BACN’s building is closed until further notice.
As long as we are able, we will continue distributing food through a drive-up system in BACN’s parking lot. We can offer limited help for financial needs. If you need FOOD, please call us between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday: 231-882-9544. We will give you instructions on how to pick up your food. If you normally ride the Benzie Bus to BACN, we can have your food ready for pick-up during the time of your regular route. We will load the bags right onto the back of the bus for you, and you won’t even have to get off the bus. But you must CALL first—since no one can come into the building, we need to do everything by phone. If you are ill and need food, please still call us, there is a delivery plan for those isolated instances.
0At this time, we are unable to accept donations of food or clothing, or anything else that comes into the building from the outside. Thank you for understanding, and we look forward to once again accepting donations!
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
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Warm for a Night is a program that sets aside donations made by area hoteliers (donating the equivalent of the cost of a night’s stay at their establishment) to help Neighbors who struggle paying the utility bills that can accrue over our harsh winters. We appreciate the generosity of these local businesses in helping keep our year-round residents warm and safe. Do you own or manage a hotel and would like to participate? For more information, contact Kelly Ottinger, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 231-882-9544, ext. 227. Donations to Warm for a Night may also be made on this website through the Donations Page (designate the program in the notes area), or mailed to Warm For a Night, c/o BACN, P.O. Box 93, Benzonia, MI 49616.
We love donations! Here is what we can accept:
Due to current space constraints, we are now only able to accept donations of quality clothing, linens (sheets, towels, blankets) and basic kitchen items such as dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. When donations are brought to us we will need to check that they meet the following criteria:
- Is the clothing appropriate for the current season?
- Is the fabric in good conditions? (looking for fabric not stained, faded, pilled or ripped)
- Is the garment in good repair? (not torn, missing buttons, etc.)
- Have the garments been washed and are ready to hang on racks? (We do not have the capability for washing or ironing)
Please be patient with us as we narrow our focus. BACN’s hallmark of service is dignity and respect, and for now, we only have the ability to accept clothing that our Neighbors will be able to wear with the same sense of pride as we do our own clothing, and basic kitchen needs. Thank you for your understanding!