Beyond the poll: join the "shop local" conversation

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 10-11-2011 under OPINION

Normally the weekly Rapidian poll is designed to stand on its own: created for fun, to offer an idea for quiet consideration, or to encourage brief exchanges between fellow Rapidians. This time though, I want to personally encourage everyone to use...

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SBV of the Week: Sign Language Interpreter for Kent County Tax Credit Coalition

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 03-03-2011 under NONPROFITS

Each week the Volunteer Center highlights a compelling skills-based volunteer (SBV) opportunity found on our Volunteer Solutions website. This week's SBV opportunity comes from The Kent County Tax Credit Coalition .   A volunteer proficient in...

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Pets fall victim during tough economic times

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 02-24-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

It's an all too common story. A family, financially stretched, looks at a stack of late notices and eviction warnings. Needing to cut costs, the pet often is the first to go.  Meet our unnamed kitty above. This kitty was trapped in a (...

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Apparently, Rapidians are Sticky

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 11-30-2010 under OPINION

From The Rapidian staff: The Rapidian is an open platform where the community self-selects the news and information to be shared and reported. The original intent was to increase community engagement and encourage connections in the community. The...

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Moral Ground 2010: In the Hands of the People

by (The General)

Submitted 10-23-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

“Has anyone answered ‘no’ to this question? We definitely have a responsibility, but at what cost?” ~ Aaron Bundy, communications sub-contractor   The ever-pondered question of how the people of today impact our planet’s future is once again...

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A post-ArtPrize assessment: The effects of rewards

by (pwitt)

Submitted 10-22-2010 under OPINION

Writer Alfie Kohn examines the use of rewards and presents a fascinating case for how rewards often fail, especially when the desired outcome is human quality. In his book, Punished by Rewards, Kohn outlines five reasons that rewards fail. I tried...

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The Michigan Cultural Data Project comes to Grand Rapids to help arts and culture organizations make the mark they deserve

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 05-22-2010 under NONPROFITS

At every presentation about the Cultural Data Project (CDP), people gasp at what it can do - at every one of the fifteen talks across the state. And now, after two years of work by a dedicated team, this valuable tool is available in Michigan. If...

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Low graduation rates affect community in many ways

by (jleff)

Submitted 03-29-2010 under OPINION

I was a straight B and C student all through high school with very little to show after leaving other than a degree. I never cared that much or tried all that hard. I knew from my junior year on that I was going to be a musician/recording engineer....

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Peter Wege Releases New Book, "Economicology II"

by (wealthytheatre)

Submitted 03-24-2010 under NONPROFITS

The Wege Foundation hosted a press conference today, to announce the release of Peter Wege's newest book, "Economicology II."  Local media were well represented, including WGVU's Shelley Irwin, GR Press and several local television news...

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$150,000 in Grants for Economic and Workforce Development

by (GRCommFound)

Submitted 01-07-2010 under NONPROFITS

  Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved $150,000 in grants that will support local economic and workforce development in 2010. Nonprofits receiving these grant awards include:    Grand Valley...

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