the Stomp Out Suicide in September.

In 2016, despite a little rain, around 275 people showed up to remember loved ones lost to suicide, honor those who still struggle, and support suicide prevention. The event raised over $6,000 for suicide prevention efforts!

 

Walk Around the Park for Autism

suicide prevention

In May, Team LifeWays participated in the 5th Annual Around the Park for Autism 5K Run/Walk at Cascades Falls Park.

This family friendly event raised funds for local families affected by Autism. Ten people on Team LifeWays raised funds for the Jackson Autism Support Network and had a fun morning at the Park!

 

Walk A Mile In My Shoes Rally

walk a mile

In May, Team LifeWays journey up to the State Capitol to join the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) for their annual Walk A Mile In My Shoes Rally.

Over 3,000 mental health and intellectual & developmental disability advocates from around Michigan gathered in Lansing to demonstrate that mental health services are important to Michigan residents and that we all need to work together to stop the stigma against mental health problems.

Public Meeting Rooms

We also offer use of our public meeting rooms to our communities for no charge. If you are interested in using one of our meeting spaces for your next meeting, please contact our Customer Services Department at 517.780.3332.

Our Communities

At LifeWays, we believe in being an active part of our communities. LifeWays has had the privilege of serving Jackson and Hillsdale counties for over 50 years and, because of that, we make it our priority to support what matters to our communities.

front of lifeways jackson buildingAnnually, LifeWays participates in nearly 30 community events such as

  • Special Olympics Polar Plunge
  • Walk Around the Park for Autism
  • Jackson and Hillsdale Kids' Fest
  • Alzheimer's Walk
  • Walk for Recovery
  • Molly's Glitter Run
  • Jackson's Juneteenth
  • Hillsdale County Fair
  • Stomp Out Suicide 
  • Project Connect
  • and many more

Our staff's extracurricular committee, which we call the PERKs Team, chooses a different charity each month to support through jean days and fundraisers - typically donating around $300 to a deserving local organization every month. Between monthly fundraising, individual staff donations, and event sponsorships, LifeWays gives nearly $10,000 back to our communities each year.

We also offer use of our public meeting rooms to our communities for no charge. If you are interested in using one of our meeting spaces for your next meeting, please contact our Customer Services Department at 517.780.3332 or use the form on our Contact page.

We are proud to be a part of Jackson and Hillsdale counties and it is our honor to be able to serve you.