Event Frequently Asked Questions!
What do you mean...it's really not FREE transportation by Indian Trails, is it?
YES! Our first generous sponsor was Indian Trails who offered to not only provide transportation at the welcome reception tour, and then the clean-up site, they also offered to pick up people along the way from Detroit, Frankenmuth, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Location pick up points and the final schedule are forthcoming, however, a motor coach will be available to bring people in from those locations for free. So don't let the cost of gas keep you from volunteering your time!
You say volunteer, but it costs to come...huh?
Michigan Cares for Tourism is a 100% volunteer effort and it does cost a great deal of money to not only restore a historic tourism site, it also costs to host a great event! Tourism professionals expect and should get both a fun and rewarding experience!
Even though we have generous donors sponsoring aspects of the event, not everything has been donated. Therefore, the fee of $49 will go toward the event and restoration supplies. The Comfort Inn has generously given us a $59 room rate to encourage everyone to stay and join in the fun evening reception. The "Progressive" Reception where we tour interesting areas within the "Big 400" are hosting this for free!
Thank you Comfort Inn, Michigan International Speedway and Sandhill Crane Vineyards!
All proceeds will be reinvested in the event, and future events. In addition, we are raising funds for the Michigan tourism industry site grant and student and professional development scholarships too!
How do I sign up to volunteer?
You can sign up to volunteer right here! Our online registration system can take your reservation right now. And, to reserve your hotel reservation, simply call the Comfort Inn in Chelsea, Michigan at 734.433.8000 and tell them you are under the Group Code: MI Cares for Tourism.
What if I don't have any special skill for this type of project?
Ohhhh, nonsense! Everyone has a skill to share at a clean-up event like this! There are jobs for every ability and interest. Just tell us what you want to do and what you may need as we want you to join in the fun!
Do you need supplies or only money donated?
We need event supplies, clean-up supplies and money to make this happen! See our sponsorship brochure if you think this is something you can help with too! And, thank you for thinking about supporting this event and Michigan Cares for Tourism initiatives.
What is the "Big 400"?
This may be the most frequently asked question! The Big 400 is a group of leaders in a 400 square mile area focused on bringing the business and natural resource communities together to share with others the beauty and unique resources of the area that includes Dexter, Manchester, Stockbridge, Chelsea, Pickney, and East Jackson County as well as Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. They are our partner on this event and have been instrumental in planning the local clean-up event and building in a ton of fun! Click on the map below or see their website at www.thebig400.com for more information.
What benefits does a sponsor get for supporting Michigan Cares for Tourism?
A sponsor of $20,000 can get homemade cookies (ok, and a great deal more!). We have sponsorship programs for any amount, but have started the levels at $250 - $30,000 (do you want your name on a cabin?). This site, the clean-up event and our grant and scholarship programs will require funds to make this happen. We would like to learn more about your objectives and how our events and programs may be of value to these. Check out our sponsorship page and brochure and we welcome a call (989.424.0123) or email at anytime!
How do we get our site as one of your clean up locations?
We certainly want to learn about other locations and sites that are in need within Michigan's tourism industry. Although we are already beginning to plan for our next event, we are anxious to see how the tourism industry responds to this event and our sponsors to see if we can figure out how to fund more initiatives. Communication is key, so please let us know where there are needs and how we may work together to make it happen! Contact us!
We are not tourism professionals, but we want to help...how can we?
One of the hidden joys of working on this project so far are the number of people who are offering to help! Certainly, anyone can join an industry professional in our events and we would like to welcome everyone! However, we only have 200 available openings for this event and we are gearing it to tourism professionals. We hope tourism professionals will network and get to know others in the industry, as well as learn about a new tourism area of Michigan they may know little about. We are sharing with the Big 400 all names of interested volunteers as they are considering another local clean-up event for others as there has been such a wonderful response and offers to help. Don't hesitate to share your information with us so we can share it with others.
Where does all the money go?
All monies go to the event, the local historic site, future events and the grant/scholarship funds. No money is provided to any organization for their efforts on behalf of Michigan Cares for Tourism (no partner receives any funds for their efforts or the contributions of their organization).
Page last modified February 17, 2014