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My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

Harbor Humane Society Supporters Fund New Roof for Shelter

Harbor Humane Society Supporters Fund New Roof for Shelter
WEST OLIVE, MICH. – Thanks to generous Harbor Humane Society supporters who answered a desperate plea for donations, the animal shelter will soon have a brand new roof.

When last year’s unseasonably rough winter weather resulted in huge ice dams, leaks, water damage and loss of heat to the Humane Society, shelter staff had no choice but to ask the public for help. They sent an emergency appeal, asking for the $50,000 that local roofers said it would cost to properly repair the underlying damage and replace the roof.

My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

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LANSING, Mich.—The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations encouraging Americans to observe National Preparedness Month this September by doing simple things that make a difference when every second counts.

The Red Cross recommends three things most everyone can do to prepare for disasters or other emergencies: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

“The beauty is, those steps can be taken in advance, helping most everyone to be prepared,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

HOLLAND, Mich. – Some 400 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college’s “Time to Serve” program on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Most of the students will be members of the freshman Class of 2018.  The students signed up for the mass volunteer effort shortly after their arrival at Hope, during New Student Orientation.

The students will be working in groups of six to 10 at nearly 40 sites from 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the Holland and Zeeland area, and will include sorting Bibles for Mexico, cleaning The Critter Barn, working on a home with Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

My Town Holland: Hope College Mortar Board chapter earns national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Mortar Board chapter earns national awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College chapter of Mortar Board has again earned multiple honors during the national organization’s annual summer conference.

The awards program recognized activities during the 2013-14 school year.  Hope received a “Golden Torch Award” and 25 “Project Excellence” awards, the most of any chapter in the nation.  The conference was held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The college’s Alcor chapter of the honorary society has received multiple awards during each of the past several years, including being named the top chapter during the national conference in 2010.  There’s a five-year wait before the chapter will be eligible to be considered for the top award again.

The Golden Torch Award honors chapters that have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service.  The Hope chapter was one of the top five Golden Torch Award recipients for the seventh year in a row.

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

HOLLAND, Mich. – The story of Holland is only as far away as the nearest Internet connection, thanks to an ongoing project coordinated through the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College.

Launched earlier this summer, the online “Digital Holland” initiative features articles, photographs, interactive maps, audio files and even video highlighting multiple dimensions of the history of the Holland area.  The index for the project runs from “A” through “Y” currently, but the organizers intend for it to continue to grow, making it all but certain that the coverage will eventually extend to “Z” as well.

“Our plan is to expand it,” said Hope senior Allyson Hoffman of Marshall, who is the student director of the project.  “There are about 150 pieces right now.  We’re pleased to have that, but would like to have more.”

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.