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.
Childhood is supposed to be a time of exuberance, growth, and discovery. A time when we are protected, and our homes are safe. A time when we trust the adults around us and feel encouraged by the direction they provide.
The El Grupo Norte organization began when two parents, both physical therapists, decided to help alleviate the snarled car pickup lines at their kids’ school and at the same time create a healthier alternative: a bike club.
The camp’s mindful approach to programming is perhaps explained best by its mission to “provide quality character building experiences through educational and recreational programs in a safe, fun environment; serving all ages with an emphasis on youth.”