May is Mental Health Awareness Month


As this week kicks off Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to send out an email with some helpful tips to help improve awareness of this important topic. Many of you who know me may be aware that I suffered from severe anxiety for most of my 20’s and well into my 30’s, so this theme is something I know just a little bit about. Thankfully, I had family who helped me to survive the ups, downs and incessant panic attacks that were often triggered when I least expected it.

As I got older, I learned a lot of cognitive-behavioral methods that helped, determined my food sensitivities (I’ll bet you didn’t know bananas or milk can trigger a panic attack) and arranged my diet accordingly, I got new glasses to help my visual issues that apparently could trigger the attacks, and at one point I even tried meds for about 4 months, but they weren’t for me. The more I learned, the stronger my inclination became to create order for myself, to have simple systems to prevent overwhelm, and to own less, to decrease stress and decision-fatigue. I studied psychology at the master’s level to obtain theoretical perspective and to read studies accounting for current practice in the field. I even became a professional organizer and decluttering expert so that I can help people every day to live with less and have better mental health.

All this to say that there are many wonderful charities all around Michigan that I am meeting and learning about through this Love Bigger Community development I am doing, who help support mental health, not the least of which is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you or anyone you love is suffering from anxiety, depression or overwhelm, please recommend they speak with someone. Many people with suicidal ideation feel isolated and do not feel they have someone they can talk to in their immediate family or circle of friends. AFSP can help! The number to call is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can now text TALK to 741741 to text a trained counselor on the Crisis Text Line 24/7. To find a mental health provider, go to or

Today I visited Goodwill of Metro Detroit for a tour of their work skills training facilities as well as to meet their leadership. This team is committed to improving the social determinants of health for all those they serve. From their occupational training programs, life skills training for the mentally ill, work coaching and mentoring programs, to the Flip the Script program for those headed for or leaving incarceration to get jobs and degrees and live the lives they were born to live, Goodwill exists to serve and help improve overall mental health and wellbeing. If you area part of a group who would like to help serve Goodwill, they have First Fridays Group Volunteer opportunities available., and their tours are very eye-opening as to all of the good they are doing around our city and country.

Another wonderful charity I met this month is called Trinity Community Care and they provide medical and dental mission care to local Detroit area communities. The ability to smile and feel confident can greatly affect our mental health. Dental infections, left unchecked, can also wreak havoc on our mental wellbeing, causing brainfog and depression. Those who do not think they can afford the help, or who do not have the resources to pay for the extensive dental work they may need, may find themselves depressed and in constant pain, which is NOT a good combination. This charity can bring the services to them! If you know of someone 19-64 who needs medical care, or someone over 19 years old who needs dental care, please let them know to contact 586-649-3014 to learn more. If you are a medical or dental professional who wants to support providing care to those in need, please contact to submit a volunteer application or call the number above.

Thanks for reading and caring about supporting better mental health in our local communities around Michigan.


Just a quick update on the progress of the Love Bigger app. We are live and working to get more charities added, but we are also working on some improvements to the SHARING ENGINE! We have surpassed 200 donors in our “Community of Joyful Givers, “and now we are working to improve interactions between donors and charities. We are also busy networking on the sustainability side to gain access to more retail partners who can offer new and intact returned merchandise to the pipeline for our charities to choose instead of the material shipping offshore or going into a landfill. So, in addition to used items, we hope to create a funnel of new items for sharing as well. We are working to improve our interactions with our charities so that we can get needs updated regularly and keep their sites interactive daily. Please reach out to or if you have any questions.



Neighborhood House – Join Neighborhood house for their Top Golf Fundraiser tonight, May 9 from 6 – 9 pm in Auburn Hills. Tickets available here:

Gifts for All God’s Children – Christmas in July Fundraiser Event will be held at the San Marino Club in Troy on July 16 at 6:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased here:


Jen’s Monthly Lunch & Learn Event

Thursday, May 23 at 12:30 pm is Jen’s Monthly Lunch & Learn class called “Getting Started with Minimalism”. Please sign up at this link to attend or to receive a link to the recording that will be posted to the Love Bigger You Tube Channel.

Also, visit our channel to watch past presentations/discussions about spring cleaning, decluttering with kids, decluttering 101 and more! Like and follow our channel to receive the lastest content for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for reading and let us know how we can serve your local charity organization request the items you need from people who are ready to share. We are here to help everyone get what they need and to make sure Downsizing is NOT a Downer!

XO Jen and the Love Bigger Team

Sharing the Love this Spring at Love Bigger!

Jen at the Velocity Kick-off Event

Hello all!

So many exciting updates this week and be sure to read on for upcoming charity updates and events near you. Make it a plan to attend at least one to support a cause in your community. It’s good for the heart and it opens us up to see those near us who may need our help.


This spring sure has started out exciting with Love Bigger Charities receiving funds, celebrating groundbreaking events and preparing for so many exciting fundraisers and fun during the outdoor entertainment season!  Read on to learn more.

Love Bigger has joined the Velocity Accelerator and MEDC Support Hub Grant community in Sterling Heights, Michigan. We had our kickoff event last week and many dignitaries were in attendance. Can’t wait to share all the BIG news about our new relationship and where it can take Love Bigger!


Exciting News for the DRE Project!! Funds raised at the 2023 SAY Detroit Radiothon were distributed to local charities on Tuesday, April 4, 2024. SAY Detroit annually distributes a percentage of donations from its fundraiser to partner organizations and charities that share the nonprofit’s mission to provide pathways to success for Detroiters in need.

Hosted by SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom and featuring SAY Detroit’s program leaders, the presentation and networking opportunity welcomed representatives from twenty-seven charities, including first-time recipients The DRE Project and Wings of Love Missionary Baptist Church. The DRE Project was awarded $10,000 to be used for meals for 100 families. These funds move the needle 20% of the way to the goal of feeding 600 families in 2024. Congratulations to Jennifer Jackson and her amazing volunteers!


Micah 6 Community Celebrates a Groundbreaking in Pontiac!!

I had the chilly pleasure of attending the close-of-financing and groundbreaking event for the Webster Community Center on April 3. The construction project that will renovate this defunct Pontiac school into a community beacon is expected to take 14 months plus another 2 months of inspections and permitting. It should be opening around late summer 2025 for use by the neighboring community in Pontiac! We cannot wait to see all the good that will be accomplished by providing a safe and inviting place for kids and families to gather.



 **If you are looking to uplift your heart and your social calendar this season, join some of our awesome charities for events for a cause. Add these awesome events to your social calendar! **

 Micah 6 Community – Garden of Cocktails Annual Fundraiser from 7 – 9 pm on April 26 at the beautiful Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac. Proceeds support their community work such as gardens, community outreach and support and other community-building efforts. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at:

Their volunteer opportunities may be found at:

Community Housing Network – Bring it Home Event Thursday April 26 at 6 pm at the Community House in Birmingham.  Tickets may be purchased here.

 Neighborhood House – Join Neighborhood house for their Top Golf Fundraiser coming up on May 9 from 6 – 9 pm in Auburn Hills. Tickets available here:

Gifts for All God’s Children – Christmas in July Fundraiser Event will be held at the San Marino Club in Troy on July 16 at 6:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased here:



Jen’s Monthly Lunch & Learn Event

Thursday, May 23 is Jen’s next Lunch & Learn Event titled “Getting Started on your Minimalism Journey”. Please sign up at this link to attend or to receive a link to the recording that will be posted to the Love Bigger You Tube Channel.

Also, visit our channel to watch past presentations/discussions about spring cleaning, decluttering with kids and more!


The Community Housing Network is actively seeking donations of new or gently used air mattresses for their clients who need them upon move-in to their new housing. If you have one to donate, please drop it off to their location in Troy or reach out to and she can pick up when she is in your area if you are local to her.


Download the Love Bigger app to locate charities near you and see their wish lists, post your items offered and match with local charities where you can drop off or who can pick up the items from your doorstep. Donate your items and mark them as donated in the app to track your annual donations for taxes. Love Bigger keeps track of your donations for you!

Thanks for reading and letting us know how we can support your local charity in need. We are here to help and spread the word on how our growing community of joyful givers can support local community improvement efforts all over Michigan, and soon, beyond!

Thanks for reading!

XO Jen and the Love Bigger Team