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Nonprofit sustainability in West Michigan

Submitted 05-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

West Michigan is a region known for its philanthropy. How can nonprofits ensure their sustainability as the sector grows and changes?


ACT's 30th Festival Day brings together all Grand Rapids communities

Submitted 05-23-2016 under NONPROFITS

Earlier this month, more than 1,000 students joined Artists Creating Together at Lincoln Campus to celebrate arts, abilities, and community.


Stamp Out Hunger racks up 108,000 lbs of food in Grand Rapids

Submitted 05-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

Letter carriers nearly double the amount of food collected for those in need during this year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.


World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and Kent District Library partner on refugee and immigration series

Submitted 04-12-2016 under NONPROFITS

The "Comin’ to America: Creating Community with Newcomers" series at the Kentwood branch of KDL Library will feature experts on immigration and refugee issues from local to international perspectives. This free series aims to bring open dialogue and fact-based discussion to this topic.


Mayor Bliss to discuss Housing and Homelessness in monthly call in show

Submitted 04-04-2016 under NEWS

Tracie Coffman, Director of Kent County's Essential Needs Task Force, to guest.


Grand Rapids trees fight climate change

Submitted 03-02-2016 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids trees are integral to the city's climate resiliency, providing benefits that are "almost invaluable," according to the Grand Rapids Climate Resiliency Report


Local education center works to ease burdens of refugee children

Submitted 03-01-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center runs programs for refugee students and parents in West Michigan, focusing on helping refugee children do well in school so that they can do well in life.


ACT's Arts & Mentoring Dance class gives students confidence and independence

Submitted 02-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

"I learned that no matter what type of disability you have, you can still have fun." -Arts & Mentoring Dance Student


"Radio on the TV" series returns to GRTV with new hosts, editing styles

Submitted 02-12-2016 under NONPROFITS

Bringing new creative approaches and a wide variety of the past year's music videos from both local and national acts, co-hosts Ben Weissenborn and Ross Turcotte will be premiering season four in early 2016.


What cities lose when plagued by low voter turnout

Submitted 02-02-2016 under OPINION

The problem of low turnout- as we saw in our last local elections- magnifies the disappointment of close races, as a minority of the local population determines the winners and losers and thereby who guides the community's future.