Help Sweet Dreamzzz on Veteran’s Day
Farmington Hills, MI, November 12, 2012: LOC Federal Credit Union employees honor Veteran’s Day by making a difference in their community. On Monday, November 12th at 9:00am, ten women from the downtown Farmington’s branch arrived at the Sweet Dreamzzz office. They had signed up a month in advance to volunteer for the local non-profit that helps children “get A’s and B’s by getting more ZZZs”.
LOC Federal Credit Union encourages their employees to get involved in the community. Each year on Veteran’s Day, their employees, including the President and Executive Vice President, take part in the mandatory work day to volunteer in the community. Debbie Vigliarolo, Vice President Sales and Operations - Oakland County said, “LOC Federal Credit Union is committed to giving back to the community in many ways and several years ago we made the decision to close our offices on Veterans Day and add to our current volunteer commitments. Arrangements were made with several organizations for our employees to volunteer their time on that day as they could share their skills, passion and time to help make a difference.”
The volunteers packed sleep kits for Sweet Dreamzzz’ R.E.M.™ Sleep Program, and then stuffed and labeled over 800 letters for an upcoming mailing. Sweet Dreamzzz Executive Director, Nancy Maxwell stated, “We are so grateful for LOC’s commitment to giving back. Their support was a huge help.”
Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc., a non-profit organization, educates at-risk children and their families on the importance of sleep and gives them bedtime essentials so they can feel rested and ready to learn. The R.E.M.™ (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Program is a unique program that deals with nighttime - a time period in a child’s life that is rarely addressed. The program is twofold, bringing both warmth and comfort to the children as well as vital information they need to ensure a good night’s rest. The R.E.M.™ Sleep Program starts with a 30-minute presentation educating the children on the importance of sleep and good sleep hygiene habits. After the presentation, each child receives a sleep kit, consisting of a sleeping bag, nightshirt, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, stuffed animal, a R.E.M. activity book, crayons and more.
Sweet Dreamzzz counts on volunteers from the community to help with collections of items for the sleep kits, packing the kits, stuffing and labeling envelopes for mailing, fundraising and event help. They also have trained volunteers who administer the sleep education portion of our programs, Sleeper Teachers. This position requires a short training session and includes team-teaching. If you or your group is interested in volunteering at Sweet Dreamzzz, please visit our website, give us a call at 248-478-3242, or email Volunteer@SweetDreamzzz.org.