Paying kindness forwardJuly 1, 2021
Jeff Clark and Lori Tubbergen Clark
Jeff Clark and Lori Tubbergen Clark were born and raised in Newaygo County. Their parents and grandparents spent most of their lives here too. Proximity to family is still one of the couple’s favorite things about the area.
But there’s also a strong sense of community that continues to draw them in.
“I was on the receiving end of giving and kindness from countless people,” said Lori. “I reflect on those times now and am inspired and privileged to be able to pay that kindness forward.”
“We are very blessed,” said Jeff. “For those to whom much has been given, much is expected. We live by that.”
One of the ways they’re giving back is through a fund at the Community Foundation to support the Promise Zone, which Lori was instrumental in creating as former superintendent of Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. A tuition-free path to a credential or degree can be a “game-changer,” said Lori, “for many of our youth and our community.”
Helping to keep that promise for years to come is important to Lori and Jeff and a main motivation for their fund.
“The Community Foundation has a strong reputation among community leaders and donors as the voice of community philanthropy,” said Lori. “It provides a long-term sustainable way to support our commitment to our students and the Newaygo County Promise Zone.”