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500 Books Donated…and counting!

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The Center is just half way through our book collection drive for Rx for Reading Detroit.  I am thrilled to report that over 500 hundred books have been donated so far!  As we packed up the books to donate, we smiled to see some of our childhood favorites… remember the Hardy Boys adventures?  There were also more recently published classics like the Harry Potter series. I’m excited to know that these old and new stories will be filling the Little Libraries in Detroit soon!

When my parents recently relocated, my siblings and I were all handed a box of childhood mementos.  My mom said she could not throw them away, but the box did not make “the cut” to move to their new house.  Sound familiar to anyone?  After laughing at my childhood arts and crafts efforts, I found several books that I loved as a kid. I can’t think of a better way to show my appreciation for those stories than to share with the next generation of young readers.

We are so appreciative of the donations from clients, team members, and Center friends to this worthy charity.  If you are wondering if you can still participate, it’s not too late! We will continue collecting books through July 31st. 

If you are interested in donating, we are collecting gently used or new books, appropriate for elementary through high-school aged students. Rx for Reading Detroit is able to purchase books at a deep discount, so if you’d like to make a cash donation, please send directly to: Rx for Reading Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221. The Little Libraries used by Rx for Reading are constructed by Center client, John Mio.  

For more information about our event, please click here: Collecting-books-for-donation-to-rx-for-reading.

Jeanette LoPiccolo, CRPC® is a Client Service Manager at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.®

The Center Feels Honored to be Considered One of the Healthiest in the State

Contributed by: Gerri Harmer Gerri Harmer

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The room was buzzing all night. We felt blessed to be invited to the Governor’s Fitness Award Gala and very humbled by our fellow nominees. We were excited to attend as one of the three nominees in the Healthy Workplace – small business category.

Al Kaline and Senator Stabenow were honored for the Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement and the John Dingell Outstanding Public Official. They did not compare to a 20-year-old boy who pitches with one hand, a female army pilot who is making it her mission to help veterans coming home, and a 102-year-old veteran who challenged Lila Lazarus and Lt. Governor Brian Pauley to a pushup challenge onstage and won.

There were many amazing and courageous stories of overcoming obstacles, accomplishing great feats and positively influencing others. Race directors, communities and people coming together for the purpose of living healthier lives. We learned Michigan is ranked 35th in the health and wellness arena. We can do better. Those honored are leading the way to get us moving again.  We left ready to put on our tennies and bring everyone with us. We hope you’ll join the movement.

Read more about the winners and their inspiring stories here.

Gerri Harmer is a Client Service Manager at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.®


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Audience Gets Involved at DCWS “Set The Tempo”

The Center proudly sponsored Set The Tempo, a two-part Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) concert performed at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Our commitment to the DCWS is longstanding and we proudly support the performances this talented group brings to audiences.  Involving the audience directly in the artistic process was a prominent theme for this innovative musical performance.

The first half of the concert featured works of three composers who are participating in a competition with composers across the country.  The three were selected from forty applicants in our region who were given 14 days to write a five minute piece for a prescribed instrumentation, which in this case included clarinet, violin and piano.  The audience was directly involved as we all had a collective vote in the competitive process.

The concert’s second half featured a performance by DCWS musicians of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.  DCWS Artistic Advisor, H. Robert Reynolds, led an interactive rehearsal of the work, with audience members again participating in the artistic decision making.

Set The Tempo was a different experience than a typical chamber music concert.  It required an adventuresome, intellectually curious audience and from what we observed was enjoyed by all.

Our thanks to Maury Okun, Executive Director of Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the musicians for providing a wonderful Sunday afternoon of musical discovery and enjoyment.


Raymond James is not affiliated with DCWS.

The Center Gives Back to our Community

Contributed by: Clare Lilek Clare Lilek

The end of the year is a busy time as we prepare for holidays, family time, and New Year resolutions. Here at The Center, we decided not to get caught up in the rush of the end of the year and instead carve out time to give back to the community around us and those less fortunate. One of the ways we’re doing this is through our charitable giving. Each month during the fourth quarter our team members have chosen a different cause to support monetarily. In October we donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, for November we supported Prostate Cancer Research, and for the month of December, we are donating money to Toys for Tots.

Not only do our team members give their money, but they give their time as well. On November 23rd we volunteered at Focus: Hope, packaging food in their warehouse that was delivered to homebound seniors. And on December 2nd we are volunteering at an organization in Detroit called Arts & Scraps. (UPDATE: The Center Team volunteered December 2nd as planned. Arts & Scraps measures success through smiles. We helped foster 3,000-4,000 future smiles! THAT’S A LOT OF CHILD HAPPINESS!)  The organization’s goal is to take recycled industrial materials and create art packages to give to students and communities to encourage learning through art. 

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Though our individual team members have a range of diverse interests, we unite in our desire to give back to the community around us. During these group volunteer days, we have the chance to learn about different organizations around the Detroit area while participating in a Center value of philanthropy.

At The Center, we also like to donate specific items to charities. Most recently staff members donated hundreds of books to RX For Reading Detroit to help combat the "book desert" in the city. John Mio brought the book drive and organization to our attention and in conjunction with our donations collected over 700 books for the organization!

This power of collective has been seen daily in the office since we partnered with Toys for Tots. Our clients, team members, friends, and family have donated toys to our ever-growing collection. We have already filled one box to the brim and are looking to fill another with new, unused, and unwrapped toys. If you would like to donate toys, feel free to either stop by or send them directly to our office in Southfield by December 16th!

This time of year is filled with love and joy spread by family time in conjunction with so many beloved holidays. The Center is thankful for our good fortune and for the hard work of our dedicated team. We are even more grateful that these kindhearted people contribute to the community in positive and meaningful ways, both individually and collectively. The Center is happy to be part of this communal giving and we’re dedicated to continuing this good will and spirit into the New Year.

Clare Lilek is a Challenge Detroit Fellow / Client Service Associate at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.


Raymond James is not affiliated with any of the charities mentioned. Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any website or the collection or use of information regarding any website's users and/or members.

The Center Helps Send Southfield Students Back to School

Co-Contributed by: Jaclyn Jackson Jaclyn Jackson and Kali Hassinger Kali Hassinger

On August 15th, Center team members, Kali Hassinger and Jaclyn Jackson, joined the Southfield community for a day of volunteering and fun at the Southfield Public Schools Back to School Summer Bash.  The event provided free school supplies, books, and pertinent information to families gearing up for the 2015-16 school year.  Featuring rides, ice cream, music, farm animals, and festival food, the picnic-style event proved to be great day for the Southfield community. 

“As we were organizing supplies to give away, you could see a long line forming. One of the volunteers even joked that it looked like a line for a Justin Bieber concert. You could tell parents and students were excited about the event,” Jaclyn said.   

The event reflects responsiveness to recent demographic changes of the school district. Today, sixty-five percent of enrolled students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“It was such a positive event. It feels great to know that a student, who may not have the ability to buy those supplies otherwise, is starting the year prepared,” Kali explained. 

In addition to volunteering, The Center was an event sponsor.  Sponsorship and volunteer efforts are part of The Center’s vision for community partnering, which aims to contribute $100,000 in sweat equity, commitment, and financial contributions by 2020.  In just 3 hours, the Summer Bash distributed enough school supplies to fill a large school bus.  With continuing support from community sponsors, they hope to keep the annual event going.

 The Center wishes every student a successful and enjoyable 2015-16 school year!

Jaclyn Jackson is a Research Associate at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.

Kali Hassinger is a Registered Client Service Associate at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.

Live Your Plan: 35 Years of Printmaking

Contributed by: Timothy Wyman, CFP®, JD Tim Wyman

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a client turn a dream into reality. To me, that’s what financial planning is all about. My clients Norm and Susan Stewart are a shining example. They turned creative talents into a successful 35-year printmaking business in Bloomfield Hills. At Stewart & Stewart, Norm is the Master printer and partner Susan is the graphic designer. If you have ever driven down Wing Lake Road between Maple & Quarton, you may have seen their workshop. Their collection resides not only in Michigan, but all across America and Europe.  And now they’ve been featured in the Journal of the Print World. I’m proud to serve folks like the Stewarts each day. On behalf of everyone at The Center – Congrats!

For another inspirational story of clients living their plans, check out this blog about two more of my clients who authored “A Poetic Life”. Their insight on living each day to the fullest could have you thinking about intentional living.

Timothy Wyman, CFP®, JD is the Managing Partner and Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. and is a contributor to national media and publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on Good Morning America Weekend Edition and WDIV Channel 4. A leader in his profession, Tim served on the National Board of Directors for the 28,000 member Financial Planning Association™ (FPA®), mentored many CFP® practitioners and is a frequent speaker to organizations and businesses on various financial planning topics.


Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any website or the collection or use of information regarding any website's users and/or members.

Raymond James is not affiliated with Stewart & Stewart.

 

 

Leadership Oakland Day of Service Experience is Truly Humbling

Contributed by: Sandra Adams, CFP® Sandy Adams

Imagine decorating six houses all in one day! On Saturday, May 16th, I joined my 25 fellow Leadership Oakland classmates, former Leadership Oakland Alumni, and friends, along with employees and volunteers from Humble Design, a Pontiac-based 501c3 nonprofit organization. Together we helped fully furnish and decorate 6 existing homes for Grace Centers of Hope. The day was filled with home decorating, spring lawn clean up, and ended with a park celebration with volunteers and the families that were moved into the homes from former homelessness.  The day was particularly special as we helped Humble Designs move their 500th family into a home!

Humble Design started in 2009 and assists families in need who are transitioning out of homeless and domestic abuse shelters by providing furnishings and design services in their new place of residence.  They use donated furniture and in kind goods to turn bare rooms into a fully furnished and decorated home.  Many of their clients leave the shelter with just the clothes on their back and do not have the means to furnish their new space.  That’s where Humble Design steps in, turning the house into a livable, comfortable home.

Grace Centers of Hope is a non-profit Christian organization committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted, and unwanted through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, personal accountability, life skills education, and work-related programs. The foundation of change is the local church which encourages residents to become strong in faith and independence while it lovingly promotes a sense of belonging within a community that truly can be called “home”.

The day was filled with hard work, camaraderie, emotion and deep fulfillment as we witnessed the true joy and gratefulness of the families seeing the homes designed just for them for the first time. It was truly a HUMBLING experience!

Sandra Adams, CFP® is a Partner and Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. Sandy specializes in Elder Care Financial Planning and is a frequent speaker on related topics. In 2012-2014 Sandy has been named to the Five Star Wealth Managers list in Detroit Hour magazine. In addition to her frequent contributions to Money Centered, she is regularly quoted in national media publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Research Magazine and Journal of Financial Planning.


Five Star Award is based on advisor being credentialed as an investment advisory representative (IAR), a FINRA registered representative, a CPA or a licensed attorney, including education and professional designations, actively employed in the industry for five years, favorable regulatory and complaint history review, fulfillment of firm review based on internal firm standards, accepting new clients, one- and five-year client retention rates, non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered, number of client households served.

Raymond James is not affiliated with any of the organizations/charities mentioned. Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any website or the collection or use of information regarding any website's users and/or members.

Center Team Members Participate in Money Smart Week

Contributed by: Center for Financial Planning, Inc. The Center

April is Financial Literacy Month and when it comes to financial literacy, knowing how to manage your money is a big part. That’s why the “Money Smart Week” public awareness campaign was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. This year it falls on April 18 – 25th. The goal is to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country, including local organizations like our Financial Planning Association of Michigan. Other involved include local libraries and corporations that are dedicated to promoting financial literacy (like the Center for Financial Planning!).

Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance. Melissa Joy, CFP® and Sandy Adams, CFP® are again volunteering at their local libraries where they will be offering presentations to the public on financial planning topics. To find an event to attend in your neighborhood, click here: Money Smart Week®.


Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any website or the collection or use of information regarding any website's users and/or members.

The Center Supports Gleaners’ Vine and Dine Fundraiser

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2014 marks the third year Center for Financial Planning has helped sponsor the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s Vine and Dine event to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank.  Vine and Dine allows guests to experience music, wine, and food from some of the best artists, caterers, and restaurants in metropolitan Detroit.This year’s event was held at the Cranbrook Institute of Science where guests were treated to a special “behind the scenes” tour of the museum as well as see National Geographic’s touring exhibition, Women of Vision.

As a part of The Center’s 2020 Vision, we are deeply committed to community service and aim for our combined sweat equity and financial contributions to create $100,000 of community support each year.  The Vine and Dine event is one on the ways we are building up to our 2020 Vision goal.  This year, The Center team has also volunteered with Gleaners to donate and assemble food packages because we are moved by their commitment to fight against hunger in southeastern Michigan.  Gleaners has successfully collaborated with the Feeding America network, member agencies, and program partners to deliver millions of pounds of food to the people who need it most.  

Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed web sites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any web site or the collection or use of information regarding any web site’s users and/or members.

Giving Back: Partnering with the South Oakland Shelter

 For many, getting involved in the community and giving back is as much a gift to yourself as it is a gift to others. Over the last 15 years, my partner (is this the best word?) Kim and I really enjoy giving back to those less fortunate by helping the South Oakland Shelter.  SOS is located in Lathrup Village, MI and is dedicated to helping individuals and families who have fallen on hard times. Many are temporarily homeless or out of work and need a safe place to fall and to lift themselves back up.  SOS is a revolving shelter with over 50 local churches and synagogues helping to provide shelter at night, rides to work in the morning and 3 hot meals a day.

This year, for our part, we cooked meals and helped people get to work.  But we also helped with the annual conversion of our church, (Birmingham Unitarian Church), into living quarters for 30 guests for a week. At the end of the week, I received a card signed by all the guests, thanking us for an outstanding effort on their behalf. In my years working with SOS, I have never received a note with personal messages like this:

We truly felt at home”
“I am so grateful to have you on this portion of my journey”
“I love you BUC”
“Thanks for your precious time, I am truly grateful”
“You all were great”

 

We’re looking forward to partnering with SOS again in 2015. 

Matthew E. Chope, CFP ® is a Partner and Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. Matt has been quoted in various investment professional newspapers and magazines. He is active in the community and his profession and helps local corporations and nonprofits in the areas of strategic planning and money and business management decisions. In 2012 and 2013, Matt was named to the Five Star Wealth Managers list in Detroit Hour magazine.


Five Star Award is based on advisor being credentialed as an investment advisory representative (IAR), a FINRA registered representative, a CPA or a licensed attorney, including education and professional designations, actively employed in the industry for five years, favorable regulatory and complaint history review, fulfillment of firm review based on internal firm standards, accepting new clients, one- and five-year client retention rates, non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered, number of client households served.

Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed web sites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any web site or the collection or use of information regarding any web site’s users and/or members.