Twenty-eight years ago, Ralph and Carol Curtis opened up their farm to form Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) and invited community members with special needs to visit providing them opportunity for growth.
What better way to learn about and understand the challenges a particular group of individuals face than by holding a gathering with community members to ask them directly?
The organization’s mission is to “advocate and facilitate the development of a network of multipurpose recreational trails in northern Lower Michigan.”
Inspired by 826 National, a creative writing program started by internationally acclaimed author Dave Eggers, the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) is the only organization in West Michigan that provides students with enriched writing instruction.
Southeast Michigan’s Gleaners Community Food Bank is an exemplary model of how organizations within a community can come together for the greater good.
LIAA is not your typical nonprofit in that its broad framework builds stronger communities through a unique combination of education, information, and technology.
Voices Without Borders is an organization that promotes and supports choral music and a number of other artistic pursuits.
A lesser-known fact is that one in five Michigan children are affected by hunger -- a startling statistic, and one that the Grand Rapids-based Kids Food Basket organization is actively trying to combat. While Grand Rapids is commonly thought to be an affluent community, there is also a prevalence of extreme poverty.
It is precisely this caliber of applicant -- as well as judges and even audience members -- that the Stulberg has drawn annually since its inception in 1975. Intended as a memorial for the late Julius Stulberg, a beloved and respected professor at Western Michigan University and conductor of both the University Symphony and Kalamazoo Junior Symphony for many years
Rebel Nell, however, has been empowering women in these very same ways for the last five years, employing the disadvantaged and abused and educating them so they can live a safe, healthy, independent life of their choosing. They do this surrounded by fellow women who believe in them.