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Volunteer

Local nonprofits need you: How volunteers fuel the day-to-day missions of area charities

2.3 million Michiganders volunteered last year, contributing $4.4 billion in economic value. In West Michigan, local nonprofits rely on volunteers for their day-to-day operations.

Covenant House

Nonprofit works to stem trafficking of homeless youth with stable residency program

With its new $3.5 million Grand Rapids location, nonprofit Covenant House will provide “no barrier” access to education, healthcare, transportation, employment, and safe permanent housing for area youth.

Good Food

Food access surveys inform next steps in Battle Creek and across Michigan

Food access data gathered in three Michigan urban communities will help local food organizations increase fresh food availability through innovation.

Jim Thompson teaches Jason Lee how to construct a bunk bed in Thompson’s barn.

Nonprofit's local chapter ensures no child sleeps on the floor

With 115 chapters in 39 states, the nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace rallies volunteers to hand-make bunk beds for children ages three to 17 who have no bed of their own.

Amy Action

RapidChat: Amy Acton on being a burn survivor, the importance of peer support, and more

At the age of 18, Amy Acton suffered from an electrical burn. She reveals that "I often found myself wondering why this happened, why I survived and the other person didn’t, and how I could help prevent something like this from ever happening again." Now, serving as Executive Director of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Amy uses her experience as inspiration — highlighting the importance of peer support in every burn survivor's recovery process.
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