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GVC offers holiday gift wrapping program for local nonprofits

As Genesee Valley Center gets ready for the bustling holiday season, the mall invites local non-profit organizations to share in a little of the cheer. Local 501(c)3 organizations can sign up for a special program to earn money by having volunteer’s gift wrap customer purchases.

The program gives 100 percent of profits collected directly to the participating organization. In fact, funds are collected by the organization at the time of service, so all monies go home with the 501 (c) 3 on the day of service.

“We’ve had a tremendous response to this program in years past,” said Kristen Cassabon, marketing manager, “We look forward to engaging more local organizations so we can continue to have an organization in the mall every weekend from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve raising funds.”

The program runs Nov. 26-Dec. 24, and will take place Friday-Sunday of each week. Shifts will vary based on mall holiday hours and must be staffed by volunteers at all times. Gift wrapping materials are the responsibility of the organization and each must be able to present their Tax ID and proof of liability insurance coverage.

For more information and/or to register, organizations can download a form from the mall website, under “information” and then “community.” Registration is available on a first come,

first serve basis. Details: Call 810-732-4000. — N.B.

Landline telephone payment assistance available

— The Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates have designated September 13-19, 2010 as “National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week.”

The designation is an effort to raise awareness of landline telephone payment assistance available to qualifying low-income Michigan residents as part of two federal support programs.

These programs, “Lifeline Assistance” and “Link- Up,” are available through Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR).

Michigan residents who participate in one or more of the following programs are eligible for telephone assistance: Medicaid; Food Stamps; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Federal Public Housing Assistance; Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF); and National School Lunch Program (NSL).

Details: Call 877-462-8188 or at


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