Community Stories

Giving out of gratitude

After more than 40 years, Bob and Bonnie Erber are still full of enthusiasm for Fremont, the town that won them over with its safe neighborhoods and friendliness. Moved by gratitude, they have worked to give back through service, volunteerism, and a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation.

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Honoring a son

Tyler Slaughter was known for his bright smile, compassion, and whole-hearted dedication to the work he was doing at Newaygo County Mental Health. His father Mike–along with family, friends, and Tyler’s coworkers–created a scholarship for adult students to honor his life and legacy.

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Learning about life and art

Every week at the Artsplace, a program called PITA is giving young people in the court system a chance to be creative, build skills, and head in a more positive direction.

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Supporting women starting over

In honor of their mother Betty Taylor, sisters Holly Moon and Linda Meisling created a fund at the Community Foundation to support the wellbeing of local women, especially those who find themselves starting over.

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Journey out of poverty

Through Circles Newaygo County, local individuals and families find the resources, connections, and encouragement they need to lead their own journeys out of poverty.

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Giving others an opportunity

Julee Tellkamp is anything but ordinary. While preparing to move into a college dorm last fall, she was also preparing to create a fund at the Community Foundation.

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Blessed to be a blessing

Although they live in Grand Rapids now, Brian and Diane Karsten have a special place in their hearts for Fremont. They created a scholarship to support deserving Fremont graduates as a way to give back to a community they feel blessed to have been a part of.

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When possibility becomes reality

In 2013, Alyssa Greene of Hesperia received the Possibility! Scholarship, a special full, four-year scholarship from the Community Foundation. This May, Alyssa graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a bright future full of opportunity ahead of her.

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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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