Recent Grant to Aid Adult Literacy

We’re pleased to announce six second-round grant awards totaling $382,958 to support the Northwest Ottawa County community, including a $10,000 grant to R.E.A.D. (Reading Enables Adult Development) to provide training and resources for their English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Welcome New Board Members

This past Thursday, we welcomed to new members to the Board of Trustees. Please join us in welcoming Pat VerDuin and Cindy Anderson!

You’re Invited to Our Open House

You are cordially invited to join us for an Open House, Thursday, June 21 from 4:30-6pm. Enjoy light refreshments, tour our renovated office space, and spend time with your community foundation team. Free gift for the first 30 people.

1 South Harbor Drive, Suite 2
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Excellence in Education 2018

Each May, we honor the top 10% of local graduating high school seniors, as well as the educator who contributed significantly to the student’s academic achievement. Sixty-six students were recognized from Grand Haven High School, Spring Lake High School, and Western Michigan Christian High School.

Leave a Legacy Month

Last week, Governor Snyder declared May 2018 to be Leave a Legacy Month to encourage gifts that support the nonprofit sector and the communities we serve. The Legacy Society at the Grand Haven Area Community recognizes individuals and couples who have named us as the beneficiary of any type of planned or deferred gift.

Guest Post: Dismantling Barriers and Advancing Equity

Twenty-two years ago, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA), was founded with a straightforward vision: to boldly work toward the complete eradication of racism in Ottawa County. Though this task has not always been easy, LEDA has continued to pursue this vision through the building of several diversity education programs.

Spark Tank: A Step Toward Youth Empowerment

The Spark Tank program challenged students to take a look at how to make their school a better place. While it started with a simple question, we could quickly see that it became much more than that to the students. The process itself inspired the students to take action and look at things critically.

Thank You to Exiting Board Members

Each May, new community members are invited to join our Board of Trustees, which means we must also say farewell to those retiring from their service. This year, two amazing women have reached the end of their terms: Monica Verplank and Kim Zevalkink.

YAC is Looking for a Few Good Students

If you’re a high school student interested in giving back to your community, our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year! 

Pinnacle of Partnership

We are thrilled to have been jointly awarded the Pinnacle of Partnership Award with the Community Foundation of Holland Zeeland (CFHZ) from the Greater Ottawa County United Way. The recipient of the award “exemplifies a commitment to improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents through leadership in service and education, as well as a year-round partnership with Greater Ottawa County United Way.”

Fund Feature: Karen & Robert Lemmen Children’s Fund

The Lemmen family chose to give back to Coopersville by contributing their distribution to a designated organization fund at the Coopersville Area Community Foundation. The whole family sat down together at the dining room table and talked about their options.

Guest Post: Lack of Affordable Housing – Part 1, The Issue

The mission of Housing Next is to unlock market-driven, community-based solutions to make workforce housing affordable for all in the greater Ottawa County region. This is a long-term strategy designed to allow all those who work within the area to also have the choice to live in the area and maintain a high quality of life.

Grant to Help Grow Small Businesses on the Lakeshore

We are pleased to announce eight first-round grant awards totaling $191,572 to support the northern Ottawa County community, including a $10,000 grant to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) for their Lakeshore expansion. GROW is focused on supporting women and men at various stages of business ownership. With this grant, they plan to increase services and support for minority-owned lakeshore small businesses through the offering of additional classes, one-on-one business counseling opportunities, and micro-lending.