COVID-19 taking its toll on mental health

A recent study from Opinium examined the mental well-being of the public during the period of social distancing caused by COVID-19.

Confronting racism in Grand Rapids

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

Big season at the Van

For the first time in years, Van Andel Arena now has two full-time tenants.

Youth care facility hosts family Fill the Backpack event

Wedgwood Christian Services’ NextGen Board will host its inaugural event in support of at-risk youth. 

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.

Aquinas College hosts blood drive

A blood drive will be held at a local college to increase the blood supply at local hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Partners launch $5M match initiative for #GivingTuesdayNow

The for-profit arm of an area nonprofit is partnering with a pair of national organizations to launch a matching fund initiative that will be held next week on #GivingTuesdayNow.

John Ball Zoo educates families on homelessness for fourth year

John Ball Zoo and Family Promise are hosting an annual event to help raise awareness for family homelessness in a child-friendly environment.

Panel discussion explores cultural links to food

“What is healthy food?” is the name of a fourth talk in a series that takes place on Jan. 18,  5:30 p.m. at the...

Amazon provides free online computer science courses

Amazon is altering the way it is providing a technological program to students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan Prepares to Vote on Recreational Marijuana Next Month

It’s not hard to find Tami VandenBerg’s house. Set in a cozy part of Eastown, her front yard is the only one on her street littered with yard signs. “Black Lives Matter,” and “Science is Real,” reads one; another backs a Democrat for state attorney general.

Opera performances to focus on racial injustice

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

Buddy’s Pizza relaunches dog treat sales for Michigan Humane

Buddy’s Pizza will resume selling dog treats at its restaurants, with proceeds going to support an animal welfare nonprofit.

Grand Rapids Drive plan donations to local organizations

A Grand Rapids sports team is giving back to those who are impacted by COVID-19.

Giving baby turtles a head start

John Ball Zoo, ever on the forefront of species maintenance and preservation, is making strides to protect the population of eastern box turtles.

West Michigan participates in nationwide beagle rescue mission

The local Humane Society is pitching in to help with the rescue of 4,000 mistreated beagles from Virginia. 

Update: What’s the big idea?

Several City of Grand Rapids committees have partnered with Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to ask residents for big ideas to help shape the future of Grand Rapids.

Safe Haven supports human trafficking survivors

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

‘Close to a breakthrough’

Researchers at Van Andel Institute have Parkinson’s in their scope.

Twitter data: Michigan ranks top 5 nationally as ‘4/20’ state

According to Healthtrends, a wellness website, Michigan has been tweeting about 4/20 more than the majority of the country.