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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An approach to Israel-Palestine understanding

Submitted 07-17-2020 under NONPROFITS

Memories of Seymour Padnos leads to an Israeli writer, Yossi Halevi whose book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” seeks to bring people together by listening and seeking to understand their differing and even conflicting stories.


Grand Rapids Art Museum Announces August 1 Reopening

Submitted 07-16-2020 under NONPROFITS

Phased reopening includes new visitor guidelines such as online ticketing, required face coverings, and social distancing.


Call for Board Members of the Heartside Downtown Neighborhood Association

Submitted 07-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

“By taking a leadership role, you have the power to discuss issues and create improvements...Collaborating on issues or events can be a great bridge for our community.”


Alt City Beverage Company to Open at Downtown Market

Submitted 07-13-2020 under NONPROFITS

Beverage company started in Downtown Market Incubator Kitchen graduating to Market Hall


In Season Report: July 11, 2020

Submitted 07-10-2020 under NONPROFITS

The temperature is rising but the market is cooler than ever! Head over tomorrow for our largest Saturday market this year and get all your favorite local goodies.


Struggling with Racism on the Fourth of July

Submitted 07-10-2020 under NONPROFITS

As we celebrate our nation’s founding we look at the freedom and privileges many of us have but we also need to be more aware of those who suffer discrimination based on race or religion.


Guiding Light Restarts Recovery Program Intake Process with Enhanced Safety Protocols

Submitted 07-08-2020 under NONPROFITS

During the onset of COVID-19 in West Michigan, Guiding Light adapted in order to continue its rescue, recovery and re-engagement programming in light of rising needs.


Guiding Light Welcomes Eric Williams to Board of Directors

Submitted 07-07-2020 under NONPROFITS

Eric Williams, chief executive officer of the United Methodist Community House, has joined Guiding Light’s board of directors. Williams brings more than 40 years of experience in entrepreneurship, higher education, nonprofit work and community involvement to the 12-person board.


Join our 2020 Virtual Wheel Run Together 5K to benefit persons with disabilities in need of mobility equipment!

Submitted 07-06-2020 under NONPROFITS

For the past 24 years the generous Doctorate in Physical Therapy students at Grand Valley State University have been raising money to support Alternatives in Motion's vital mission of enhancing mobility through access to mobility equipment!!


In Season Report: July 4, 2020

Submitted 07-03-2020 under NONPROFITS

Cherries, raspberries + green beans OH MY! Join us this Saturday and celebrate the 4th by choosing to buy fresh products + support local businesses.