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"Dear Commissioner..." 10 Steps for Writing Elected Representatives for Neighborhood Advocates

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-04-2019 under NONPROFITS

To many, reaching to a public official about their cares and concerns can be intimidating. Most Americans never reach out to an elected representative, and although there is pessimism about resident power within government, Grand Rapids public...

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Residents use art to encourage civic engagement in their neighborhoods

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Throughout the summer, Dwelling Place interns from the Community Building and Engagement Department hosted ‘get out the vote’ poster-making at the Herkimer, Reflections, and Weston apartments. Each event allowed residents the freedom to...

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Still in tears for our students after school walkout

by (crestongr)

Submitted 03-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

By Kymie Spring, Community Organizer, Creston Neighborhood Association I went to City High Middle School well before Columbine or any of the massacres that followed. We felt totally safe then. Later, when I taught elementary school, we had fire...

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Catalyst Radio: ServeGR, connecting volunteers to meaningful service

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 01-06-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Download the audio here.  --- This interview with Heather Colletto, coordinator for Serve GR, explores the new website and online tool open for use to any individuals and organizations. Serve GR seeks to connect individuals to meaningful...

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Mayor's Grand River Cleanup in its 13th year, first year for Mayor Bliss

by (WMEAC)

Submitted 09-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

The West Michigan Environmental Action Committee (WMEAC) is proud to host the 13th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup, on September 10th, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sixth Street Park. Last year, over 1,100 volunteers came out to help...

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Mayor Bliss will be joined by Economic Development Director for latest City Connection appearance

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 05-02-2016 under NEWS

Join us today, Monday, May 5th at 5 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss' fourth episode of the City Connection. The mayor will be joined by Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, City of Grand Rapids to discuss...

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The City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department continues to set pace

by (EnvironmentalSe...)

Submitted 04-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

On April 14, the department earned a prestigious PACE Award from the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America (CMPRSA) chapter.  Environmental Services captured the Award of Excellence for its Stormwater Management and Awareness...

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Mayor Bliss to hold neighborhood listening meetings following State of the City address

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

Following her State of the City address tonight, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will hold Neighborhood Meetings Monday, February 8-11. Bliss says she wants to hear from residents, emphasize points from her address and answer any questions residents may have...

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What cities lose when plagued by low voter turnout

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 02-02-2016 under OPINION

Voters in the Grand Rapids area decided vital issues close to home in the last local election election, which included ballot proposals for millions of dollars to improve the quality of public schools as well as new candidates for local office. That...

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Citizens needed to fill City of Grand Rapids boards and commissions

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-01-2015 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids is looking for volunteers to help them fill roles in a total of 40 citizen boards and commissions. City officials are specifically looking to increase the diversity in those boards and commissions, and encourage women...

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