Volunteers, sunshine brighten this year's Festival of the Arts

by (magical)

Submitted 06-13-2013 under NEWS

The weather cooperated with this year's Festival of The Arts in downtown Grand Rapids. Festival 2013 was held on June 7, 8 and 9, and although clouds appeared over head, the rain held out for the annual three day event. Many volunteers and...

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Lend a hand at the Downtown Market

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-10-2013 under NEWS

The recently inaugurated Downtown Market is seeking volunteers to help create a more welcoming and supportive experience for shoppers during business hours. Volunteers can sign up to greet and count people as they come into the market, assist...

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Refugee resettlement: A long story made short


Submitted 05-22-2013 under NONPROFITS

According to the UNHCR’s 2011 statistics, the estimated total number of refugees around the world is 15,600,000. According to the US bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, since 1975, the US has welcomed over 3 million refugees from all...

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New partnership offers citizens rewards for volunteering

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 01-23-2013 under NONPROFITS

On Tuesday, the City of Grand Rapids launched the second phase of the mygrcitypoints.com program in partnership with Heart of West Michigan United Way's Volunteer Center.  Now, both City and non-City residents can earn points for...

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Drink beer, support our creative youth

by (edelsteven)

Submitted 09-05-2012 under OPINION

This summer, Grand Rapids and Wyoming Public Schools learned they were denied federal funding that supported their after school programs. Nine Grand Rapids schools were left without any funds for after school programming, and Grand Rapids students...

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The Art of Giving: Volunteering in ArtPrize

by (edelsteven)

Submitted 08-24-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

It’s that time of year again. The days are still hot, but the nights are getting cooler. Back to school sales echo across the airwaves. People speak of winter’s approaching cruelty with little to no dread. And - what’s that other...

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Creative Youth Center empowers children to be published authors

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 08-03-2012 under NONPROFITS

Seven students between the ages of 5 and 11 years old gather around a miniature wooden table at Baxter Community Center. They pour themselves a glass of 2% reduced fat milk as they transition from school to their after school activity: creative...

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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Don Petz

by (Heartside Galle...)

Submitted 08-01-2012 under NONPROFITS

Our featured artist for August is Don Petz. Here is the artist’s story in his own words: My name’s Don Petz and I’ve been coming to Heartside for a month now. I bring my crochet supplies here and do my work almost every day of the...

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Volunteers needed at Fulton Street Farmers Market

by (FultonStMarket)

Submitted 06-05-2012 under NONPROFITS

Fulton Street Farmers Market is looking for volunteers for a Rapid Market Assessment on June 12 and June 15. Volunteer hours are between 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. Partial shifts are available as well. We are in need of volunteers to do an attendance...

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Lives of the non-religious: meet the members of CFI

by (ellenlundgren)

Submitted 12-13-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Center for Inquiry Michigan may not be a widely known group, but members report that it has become a very important haven for area non-believers. Center for Inquiry (CFI) is an international non-profit that "encourages evidence-based inquiry...

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