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April 2020 – “They Care, We Care” fundraiser collecting funds for volunteers struggling through COVID-19 – Fox 17

April 2020 – Patty Janes – Michigan Cares for Tourism fundraiser – WTVB

April 2020 – Michigan Cares for Tourism launches fundraiser – WoodTV

February 2020 – State parks looking into volunteer program – KGW8, Oregon

December 2018 – Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of 2018.”

November 2018 – GVSU CPSS Laker Effect Video 

July 2018 – Giving back with Michigan Cares for Tourism – by David Hoekman, Group Tour Media

March 2018 – Tourism professionals and students to clean-up three Grand Rapids parks – GVNow

February 2018 – Community engagement courses can get designation – GVNow

September 2016 – Michigan Tourism Group Receives National Honor – The Outdoor Wire

September 2016 – America’s State Parks Group honors Michigan Cares for Tourism with statewide organization award

July 2016 – GVSU project wins governor’s award – GVNow

April 2016 – Michigan Cares for Tourism Presented with 2016 Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration

Spring 2016 – Michigan Cares for Tourism, by Hospitality Hero, Midwest Meetings

Winter 2016 – Breathing Life into Historic Sites by Dottie Barnes, Grand Valley Magazine

Winter 2016 – Why Voluntourism? by Misty Martinchek

September 2015 – Michigan Tourism Industry Rolls Up Sleeves to Revitalize, Refresh and Renew Fayette Historic State Park 

March 2015 – Michigan Cares Announces 2015 Clean-Up Efforts

May 2014 – Michigan Cares for Tourism Invests in Michigan’s Most Valued Tourism Treasures

June 2013 – Michigan Cares volunteers work in NYC – Coney Island to learn more about clean-up events

May 2013 – Michigan Cares for Tourism Concept

Leelanau State Park

GVNow – HTM students, professionals clean up Leelanau State Park
Traverse City Tourism – Video: Michigan Cares for Tourism at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse
The Ticker – Tourism Industry Professionals To Roll Up Sleeves In Northern Michigan
Traverse City Record Eagle – One-day Facelift
Traverse City Record Eagle –  Spick and span: Hundreds spend day restoring attractions at Leelanau State Park
Traverse City Record Eagle – Photo gallery: Leelanau State Park Clean-Up
A Healthier Michigan / Blue Cross Blue Shield – Tourism Pros Revitalizing Leelanau State Park Lighthouse

MLive – Popular Northern Michigan state park opens accessible playground

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

UpMatters – Volunteers make a difference at Fort Wilkins
TV6 – Historic Fort Complex at Fort Wilkins State Park

Ogemaw County Voice – Michigan Cares for Tourism – Local Involvement

CCC Museum and RAM Conference Center

Great Getaways –MC4T Mini Series (18 episodes)

GVNow – 
HTM students help restore historic sites in Roscommon

The Houghton Lake Resorter – Michigan Cares for Tourism here to help
9&10 News – Volunteers From ‘Michigan Cares for Tourism’ Spruce Up Roscommon

Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine – Radio Interview with Patty Janes  (Patty’s interview starts at 30:23)

The Felt Estate

WGVU with Shelley Irwin – Discussing Michigan Cares for Tourism

Holland Sentinel – Volunteers complete 17 projects in one day at Felt Estate grounds
Holland Sentinel – All in a day’s work: 200-plus volunteers will descend on the Felt Estate
Holland Sentinel (video) – Felt Estate Volunteer Day

Jon Jacobson Picture Michigan – Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism (Listen at 5.36)
Behind the Mitten with Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez – Patty Janes of Michigan Cares for Tourism about a special project to restore historic sites around the state. (Listen at 19:55)

2015: Fayette Historic State Park

Groups Today Daily – Why Voluntourism

A Healthier Michigan – Historic Upper Peninsula Site Gets Makeover from Tourism Pros
UP – Volunteers spruce up aging Michigan treasure
Department of Natural Resources – Showcasing the DNR: Volunteers spruce up aging Michigan gem
Pure Michigan – Tourism Update

2015 Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

WGVU Radio with Shelley Irwin – Michigan Cares for Tourism
A Healthier Michigan – Sturgeon Point Lighthouse Getting a Makeover
Department of Natural Resources – Showcasing the DNR: Travel/tourism pros help renovate popular lighthouse
The Alpena News – Sturgeon Point Lighthouse selected for Tourism Project
The Alpena News – Tourism group helps with lighthouse projects

2014 Belle Isle

Traverse City – Michigan’s tourism industry gives back to state parks
The Blog for Visit Detroit – Michigan Cares for Tourism Goes All In for Belle Isle

The Detroit Free Press – Michigan tourism industry joining Belle Isle clean up work
Crain’s Detroit Business – Tourism industry joining Belle Isle cleanup work
The Washington Times – Tourism industry joining Belle Isle cleanup work
ABC 7 – WXYZ Detroit – Hundreds of volunteers descend on Belle Isle to help spruce it up
Click on Detroit – Volunteers, DNR spruce up Detroit’s Belle Isle

Lansing Regional Chamber – Michigan Cares for Tourism gives back with Belle Isle restoration May 8-9

2013 Mill Creek

Ann Arbor Observer – Comeback Camp – Restoration begins at Mill Lake

Mlive – Michigan Cares for Tourism begins its clean up efforts at Historic Mill Lake

Chelsea Standard – Historic Mill Lake Camp to be renovated
Mlive – Renovation of historic Mill Lake Camp near Chelsea set for early October

Crain’s Detroit Business – Top prize in Pure Michigan Competition will help reopen abandoned Waterloo campsite

Mlive – How GVSU professor landed a $5000 investment in her tourism campaign
Grand Valley State University – Professor wins Pure Michigan contest
Grand Rapids Business Journal – GVSU Professor wins Pure Michigan Jump competition – Mill Lake Camp in Chelsea Wins #1 Spot in Pure Michigan Competition