TWO NONPROFITS YOU SHOULD BE SUPPORTING

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Ericka Woods is a proud Detroiter that has been volunteering and contributing to her community for over a decade.

Ms. Woods has served as a mentor in several capacities, but her efforts started first with her own children. As a mother of two ages 15 and 21 she makes it a point to be fully involved in her children’s lives, in and outside of home. Always desiring to be their primary role model, Ericka got them involved in community volunteering at very early ages. Her mentoring eventually transitioned to a role as team mom for the Southfield Jayhawks Cheer Team. Woods assisted the coaches with attending to the he emotional needs of the seven and eight-year-old girls. She did it with patience and positivity. As she began to seek resources and advice, Ericka noticed a urgent need for a platform to encourage, support and offer guidance for mothers. She created that platform Through her nonprofit, 1Mother2Another (1M2A), not only has she mentored young and first time mothers herself, but has also created a community of cross-mentorship. 1M2A has a membership of over 4000 mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, moms-to-be, and guardians, nationally and internationally of all ages. While working midnights full time and being a CEO, Ericka still made time to mentor young women at Vista Maria, a youth home in the city of Detroit. Motivated by her own persevering life story, Ericka provides the mothers of 1M2A with a message of courage, empowerment, and inspiration and offers a safe haven for them to express themselves.

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Ms. Woods has dedicated herself to the professional development of 1Mother2Another, and is redefining grassroots. Despite having no formal training and utilizing her own savings for startup, Ericka completed the necessary steps to register her corporation, and obtain nonprofit status.. Ms. Woods now has set her sights on getting help to obtain a building for her organization. The building would serve as the corporate headquarters and be used to offer professional development classes and other resources to group members and women in general.

One of the main priorities of 1M2A is service; She has established relationships with several community organizations. Ericka coordinates a volunteer outing for group members on a monthly basis. The group has volunteered with the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO), Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), Forgotten Harvest, the Ronald McDonald House and Meals on Wheels. Outside of organizational partnerships, Ericka has facilitated several donation drives to benefit children and the homeless, she recently started a clothing drive for women called my sisters keeper, which will be done every year in the month of July. Serving the homeless population of the city of Detroit is Ericka’s number one passion. That passion fueled the inspiration for her biggest initiative to date, Socktober. For the past 5 years, during the month of October, Ms. Woods and 1M2A collects socks for shelters and people living on the streets. The most successful year of the drive was 2018 gaining the attention of media and politicians. She was featured in the Michigan Chronicle, Cheerios 100 Acts of Good commercial, a 2018 Spirit of Detroit Award recipient , 2019 who's who of Detroit winner and 2019 Ms. woods was recognized by Coca Cola and iHeart media as an everyday hero in her community. She currently has an on going partnership with Bombas who provides sock donations every year to support her Socktober initiative. Outside of providing socks for those in need, empowering women and volunteering Ms. Woods biggest wish is for everyone to work together to make a bigger impact in the world.


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Bringing with her a passion for nonprofits that “do good,” Janette Phillips has recently been named the founding executive director of SHARE Detroit, a platform that provides a way to link the needs of Detroit-area nonprofits with residents willing to volunteer elbow-grease, funds or some other resource that those organizations may need.

The participants of SHARE Detroit range from larger, well-known organizations, such as Forgotten Harvest and SAY Detroit, to smaller, less visible groups, like Kids on the Go, in St. Clair Shores, and Living and Learning Enrichment Center, in Northville, and are divided into categories of interest, such as “children,” “veterans,” “education,” and “animals.” Focused on Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County nonprofits, SHARE Detroit strives to make it easy for residents to support area nonprofits and is modeled after sister organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Omaha, Nebraska. Phillips and her team currently have more than 100 nonprofits on the site and hope to reach more than 250 by summer.

Phillips brings to SHARE Detroit her seasoned professional experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In 2020, she created Michigan Nonprofit Development Solutions (MiNDS), an organization that, with the assistance of a small team of development experts in the Detroit area, supports local organizations through each stage of growth, focused primarily on development planning, fundraising, sustainability and visibility in the community at large. SHARE Detroit is a client of MiNDS.

Phillips’ was also executive director of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and the interim executive director and director of development for Mercy Education Project (MEP), leading it to the top-five status on the Impact 100 list of nonprofits in Metro Detroit in 2019.

Phillips has also led and was involved in a range of community organizations, including the Bloomfield Hills Rotary Club, the Bloomfield Hills PTO Council, the Building Better Families Through Action, the Bloomfield Surf Club, Bloomfield Hills High School and Way Elementary School. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Phillips has a BBA in marketing and finance. She has two daughters.

Learn more at https://sharedetroit.org