MUSIC Matters CoMMunity Partnership
In the fall of 2017, MUSIC Matters launched the CoMMunity Partnership, with the goal of maximizing our organization's social impact on campus and within the local community. The CoMMunity Partnership is a $2,500 grant used to help a selected student organization on the University of Michigan campus make strides to further their mission. By offering both funding and manpower from our organization, we hope these partnerships will ultimately make positive change in the community. This year, MUSIC Matters decided to select not one, but two CoMMunity Partners in order to create an even bigger collective impact on campus and to generate even more opportunities for MUSIC Matters general members to get involved in our social ventures.
Heal-Move-Shift, 2018-2019 Partner
Heal-Move-Shift is a student organization that works with Middle Eastern and North African communities in Michigan through health training and education programs. They aim to improve on three tenets: nutritional health, cardiovascular health, and mental health. We hope that this year's partnership with Heal-Move-Shift will help them expand their programs to other schools.
Michigan movement, 2018-2019 partner
Michigan Movement and Heal-Move-Shift! Michigan Movement is a nonprofit that empowers and provides aid to individuals, families, and students experiencing homelessness in Ann Arbor. They directly work with these people by consulting with them, then providing them with resources that best fit their needs.
Books for a Benefit, 2017-2018 Partner
Our 2017 CoMMunity Partner was Books for a Benefit, a fellow student nonprofit at Michigan. By increasing the availability of books and academic resources, we hoped to inspire and support young children's drive to learn. MUSIC Matters collected over one thousand book donations to be used to stock a new library in Flint. After much planning with Books for a Benefit, visiting The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village to gain a feel for the space, and shopping for all the materials necessary to create a warm space, MM members travelled to Flint to bring the vision to life. We painted, constructed, and danced… but more importantly, we were able to transform this former elementary school classroom into something empowering for the Flint community!