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Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Inc.

  • Byron Center, MI
  • www.mswheelchairmichigan.org

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This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Inc. is created to recognize the spirit of all people, focusing on the appreciation for life and the spirit of those who are wheelchair users. We promote abilities, endeavors and achievements by example in a yearly Pageant validating and honoring the contributions made by candidates as citizens of Michigan and for society at large. A female is chosen to become Ms. Wheelchair Michigan and admitted to the Ms. Wheelchair America National Pageant. Ms. Wheelchair Michigan is a spokesperson throughout Michigan where she can combine awareness, acceptability and understanding of people who use wheelchairs to the general public; thus creating a value-added community to raise spirit, energy and spotlight individuals.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Shelly Loose

Keywords

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education, advocacy, disabled, women, awareness

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EIN

20-0332256

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

Our Service The delivery of a crowned Titleholder, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan every year prior to April 15. The event, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan Pageant where the contestants are judged on achievement. The winning contestant is then sent to the National Ms. Wheelchair America competition. To compete with other state nominated contestants, and if selected to tour states giving presentations and being at high visibility events. . A. How many contestants will be involved Contestants numbers range from 2 to 10 per year. B. How many people will attend the pageant Research of pageants in other states show that the average attendance is 50 to 200. We anticipate between 50 to 100 our first year with increases in participation annually. C. How will participation be increased How we treat people and how we keep the program meaningful to the client and all the participants, including those who donated time, money and energy will guarantee increased participation when: A successful marketing and public relation plan is implemented Holding a program that is carefully planned, monitored, reviewed in committee meetings for glitches. D. Service delivery is our mission The Pageant and preceding events are to be carried out with sensitivity to the contestants needs. This requires adequate volunteers with good planning, individually and collectively; stable consistent organization; knowledge of the material and to effectively communicate the goals and skills of the program and the contestants to all involved. Ms. Wheelchair Michigan Organization will be a place for questions, problem solving, discovering answers, always knowing the dignity, respect and creative experience of pursuing one's own objectives in the context of a supportive group with competent mentors. Service and Delivery How do we treat people/how do we keep programs meaningful to the client after successful marketing: 1) Programs should be carefully planned, monitored, reviewed during meetings 2) Programs should be carried out with sensitivity to the contestants' needs. This requires adequate volunteer staff with good planning, individually and collectively; stable, consistent organization; knowledge of the material and how to effectively communicate the goals and skills of the program to the contestant. 3) The Organization will be a place for questions, problem solving, sometimes discovering answers, always knowing the dignity, respect and creative experience of pursuing one's own objectives in the context of a supportive group with competent mentors. To achieve this goal The Organization will increase volunteer staff as participating volunteers become available. Evaluations will be requested by all participants and contestants to be used for future planning. Creative problem solving, which includes committee and past contestants will be an integral part of training, teaching and philosophy of the Organization as opposed to a static, didactic model. . Committee will meet at least 3 times a year to review the previous pageant programs; to evaluate and plan for the coming learning year. At this time they will review and revise the Organization's business plan and create additional planning documents as necessary. We will 1. Review the needs, resources and budget of the Organization 2. Review the needs of our community as perceived through personal experience, feedback from the contestants and participants, and input gleaned from other sources mentioned in the marketing plan. 3. Develop project programming for the coming work year 4. Present the above recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval

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Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Shelly Loose

BIO

Monica Mazique Smith was born on May 14, 1972 on Mother's Day and is the youngest of five children. Monica uses a power wheelchair due to having severe Congenital Hypotonia (poor muscle tone) and Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) Monica received a Bachelor degree in Applied Liberal Studies in April of 1995 and a Master degree in Public Administration in April of 1998 from Western Michigan University. On February 24, 2000, she was appointed by former governor, John Engler to serve a two-year term on the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council as a council member and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Monica also founded a former local nonprofit organization in Battle Creek, Michigan called "Transportation Impaired, Inc." to provide 24-hour door-to-door paratransit service for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Monica previously served on the Board of Directors for Michigan Protection and Advocacy. Monica is also a state advocate after having graduated in May of 2001 from a training program through Michigan Partners in Policymaking. She was also chosen Ms. Wheelchair Michigan in March, 2003 and represented Michigan in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2004 Pageant in Des Moines, IA that was held July 22-27, 2003 as an Independent Delegate. As Independent Delegate, Monica was charged with the responsibility of developing a pageant committee to put together an annual state pageant to choose a titleholder each year to send to the national competition, of which she has successfully accomplished. Monica's goals are to learn how to drive, acquire adaptive equipment and a newer vehicle, become employed, and continue being the State Coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair America. Her future goals are to get married, have children, and enjoy life as much as she can.

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