Community Stories

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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Getting back on the water

Susan Reagan knew what it was like to be stuck on shore when she really wanted to be in her kayak. Along with a group of dedicated friends and neighbors, she found a way to make sure more local people can get back out on the water.

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A responsibility to give back

Woody Bowman has spent 25 years in White Cloud, and he and his wife, Sue, are always on the lookout for ways to get involved and make a difference. Because for Woody, when a place becomes home, it becomes your responsibility to take care of it.

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Making home even better

In addition to a firm belief in education, Doran Ditlow learned from his parents that it was important to “leave things better than I found them.”

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The gift of sight

When a Hesperia teacher asked her class to share what they were thankful for, one student wrote two little words that spoke of a big impact: “to see!”

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