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.

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.

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.

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.

Bradford White joins the fight against hunger

Bradford White, a Middleville manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, is providing critical support for the fight against hunger this holiday season with a $10,000 contribution to Mel Trotter Ministries.

Wayland bank collects 700 blankets for charity

A small community bank is making a difference for families in need this winter season with its "Blanket the Community" project, now in its fourth year. 

Big season at the Van

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

Clarion Call: A Plea to the Public

Dégagé Ministries, 139 Sheldon Ave. SE, provides the only emergency shelter for women in the area.

GRAAHI to hold conversation on mental health

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute will host the second event of its three-month community series.

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.

The price going cashless

In late December of 2023, an altercation outside J Burger N Wings, 2023 Eastern Ave. SE in the Seymour Square area ended in shots being fired at a woman and her son.

DeltaPlex closing uproots Grand Rapids Gold

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

Confronting racism in Grand Rapids

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

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.

Homeless beds open for women

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

Study: Michigan is far behind on its rent

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

Providing peace for pigs — and chickens

The Gadziemskis have turned their passion into a sanctuary.
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.”

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.

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.