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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Grab and Go Meals at Guiding Light

Submitted 01-05-2022 under NONPROFITS

Having the opportunity to help anyone and everyone in need throughout Heartside to get hot meals and warm clothing is something all of us at Guiding Light take great pride and joy in being able to orchestrate.


"Guiding Light Doesn't Cure You, It Changes Your Thinking:" DJ's Journey in Recovery

Submitted 01-03-2022 under NONPROFITS

It got so bad that DJ used to shrug off his vomiting sessions as simply a way to make room for his next bottle of booze. “We’re talking horrible mornings,” he recalls. “So bad I couldn’t get out of bed. There’s a reason they call alcohol a spirit – because it can becomes your higher power.”


What's at the Market: Saturday, December 18, 2021

Submitted 12-17-2021 under NONPROFITS

Swing by the LAST Market of 2021 and grab everything you need for roasting, toasting, and hosting this holiday season!


Bell-ringing Volunteers... Who Are They?

Submitted 12-14-2021 under NONPROFITS

New bell-ringing volunteers have come to help The Salvation Army this year, as the Red Kettle campaign starts to near the end. The Golden Kettle competition will be determined in the next ten days.


What's at the Market: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Submitted 12-10-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Holidays are right around the corner and the Market is your go-to one stop shop for all your festive needs!


Reminder to sign up for Christmas Assistance from The Salvation Army

Submitted 12-07-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Salvation Army looks to reach all who need Christmas assistance this year. Deadline for signing up has been extended to December 9.


The Golden Kettle Competition Heats Up.

Submitted 12-06-2021 under NONPROFITS

The competition for the "Golden Kettle Award" between service clubs is heating up as this coming weekend looks to bring out more volunteer groups.


City Connection: Mayor Bliss joined by Fire Chief John Lehman to discuss fire safety over holiday season

Submitted 12-06-2021 under NONPROFITS

This month, Mayor Rosalyn Bliss is joined by Grand Rapids Fire Department Chief John Lehman for an in-studio discussion about fire safety during the holiday season as well as general issues realated to GRFD


Alcohol is Only the Symptom: Mike Finds Spirituality, Acceptance Through Guiding Light Recovery

Submitted 12-06-2021 under NONPROFITS

“After detox, I was referred to Guiding Light. I needed a place with discipline and structure, which I had really missed after being out of the military for 20 years. So, I left everything behind to come to Grand Rapids and start over.”


What's at the Market: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Submitted 12-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

Find everything you need for hosting, toasting, and roasting this holiday season at the Market!