Whaley Children’s Center & Congressman Kildee to Honor Volunteers at Annual Picnic

Whaley Children’s Center will hold their annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic presented by HealthPlus of Michigan on Wednesday, August 6, from 5-7 p.m. at Whaley Children’s Center located at 1201 N. Grand Traverse, Flint MI 48503. Congressman Dan Kildee will be present to speak about the impact that volunteers have on helping children overcome their pasts, as well as the positive effects volunteers have on the entire community.  The Congressman is a former employee  of the Center and a national advocate of child welfare.

This event is a chance for Whaley’s Board of Directors, staff and children to show appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and talents to the Center each year. Eight awards will be presented, including: Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Organization of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Special Event Volunteer of the Year, Family Volunteer of the Year, Greek Group of the Year, Production Cast of the Year and Outstanding Civic Groups of the Year.

“We’re grateful to all our volunteers who support our mission by volunteering. Through their hard work and dedication we’re able to transform lives of children who are survivors of abuse and neglect,” said Katrina Khouri, director of development at Whaley Children’s Center. “It has been a successful year for Whaley in serving more children and advocating for the prevention of child abuse. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without our volunteers,” she continued.

This is the second consecutive year that HealthPlus of Michigan has sponsored this event. Louis Hawkins, community relations administrator of HealthPlus of Michigan stated, “It’s an awesome feeling to see volunteers come together as a family and celebrate their work with children, which gives those children a reason to look forward to the future. The heartfelt support that each volunteer gives to Whaley has a lasting, positive impact.”

Donations from Tropical Smoothie Café, Bubba O’Malley’s, Sam’s Club,  Vogt’s Flowers, Cool Bus Party Rental, Two Women and a Tray, Funtastic Inflatables, Pepsi Beverages Company, Gary Nickel, Bentley’s Florist, Captain’s Club at Woodfield, Amazing Tents and Chairs, Gerych’s, and Genesys Conference and Banquet Center will make this event an enjoyable occasion for all staff, children and guests.

All community members are invited to attend this event. Please R.S.V.P. to Sarah Staroba at (810) 600-0101.

Whaley Children’s Center is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1926 that provides residential child care services to children age 5- 17 years old who have suffered chronic and profound abuse and neglect. The services provided to children and families include residential treatment, group homes, and family counseling and aftercare service. To learn more about Whaley Children’s Center, visit  www.whaleychildren.org.

HealthPlus of Michigan is a health and wellness organization providing customized, nationally recognized health plans that meet the needs of large and small employers, families and individuals through a variety of programs, including Medicare Advantage and Medicaid. The National Committee for Quality Assurance has ranked HealthPlus’ commercial HMO among the nation’s top health plans for the past nine years*; its commercial, Medicaid and Medicare HMO plans are accredited as “Excellent” by the NCQA. HealthPlus has regional offices in Saginaw and Troy,  Mich. Visit healthplus.org. *According to America’s Best Health Insurance Plans (2005-2009), NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-2011 – Private,NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-2012 – Private, NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013, and NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014.