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Michigan agencies distribute robotic pets to help elders combat loneliness during pandemic

One agency has already distributed 80 robotic pets to elders in its service area, and others across Michigan are either considering or actively preparing efforts to hand out hundreds more.

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Kent County’s response to COVID-19’s effect on youth crime

As law enforcement records a rise in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kent County Board of Commissioners allocated $500,000 of its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding towards a grant aiming to decrease the rates of violence in our communities. Through the Community Violence Prevention Grant Program, Kent County will assist nonprofits via the prevention of violent behaviors and the rehabilitation of individuals with established violent behavior.

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Calling rockstar entrepreneurs: Local spirits company encourages supplier diversity

Motu Viget Spirits’ partners have had to modify their operations in the wake of COVID-19. Even with this unexpected hurdle, Motu Viget has been able to secure placements in over 260 locations to date. Moving forward, they hope to see more underrepresented businesses appear at local restaurants and retail shelves.

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Farmers Market Food Navigators help maximize Prescriptions for Health

At Mt. Pleasant’s Island Park Farmers Market and St. Louis Farmers Market, friendly Farmers Market Food Navigators share nutrition tips and teach low-income residents how to make the most of their food dollars.

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Local collaboration makes COVID-19 saliva testing available at the school-level

Godfrey-Lee School District and the Kent County Health Department partnered to launch a COVID-19 rapid saliva testing pilot program at the school district as part of the county's ongoing COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts and the spending of federal CARES dollars.

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COVID-19 increases transportation challenges for the working-class, promotes community collaboration

COVID-19 has stunted economies across the globe and continues to create massive challenges. For individuals considered ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), increased hardship has prompted community organizations to seek collaborative solutions. 

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Here's how Michigan health care experts are reducing risks of medication overload

Those taking five or more prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or supplements concurrently can be at risk for serious combined side effects.

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Bountiful community garden helps reduce food insecurity in Northwest Michigan

A simple conversation between a Buckley Community Schools principal and Traverse Bay Area ISD officials planted the seeds for a farm to school initiative that combined nutrition education with a new community garden at the school. 

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Making parks and green spaces easier to access for Detroiters

If you have a park that doesn't look great and hasn't been renovated in many decades, that can be the thing that drags down the entire feeling of the neighborhood. Here's how the city is fighting against time to maintain the city's parks.

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MSU Extension Center Uses Digital Resources to Ensure Community Health

Reaching out to local Kent County residents is at the heart of Michigan State University’s Extension Center (MSUE). District 7 Director Erin Moore says that help is not only available, but resources are more accessible than ever to residents in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, and Barry counties.

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Addressing housing stability in Kent County means redefining the issue

Redefining the Path Home: System Building for Housing Stability in Kent County,” was released in summer 2020 by the Housing Stability Alliance, in partnership with KConnect.The plan to address housing stability is the result of nearly 2 years of discussions and research by cross sector stakeholders in the community.

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Parks for all: How Michigan communities are making their outdoor spaces safe and accessible

Wheelchair-accessible paths and boardwalks, ADA-compliant restroom facilities, and universally accessible kayak launches are just a few development projects that can bring new visitors to parks.

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The big view: Saving Holland's Mt. Pisgah for future visitors

Hollan's Mt. Pisgah sand dune was loved a little too well -- its visitors were causing severe erosion. Then the local community and state partnered to help preserve it for future generations.

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COVID-19 prompts many Michigan farmers and farmers markets to offer online sales for the first time

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many health challenges, but it's also made it easier than ever for Michiganders to get healthy, local food, as many farmers and farmers markets have started reaching customers online.

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Fueling the future she wants to see: A Q&A with South East Market founder Alita Kelly

Alita Kelly is passionate about food justice, education, and empowerment. Through her recently launched business, the South East Market, she is working to serve her community and improve people’s quality of life, as well as foster new dialogues about the food system.

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Local Black businesses GRABB and go


Bills will help B-corps do more good


Inclusive Barber Shop and Salon changing hair industry culture


Beer the change: Three local breweries join People Power Beer Campaign


Collaboration’s the key to Mallowfields' mastery of digital worlds


WMPC seeks to make foster care affirming for LGBTQ+ youth


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Grand Rapids Community Arts brings diversity and inclusion to the arts


Grand Rapids’ Terrapin expands to recreational marijuana production


Wyoming's new master plan incorporates resident needs


More ballot boxes make voting more accessible


BruceMichael Wilson aims to shift the narrative for Black farmers


Community Catalysts designing a more equitable Grand Rapids


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