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Longform Dr. Caelan Soma, Starr Commonwealth's chief clinical officer.

Michigan health care workers grapple with stress and trauma during pandemic

Medical professionals are certainly not immune to a widespread spike in mental health challenges, and several new initiatives have sought to provide them much-needed support.

Feature Story Dancers pose during the 2019 Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta.

Fiesta returns to Grand Haven this week

The Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta will return for a second year in spite of COVID-19 restrictions. Organizers are working hard to make sure people can participate safely with virtual events and a weeklong offering of activities.

Feature Story Avid cyclist Betsy Cech on her recumbent triker with her dog, Clara, in tow.

West Michigan blessed with fabulous network of bike paths and trails

One can ride for hours in Ottawa County without leaving the bike paths, multi-use paths, and trails. Cyclist Betsy Cech enjoys the paths that exist, is excited about projects that are in the works, and has ideas for areas of improvement.

Feature Story Manufacturing

How one local manufacturer navigates COVID-19

For Autocam Precision Components Group, much has changed on the shop floor. From temperature checks to spacing precautions to masks, manufacturing has been transformed amid COVID-19.

Feature Story KC Grant

COVID-19’s financial impacts extend beyond food and housing: Kent County grants are helping

Many income-challenged Kent County residents are covering the expenses of hygiene essentials with help from the Kent County Nonprofit Organization Grant Fund.

Longform Sutherland

The essential role of regional land conservancies in protecting Michigan’s outdoors

“People care about and protect what they know about. And if they have access to it, then they know about it.”

Partner Content SR2H member Lisa Lewis is based out of Wyoming, Michigan, with United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), where she's been leading virtual Health Through Literacy programming and assists with distributing fresh produce in the community.

Nutrition education partnerships benefit Muskegon-area residents

The Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program at Michigan Fitness Foundation addresses unmet health needs in underserved, low-income communities. 

Longform bigland

Big land: How large land parcels create significant recreational opportunities for Michiganders

Larger parcels of land can be expensive and complicated, but they also create opportunities to unite communities around unique and impactful recreational amenities.

Longform Scarlets

Making Michigan’s outdoors accessible to all

Between 30% to 35% of the population has some issue that could make it difficult for them to interact with the outdoors. They deserve access.

Feature Story Kiara Baskin

Meet the women championing breastfeeding for women of color

“Representation is really a key factor in the success of Black women breastfeeding...We try to make sure we create a safe space to get their breastfeeding needs met.” -Bonita Agee, a Certified Lactation Counselor and coordinator with Grand Rapids-based Strong Beginnings.

Longform Saugatuck-Harbor

How Saugatuck built its community identity by preserving its natural assets

"A big sense of the community here is trying to keep a good hold on the natural environment and not have too much development."

Feature Story Holly Cole is the foundation's vice president of grants and program.

Foundation grants additional $625,000 for COVID-19 relief

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation was part of a community coalition that granted more than $900,000 this spring, and now they’ve aided the community relief and recovery response with an additional $625,000.

Feature Story Julie Cadman and her three children will finally move into their Habitat home soon.

Bank teams with Habitat to beat COVID delays on Hamilton home

COVID-19 shut down construction across the state, including Julie Cadman's Habitat home. A new grant has re-energized the project and Cadman and her family hope to move in soon.

Feature Story Henry and Lindsay Cherry with their four children.

What’s next for Black advocacy in Holland?

Holland residents Henry and Lindsay Cherry have been involved in advocacy for the Black community for longer than they have been married. In June, they helped organize a peace March and almost 4,000 people lined Unity Bridge. Their new nonprofit hopes to show Black youth their true potential.  

Feature Story AIM

COVID-19 Grant Fund shares $9.5 mil. in federal dollars with county nonprofitsArts in Motion moves in new, much needed direction

The Kent County Non-Profit Organization COVID-19 Grant Fund is distributing $9.5 million in federal CARES Act dollars to local nonprofit and human service organizations, including Arts in Motion.

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