Friends of Joyce Park
a Michigan IRS approved 501c3 non-profit



On December 10, 2021, the first signature on the list of incorporators for a new non-profit, Friends of Joyce Park, was Joyce. One week later, on December 17th, Joyce Marguerite Gibbons died. She was 90 years old. But, her generosity still lives on at 115 East Lincoln Street in Grand Ledge, MI, now known as Joyce Park. 

She had intended to build a house at that address. It was still an empty lot when the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020. She allowed the T&SC to develop an outdoor classroom on a concrete pad at the back of the yard where two basketball hoops had once stood. Both that year, and in 2021, she had a garden plot in the center of the property, as a good diversion in the middle of the pandemic. 

When the fall festival in Grand Ledge was reduced to a single day because of Covid-19, she allowed our Michigan Living History Encounters (T&SC branch) to set up on the property in October 2021. 



Prior to her death, Joyce deeded the property to the Teaching & Sharing Centers 501c3 non-profit, and approved the establishment of the Friends of Joyce Park to help with the improvements, maintenance, and events at Joyce Park. The new non-profit officially came into being on January 1, 2022. 

At a meeting of the Teaching & Sharing Centers Board of Trustees on March 15, 2022, a motion was passed under the IAM program for the Friends of Joyce Park to become an Independent Affiliate, which makes their legal corporate address 417 South Bridge Street, Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837. 








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The Teaching & Sharing Centers non-profit organization encourages contributions supporting the work of our Independent Affiliates (IAMs). In December 2022, the IRS approved the Friends of Joyce Park non-profit as a 501c3 public charity. You can make a tax deductible contribution directly to them by mail. If you utilize the T&SC online option to make a contribution, simply state in the remarks that your donation is for the Friends of Joyce Park non-profit. 

To make an online contribution click here.