Have you 8 minutes? Please watch this video sharing about three people connected to BACN, and its impact on their lives.

This video was created through the generosity of Rotary Charities of Traverse City, by PB & J Marketing who also donated many hours of their expertise to the project.

Warm For A Night

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, kottinger@benziebacn.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!

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Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to improve the quality of life for people with limited resources in our community by providing food, clothing, financial assistance, education and social support in collaboration with area resources.


Please register for SERVICES between 10am & 1:30pm, Mondays–Thursdays
DONATIONS are accepted between 10am & 2pm, Monday–Thursdays
If either Benzie Central Schools or Frankfort Elberta Area Schools are closed because of weather, BACN is closed for the day.
Phone: 231-882-9544
BACN will be CLOSED December 24, 2019 and we will reopen Monday, January 6, 2020.


Does your local business have employment needs? Contact us through this website and we’ll promote the open position to our Neighbors directly, and on our Facebook page!

Want more ways to support BACN? Click each logo for additional information.