Mittens For Detroit, Inc.

Warming Hearts, Two Hands at a Time

aka Mittens for Detroit   |   Berkley, MI   |  www.MittensForDetroit.org

Mission

Mittens for Detroit, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that collects, purchases, and distributes new pairs of mittens and gloves to children, teens, and adults in need in Detroit and other nearby underserved cities in Michigan. Since 2010, more than one-quarter million pairs have been donated or purchased through community engagement.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Wendy Shepherd

Main address

PO Box 721427

Berkley, MI 48072 USA

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EIN

81-2286478

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Collection and distribution of new mittens and gloves

Mittens for Detroit collect and purchases new mittens and gloves annually. These are distributed through network of Distribution Partners in Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Dearborn, and other nearby underserved cities. Distribution Partners include schools, shelters, veterans organizations, soup kitchens, medical facilities, and other locations that will distribute the new pairs to their students, families, guests, and clients.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Mittens for Detroit serves children, teens, and adults in need in Detroit, Michigan, and other nearby underserved communities. The Distribution Partners include schools, shelters, veterans' groups, medical facilities, warming centers, wellness facilities, homeless outreach programs, and the like.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Last year, our mission was greatly impacted by the pandemic. Our annual public/private collection runs from October-January, and we could see that because of COVID-19, we would have a challenge. This collection averages 32,000 new pairs. In June, we surveyed 50 of our 100 Collection Partners to see if they would be able to hold their collections in the fall. The majority said that they could not. We surveyed 60 of our 75 Distribution Partners, to see if they thought that a) they would be able to accept donations of clothing and b) needed the pairs this year. The overwhelming response was an enthusiastic "yes" to both, as over the past 10 years, they have come to rely on these pairs. To meet the need, we shifted our model to fundraising to buy the pairs we needed.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback has been strengthening for our organization, from the staff to the board to the community partners, donors, and volunteers. We ask everyone how we are doing. We are too small to not include their perceptions and suggestions in our planning as we grow. We believe that our partnerships are strong, and that our partners all understand that they are the reason for our success.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Time is our biggest obstacle. We are a very small nonprofit.,

Financials

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Mittens For Detroit, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Agius

Mittens for Detroit, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No