The Rapidian

Nonprofit Dispatches

This section of The Rapidian represents the amazing array of diverse non-profit organizations in West Michigan, groups that reveal the tapestry of arts, culture, service, faith and collaboration that defines our region. Read about opportunities to learn, grow, share and participate in the life of this community. The stories here are provided by our area's non-profit organizations.

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From Fear to Gratitude, Michael Shares His Recovery Journey

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

Michael's addiction started out with a prescription he received for pain pills. By January 2021 he was spending $500/week on heroin and soon found himself homeless. He came to Guiding Light seeking a the means to break the cycle of addiction and live differently.

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You Can't Get sober Without God: Missions Intersect for Rev. Tim Wilson

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

“A man came up to me and said, ‘I can’t stop drinking; I’m drunk right now and my wife is looking at us,’” Rev. Wilson remembered. “I learned that they had spent more than $100,000 on rehab in the past. We told him about the good people of Guiding Light and he agreed to go."

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The Salvation Army Launches Angel Tree Sign-Ups in West Michigan

Submitted 09-20-2021 under NONPROFITS

For the 31st year in a row, The Salvation Army and WOOD8 TV are starting up the annual Angel Tree toy Drive that aims to help families through Christmas.

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St. Cecilia Music Center brings Blue Grass and Mandolin Master Sam Bush to Grand Rapids on October 6 to begin an exciting 2021 - 2022 Season of Live Performances with International Folk, Jazz and Chamber Music Artists

Submitted 09-20-2021 under NONPROFITS

Mandolin New Grass Artist Sam Bush will mesmerize West Michigan on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. when he kicks off SCMC’s 2021-2022 Season and the Acoustic Café Folk Series. The October 6 concert with the Sam Bush Band marks St. Cecilia Music Center’s restart of live concerts with a live audience.

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What's at the Market: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Submitted 09-17-2021 under NONPROFITS

Now is the best time to come visit the Market! Autumn provides such a wonderful variety of fresh produce, and the weather makes for the perfect market day!

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"Hope Marches On" - The Salvation Army Starts Giving Season 100 Days Before Christmas

Submitted 09-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Salvation Army will start their Christmas Campaign 100 Days before Christmas. Early giving could be key to keeping families in their homes this holiday season, says nation’s largest private provider of social services

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Cookies, Plaster Creek and a Big Dream

Submitted 09-14-2021 under NONPROFITS

We love to share stories of how our Grand Rapids Climate Witness Project partners are creatively working for creation care in our city! This story is from Stacey DeVries of how God used her young son’s big ambitions for investing in the clean-up of Plaster Creek.

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What's at the Market: Saturday, September 11, 2021

Submitted 09-10-2021 under NONPROFITS

Don’t let the cool weather fool you, this time of year provides the Market with a large variety of in season produce! Come on down and spend some time outside, shopping from local vendors.

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Grand Rapids Art Museum Presents ArtPrize 2021 Exhibition with Disability Arts Organization, DisArt

Submitted 09-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

A collaboration with DisArt and artist Oaklee Thiele, the My Dearest Friends Project brings the presence of the disability community to downtown Grand Rapids through a large-scale outdoor installation

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GRAM's Michigan Artist Series highlights the Black Ash Basketry of Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish

Submitted 09-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

An Interwoven Legacy features over 20 new works that focus on the centuries-old Anishinabe tradition of black ash basket making.

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