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Festive Scandinavian-style market supports local artists, encourages spirit of giving

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 12-10-2018 under NONPROFITS

Need a little hygge this holiday season? The Søvengård promises to deliver that and more as they transform their biergarten to the style of a traditional Scandinavian market to celebrate the season. The Kringle Market Holiday Pop-Up, taking place...

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Plainsong Farm works to catalyze a Christian food movement: "Ten acres and large questions"

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 06-30-2018 under NONPROFITS

In a day and age where most people buy their food from grocery stores, there is little connection between the consumption of food and the land and work that brought the food about. Plainsong Farm, located in Rockford, Michigan and operating under a...

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New City Neighbors links good food and youth empowerment

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 06-29-2018 under NONPROFITS

Life-giving food systems have far broader effects than the dinner plate.  For New City Neighbors, recognition of this has led to the integration of good food and non-profit work in order to address a need in their neighborhood: youth...

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The optimistic vision of HQ to address youth homelessness: "Our work ultimately is very human work"

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 06-27-2018 under NONPROFITS

HQ is located in between downtown Grand Rapids and Heritage Hill.  At first glance, the unassuming brick building does little to distinguish itself from the red-brick road and the surrounding architecture, but a step inside reveals a space that...

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Meals on Wheels' applies specific focus to need for good food

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 06-26-2018 under NONPROFITS

The need for good food is evident and extensive. Each individual around the world requires food to survive, and systems of food that are healthy, fair, affordable, and sustainable are catalysts for flourishing communities. While this need is not...

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The permaculture perspective of Urban Roots: "We are guests in this neighborhood"

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 06-26-2018 under NONPROFITS

This year’s name change—the Access of West Michigan Walk for Good Food replacing the Hunger Walk—seeks to do justice to the diverse approaches of the Walk’s recipient organizations to fighting food inequality and pursuing a...

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The Walk for Good Food: Access celebrates legacy of Hunger Walk with name change

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 03-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

The Access of West Michigan Hunger Walk is now the Access Walk for Good Food, and for good reason. The goal of the walk has not changed, but the rhetoric surrounding it has.   Provision for those in need has always been, and will always be, the...

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Access of West Michigan develops poverty solutions through unique partnerships

by (GRTV)

Submitted 05-10-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase Emma Garcia of Access of West Michigan discusses the organization's mission to reduce poverty in the West Michigan community. One of their goals is to coordinate with area...

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Poverty simulation asks, "What could we do differently?"

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 02-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Reading a news article about someone living in poverty is one thing. Actually experiencing it is another. Thursday afternoon on February 9, Metro Health Hospital Services hosted a poverty simulation workshop with Access of West Michigan. The goal...

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Shared leadership enhances trust, utilizes skills

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 12-02-2016 under NONPROFITS

Shared leadership is an innovative, modern twist on traditional organizational structure that turns a strict hierarchy on its end. Co-Executive Directors Emma Garcia and Christina Swiney recently shared how their nonprofit Access of West Michigan...

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