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UIX: Essential Needs Task Force is rethinking the way Kent County addresses poverty

When families have to choose between paying utility bills and affording food, it's hard to find hope. For the many faced with that decision in Kent County, the Essential Needs Task Force is a crucially supportive resource.

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UIX: Homeless youth call 3:11 for the keys to true independence

More than 2,000 young people are homeless in Kent County every night. Of those who can find a bed for the night, the following day may not be as dim. And for those who find 3:11 Youth Housing, there's a path toward opportunity, growth and change.

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UIX: What's the future of education? In Grand Rapids, it's all about being unconventional

Whether you're looking to learn coding or would like to explore a career in art or design, there's a host of creative ways you can do that in Grand Rapids. From boot camps to building confidence, organizations like Grand Circus, The Factory and UICA are thinking outside the box when it comes to education.

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UIX: With donated wheelchairs, Alternatives in Motion brings mobility to Grand Rapids

For those fortunate enough to live in West Michigan, Alternatives in Motion can restore freedom where it's been restricted. Led by Executive Director Coleen Davis, AIM provides wheelchairs, mobility equipment and repair services to those in the community who couldn't otherwise afford it. 

Volunteers help individuals with disabilities create art during Artists Creating Together’s Adult Art Class.

UIX: With an eye on changing the world by acting locally, ServeGR makes volunteering easy

ServeGR, a new hub for volunteer efforts in the region, helps centralize opportunities for those looking to give. Where nonprofits may have previously been hampered by a lack of volunteers with the right schedule or skill set, the ease of ServeGR's use makes screening for essential talent much simpler. 
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