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Get Groovy with Groundcover & Finance Conference Scholarships

Join the dance party on Friday, March 27 and have your admission go towards sending some of our hard-working vendors and volunteers to the International Street Newspaper conference this summer. It’s just a $5 cover charge (with an opportunity to contribute more) for 4 hours of music and fun courtesy of Stevie D and the Wannabees, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Heidelberg lower level, 215 N. Main St. in Ann Arbor. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Buy your ticket in advance through our website (and maybe add a little more to cover the bite Paypal takes) by using the red DONATE NOW button or pay at the door. Alternatively, up until March 22, you can mail a check, made out Groundcover News with Cover Charge on the memo line, to our office (423 S. 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104).


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Additional emergency shelter for daytime and overnight during worst of winter

In addition to the 50 beds at the Delonis Shelter, an Overnight Warming Center is being hosted by three congregations on a rotating basis from January 5th thru March 30th of 2015 from 7pm-7am, and operated by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

Overnight Warming Center participants are required to check in between 7 and 8pm at Delonis Center, 312 West Huron Street.  Individuals will be screened for access to housing resources, then will be bussed to the offsite location. At 7am each morning, participants will be transported to the Saint Andrew’s breakfast program. Participating churches include:

  • Bethlehem United Church of Christ, (January)
  • Crossroads Community Baptist Church (February), and
  • Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church (March).

The Daytime Warming Center will be open 9am-4pm each day and participants will be required to give their name every day they attend to keep track of the community need. The Monday-Friday daytime warming center will be at the churches on a rotation basis, with the Delonis Center operating Saturday and Sunday. Participating churches are:

  • St. Mary’s Student Chapel, 331 Thompson (January)
  • First Congregational Church, 608 East. William St. Ann Arbor (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in February),
  • First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington Ann Arbor (Tuesdays and Thursdays in February), and
  • The Lord of Light Lutheran Church/Student Chapel, 801 S. Forest, Ann Arbor (March).

In cases of extreme cold, when public schools are closed (20 below, with or without wind chill), additional temporary warming stations will also be available to any Washtenaw County resident.  Refer to this list for updates throughout the winter.


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New Coupons to give to Panhandlers in Washtenaw County

Many people want to help panhandlers on the street but aren’t sure exactly how to do so. Sure, you could give them cash, but that’s not helping them develop skills or move out of their current situation. Here’s something we based on what other street newspapers have done: information coupons.

These coupons can be given to panhandlers in place of money, both to give them information about Groundcover and to show them where people are more willing to give their money. Print them off and hand them out to panhandlers you see; it will get the ball rolling for them and hopefully end with them becoming a Groundcover vendor and developing skills that can help them get back on their feet.  COUPONS FOR PANHANDLERS


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Groundcover News Vendors sell 10,000 May Issues!

Shattering their previous month’s record, as well as every other monthly sales record, the amazing, talented, and dedicated vendors of Groundcover News sold 10,066 copies of the May issue!

Thank you to all of you supporters, fans, readers, and community members that have helped our vendors to push this organization forward and into the future!

Let’s do it again this month!

Groundcover Benefit Concert in Saline

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Groundcover Benefit Concert in Saline

An awesome group of Saline High School students have selected Groundcover News as the focus of their Capstone project. These socially-conscious teens are throwing a benefit concert at the t Brewed Awakenings Cafe at 7025 E Michigan Ave, Saline, MI 48176 (corner of State & Michigan).

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to support the continued efforts of Groundcover News throughout the Washtenaw County Community.

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