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Published Together: Keeping the conversation alive

"How can we 'lay down the heavy burdens of hate' if we don’t actively engage in conversations and work that eradicate systemic racism? How can we fight it if we don’t even want to address or acknowledge it?" In this vulnerable op ed, Deborah Pryor-Bayard honors the deaths of Civil Rights heroes, Rev. C. T. Vivian and the Honorable John R. Lewis, exploring their legacy, and American's responsibility to continue the fight for equality.

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New report analyzes state data to find that older Detroiters are "dying before their time"

The new report from the Detroit Area Agency on Aging found that the death rate for people ages 50 to 59 in Detroit is 122% higher than those of the same age in the rest of Michigan.

Feature Story Spring Lake DDA Director Angela Stanford-Butler, Grand Haven Main Street Executive Director Jeremy Swiftney and Ferrysburg Mayor Rebecca Hopp wear their "love of community" masks.

Communities reframe mask debate into message of unity

It’s no secret opposing opinions abound when it comes to wearing masks in public. Bearing that in mind, the city of Grand Haven’s new mask campaign promotes caring for the community — and keeping its businesses open — instead of focusing on public health.

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Tech students accessing Great Lakes data: A win-win for academics and water quality

Great Lakes Observing System has entered into a partnership with Grand Circus, allowing students to access live data gathered from the lakes to enrich their final projects.

Feature Story Mike Ramirez is who is serving as the Restart Grant Board Chair for the Lakeshore Advantage grant administration process.

Transparency and inclusiveness drive Restart Grant award process

Lakeshore Advantage received almost 900 applications for Michigan Small Business Restart Grants. The committee allocating $3.5 million to businesses and nonprofits in Ottawa and Allegan counties is sharing the award process to ensure transparency. 

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Published Together: Exploring the role of capital in achieving racial equity

"I believe that addressing the role capital plays in upholding racism, and the role it can play in dismantling it is essential to moving forward as a national and global community," says Meg Rumsey-Lasersohn, Interim Research and Communications Director with Untours Foundation, a nonprofit that partners with Grand Rapids-based Rende Progress Capital in programming aimed at creating a more just and anti-racist society.

Feature Story Chara Bouma-Prediger is the Holland Farmers Market's new Food Navigator.

Farmers Market adds bilingual Food Navigator to assist shoppers

Ottawa Food and the Holland Farmers Market are offering another service to ensure all county residents have access to fresh, healthy food. Food Navigator Chara Bouma-Prediger will help patrons build healthy eating habits, make the most of SNAP benefits, and build relationships with their farmers.

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#SaveOurStages campaign demands federal help for independent music venues

Two congressional acts up for consideration in Washington DC may be the only hope for independent music venues to survive until the pandemic subsides and live concerts can again take place.

Feature Story Gentex interns Collin Mitchell and Ciana Witherell took part in the Lakeshore Advantage event.

Lakeshore Advantage helps interns picture their future in West Michigan

After a summer spent gaining hands-on work experience, Gentex interns were celebrated for their contributions. The gathering was also designed to showcase what the region has to offer them as a place to live, work and play.

Longform Belle Harvest farmer Tom Heffron checks a worker's temperature using a touchless thermometer.

With numerous barriers to health care, Michigan immigrants are among hardest hit by COVID-19

Fear of accessing public health programs, vulnerable working conditions, and lack of access to federal pandemic relief all contribute to immigrants being more susceptible to the pandemic than most.

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Published Together: Indie venues working hard to make sure the show can go on with #saveourstages

"When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, our venues were among the first to close and will absolutely be the last to reopen." In this thoughtful op ed, Scott Hammontree, Managing Partner, The Intersection explores how independent music venues are working to save their industry with the Restart Act and the Save Our Stages Act.

Feature Story The 2019 Ability Award recipient Lori Hastings, who is seated in a wheelchair, is pictured with the other award nominees.

Disability Network looking for individuals who champion inclusion

Disability Network/Lakeshore has been working for more than 25 years to increase accessibility to all members of the community. Its annual Ability Award recognizes an Ottawa/Allegan County individual who promotes a spirit of inclusion.

Feature Story The 'Epic Swim' team practices a night swim on Lake Michigan. Pictured from left to right are Nick Hobson, Todd Suttor, Matt Smith, Jon Ornée and Jeremy Sall. (Missing from the photo is team member Dave Ornée.)

6 friends prepare for 60-mile ‘Epic Swim' across Lake Michigan

The idea of swimming across Lake Michigan has been floating around in one ultra-endurance challenge competitor’s mind for years. He and five other athletes are preparing to take the plunge this week. 

Feature Story Judy Welch, Executive Director West Michigan of Michigan Women Forward

Michigan Women Forward’s Resilience Fund helps small businesses regain financial footing

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many small business owners to grapple with financial uncertainty. In May, the nonprofit Michigan Women Forward launched its $1.5 million Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund to help businesses in the state that are significantly impacted by the pandemic but unable to receive traditional funding.

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New bankruptcy law could be lifeline for small businesses

Chapter 11 reorganization, which requires up-front cash and can take years to complete, hasn’t been a viable option for small businesses. In response, Congress passed the Subchapter V Act in 2019.

Longform Ebony Reddock.

Over 40 Michigan organizations join collaboratory to center equity in evaluation practices

Michigan nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations are confronting the ways their evaluations may contribute to further inequity for those they're supposed to serve.

Feature Story Chris Riker is Vice President of Advancement and Donor Services at the GHACF.

Community’s generosity takes COVID-19 response fund beyond goal

Thanks to generous community support, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation exceeded its $600,000 fundraising goal, allowing the organization to continue aiding community relief and recovery in response to COVID-19.  

Partner Content Farmers Market Food Navigator Josh Miller talks to a young visitor.

Saginaw Farmers Market Food Navigator leads families to healthier lifestyles

Farmers Market Food Navigators help market patrons build healthy eating habits, make the most of SNAP benefits, and build relationships with their farmers.

Feature Story Quinn and Violet Tunison walk through the sunflowers.

Sunflower field draws appreciative crowds to Olive Township farm

When Lindsey Dykstra planted hundreds of sunflowers at her hobby farm last year, she had no idea the field would become so popular. Visitors enjoy the colorful view, take photos, and even get married at the farm.

Longform Karl Rock.

Leading the nation, Michigan’s Opioid Treatment Ecosystems save lives through holistic model

A new initiative of the Wayne State University Center for Behavioral Health and Justice is working to change the cultural landscape around substance use disorder and decrease overdose deaths.

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