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FFHFYF Presents Grant to the Antioch Lutheran Free Reading Tutors Program

FFHFYF Treasurer, Andrew Haller, recently presented a grant award to volunteers and participants from the Antioch Lutheran Church Free Reading Tutors program.  The program was started in January 2017 by retired teacher Shirley George who identified a need to provide assistance to children in the community who require additional help with reading skills.  Shirley was inspired by the third-grade reading bill which could potentially lead to the retention in third grade of children identified as being below-grade readers.

The program is open to children in grades 2-4 from Farmington and Farmington Hills, runs six days a week (after school Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings) and is staffed by trained volunteers from both Antioch Lutheran Church and the local community.  There are currently 23 children enrolled in the program and they receive one hour a week one-on one tuition free of charge.  Initially the program was solely to assist with reading skills, but there are now a couple of volunteers able to help with math tuition as well.  The program collaborates with Farmington Public Schools wherever possible to set individual targets and goals for each child.

Some books have already been donated to the program and the grant from FFHFYF will help with the purchase of more reading material that aligns with that currently used in Farmington Public Schools.  The grant will also assist with publicity materials for the program.

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FFHFYF Presents Grant Award to Neighborhood House

Ken Paulson, FFHFYF Trustee, presented a grant award for $2,650 to Alan Maxey, President of Neighborhood House, on September 21st.   Also in attendance from Neighborhood House were Loretta Zahn, Client Support Specialist and Terri Hanson, Assistant Client Support Specialist.

Neighborhood House is a local charity supported totally by the local community that provides help to local needy families, children and individuals in Farmington and Farmington Hills.  It is an affiliated organization with the Farmington Area Goodfellows and is in its 28th year of making a difference in our community.  Over the last two years, Neighborhood House has provided financial assistance to nearly 475 local families in need to help with the payment of rent, temporary housing, and heating, electric and water bills.  The grant received from FFHFYF will help this vital support of those who are in need in our community to continue.

Photograph Left to Right:  Alan Maxey, Ken Paulson, Loretta Zahn, Terri Hanson,

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Fall 2017 Grant Allocation


The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families (FFHFYF) is now accepting grant applications for the Fall 2017 allocation.

FFHFYF supports programs and provide funds to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families, particularly those in need, within the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. During our spring allocation we made grant awards to the following organizations and programs:

Antioch Lutheran Free Reading Tutors

City of Farmington Hills Youth & Family Services After School Program

Farmington Family YMCA

Farmington Public Schools Homeless Program

Heartfelt Harvest

Neighborhood House

West Oaks Civitan

If you are looking for funding for a project or organization that benefits youth and families in the Farmington and Farmington Hills area, then please visit our website at http://ffhfoundation.org/home/grant-info/ for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

All applications for the fall allocation must be received at FFHFYF by October 15th.  Our next allocation will be spring 2018, the deadline for which is April 15th, 2018.

If you have any questions about FFHFYF or our grant application and allocation process, please email us at info@ffhfoundation.org, or call our office at 248-426-1190.


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Farmington Community Library

The Farmington Community Library was one of our Fall 2016 grant award recipients.  We recently received an update from the Children’s Librarian, Jill Webb.  Jill reports that the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program is continuing to grow and succeed and that they currently have over 950 children registered for this program!  128,100 books have been read and 30 children have read 1000 books and completed the program.  They are very excited about the number of families who are sharing the joy of reading.

The $1000.00 grant award has been used to purchase 108 high quality hardcover books which will be awarded to the children who complete their 1000th book.  These purchases will provide some exceptional choices for them to add to their home libraries.


The sticker that was specially designed for the program and is placed on the inside front cover of each book

Some of the books that have been purchased with the FFHFYF grant award

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2017 Spring Gala


Our 2017 Spring Gala was held on Saturday, April 22nd at the Glen Oaks Country Club in Farmington Hills.  This was our main fundraising event this year and the evening raised over $45K for the foundation to continue their support of programs in the Farmington and Farmington Hills area that improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in the community.

The gala was a fun-filled evening expertly emceed by meteorologist and Farmington Hills resident Chris Edwards.  Guests were entertained by dueling piano act “Piano Wars!” with Dave Caruso and Paul Bickle.  A raffle, live auction and silent auction helped to boost funds raised on the evening and FFHFYF would like to thank all the individuals and businesses that generously donated items.  We would also like to thank all our event sponsors for their support.


At the event FFHFYF presented Todd Lipa with the 2017 Riley Award for Altruism.  This award is made each year by the foundation to an individual from the community who has made a significant contribution to the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.  Todd was born and raised in Farmington Hills and was one of the co-founders of the After-School Youth Center program in 1996.  He is currently the Program Director for the City of Farmington Hills After-School Youth Center Program and is also involved in numerous other community projects.  Todd has been instrumental in raising significant funds for both the After-School Program and other community causes and programs, and consistently gives a considerable amount of his time and energy to groups that help families in need and support children and youth.  Todd’s work and involvement in the community continues to make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of many families in Farmington and Farmington Hills, making him a very worthy recipient of this award.


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