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. 

Nonprofit hosting free MLK Day event

Arbor Circle will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day this year by hosting a free, virtual event honoring the civil rights leader.

Mover study reveals majority leaving Michigan

A national moving company ranked Michigan the sixth most moved-from state in 2021.

Putting GR back on the map

January and February 2020 appeared to set a great trajectory for tourism growth in West Michigan.

Mel Trotter to host free Christmas luncheon

Mel Trotter Ministries will host a free Christmas meal for community members who might be experiencing hunger and homelessness this holiday season.

Michiganders invited to write holiday letters to veterans

Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) is encouraging the public to send letters to bring holiday cheer to veterans.

Minority-owned holiday shopping event comes to Breton Road

A local business owner created an event giving holiday shoppers an opportunity to purchase unique gifts from a variety of West Michigan small businesses all in one place.

Plainsong Farm partners with Community Food Club

Through a partnership with a Rockford farm, patrons of a nonprofit grocery store in Grand Rapids will have expanded access to organic produce.

Pharmhouse Wellness to provide turkeys for those in need

A locally owned cannabis company will host its first “Felons Feeding Families” event ahead of Thanksgiving.

Local organizations seek donations, volunteers for holidays

Heart of West Michigan United Way partnered with local agencies to assemble the annual holiday volunteering and giving guide, aiding families in need for the holiday season.