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Access of West Michigan develops poverty solutions through unique partnerships

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Access of West Michigan who works with community partners to create sustainable solutions to poverty

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Emma Garcia on NPO Showcase

Emma Garcia on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase Emma Garcia of Access of West Michigan discusses the organization's mission to reduce poverty in the West Michigan community. One of their goals is to coordinate with area organizations to maximize effectiveness of poverty solutions, and reduce overlap of services provided in the community.

Access approaches the issue of poverty in a holistic way by using varied approaches. Their Good Food Systems Initiative helps local organizations organize their own food cooperatives and connects them with local food producers. The initiatives help support area based farmers while encouraging community members to acquire fresh and healthy foods. Good Food Systems also helps community members with long-term illness learn about health education and the value of a nutritious food diet.

Access' Congregation Connections program helps link area congregations with programs offered by Access and other justice work based organizations to 'minimize duplication and maximize resources for those in need.'

For community members who wish to learn more about the effects of poverty, the Poverty Education programs work to reduce stigma and misconceptions about families and individuals facing poverty. Through education, Access hopes to encourage community members to become more involved and make a positive impact. People can get involved with Access by participating in some of their events and campaigns or by attending training sessions provided by Access, either as an individual or an organization. Access also has Volunteer Opportunities and internship programs available. Community members can also make an impact by contributing directly to Access

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring Disability Advocates of Kent County

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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