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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GRAM's Michigan Artist Series highlights the Black Ash Basketry of Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish

Submitted 09-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

An Interwoven Legacy features over 20 new works that focus on the centuries-old Anishinabe tradition of black ash basket making.

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UICA to Celebrate Grand Opening on KCAD Campus

Submitted 09-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

On Thursday, September 9, UICA will celebrate the grand opening of its new location inside the historical Woodbridge N. Ferris Building on the campus of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

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

Submitted 09-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Market is abundantly stocked with a large variety of in season produce, farm fresh foods, and hand-crafted food products. But don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself!

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18 Years of Service to Seniors

Submitted 09-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

After 18 years of dedicated service, Renee Ambriz of The Salvation Army's Seniors Program, better known as the "Keenagers," is retiring. The Salvation Army's Public Relations Coordinator Jason Pearson shares the story of Renee with the readers today.

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What's at the Market: Saturday, August 28, 2021

Submitted 08-27-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Market is HOT HOT HOT! And we’re not just talking about the temperature. Head down this weekend and cool off with a variety of refreshing summer snacks!

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Inspired by Faith, Advocating for Change: Climate Activists Speak Up

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

These young activists met with Senator Gary Peter's office to speak up about climate change. Through the experience, they were inspired to continue to work for environmental justice.

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Faith, Transparency, Compassion and Gratitude: A Profile of Starla McDermott

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

Starla McDermott is the Development Director for the Grand Rapids-based non-profit organization Guiding Light. The journey to where she is today has not been easy nor direct. Having persevered she has been humbled and is determined to help others overcome their struggles.

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Guiding Light Helps Tim Build a Sober Life After Losing it All

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

Tim has been struggling with alcoholism for decades. Despite managing to stay sober for 8 years, through which he achieved the dream of "the house and the picket fence" he found himself drinking again after the economy crashed.

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What's at the Market: Saturday, August 21, 2021

Submitted 08-20-2021 under NONPROFITS

Summer isn’t over just yet! Come down to Market and savor the flavors of summertime in Michigan.

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