Paint Nights

Paint Nights are “friendraisers” that pair a fun instructor lead paint activity with an opportunity to share how supporters can get involved with our organization.  These events have become popular for our supporters as they get to create unique masterpieces.  Interested in creating a masterpiece?  Events are held multiple times throughout the year and details are posted on our facebook page.

CIS Glow Run 5K

The CIS Glow Run 5K is held annually in September.  This fun, family friendly event is held in the evening and registration includes a T-Shirt and glow jewelry so participants can light up the night.  Interested in participating?  “Like” our facebook page so you can stay on top of event announcements.



Lights On Afterschool

The CIS After-school program is among more than 7,500 programs across the nation celebrating the importance of out-of-school-time programs. Lights on Afterschool is our way of sending a message to community stakeholders, policy makers, and school officials that afterschool is key to our children’s success and we must keep “the lights on and doors open” after school.

Stuff the Bus Campaign

Believe it or not it is back to school time already and with back to school comes anxiety for many local children as they begin their school year unprepared with the items necessary to learn.  CIS of Northwest Michigan, in partnership with our local school districts, works to alleviate the stress for our students by asking community members to donate money or supplies through our annual Stuff the Bus Campaign.

School Districts Served by CIS:

*Mancelona Public Schools

*Kalkaska Public Schools

*Central Lake Public Schools

*Ellsworth Community School

*East Jordan Public Schools

How Can You Help:

– Drop off items beginning August 3rd at the CIS Main Office (205 Grove Street, Mancelona), Monday – Friday between 9 am and 3 pm.  Items are generally needed by the first week of September, however will be graciously accepted throughout the school year.  Donations may be designated to the school of your choice, if not they will be distributed as needed.

– Send a gift to the CIS Main Office (205 Grove Street, Mancelona, MI 49659) or give online to ensure that all needs can be met at each school.  Your general gift is tax deductible.

Donation/Sponsor Form

The following is a list of some of the supplies needed most.

All donated materials must be safe for young children and use only non-toxic materials.

Backpacks  *  Pencils/Pens  *  Spiral Notebooks  *  Highlighters  *  Erasers  *  Crayons/Markers(in box)

Pocket Folders  *  Glue Sticks  *  Composition Notebooks  *  3-Ring Binders

Shampoo  *  Deodorant  *  Hand Sanitizer  *  Chapstick  *  Lotion  *  Combs/Brushes  *  Cleansing Wipes

Underwear (all sizes)  *  Socks (all sizes)  *   Tissues


Drop Off Donations:

CIS of Northwest Michigan (Mancelona Family Resource Center)

205 Grove Street

Mancelona, MI 49659

(231) 587-5044


Father Daughter Dance

Annual semi-formal event for fathers or father figures and their daughters ages 4-8th Grade attending Mancelona Public Schools.  This themed event includes a live DJ, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, 4x 6 photo and lots of fun!