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North Kent Connect helps provide access to basic needs, promotes economic independence

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features North Kent Connect who helps those living in northern Kent County access basic living necessities and promotes economic independence through education and work opportunities

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Claire Guisfredi on NPO Showcase

Claire Guisfredi on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Claire Guisfredi from North Kent Connect shares how the organization assists those living in northern Kent County access basic living needs and reach independent economic goals to improve their quality of life.

North Kent Connect has an in-house market for clients to access food and goods, including locally grown foods through a farm-to-pantry program with Plainsong Farms and provides referrals to support pantries to help residents with a greater need. Seasonal services are offered to families looking for school supplies, tax preparation assistance, summer lunches and holiday gift and food baskets. North Kent Connect offers services for seniors including pantry and commodity programs and assists with the Meals on Wheels program for West Michigan. 

North Kent Connect provides educational programs assisting families with budgeting, finding work, and meeting personal goals. In addition, West Michigan Works holds office hours at North Kent Connect to help residents increase their employability and to connect them with work opportunities.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring Arts in Motion.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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