2017-07-27 / Business

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Michigan Community Resources announces Dobbs as new CEO

DETROIT — Michigan Community Resources’ (MCR) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to appoint Shamyle Dobbs to serve as its Chief Executive Officer, filling the vacancy created when Jill Ferrari stepped down to return to real estate development.

Dobbs assumes the CEO role after serving with Michigan Community Resources for 10 years, most recently as the Chief Program Officer. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, Dobbs moved to Michigan in 2001 to complete her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University.

Dobbs has more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit management and extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Organizational Capacity Building, Program Development, Project Management, Cross-Sector Relationship Management, Community Organizing, and Engagement. As CEO, Dobbs will lead and execute the goals and strategic vision of the organization. This includes cultivating funding, opportunities and relationships for the organization’s core service areas, community legal resources, community planning resources, and community education and outreach resources.

“We are privileged to serve organizations on the front-line of community change. Moreover, we recognize the endurance required to shoulder that responsibility with limited resources,” Shamyle Dobbs said.

Founded in 1998, the mission of Michigan Community Resources is to support and empower nonprofit community organizations in Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance. Its programs include legal assistance, educational training and publications, urban planning services, and community outreach. — G.G.

School supply drive for foster kids

FLINT TWP. — The Mattress Firm Flint, 910 Center Rd., is hosting a School Supply Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Aug. 27 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm will accept school supplies and monetary contributions to help give local foster children the tools they need to succeed as a new school year begins. All items collected will be donated to Ennis Center for Children at the end of the eight-week drive.

Throughout the year, Mattress Firm Foster Kids, a program of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, hosts six donation drives at its Flint store to collect items and raise funds to help thousands of local foster children. Donations from each drive will be distributed to partner organizations in the community.

Details: Call 810-743-1233 or visit www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org. — G.G.

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