Williamston couple’s charity helps children locally, in Haiti

Tucked into one of Williamston’s neighborhoods, the Monette house greets you with a large chalk drawing on the driveway and a wall of paint tubes in the garage. Barbara and Dean Monette said they have always loved children, whether it be teaching or simply helping the neighbor kids with painting which started with their own children. To channel that love, the couple created The Monette Children’s Enrichment Fund. The fund became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit about a year ago but the Monette’s have been raising money for about four years. The fund is for promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs in local schools as well as in Haiti.

Typhoon victims got less, still need international aid

By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING – When Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, devastated the Philippines last month, Americans sprang into action. Just not as many as expected, according to a national report. Compared to other recent international disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 tsunami in Japan, fewer Americans paid attention to news of the typhoon and are donating to relief efforts, according to the Pew Research Center report. At least over 55 percent of Americans reported “very closely” following the earthquake in Haiti and tsunamis in Japan and the Indian Ocean. Only 32 percent of Americans report following Typhoon Haiyan.

3,000-mile horseback ride helps Haiti

By Andrew Marlan
Mason Times staff writer
Two sisters from West Branch, Mich., are riding their horses to Texas; a 3,000-mile round-trip journey they had dreamed about since they were children. The Nelseys started a charity called Horseback For Haiti with a goal to raise $15,000 to place three wells in Haiti. This past weekend Brandy and Ashley Nelsey were in Mason, Mich., sharing information on the Haiti Water Project and collecting pledges. “We’ve raised almost $1,000 in pledges so far,” said Ashley Nelsey, “which is not bad for two weeks on the road.”
The Nelseys’ horses can go up to 2 mph and will travel about 20 miles per day, giving them plenty of downtime to search for donations. Friday, Sept.