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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Avenue's Annual Arts Conference Holds Final Session This Thursday

Submitted 03-22-2021 under NONPROFITS

Break It Down | Make It Better holds "State of the Art: GR" panel discussion on March 25 to reflect the present and future of art in Grand Rapids


What's at the Market: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Submitted 03-19-2021 under NONPROFITS

Come celebrate the first day of Spring at the Farmers Market and shop from over 40 vendors!


The Salvation Army continues to “Do the Most Good” one year after the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Submitted 03-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Salvation Army of Western Michigan and Northern Indiana continues to address the longstanding issues of poverty, hunger, addiction and homelessness, which have intensified and become more complex due to COVID-19.


The Grand Rapids Art Museum welcomes spring with biannual Art in Bloom celebration

Submitted 03-13-2021 under NONPROFITS

Innovative floral designs on view during one-weekend-only event


What's at the Market: Saturday, March 13, 2021

Submitted 03-12-2021 under NONPROFITS

It’s National Nutrition Month! Head down the Farmers Market and pick up the most nutritious food in town!


In Season Report: March 6, 2021

Submitted 03-05-2021 under NONPROFITS

Don’t let this sunshine and warmer weather go to waste! We never know how long it’s going to be around in March. So, make the most of it and come support your local farms, food producers and artisans this weekend!


Guiding Light Secures New Iron House as Demand for Addiction Recovery Program Grows

Submitted 03-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light has secured a new Iron House in Kentwood – its sixth sober-living apartment building, in response to increased demand for its addiction recovery services. The Iron House apartments are reserved for men who have finished the Foundations phase of the Recovery program.


In Season Report: February 27, 2021

Submitted 02-26-2021 under NONPROFITS

It is looking like it will be another beautiful weekend here in Grand Rapids. What better way to spend it than at the farmers market! Get outside and enjoy the fresh air as you shop for fresh, local goods!


Elizabeth Bovard Strong: Bringing philanthropy full circle

Submitted 02-24-2021 under NONPROFITS

Elizabeth Bovard Strong has long been an advocate for others in need – particularly for individuals facing homelessness and addiction. From her first eye-opening experience three decades ago to her service on the board of directors for Guiding Light today, she goes “all in" to make a difference.


In Season Report: February 20, 2021

Submitted 02-19-2021 under NONPROFITS

The weather forecast may be calling for more snow, but the market forecast is calling for local produce, farm-fresh products, and handmade goods! So, grab your winter gear, and don’t forget your mask, and head down to the market!