Community Stories

A family business giving back

As owners of Mighty Lube Systematic Lubrication, Pat and Kim Brown wanted to give back to the community that has been home to their family and business. They created a scholarship for students pursuing careers in vocational and skilled trades.

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Filling the gaps

Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative provides support, education, and training to current and former foster care youth as they transition to adulthood. But a gap in funding meant older participants, like Luke, would lose access to important resources. That’s where June Britt stepped in.

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Making a difference

When a band teacher took Stuart Stone under his wing, it helped foster a love of the arts that Stuart now shares with his wife Kay, their children, and their grandchildren. Stuart and Kay’s scholarship for other Grant graduates who have been involved in the arts is a way to celebrate a shared family interest, help local students achieve their goals, and give back to their community.

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Saving and dreaming for the future

After launching in March, Kickstart to Career Newaygo County is officially underway this fall!

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Supporting learning for teachers and students

In August, more than 100 Hesperia and Fremont teachers gathered for a three-day training that immersed them in new tools to support student engagement.

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Annual report highlight: We can help

Getting involved in the community has always been a priority for Tom and Carol Bieberle. They created a fund at the Community Foundation as another way to give back and empower local individuals and families.

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Annual report highlight: Flexible jobs for busy lives

As a mom of three very busy girls, Dawn Ausema dreamed for years of finding a good job with plenty of flexibility. The Digital Works program helped Dawn achieve that dream with training for customer service jobs that can be done from home.

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Annual report highlight: Getting students world-ready

Staff at Quest Educational Programs in Fremont work hard to help their alternative and adult education students complete high school and plan for what comes next. With support from a Community Foundation grant, Quest hired a career coach to provide extra support and help students apply for financial aid, college, trade schools, and jobs.

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Annual report highlight: Safe homes for local families

For many families, a major unplanned home repair can lead to financial hardship or even unsafe living conditions. That’s why the Center for Nonprofit Housing is committed to helping local people obtain and maintain safe housing through foreclosure prevention, counseling, and home repair assistance.

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Annual report highlight: Filling in the gaps

During their careers as educators, Mike and Carolyn Hummel had a front-row seat to the impact that grants and scholarships can have. When Carolyn joined the Board of Trustees, the idea to create a fund of their own began to grow.

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