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Dewings Center

Historic Site. Connected Community.

Leroy, MI   |  https://dewingscenter.org

Mission

Broadening access to arts and culture and community programs for underserved children and families, stimulating and inspiring achievement and life success, and promoting a connected and supportive community.

Ruling year info

2023

Volunteer: Board President / Programs Committee / Facilities and Maintenance

J. Swanson

Main address

202 S. Albert St PO Box 143

Leroy, MI 49655 USA

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EIN

83-0948191

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our area is 95% caucasion, with 18% living below poverty level, though most hold multiple jobs. The school district's focus is sports, common in rural areas, with an avg math proficiency of 22% and reading of 38%. 85% don’t pursue any form of higher education. Arts is limited to child school projects/limited high school band prog. Talking with residents about needs and interests reveal many have generations of family close by, and barely make ends meet. Many aren’t able or interested in going beyond the greater local area and so have little to no understanding of or exposure to the arts and other people groups & heritages. Programs must also be relevant to needs. Chicken and Gardening Workshops are important "up here"; they feed people and bring them together in an inclusive setting. Finally, our demographic challenges of monetary, educational, and experiential poverty mean our programs need to remain free and our rental rates (weddings, etc.) below-market to be accessible.

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?

Community Program

We envision a connected and supportive community as people engage with one another and find common ground. Our community program brings people together and broadens access to arts/culture and life-enrichment programs for underserved and low-income (ALICE) children and families. Endeavoring towards our vision, all events and programs are free, with "donations appreciated".
Operated and led entirely by volunteers, we provide classes and events in support of arts and cultural and social enrichment, and that pertain to relevant community issues and needs, and provide affordable rental spaces for functions like meetings and weddings. “Always free” Dewings Center is the one chance for many residents to engage in arts and cultural activities and life-enrichment programs.
Highlights: Annual Evening of Song Concert ● Community Christmas Coffee ● Culture & Heritage Series ● Gardening & Food Sustainability Workshops ● Community CPR Class ● Safe Canning Food Preservation ● Poetry/Story Slam

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dewings Center

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Joan Swanson

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Robert TREASURER Houseman

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Lori Leudeman

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Joanna Sneed

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Melissa Jacobs

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Kim SECRETARY Warden

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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