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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When Crisis Mode Becomes the Norm: Interrupting a System of Emergency with a System of Justice

Submitted 05-21-2020 under NONPROFITS

As the global pandemic hit our local community, food access organizations that existed before COVID-19, and those that started due to COVID-19, have worked to respond to the lack of access to food heightened by the virus and its economic impacts.

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In Season Report: May 16, 2020

Submitted 05-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

Make your grocery trip to the market + support local farms and food businesses! Shop from 40 vendors TOMORROW and stock up on your fresh, local food needs.

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Love in a Time of Pandemic

Submitted 05-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

The coronavirus creates fear: of financial ruin, of destroying America, and even of losing life itself. Fear leads us to blame and harm others. The New Testament says, “Perfect love casts out all fear.” Don’t let fear win. Choose love.

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THE SALVATION ARMY GROW PROGRAM CARING FOR ITS COMMUNITY

Submitted 05-14-2020 under NONPROFITS

The Salvation Army is known for its community service, and this week the GROW Program located at Fulton Heights Citadel Church reached out to local area children and families who received some unexpected gifts and food.

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Guiding Light Maintains Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar

Submitted 05-13-2020 under NONPROFITS

The Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on U.S. nonprofits, is the highest level that can be bestowed.

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In Season Report: May 9, 2020

Submitted 05-08-2020 under NONPROFITS

Don’t let the cool weather fool you! We still have a LARGE selection of fresh produce and other market goodies! Join us and our 40 VENDORS tomorrow to shop for your local food essentials.

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Creating the new normal - can we be better for each other?

Submitted 05-08-2020 under NONPROFITS

What will the “new normal” look like when this is over? How can we become a better and more just community after this pandemic?

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Calvin Center for Faith & Writing debuts a short, no-cost film of Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson, featuring kids from the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center

Submitted 05-05-2020 under NONPROFITS

The Calvin Center for Faith & Writing is debuting a short, no-cost film about Katherine Paterson, with kids from the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC), and librarian and author Travis Jonker.

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We must look with an unwavering eye toward compassion

Submitted 05-05-2020 under NONPROFITS

How can we look with an unwavering eye at the suffering we see and experience these days? The story of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion in Tibet, may be able to shed light on surviving the COVID-19 crisis with one’s heart intact.

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Guiding Light to Host a Virtual Ministry Update May 5

Submitted 05-04-2020 under NONPROFITS

In light of restrictions over gatherings due to COVID-19, Guiding Light has opted to shift its traditional ministry update luncheon to an online format. The community is invited to tune into Guiding Light's Facebook or LinkedIn at noon on Tuesday, May 5 to participate.

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