Giving Back

Long-time Plymouth firefighter Jared Stotts recalls a time when firefighters gained valuable experience with live fires in abandoned homes and properties donated to the city. “Now Plymouth is more developed,” he says.

Plymouth residents and diehard fire department volunteers Steve and Joni Marti would say it themselves: The first couple of years of the Plymouth Firefighter 5K were less than glamorous.

When given the opportunity to nearly double a child’s likelihood of going to college, most of us would say we’d take it. But what if, in doing so, you ended up feeling you were the one who received the greater gift? It’s all possible with a program called Kinship.

Annuals, perennials and tomatoes—oh my! IOCP helped community members ring in spring on May 16 at the Annual Plant Sale, hosted by St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church. Thanks to the more than 90 volunteers, IOCP received a total of $13,000 for the 4,000 plants available.

As a veterinarian and a chemical engineer, respectively, it’s no surprise that education is important to Jennifer Hanson and Matt Thell. Jennifer works at Rockford Road Animal Hospital and Matt works in international strategy at General Mills.

In 1999, Interfaith and Community Partners’ Spread Your Wings Gala looked a bit different than it does now.

Last November, Cowboy Jack’s restaurant had black smoke billowing from its kitchen roof at dawn. Within 30 minutes or so of arriving, Plymouth firefighters had the fire under control and its cause under investigation.

During the annual Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners’ 2014 Sleep Out event, community members spent the night in cardboard shelters, slept in their cars, had 24-hour bonfires, walkathons, culinary showcases and more.

Five years ago when longtime Plymouth resident Jill Goldstein brought home her newly adopted and previously abused dog, Oliver, she didn’t just make a difference in Oliver’s life.

For most volunteers, passion for what they do lives deep in their souls. No one knows this better than the volunteers at French Regional Park in the Three Rivers Park District.

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