EACC sponsors the Empire Area Community Emergency Fund to financially assist an individual or a family that has fallen upon hard times. This is done on a one time basis through the payment of a known expense such as a medical, housing or utility bill. Funds are collected and administered through the Empire Area Community Center, a Michigan Registered 501(c) 3 Public Charity.
To preserve the dignity of all individuals and families, the recipients of the Emergency Fund remain anonymous. Empire area persons of need cannot apply for assistance themselves. They must be nominated by another individual who knows of their struggle. This person is referred to as a “Nominator”. A Nomination form is submitted to The Emergency Fund Committee along with an outstanding bill or bills that are waiting to be paid. The committee reviews the nomination to determine if and how funds will be disbursed.
Funds are raised on a monthly basis by means of live concerts that are free of charge and open to the public. Typically these free concerts are held on the last Sunday of the month from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Caring area musicians and performers donate their time and talent. Varied venues throughout the greater Empire area also donate the space to host these fundraising events to support this locally based Emergency Relief Program.
Throughout the performance a bucket is passed to collect free will offerings and donations.