About The Foundation
Established in 1999, the MCC Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that manages contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations for the benefit of Macomb Community College.
Why Giving Matters
Macomb Community College began in 1954 offering quality higher education to all members of the community wanting to advance in their careers. Macomb has grown to be a valued partner in workforce development, as well as a valued resource for community arts and cultural education. While striving to keep our fees affordable, there are still needs that are made possible only through the generosity of donors.
Through the MCC Foundation, more than $200,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. The Foundation also funds special projects to enhance the education of our students and supports many special educational programs offered to people of all ages at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and the Lorenzo Cultural Center.
“People helping people” is the guiding philosophy behind the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union Scholarship for Fire Training and Police Academy, reflecting the credit union’s community-focus. The scholarship provided four awards of $1,250 for during the 2014 Academic year.
Standing on the Shoulder of a Giant: MLK Day 2015
More than 375 students, staff, faculty and administrators and members of their families observed the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by choosing volunteer assignments on Saturday, Jan. 17, or Monday, Jan. 19.
On Monday, the volunteers had an inspiring sendoff from Jim Jacobs, Macomb president, and Dakota Jackson, the Macomb student who took first place in the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Essay Contest.
“I grew up on an Indian reservation in northern Ontario, Canada. Even there, in a country that stresses the value of multiculturalism, racism and prejudice is still regrettably alive and kicking,” related Jackson, during his speech to the volunteers. “I know pain and have experienced the receiving end of unjustified acts of malice…because of my heritage.”
It was from Dr. King, Jackson said, that he learned to use love to “combat enemies” and “kindness” to defeat ignorance.
“I stand on the shoulder of a giant,” said Jackson. “My goal and wish for society is to work together and live in harmony with one another. I wish to be a part of meaningful positive change in the world around me.”
Jackson received a $500 cash award, donated by the Macomb Foundation, for his winning essay. Second and third place winners, Elizabeth Powell and Robert Berry, received $100 gift certificates from the Follett bookstores.
Jackson’s work on MLK Day, however, did not end with his speech. He volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity site as his contribution to the national day of service. The College also placed volunteers at or with local soup kitchens, food banks, Salvation Army stores, Second Hand Rose (for benefit of Turning Point), retirement homes, Charity Music, Pets for Vets and crafting blankets for the homeless out of plastic bags.
“My previous experience with (MLK Day) was a living poetry-in-motion,” said Jackson in his speech. “I want to do more, be more and inspire others to do the same.”
Dawn D. Magretta, CFRE, Director
Christina S. Ayar, Manager, Fund Development & Annual Giving
Kathleen S. Wentzel, Manager, Major & Planned Gifts
Teri Fields, Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator
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Clinton Township, MI 48038
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