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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Elizabeth Bovard Strong: Bringing philanthropy full circle

Submitted 02-24-2021 under NONPROFITS

Elizabeth Bovard Strong has long been an advocate for others in need – particularly for individuals facing homelessness and addiction. From her first eye-opening experience three decades ago to her service on the board of directors for Guiding Light today, she goes “all in" to make a difference.

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In Season Report: February 20, 2021

Submitted 02-19-2021 under NONPROFITS

The weather forecast may be calling for more snow, but the market forecast is calling for local produce, farm-fresh products, and handmade goods! So, grab your winter gear, and don’t forget your mask, and head down to the market!

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The Time is Ripe for a Food Policy Council in Kent County

Submitted 02-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

Every one of us is part of a food system, a truth the pandemic put in plain sight. How can we be a part of shaping that food system to benefit all? The new Kent County Food Policy Council will address that very question.

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Organic Lawn Care Continues to Grow in Grand Rapids

Submitted 02-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

Growing Green and Midwest Grows Green equips local lawn care companies to meet rising demand for organic services.

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Outgoing Board Member Will Always Have a Heart for Heartside

Submitted 02-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

John Dice is ending his second three-year term on the Guiding Light Board of Directors. The outgoing board member has given his time and talents to the help those in need in the Heartside neighborhood for decades.

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In Season Report: February 13, 2021

Submitted 02-12-2021 under NONPROFITS

It’s going to be another beautiful snowy weekend in Grand Rapids so throw on your snow pants and head down to the Market! Shop from over 25 vendors offering the best local fare and handmade goods in town.

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St. Cecilia Music Center will present Jazz Bassists Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer in an exclusive live virtual concert on February 25, 2021 at 7 pm

Submitted 02-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

St. Cecilia Music Center is proud to present Jazz Bassists Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer in an exclusive live virtual concert on February 25, 2021 at 7pm EST. Both artists will offer up solo performances and then join together for a post-show artist conversation where they will answer questions.

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As Pandemic Enters Second Year, Guiding Light Sees Increased Demand for Addiction Recovery Program

Submitted 02-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

Since the beginning of the year, Guiding Light has had an uptick in the number of inquiries and enrollments for its Recovery program. Director Brian Elve provides insights into the problem -- and how Guiding Light has developed an effective approach to help men recover and re-engage.

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In Season Report: February 6, 2021

Submitted 02-05-2021 under NONPROFITS

Grab your hat, mittens, and boots, it’s going to be a cold one at the Market this weekend. Despite the snowy weather, we WILL be open this Saturday! Shop from over 30 vendors offering the best local fare and handmade goods in town.

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UCOM welcomes Liam Bailey as Donor Relations Specialist

Submitted 02-04-2021 under NONPROFITS

UCOM welcomes Liam Bailey as Donor Relations Specialist

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