The Rapidian


Annual Heartside Cleansweep Inspires Community Through Volunteering

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-23-2019 under NONPROFITS

As flowers bloom along downtown sidewalks and  grass becomes greener, debris and trash leftover from the previous winter’s snow banks litter the sides of our city’s streets. Come summer, these piles of rubbish disappear, unnoticed...

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Volunteers Secure Millions in Tax Credits for Local Families

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 02-21-2019 under NONPROFITS

“Doing a tax return’s like doing a story problem, and how much fun is that?” Chris MacDonald knows a lot about story problems. A former high school math teacher with over 15 years’ experience as a volunteer tax preparer, she...

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Volunteering in Grand Rapids as a college student: Where do you start?

by (tekielak)

Submitted 11-26-2018 under NEWS

Volunteering is the perfect way to not only make a difference, but start engaging with an unfamiliar community. For college students in the Grand Rapids area, volunteering can also be a way to explore interests, build relationships, and stumble...

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Crash's Landing & Big Sid's Sanctuary - An organization with a heart

by (kornoelr)

Submitted 03-29-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

“It means everything to me.” These were the resounding words that were expressed by Sara Youngman, Sharon Wylie, and Sarah Klawiter. Three out of over 200 volunteers at Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary. They were...

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Nonprofit volunteer fair scheduled for May 31

by (Covenant Villag...)

Submitted 05-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids community is invited to learn about non-profit volunteer opportunities for all ages on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 2-5 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, located at 2510 Lake Michigan Drive, N.W.,...

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'Dinosaur Fish' May Outlive Us All

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 04-10-2017 under NONPROFITS

With their large suction mouth, shark-like tail, and rows of bony plates up and down its 6-foot-long body, lake sturgeon are pretty intimidating. But not to 12-year-old Elena Guc. “I think it’s really interesting how lake sturgeon have...

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Volunteers become champions at Cook Library Center

by (GAAH)

Submitted 03-07-2017 under NONPROFITS

Here at Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH), the volunteers are critical and cherished supporters in pursuing our mission. The students always rush to the door to greet the volunteers with literal open arms and spend every minute possible...

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Catalyst Radio: ServeGR, connecting volunteers to meaningful service

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 01-06-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Download the audio here.  --- This interview with Heather Colletto, coordinator for Serve GR, explores the new website and online tool open for use to any individuals and organizations. Serve GR seeks to connect individuals to meaningful...

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Volunteers vital part of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 12-20-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

If you’ve explored the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden and encountered a woman lying on the ground while deploying a pair of tweezers, you’ve met Shuji Valdene Mintzmyer. The tweezers are for weeding. “You may...

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Encore! A national movement expands locally

by (Lois Guinn)

Submitted 12-12-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

For many people across the country, retirement brings one common question: What now? “The Baby Boomer generation has been all work, work, work,” said Jane Royer. “You spend so much time mastering your job and suddenly you have...

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