We live with a spirit of generosity.
Every person is blessed with their own set of gifts. Our goal is to use our gifts to touch the lives of others and build a thriving community through volunteerism, altruism, and community involvement.
Here's how the Birchwood family made an impact lately:
Camp Paradise is a beautiful faith based summer camp located on a 1,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula on the banks of the Tahquamenon River. The camp offers a peaceful and remote opportunity to truly "unplug" while strengthening the vital role God and Dads play in the lives of their sons and daughters. Partners Tom Adams and Ken Provost have both experienced Camp Paradise with their own kids. Over the years, members of the Birchwood family have volunteered to help build cabins, finish the interior of a beautiful new chapel, and played a part in recruiting a network of Dads from the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area to attend camp with their own kids. We encourage you to consider creating your own memories at Camp Paradise: https://www.willowcreek.org/en/connect/ministries/camp-paradise/dads-camp
Industrial Arts Institute
The IAI is a 501(c)(3) offering a comprehensive skilled trades program that prepares students for successful and rewarding careers in the industry. IAI programs provide students with the support, knowledge and hands-on application to become qualified and employable. Ken Provost, one of the Birchwood partners, is a member of the Emmet County Community Corrections Advisory Board and led the effort to enhance the carpentry curriculum at IAI to align to the needs in the industry. The Birchwood family includes many graduates of the IAI who are applying their skills and building successful careers.
Pictured is Ken Provost with several IAI students (now graduates!).
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Birchwood family is an active supporter of the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. Tom Adams has served as its Board Chair for the last 2 years. Tom's service was recognized at the Chamber's 2017 Breakfast of Champions where he also had the distinct honor of presenting retiring Petoskey Parks & Recreation Director Al Hansen (on the left) with the Chairman's Award for the significant impact he has had on the community for many years.
Other members of the Birchwood family have volunteered to be part of the 2018 Petoskey Chamber Champion Program in support of the commitment to building a thriving community.
Wounded Warrior Project
As our country came together for Memorial Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, CrossFit Charlevoix hosted the special “Murph” workout in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. This workout was one of Mike's favorites and it is referred to as "Murph" in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.
Several Birchwood Family members participated proudly in the event and also presented a check to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of the Birchwood Family. The event and the charity have special meaning to Kenny Provost, BCC partner and a former Marine.
Michigan Mission of Mercy
The Michigan Mission of Mercy event is put on every 2 years by the Michigan Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association Foundation. The free 2-day event provides thousands of Michigan children and adults with much-needed dental treatment including cleanings, fillings and extractions—anyone in need of dental service. Birchwood family member Ryan Peters and his wife Allie volunteered at the event held in Grand Rapids and came back inspired with the truly life changing services provided to those in need.