Community Stories

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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Embracing change

Jane Reath’s life has been characterized by a love for education and her willingness to accept change, embrace innovation, and face challenges with positivity.

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Beginning a tradition

Just before the birth of their daughter Evie, Wes and Melissa Miller started a build-a-fund (and a family tradition) at the Community Foundation.

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Creating family legacy

Stan and Joyce Beckman remember Joyce’s parents, Reo and Bessie McMillen, as generous people who lived with integrity and faith. Now Stan and Joyce are passing down those values through the generations of their family.

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