In 1972, along with Donald R. Strack, Charles O. Pyron established ADCO Products, Inc., in Michigan Center, Michigan. Pyron’s passion was aiding small businesses. Although a native of Jacksonville, Alabama, Pyron pursued his passion in his adopted hometown of Jackson, Michigan. He recognized that small businesses are not only the backbone of any local economy, but small businesses embody the dreams of their owners. During his career, Pyron worked to create an environment where these dreams can come true. Pyron created informal networking groups for local small businesses in addition to serving on local community boards. Pyron served two terms as president of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and was named Michigan Small Businessman of the Year in 1984. He was also an avid sportsman. Maritom K. Pyron currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She honors her late husband’s commitment to the community by supporting local non-profits in Jackson.
Welcome! Charles O. and Maritom Pyron Fund
Habitat for Humanity's
DeLand Pointe Project
If you missed our Annual Fall Gala, you missed this video collage of the Habitat for Humanity's Blitz Build project in August for its DeLand Pointe Neighborhood Project, a six house neighborhood located adjacent to the Jackson YMCA. In 2019, the Foundation granted the project funds to help with the expense of one of the homes foundations. Here at JCF, we like to say "The Community is our Foundation" and what a better way to put those words to action! The cover sketch was commissioned by Linda Haas, author of Michigan Crossroads to Freedom, and created by Brianne Witt, assistant art professor at Spring Arbor University. It depicts the DeLand home and barn at the intersection of Mechanic and Franklin streets where the project is located.
The family was instrumental in helping freedom seekers in Jackson County and the project was named in their honor. You can learn more about this movement sprinkled throughout our Annual Report Calendar that will be available in November.
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Jackson Leaders for Equity Sign CEO Pledge
Jackson, Mich., January 15, 2021 - As a united front, Jackson County organizations are taking a stand against discrimination and advocating against the inherent harm and counter productivity of institutionalized racism while fighting for its elimination. Soon after the protests in 2020, a group of leaders came together to form the Jackson Leaders for Equity group to discuss internal and external strategies for advancing equity within our organizations and our community. Since then, the group created a CEO pledge that states:
If you would like to join us and sign on to the CEO Pledge, a commitment to diversity, equity and belonging, please send an email to Mindy.BradishOrta@cmsenergy.com