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Our Mission

The Holt Community Foundation will unite individuals and groups who seek to improve the social environment for all who live, work, learn, and play in our community.  Our supporters will conduct charitable activities built on the pillars of equity, inclusion, and enrichment.  We will engage community members in the benevolent and generous mission to promote the welfare of others.

Our Vision

We facilitate community enrichment throughout the Holt Community by supporting:

  • Educational programs at local schools involving students, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Beautification initiatives at our parks, playgrounds, and natural areas
  • Research and writing activities that create new knowledge or document local history
  • Healthy habits, athletic training, and friendly competitions involving sports
  • Music and artistic endeavors of all kinds including public displays
  • Civil action toward equity, inclusion, fairness, and justice to overcome discrimination

Enjoy your community!

Events

The Holt Community Foundation is going to change the way you think about volunteering and philanthropy by normalizing togetherness and collective action.  We are building momentum through “Community Weekends” that include activities based on our 6 values: Environment, Education, Research, Health, Music/Arts, and Civil Action.  Here is what we are building:

Save the Dates

  • March 21, 2018 Holt Education Foundation Dinner
    • Table of 8 includes: Scott and Joye Cochran, Jeremy Baragar (+1), Ryan Bort, Jacob Alvarado, Tadiwa Chiduma (+1)
  • April 1, 2018 Spring Break!  Scholarship applications due
  • April 21, 2018 Jason Baragar Memorial Hoops Tournament
    • ALL GAMES Saturday
  • April 22, 2018 Earth Day!  Gardening Effort
  • May 11, 2018 Ram Trail Run
  • June 15, 2018 Last Day of School!
  • June 23, 2018 Holt Football Golf Outing
  • July 21, 2018 Anderson – Cochran Golf Outing
  • August 18 – 19, 2018 Levendoski 3-Point Marathon
  • August 19, 2018 Holt Community Run (5K/10K/1M)
  • August 19, 2018 Taylyr Cochran Memorial Baseball Game
  • August 26, 2018 Holt Baseball Golf Outing

Leadership

Background

The Holt Community Foundation is a non-profit organization registered as a 501c3 charity with the IRS (EIN 81-5136499) and State of Michigan.  Our IRS determination letter indicates our non-profit status began January 11, 2017.  The Holt Community Foundation was incorporated by two Holt High School alumni (Dr. John Girdwood and Charles Hill, IV, CPA) and one Holt Public Schools supporter (Jaime Zerka).  The first Board of Directors was comprised of those three individuals.  We are currently recruiting individuals to form our first comprehensive Board of Directors to confirm our mission and vision.  If you are interested in appointing someone to be considered for the Board of Directors, please send an email to info@holtcommunity.org

Our Board of Directors

We are currently forming our first Board of Directors based on the following values:

  • Education: Programs at local schools involving students, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Environment: Beautification initiatives at our parks, playgrounds, and natural areas
  • Research: Writing activities that create new knowledge or document local history
  • Health: Activities, training, and friendly competitions involving sports
  • Arts and Music: Exhibits of all kinds including public displays and concerts
  • Equity: Inclusion, fairness, and civil action toward justice to overcome discrimination

Board Members

John Girdwood
Dr. John Girdwood

Executive Director: John Girdwood, PhD

Committee Chair: Executive Committee

Dr. Girdwood attended Holt Public Schools from kindergarten through high school and continued his education at three public institutions, receiving degrees from: Western Michigan University (BA in Philosophy, Ethics, and Comparative Religion), Central Michigan University (Masters of Science in Administration), and Michigan State University (PhD in Sociology).  He values his relationships with friends more than anything else and promotes education as a tool for building happiness.  Professionally, he stays busy as a Program Manager at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  He was previously a Fellow at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine and has managed hospice volunteer programs.


Jaime Zerka

Chairwoman: Jaime Zerka

Committee Chair: Community Impact

Jaime Zerka is currently the Associate Director of Human Resources at Diplomat Rx, a publicly traded specialty pharmacy.  She has advanced quickly up the corporate ladder and is a proven leader of healthcare staff and other allied professions.  Ms. Zerka was instrumental in forming the OMIA Foundation, an educational non-profit named after her mother that gets “Outside Movement Inside Academia.”  Jaime enjoys walking her dog Bo, feeding her three koi fish, and rooting for the Michigan State University football team each fall.  She is a graduate of Western Michigan University.


Paul Anderson 

Vice President of Business and Finance: Paul Anderson

Committee Chair: Education; Anderson-Cochran Golf Outing

Paul Anderson graduated from Holt High School in 1996 after leading the Holt Rams football team to the state championship game at the Pontiac Silverdome his senior year.  He attended Central Michigan University where he received a Bachelor’s degree.  Paul was hired immediately out of college by Granger Waste Services and has worked there ever since as the company’s Director of Operations.  Paul will complete the Master’s of Business Administration program at Michigan State University in 2018.  He values family the most, joining his brothers Chad and Ryan each year at the Anderson-Cochran Golf Outing to raise money for local scholarships.


Ryan Bort
Ryan Bort

Director of Marketing: Ryan Bort

Committee Chair: Research and Writing; Community Run/Walk

Ryan Bort married his Holt High School sweetheart, Mollie, both Holt High School Class of 2006.  The couple bought their first house within walking distance of several Holt Public Schools.  He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Print Journalism and returned to Michigan to work for the Lansing State Journal as a Sports Writer.  He is now employed by McLaren Greater Lansing as a Marketing Specialist.  Ryan is an avid fan of the Ohio State University and, because he is responsible for all marketing and communication strategies and materials of the Holt Community Foundation, he incorporated shades of scarlet and gray into the color scheme.  You can email Ryan at marketing@holtcommunity.org


Tadiwa Chiduma
Tadiwa Chiduma

Director of Community Impact: Tadiwa Chiduma

Committee Chair: Civil Action, Equity, and Inclusion

Tadiwa Chiduma graduated with the Holt High School Class of 2017.  He was the first recipient of the OMIA Foundation Community Impact Award and enrolled at Michigan State University to study engineering.    He has been a mentor and volunteered with Special Olympics Project UNIFY, an  initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together through education, sports, and youth leadership.  At Holt High School, Tadiwa participated in LINKS, football, track, power-lifting, and created the Black and Minority Student Union.  You can email Tadiwa at impact@holtcommunity.org


Open Volunteer Position (Board of Directors)

Coordinator of Volunteer Services: TBD

Committee Chair: Nature, Science, and Beautification Efforts

The Holt Community Foundation is currently seeking a new member to appoint to the Board of Directors who is focused on our value of the environment.  Please forward all nominations to Dr. John Girdwood, Executive Director, by sending email to john@holtcommunity.org


Open Volunteer Position (Board of Directors)

Program Manager: TBD

Committee Chair: Healthy Habits

The Holt Community Foundation is currently seeking a new member to appoint to the Board of Directors who is focused on our value of the health.  Please forward all nominations to Dr. John Girdwood, Executive Director, by sending email to john@holtcommunity.org


Open Volunteer Position (Board of Directors)

Director of Special Projects: TBD

Committee Chair: Music and the Arts

The Holt Community Foundation is currently seeking a new member to appoint to the Board of Directors who is focused on our value of the arts and music.  Please forward all nominations to Dr. John Girdwood, Executive Director, by sending email to john@holtcommunity.org


Interested in Joining the Board of Directors?

That’s great! The Board of Directors is a volunteer team in Holt, MI who raises funds to support our community through partnering with local groups and hosting several events every year. In fact, we probably have an event coming up soon! We have done a lot in the past to support scholarships, the environment, and now equity through our basketball tournament but we need to build up our involvement in the areas of music and the arts so we are looking for somebody who is willing and able to coordinate fund-raising and implement community events. For example, we are looking to have the band Gemini from Ann Arbor play for the K-3 students at Holt Public Schools in the very near future. We did a cost assessment, worked with school administration, and had to raise enough funds to cover everything; it was a full logistics plan that is ongoing. This is something we are looking for from an Arts and Culture board member at the Holt Community Foundation. Of course, community connections are valuable as is an enthusiasm to improve the lives of those in the Holt community! The volunteer would join the board members (team) who are already conducting charitable endeavors to support education, environment, and equity. We have a director of marketing and a VP of finance as well to support projects with their particular expertise. All of us are volunteers and donate a lot of our time! Let us know if this is something you are interested in talking more about. We encourage you to first participate in some of our events! It will give you a good taste of what we do. We are always looking for volunteers to support our events! Thanks again for reaching out. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!  Please send an email to John(at)HoltCommunity(dot)org