DeltaPlex closing uproots Grand Rapids Gold

An upcoming arena closure will displace Grand Rapids’ local basketball team. 

Hope College students take on Downtown Holland as a DEI project

Students from the Hope College Center for Leadership are partnering with a pair of experts to help Downtown Holland with its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Cat rescue acquires physical space

A local women-owned nonprofit that rescues cats now has a physical location to help meet more needs.
Founders Brewing Co. taproom taps beer pitchers

Founders to host Ukrainian refugee benefit

Founders Brewing Co. is inviting customers to a daylong event with drinks, music, a silent auction and a raffle to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

Fundraiser to promote awareness of child abuse

A local nonprofit association is hosting a colorful fundraiser to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Golf tournament to benefit food pantry

A women’s professional golf tournament is returning to West Michigan.

Pop-up pierogi drives to support displaced Ukrainians

A couple with Grand Rapids roots will host a pair of presale pierogi drives and donate 10% of the proceeds to support Ukrainian refugees.

Turning the pages at Grand Rapids Public Library

People who know Jessica Anne Bratt describe her as something of a library wunderkind — a 34-year-old who was promoted last year to become the Grand Rapids Public Library’s first Black assistant director.

GRCC to offer new scholarship

The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Foundation created a new, full-ride scholarship.

Book discussions focus on climate issues

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club will host six book discussions in February and March.

Opera performances to focus on racial injustice

Opera Grand Rapids will perform and host events that highlight racial injustice in the legal system.

Partners offering social equity scholarships to cannabis workers

Two Michigan cannabis companies are partnering with a school to create a social equity scholarship program for 20-plus adults in the cannabis industry.

Coat drive serves youth in need

The Grand Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council partnered with the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) to collect new coats to help young adults in underserved communities stay warm.

Nonprofit hosts dating violence awareness event

Holland nonprofit Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence, will host an event to bring awareness to teen dating violence.

Safe Haven supports human trafficking survivors

A West Michigan nonprofit extended its services to survivors of human trafficking.

Community events promote National Day of Racial Healing

Two Battle Creek organizations are hosting several community activities in recognition of the National Day of Racial Healing, Jan. 18.

Cooley law school to host civil rights panel discussion

Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School is hosting a virtual discussion panel in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mel Trotter Ministries, at the corner of Williams Street and Commerce Avenue. (GR|Mag photo/Sam Easter)

Mel Trotter expands services amid the cold

Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) is seeing an increased need to support the cold, hungry and homeless, as West Michigan experiences ongoing winter conditions.

Chow Hound seeks boxes for rescue pet bedding

Chow Hound Pet Supplies is inviting pet parents to bring in extra boxes from out-of-town pet suppliers as part of a new program to benefit local rescue animals as they wait for their forever home.

Michigan cities see reciprocal migration patterns

A study analyzing Midwest census data found many Midwest cities and surrounding areas gained much of their annual population from nearby metros. 

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