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United Way awards mini-grants to 19 local agencies for Census outreach

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 07-10-2019 under NONPROFITS

On Tuesday, July 9, Heart of West Michigan United Way announced mini-grants to 19 Kent County agencies to support Census outreach in historically undercounted communities. The mini-grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 for a total of $216,500. Because...

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United Way responds to removal of citizenship question from Census

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 07-03-2019 under NONPROFITS

Last night, the Trump administration announced that it would begin printing 2020 Census forms without the controversial “citizenship question.” Advocates around the country and some states had challenged the decision to include the...

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Hundreds of volunteers serve local veterans during Operation United

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 05-20-2019 under NONPROFITS

On Friday, May 17, more than 300 volunteers came together for one purpose: to serve local veterans. Heart of West Michigan United Way recruited 318 volunteers for Operation United, a day of outdoor landscaping, repair projects, and construction at...

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At Camp Blodgett, the world is a classroom

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 03-14-2019 under NONPROFITS

How do you instill a love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into middle schoolers, especially those who come from difficult backgrounds and under-resourced schools in and around Grand Rapids? Camp Blodgett’s answer: Take them...

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Volunteers Secure Millions in Tax Credits for Local Families

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 02-21-2019 under NONPROFITS

“Doing a tax return’s like doing a story problem, and how much fun is that?” Chris MacDonald knows a lot about story problems. A former high school math teacher with over 15 years’ experience as a volunteer tax preparer, she...

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Government Shutdown: Q&A with Legal Aid's Karen Tjapkes

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 01-25-2019 under NONPROFITS

With the partial government shutdown now in its second month, more and more people are feeling the strain. The impact goes beyond the 800,000 federal workers, including those at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, who missed their second paycheck...

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How local agencies gave woman confidence to achieve her goals

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 01-16-2019 under NONPROFITS

Today, Anna Cater is a hospital billing professional at Spectrum Health. Getting there required her to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers – and, even more importantly, to develop confidence in herself. Cater grew up in the Philippines....

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Catalyst Radio: United Way talks holiday volunteering

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 11-27-2017 under NONPROFITS

Host John Moose Williamson speaks with Katelyn Kovalik, Volunteer Center Manager for Heart of West Michigan United Way, about opportunities to give back to the community this holiday season.

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Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

by (GRTV)

Submitted 01-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s episode of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Brenda Brame, Program Manager for the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition (KCTCC), discusses how households with total income of $55,000 or less can access free tax preparation services and...

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Volunteer reading tutors help GRPS students improve reading proficiency, prepare for future success

by (GRTV)

Submitted 11-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a student's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. This week...

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