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Turning the tide: Red Project fights HIV, overdose, and stigma amid national health crisis

Today, the Red Project offers direct service in six western Michigan counties (Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon, Lake, Mason and Oceana) as well as technical assistance statewide. The organization employs 18 full-time staff and is supported by a growing network of volunteers. Many are former clients themselves.

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Red Project Ride Along VIDEO

Ride along with the Grand Rapids Red Project to learn more about the staff and volunteers working to provide aid for drug users and work toward overdose prevention in our community.

Buckthorn is an invasive plant that began as a popular hedge.Photo by Imad Hassan.

DNRís volunteer stewards safeguard Michiganís natural areas

At 20 state parks and recreation areas across southern Michigan, groups of volunteer stewards regularly roll up their sleeves to help protect and restore natural areas. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Volunteer Steward Program puts volunteers to work, typically removing invasive species, planting native species, and collecting native seed. The program holds about 200 workdays per year.

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UIX: BL≤END offers diversity, inclusion and community for entrepreneurs

At BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), young professionals of color connect with others, develop their professional skills, and add value to the community.

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UIX: Treetops Collective celebrates newcomers, helps refugees thrive after resettlement

How can West Michigan do a better job of welcoming refugees? The Treetops Collective and other organizations in the area are answering this question by working to create an inclusive community where new residents are supported.
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