Community Stories

Building skills and resilience

Last summer, SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps gave local youth–many in foster care–the opportunity to gain job experience, build skills, earn money, and learn more about environmental stewardship and conservation.

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Sharing a family legacy

Introduced to the importance of giving and service at a young age by her own parents, Lois Brookhouse followed their example and then passed down a family legacy of generosity.

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Art and generosity

Helen Myers studied art in college and while she went on to a career in business, she is remembered as someone whose artistry showed through in everything she did. Now a scholarship fund created by Helen’s family in her memory supports young women who plan to study art and design.

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Changing course

Newaygo High School Principal Jackie Knight and Assistant Principal Sarah Rodriguez developed Project 180 as a way to help students facing expulsion stay on-track to graduate while also redirecting them toward more positive, connected lives.

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A good place to be from

Charles and Marilee Whitman came to Michigan from Ohio, ultimately adopting Fremont as home. Their service in the community, as well as the fund they created at the Community Foundation, are examples of their belief in the importance of giving back more than you take.

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Taking the next step

When Randi Koogler’s job was downsized, instead of focusing on the problem, she recognized a chance for a new start. An adult student scholarship from the Community Foundation helped her take the next step.

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Connection to home

Helping was as much a part of Harold Kalsbeek’s nature as his work ethic and inquisitive mind. At age 95 he created an unrestricted fund at the Community Foundation to give back and to help community programs continue.

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A sister act

Sisters Sarah Coville and Emily Zoulek both received Community Foundation scholarships and wanted to give back to future students entering the medical field.

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A fresh start

For more than 20 years, Classis Muskegon Ministries and its Fremont Service Committee’s car ministry has helped more Newaygo County residents achieve self-sufficiency and the opportunity to build a better life.

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Giving from the heart

If anyone understands the importance of a healthy heart, it’s Nancy Deters. That’s why she used her donor advised fund to place AED machines at two local schools.

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