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Mount Clemens foundation donates to school district

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 6, 2020

  Louie Younan, left, of Palmer Moving, and Thomas Cleaver, of the We Are Here Foundation, help move donated chairs from a truck to Mount Clemens Middle/High School March 4.

Louie Younan, left, of Palmer Moving, and Thomas Cleaver, of the We Are Here Foundation, help move donated chairs from a truck to Mount Clemens Middle/High School March 4.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Mount Clemens High School junior Davion Miles picks up some  community service hours by helping unload donated goods from a  truck for his school.

Mount Clemens High School junior Davion Miles picks up some community service hours by helping unload donated goods from a truck for his school.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Several trucks made their way to Mount Clemens March 4 to unload some much-welcomed materials.

Truckloads of classroom and office furniture were donated to Mount Clemens Community Schools by the We Are Here Foundation. The items were dropped off at the Mount Clemens Community Schools building.

The We Are Here Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Macomb County that its president, Tom Cleaver, said gives needy schools truckloads of furniture.

The furniture included chairs, tables, desks, conference tables and student desks.

Mount Clemens Community Schools Facility Director Robin Samuel said that thanks to the donation, the district is able to replace a lot of old furniture.

“We appreciate all of the foundation’s help; thank you so much,” he said.  

In the past year, the foundation supplied the district with other truckloads of furniture that the district can’t afford.

“Most school districts in southeast Michigan cannot afford basic furniture and looks to the We Are Here Foundation to fill those gaps,” a press release states.

The foundation is also a nonprofit lake, river and island environmental cleanup group.

It has removed over 10.2 million pounds of debris from the Clinton River, Lake St. Clair and Gull Island over the past 24 years. Additionally, it has provided needy Michigan school districts with over $500,000 of new office furniture and student desks.

“We are located in Mount Clemens and we try to spread the wealth around to needy school districts,” Cleaver said.  

He added that the foundation is 100% funded by donations of boats and cars. The money collected from that is then used to purchase the furniture.

The foundation also is the redistribution group for Green Standards, a group that works with corporations in receiving donated office furniture and repurposes the items in southeastern Michigan.

“The furniture most likely would end up in a landfill if not for Green Standards and the We Are Here Foundation,” Cleaver said.    

In 2019, the We Are Here Foundation provided furniture to schools in St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Center Line and Pontiac.

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