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Since 2019, the James H. Cole Legacy Foundation has been making strides to provide opportunities and resources to the members of the Detroit community. Learn more about our continuing efforts.

Introducing the 2021 James H. Cole Heroes Calendar

Posted on June 3, 2021 by jhcfadm

Introducing the 2021 James H. Cole Heroes Calendar

After the year that was 2020,  the James H. Cole Legacy Foundation – in partnership with James H. Cole Home for Funerals – decided to bring some light to our Detroit, Michigan community by celebrating the heroes, particularly frontline and essential workers, whose tireless endeavors kept the community safe throughout the pandemic.  As a result, we founded Love Thy Neighbor, an initiative that thanks our Heroes by celebrating their amazing contributions.

We decided to create an annual calendar – something that has been somewhat of an annual tradition for James H. Cole Home for Funerals – that focuses on the people in our community who have made large strides toward helping others. We have a video you can watch to learn more.

Developing the Heroes Calendar

Choosing who to highlight in the calendar was a difficult feat in itself – with so many individuals to  spotlight, narrowing down the scope was rather challenging. Our internal team developed a list of names and each individuals’ information to tell their stories.  We arranged for our photographer, Annistique Photography, to meet with each individual in a private setting of their choice in order to best safely capture images while adhering to personal comfort and state safety guidelines.    

Where Can You Find A Heroes Calendar?

Interested in acquiring one of our 2021 Heroes Calendars? You can pick one up from either one of the James H. Cole Home for Funerals locations (while supplies last). A Digital PDF version of the calendar is also available.

And the best part is, you don’t pay a thing! The calendar is completely free – meant to celebrate and inspire individuals throughout Southeast Michigan.

Thanking Our Heroes

It is our hope at the James H. Cole Legacy Foundation to continue this calendar tradition moving forward in order to highlight people throughout the Detroit community who work day-and-night to make daily life a little bit easier for everybody else. We cannot thank these heroes enough.

Want a sneak peak of what’s inside? Here is a list of our heroes. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your service and the truly amazing things you do.

  • Brandon Smith – CEO and President, Star Factory
  • Byna Elliot – Senior Vice President and Chief Community and Economic Development Officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Deborah Foster – Founder, Bethlehem House
  • Dr. Eleanor Walker – Oncologist, Henry Ford Cancer Institute and Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Father Norman Thomas – Pastor, Sacred Heart and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
  • Gail Perry Mason – Founder, Money Matters Camp
  • James Harris – Lieutenant, Detroit Fire Department
  • Jay Marks – Diversity and Equity Consultant, Oakland County Schools
  • Kwame Simmons – Founder, The Simmons Advantage
  • Omar Mitchell – Chef and Restaurateur
  • Sherelle Hogan – CEO and Founder, Pure Heart Foundation
  • Tresa Galloway – CEO, Love Laces

To learn more about our efforts, check out other James H. Cole Legacy Foundation blog articles.

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Our COVID-19 Efforts: Giving Back to the Community We Love

Posted on May 7, 2021 by jhcfadm

Our COVID-19 Efforts: Giving Back to the Community We Love

At the James H. Cole Legacy Foundation, we’ve been working hard over the past year to give back to the frontline workers and essential healthcare employees who have been sacrificing so much to keep the rest of the community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the generous donations of local Southeast Michigan restaurants and catering companies, we were able to donate more than 500 meals to police departments, fire houses, and hospitals throughout the Detroit community. We dubbed these efforts the “Love Thy Neighbor” campaign, and it launched with a massive bang!

Love Thy Neighbor: What Did We Do?

From the beginning, we knew we wanted to be able to deliver hot meals to essential and frontline workers during their shifts, so we reached out to local Michigan companies for participation and were thrilled with the amount of positive feedback we received. Among those who joined the cause, Buddy’s Pizza provided individual pizza slices and salad (all packaged separately), Bucharest Grill provided sandwich wraps and French fries, Lonestar Catering provided breakfast sandwiches and fruit, and Smokey G’s Smokehouse provided BBQ.

To stay safe and abide by COVID food safety regulations, no volunteers took part in creating or distributing the meals. Rather, the food was prepared and packaged individually by the restaurants and food vendors themselves. Already familiar with the process and regulations, the vendors were able to significantly cut down on the time needed to prep these meals. The vendors then delivered the meals to pre-determined locations.

We were proud to partner with Detroit and Michigan-based companies, giving back to essential workers in an impactful way.

Love Thy Neighbor: How Did We Do It?

“Love Thy Neighbor” has been an ongoing effort since it began in April 2020. Arising based on the immediate need of essential workers struggling in our community, it immediately became a James H. Cole Legacy Foundation staple.

Each initiative is planned a month in advance of the event taking place. For example, meal outreach efforts were planned in April in order to be delivered in May.

Additional Outreach Efforts in Metro Detroit

Love Thy Neighbor was not only limited to meal delivery. We also completed our Back-to-School backpack giveaway in which we donated 500 backpacks to the students of Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern. In each backpack were disposable masks, various school supplies (such as notebooks), hand sanitizer, and a $10 GrubHub gift card.

For National Teddy Bear Day, we also donated more than 50 bears to the Pure Heart Foundation.

According to Antonio Green, President of the Legacy Foundation, “There are many ways to service the community. Making sure our students have the necessary tools for success and our children have opportunities to experience joy, even in these most trying times, is a priority for us.”

How YOU Can Get Involved

Interested in volunteering with the James H. Cole Legacy Foundation? You can sign up via the contact form on our website. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our initiatives, fundraisers, and other efforts. We also accept direct donations; 100% of which go directly toward benefiting the community.

We appreciate all of the incredible support we have received from the members of our community, and we’re so excited to be giving back to the Detroit community that has supported our partner organization, James H. Cole Home for Funerals, for more than 100 years. To learn more about our efforts, check out other James H. Cole Legacy Foundation blog articles.

We appreciate all of the incredible support we have received from the members of our community, and we’re so excited to be giving back to the Detroit community that has supported our partner organization, James H. Cole Home for Funerals, for more than 100 years. To learn more about our efforts, check out other James H. Cole Legacy Foundation blog articles.

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