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News from OWOF – October 2023

One World One Family Newsletter

October 2023

Bringing news of opportunities to engage, support, advocate, and more!



Last month we introduced Equality Chelsea in the OWOF newsletter. We are proud to help support this group to find their footing in our community. Check out their new website here and sign up to get on their email list. Additionally, OWOF will be collecting donations, on their behalf, from October 1 through November 15, to help pay for honorariums for program speakers (like for the Story Workshop below) and materials like this sticker. Please spread the word and support the good work!

If you’d like to support Equality Chelsea, checks can be made payable to OWOF and mailed to PO Box 31, Chelsea, MI 48118 or donations can be made via PayPal (just click somewhere in this box). Our paypal address is @owofchelsea Thank you!


Three part Story Series takes place in Chelsea!
Part 1 (Sept) – Story Collector Training with Laura O’Connor
Part 2 (Oct 10) – How to Tell Your Story with Joanna Whaley
Part 3 (Nov 14) – StorySlam Performance at Serendipity Books

Indigenous People’s Day


The Human Rights Commission offered and the Chelsea City Council approved a proclamation to declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. See copy of the proclamation HERE.

The City and the Human Rights Commission will also observe the occasion the day on October 24 with special guest speaker Heather Bruegl at an event taking place at Serendipity Books. Register for the free event at

Strategic Planning Group assists Chelsea PD


The SPG is made up of 9 people including the Chief of Police, the Mayor, the City Manager, and 5 City Council appointed community residents. They’ve been meeting since Fall 2022 and are working with a consultant team called SMART to have a draft strategic plan completed by the end of 2023. The goal of this group is to help create a plan for the City and the Police Department to continue to improve community-focused policing with measurable goals and guidelines in place.


Please consider coming to the SPG meetings to observe and to show your support for the hard work of this group. Next meeting is October 11 at 2pm in Council Chambers.

Housing Matters – WW Regional Advisory Group, Mlive Series


The Western Washtenaw Regional Advisory Group – made up of most of the government entities in our area – has committed to focusing on Regional Housing Issues on a quarterly basis. Though the group meets monthly (link to schedule here), the next housing focused meeting will be Thursday, February 1. Mark your calendar now. Please send ideas, thoughts, and suggestions regarding solutions we’d like to see in our area and we’ll pass along to this committee.

In September Mlive published a series of articles exploring how the high cost of living is changing Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. Click here to read what was written about Western Washtenaw challenges. Want to explore this further? Email to share your ideas and be connected with like minded folks.

INPUT & IDEAS NEEDED! Upcoming events…


Civility Month – November 2023

November is again Civility Month in Chelsea. See the Press Release here. The Human Rights Commission and community organizations are providing a series of events throughout November to promote the idea of civility, disagreeing without conflict or understanding differences within our community. The program is in its final stages. If you or an organization have a program to include, please email the HRC

MLK Jr. Days of Service and Social Action – January 2024

This is a wholesale call for event and project ideas for the upcoming MLK Jr. Day. We’re particularly interested in service project ideas and/or ideas for youth for the actual day of January 15. The schools are not in session that day. Please share your ideas No ideas but want to help? Please email that too!

OWOF General Meeting – Sunday November 5 @ 3-4.30 pm

Details forthcoming. Save the date!

Might YOU Consider Board Membership?


Do you think maybe you, or someone you know, might be a good fit for the OWOF board? We’d love to talk to you about it! Any of the following board members would be happy to talk about their experience anytime: Joanne Ladio (Pres), Jane Pacheco (VP), Carolyn Stillwell (Sect), Sandra Vadlamudi (Treas), LeAnn Seto, Mark VanDeWege, Alex Moore. Let us know your thoughts and we’ll make a connection. Thanks!

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