Community Stories

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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Annual report highlight: A place in the world

Gary Woods loved maps. He began each year in his Hesperia classroom by drawing colorful world maps across the blackboard. Former students who went abroad often wrote to say that, thanks to him, they always knew exactly where they were in the world.

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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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