Community Hand-UP was developed in 2009 with the intent of general community betterment including things such as health education, low-cost CPR, prevention issues, and family stability. With the closing of ‘the W’ about one year ago CHUP decided that the purposes and opportunities available in that facility align directly with the mission of the organization and CHUP would take on efforts at reopening the facility and establishing long-term sustainability.
CHUP established itself as a Michigan non-profit, obtained 501c3 status, began fundraising and community awareness efforts, obtained Great Lakes Center for Youth Development SOSY award for Technical Assistance & funding. Community Hand-UP has worked on community projects and with community partners on events including the Sawyer Fish Plant and Community Day, Achieving Healthy Lifestyles Community Fallfest, and Suicide Awareness presentation among others.
CHUP is a fully volunteer organization and intends to incorporate volunteerism as a vital part of reopening and maintaining the facility, programs, and resources. Involvement of the community at a volunteer level will promote investment in the community as a whole and improve overall community wellness.
CHUP worked tirelessly in an effort to save the community and recreation facility commonly known as ‘The W’. CHUP’s efforts to save the W drew together community members, businesses, and township and county officials and drew significant positive public involvement in a tremendous community building effort. Although the final result was not successful in restoring the W to it’s community benefit purpose, CHUP was successful in drawing the community and community partners together in this huge community development effort.