Mattie McKinney-Hatchett Park Rehab and Community Engagement
Oakland County Commissioner Emeritus Mattie McKinney Hatchett is a community activist and leader who served on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for many years. Since 1963, Ms. Hatchett has been actively involved in the local Pontiac community as an elected official, school district and city employee, and volunteer. Her professional career in education reflects 50+ years of dedicated service. She is a well-respected leader who has served as a mentor for many young people and current leaders in the community. This park, named in her honor, is currently in disrepair will be completely renovated into a state of the art space for neighbors, community members and guests of the city.
for Mediation, Information, Leadership and Learning
We have partnered with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Pontiac Substation to renovate their current community room and relaunch the space as the MILL Center, in honor of the Late Captain Gary Miller, who served the Pontiac community with distinction.
The MILL Center will serve three purposes:
-Safe Space for children whose families are in crisis, protecting them from the details and chaos of difficult situations in the sub-station. This will also be a venue for local foster care and parental custody exchanges.
-Community Space for meetings and events for local neighborhood groups leading change in the city.
-After School Space for students. Many students already drop-in to the substation for a quiet, clean place to work on homework and study after school. We want to expand that opportunity and also provide programs right inside the Sheriff’s Office to help break the stigma surrounding local law enforcement.
Pontiac SOUP is a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Pontiac. Guests donate a minimum of $5 to hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more along with receiving dinner and a chance to vote on an organization to receive the money. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. The goal of the night is to not only raise awareness for different issues in the community and share organizations that are doing something about them, but also to build connections within the community. We’re excited to be a fiscal sponsor and partner for Pontiac SOUP!
PONTIAC FUTURE PLAN
A plan for Pontiac’s future, crafted by Pontiac’s future. Pontiac residents born 1980 and after gather regularly to assemble a plan for the future Pontiac - a plan they will have a chance to enact. The plan is focused on City Government, Public Spaces, Workforce Development, Green Living/Environmental Sustainability, Citizen Engagement, and Business Climate/Entrepreneurship.
Pontiac Community Foundation General Endowment Fund
This fund was created to support the ongoing causes of the Pontiac Community Foundation and its mission of engaging thought leadership, strategic collaboration, and the spirit of ingenuity and innovation, to tackle Pontiac’s most pressing issues. This fund helps support the general mission of PCF and also support the endeavors of other like-minded, good-will organizations in the city.