by JUDY REED It’s been around for almost 38 years, serving the northern Kent county community—from 6 mile north to the county line—with food, shelter, utilities support, clothing, counseling and more. Technically known as the Rockford community services center, it began being called the North Kent service center sometime in the 1980s. However, effective October 1, the center changed its name to North Kent Community Services. “We wanted to put ‘community’ back in our name to better reflect what we do,” said executive director Sandy Waite. “We are blessed to have the opportunity to help our neighbors in need in northern Kent County, but we also want to emphasize that we are a part of the local communities in which we serve. We want our influence to extend well beyond the walls of our facility.” As part of the name change, NKCS unveiled a new identity, with a new logo that reflects its heritage and mission, said Waite. “We believe our new identity highlights our ongoing mission to love our neighbor. We are blessed to be able to do so.” Their hours will remain the same, open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The donation area will be open, however.
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NKSC donations now qualify for Michigan tax credit The Michigan Treasury Department works year round. It may be a slimmed-down version compared to the tax season, but those working seem to be working hard. Those of us in the professional tax business see evidence of their efforts from time to time. Usually a taxpayer will receive a letter or some correspondence from Treasury, requesting verification of a transaction or requesting that the taxpayer send Treasury some money for an error on a tax return. That is the type of effort that we could really live without. However, once in a while, we get some really good news from Treasury. Recently, the North Kent Service Center (NKSC) received a letter determining that it qualifies as a certified Homeless Shelter/Food Bank. This is extremely good news for NKSC. As a certified Homeless Shelter/Food Bank organization, monetary contributions made direct to NKSC qualify for a credit on the Michigan tax return. This particular credit is one of the best credits known to mankind. On a joint Michigan tax return, 50% of a contribution up to $400 qualifies as a credit against income tax liability. Give $400 to NKSC and receive $200 of tax credit. On a single return, the limit is 50% of up to $200, which generates $100 of tax credit. This is a non-refundable credit, so the taxpayer has to have some liability. But for those with a tax liability, this is a wonderful way to reduce that tax liability and help out a local organization. A further advantage of making contributions is that they are also allowable on the federal Schedule A as a charitable contribution. For taxpayers who do itemize their deductions, this really reduces the final net out-of-pocket cost. For example, taxpayers in the 25% federal income tax bracket make a $400 contribution to NKSC. They will receive a $200 tax credit on their Michigan tax return. They will also receive a $400 deduction on their Schedule A. This deduction, since they are in the 25% tax bracket, saves them $100 in taxes ($400 times 25%). They will save $200 of Michigan tax and $100 of federal tax for a total tax savings of $300. Their net out-of-pocket cost for writing a $400 […]
Even though school is out for the summer, the staff at North Kent Service Center (NKSC) are already working on our back-to-school project. Their goal is to supply about 500 backpacks full of school of school supplies to their clients’ school-age children. Any donation of new backpacks, calculators and other necessary school supplies would be greatly appreciated. NKSC will be collecting backpacks and items from July 12 to August 12. The following items are needed: • BACKPACKS • pens, pencils, erasers • spiral-bound notebooks • highlighters, crayons • pencil boxes, markers • 2-pocket report folders • construction paper, scissors • notebook paper, rulers For more information, please contact Deb McIntyre, volunteer coordinator at NKSC, at (616) 866-3478 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly’s Boutique, a specialty retailer in Rockford, announced that it is presenting a $2,000 donation to North Kent Service Center (NKSC) as part of Brighton’s Feed Our Friends fundraiser. Kimberly’s Boutique was among retailers across the United States that joined with Brighton last summer in selling a limited-edition collection of semi-precious jewelry designed especially to help feed struggling Americans. “To help us decide where to direct our donations, we asked retailers who participated in the fundraiser to nominate their American Heroes—people in the community who lead tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are feeding people,” said Laura Young, president of sales and marketing for Brighton, a Los Angeles-based maker of fine ladies’ accessories. “We selected North Kent Service Center from among hundreds of entries that we received because of the passion that Kimberly’s Boutique and the store’s customers showed for their work their ‘hero’ does in the community.” Donating by design is a continuing tradition at Brighton, where founder and owner Jerry Kohl and his team of designers have created jewelry collections that have raised over $3 million for breast cancer charities and over $1 million to fight women’s heart disease. With the American Heroes collection, they focused their creative efforts on the growing number of people going hungry due to the economy. “We all have people in our lives that we’re concerned about, so I decided to find a way we can make a difference in their lives,” Kohl said. “That’s how the American Heroes jewelry and additional Feed Our Friends programs came about.” Known for excellent quality and broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton produces handbags, jewelry, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, luggage, fragrances and gifts which are sold in 142 Brighton Collectibles stores and over 5,000 specialty stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.brighton.com.
Becca Ryan was recently awarded the R. Paul Nelson full tuition scholarship offered by Aquinas College. Based on high school grade point average and ACT scores, Becca was invited to the Aquinas campus to participate in the Spectrum Scholarship competition along with roughly 250 other students. The testing consisted of multiple choice, team dynamics and essay components. Becca finished fourth overall. “I have had many positive experiences while meeting with future professors and admissions counselors,” Becca said. “The small size of the college creates a personable atmosphere that I want to be a part of. I know that the academics will challenge me and push me to become the best version of myself.” Becca currently keeps herself busy as an active member of the Our Lady of Consolation Peer Ministry team, participating in many charitable causes, including working at North Kent Service Center, God’s Kitchen North, and a mission trip to New Orleans. Her other hobbies are running/exercise, spending more time with family, and being goofy with friends. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She looks forward to life on the Aquinas campus, particularly meeting new people and finding her niche in the work force. She currently plans to work toward a degree in psychology. Becca’s proud parents are Mike and Patty Ryan of Rockford. Her siblings are Mike, Christopher and Jessica.