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Local Trans Students Awarded $10,000

Submitted 06-29-2020 under NONPROFITS

Despite pandemic, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation awards $10k in scholarships to six local students in 2020.


Community updates: Friday, June 26

Submitted 06-26-2020 under NEWS

Free outdoor fitness classes returning to Grand Rapids; 3:11 Youth Housing and HQ merge to help more youth facing homelessness; Gov. Whitmer extends eviction freeze, creates eviction diversion program; and Amtrak restoring Grand Rapids to Chicago service.


A personal confession: I am a racist

Submitted 06-26-2020 under NONPROFITS

Even when we think we are not racist, we must become aware and take responsibility for complicity with a culture and its institutions that are racist. It calls for confession and willingness to learn and act.


Community updates: Wednesday, June 24

Submitted 06-24-2020 under NEWS

Kent County Health Department urges vigilance as Kent County's decline in new COVID-19 cases hits plateau; Grand Rapids Public Library launches GRPL To Go curbside pickup service; and Grand Rapids Pride Festival 2020 cancelled over pandemic concerns.


The Rapidian to receive support to strengthen online platform

Submitted 06-24-2020 under NEWS

Support from the Knight Foundation enables The Rapidian to offer an improved user experience for citizen journalists to upload content, editors to review and approve content, and even more local consumers to read and interact with articles, photographs, opinions and stories.


Community updates: Monday, June 22

Submitted 06-22-2020 under NEWS

'Social zones' open in Grand Rapids to aid restaurant recovery; Kent County and Grand Rapids Chamber launch Small Business Recovery Program for local businesses impacted by pandemic; and Heart of West Michigan United Way adds more in-person volunteer opportunities to website.


Community updates: Friday, June 19

Submitted 06-19-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapidians celebrate Juneteenth with events, proclamations, reflections; Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan’s state of emergency through July 16.


Faith communities call for racial justice: A Jewish reflection

Submitted 06-19-2020 under NONPROFITS

Allison Egrin of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute reflects on the AJC/JCRC Black Jewish Coalition Zoom Meeting to discuss how the Jewish community can support their Black neighbors in the fight against systemic racism


Community updates: Wednesday, June 17

Submitted 06-17-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids leaders further detail police reform plans, Grand Rapids’ Fourth of July fireworks cancelled, UICA moving to The Fed Galleries at KCAD amid pandemic strains, Grand Rapids Community College waiving online course fees next school year, and more statemtents issued June 15-17.


Community updates: Monday, June 15

Submitted 06-15-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Museum reopening in July, Grand Rapids Coalition to End Homelessness launches online dashboard with local homelessness data, and Michigan Department of State launches online absentee voter application.