Grand Rapids Police Department promises change

Can the police department’s new strategic plan really transform policing in a meaningful way?

Study: Michigan residents lose an average of $667 to puppy scams

A new study from Honest Paws found that scams involving the sale of puppies have increased 280% during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Michigan residents are one of the most impacted.

Confronting racism in Grand Rapids

Partners for a Racism-Free Community hands the baton to WMCAT.

Survey reveals more than half of Michiganders struggling with ‘quiet stress’ amid pandemic

A recent survey from American Addiction Centers found 53% of Michigan residents have struggled with “quiet stress” this year.

Where are the Black people?

Group works to elevate the history of Black residents and clear path for future prosperity.

Dégagé Ministries seeks donations for annual Christmas store

A local nonprofit is planning to open its annual Christmas store to support the Grand Rapids homeless community.

Nonprofit i understand to honor survivors of suicide loss

Ada-based nonprofit i understand on Saturday will honor International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day by holding a toy drive and delivering several charitable donations to organizations around Grand Rapids.

Guiding Light seeks cold-weather donations for those without shelter

Those looking to make a difference this holiday season can donate cold-weather necessities to a local nonprofit that serves individuals experiencing homelessness.

Baxter Community Center kicks off Holiday Baskets Drive

Baxter Community Center is seeking donations to fill holiday baskets for families in need of a little Christmas cheer.

Study: Michigan is far behind on its rent

Michigan renters are falling behind on payments more so than the rest of the country.

Homeless beds open for women

Homeless women face unique experiences and local agencies are trying to meet their needs.

Turning the lens on homelessness

Dean Cain’s latest project was filmed in Grand Rapids.

‘My Dearest Friends’

DisArt teams with artist to share important stories.

Giving children a head start

$10 million injected into early childhood programming.

A better food system

Partners collaborate to improve awareness.

Showing its pride

Grand Rapids Pride Center looks toward future.

CWD Real Estate sees silver lining in aftermath of violent protests

Sam Cummings, managing partner with CWD, said he was “mad as hell” Saturday night and Sunday morning, but witnessing the community outreach and cleanup afterward restored his faith in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids resident raises thousands for water security

Starting Saturday, Becca VandeGriend will be leading West Michiganders in World Vision’s Virtual Global 6K for Water, a worldwide charity event with the purpose of raising thousands of dollars in donations for the organization’s global clean water access programs.

Sports organizations team up to give back

The Grand Rapids Drive, Grand Rapids Griffins, West Michigan Whitecaps and West Michigan Sports Commission partnered to launch “One Team For West Michigan,” an initiative to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providing peace for pigs — and chickens

The Gadziemskis have turned their passion into a sanctuary.




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