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Feeding America West Michigan celebrates fourth record year

Submitted 01-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

The organization provided 28.9 million pounds of food, making 2016 its fourth-consecutive year of growth.


Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

Four-part series offers 14 suggestions for increasing equity in Grand Rapids.


Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

Submitted 01-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

Households with income of $55,000 can receive free tax preparation assistance. Learn how you can access this service through Heart of West Michigan United Way on this week’s episode of NPO Showcase.


Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As we head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows? This is the last in a series of four articles.


At NECM, healthy food is a universal language

Submitted 01-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

North End Community Ministry relies on volunteers, food donors and local farms to feed its diverse neighborhood.


Catalyst Radio: Business directory promotes social, environmental good

Submitted 12-27-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Co-host Michelle Jokisch Polo speaks with Meredith Fennema, the woman behind "The Shop For Good".


Homeownership dream evaporates in changing neighborhood

Submitted 12-22-2016 under NEWS

Once drawn to the Wealthy Street area by government housing programs, some longtime residents now face foreclosure by private banks. There are new jobs and businesses in the area, but they aren't benefiting these neighbors, some say.


Food bank invites community to receive food for the holidays

Submitted 12-19-2016 under NONPROFITS

This Thursday, Feeding America West Michigan will offer groceries to those in need at their headquarters in Comstock Park.


Welcome Center at Grand Rapids Art Museum gets reinvented

Submitted 12-13-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

GRAM and Experience Grand Rapids have collaborated to develop the Welcome Center at GRAM.


Catalyst Radio: On the Ground's embedded journalism in Garfield Park and Burton Heights

Submitted 12-09-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Michelle Jokisch Polo, project editor for On the Ground, a special embedded journalism project with Rapid Growth Media.