Photo by Sam Vanderlist

Calling All Humans

“My wife was driving to work and passed a homeless man who was sleeping with his head on the cement. She put a pillow under his head and she sees the man walking around with that pillow. Something so small can have such a big impact and it didn’t change her quality of life. It took her 60 seconds and it meant a lot to him.”
Belinda Bauman

Stemming the tide of violence against women

One thumbprint by one woman — Esperance, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — helped start a movement that has reached from the top of Kilimanjaro to the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, from dusty African villages to glamorous cocktail parties in the United States.

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.
Teresa Collins

Finding work

When the word ‘felony’ is on a résumé, obtaining a job is next to impossible.

Calvin University sophomore sews masks for the homeless

A student from a local university is using her skills to help others.

Recovered COVID-19 patient and Grand Rapids native donates plasma to aid others

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat those diagnosed with the virus.

Boxed Water gives back to planet, plants 1 millionth tree

In partnership with a conservation organization, a locally based packaged water brand has planted its 1 millionth tree.

Showing its pride

Grand Rapids Pride Center looks toward future.

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.

SpartanNash sets aside store time for vulnerable populations

SpartanNash is reserving shopping time twice a week in its retail stores for older adults, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Giving children a head start

$10 million injected into early childhood programming.

Homeless beds open for women

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

Research finds men less likely to follow social distancing rules

Social distancing has become the new normal, but not all are following the guidelines.

Binder Park Zoo donates meals, PPE to local organizations

Although a Battle Creek zoo will not open its season as scheduled, it is helping its community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority Health helping those who lost employer health benefits

Priority Health announced it created a new option to help those who have lost their employer-based health benefits due to COVID-19.
Coppercraft gin & tonic beverages.

Coppercraft Distillery to donate alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Alcohol has a variety of uses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

‘My Dearest Friends’

DisArt teams with artist to share important stories.

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.