Summer got a little crazy.  Schedules and an out of town surgery for Andy got us a little behind on our commitment to provide some funding and awesome exposure for our local non profit organizations that work so incredibly hard to make the quality of life as even as it can be for others who need the help.  Literacy is one of the areas of the most urgent need and since inception, Read Muskegon has been an absolute powerhouse for those who need help with basic literacy as well as English as a second language and more.  Melissa Moore from Read Muskegon joins us today to get us caught up on how this remarkable organization has grown and who they have served.

Meeting Andrea Copeland is a moment that's going to leave you impressed by drive, passion, wisdom and endless work ethic to make her dreams come true and bring along as many as she can for the ride.  She invited us down today to learn a little more about the Lakeshore Flavor Project she's managing, and to hear her speak on the subject of making food work for Muskegon, brace yourself.  

It's a staple event in Muskegon and one that has raised hundreds of thousands over the years to help Every Woman's Place battle domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.  The 2023 event is coming up quick and the deadline to get tickets even quicker!  Power of the Purse is on October 12th at the Barclay Place Event's Center and you are cordially invited....and your support is needed.

If you've been lucky enough to see a group outing of Sidekicks in and around West Michigan, you know you've witnessed something pretty amazing.  Sidekicks is this months recipient of a grant from Tabono Law and Scherdel Sales and Technology of $1000 for their programs and we're honored to welcome Jeremy Weibenga from the organization to tell us more about it and receive the gift.

Our great partner Community Choice Credit Union was kind enough to invite us to a very special event this morning at their newest Member Center on Harvey Street and Independence Drive!  They had a Ribbon Cutting event that was attended by local dignitaries as well as some of the Community Choice team from other areas in Michigan that their credit union serves.

50 years is a long time to remember things.  Memories are best preserved among family and friends, but 50 years ago in Muskegon County something happened that had never been attempted at the scale it was anywhere else in the world, and today...with a refreshed name reflecting what really happens at our innovative water treatment center, it's time to not only learn a little more about the significance of what was accomplished, but to stop and look at the marvel that can still hold up to about double what it's doing now for our community and our environment. 

We work in partnership with Trinity Health to bring you not only the news about what kind of medical services they provide in any number of specialties and even some of the "routine stuff".  We've also been able to show you some of the more "human" elements of the operation.  Looking back, especially during the pandemic, we got to feature a few the individuals who were given holiday baskets from the community and talk to them about their career and recognition, and how can we forget opportunities like meeting Rick Shaffer who's months long COVID battle saw him walk right out the door of the hospital on Sherman to his friends and family. 

WMEAC is short for West Michigan Environmental Action Council.  "Founded in 1968, WMEAC is a non-profit, 501C3 organization uniquely positioned to respond to emerging issues and new threats to West Michigan's ecologies."  Tanya Cabala is the local "boots on the ground" organizer for the organization and the preservation of our nature and waterways is a very big passion of hers.  Recently, WMEAC held an incredibly informative virtual town hall meeting about recycling in Muskegon County.  They have kindly given us permission to bring this event to you so you can see what's being done about protecting our little corner of the world. 

"Livability Lab is an innovative, community-driven initiative that invites residents, students, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Muskegon County to get involved in making positive changes. During the launch event, attendees will share thoughts and concerns about their communities. Then, teams will be formed to address these ideas, and the 100-day challenge begins."  How's that for a stolen quote from a press release to get us started?

If you've been following the work we've been showing you with our sponsor Community Choice Credit Union as they have completed their new Member Center on Harvey Street, it's been quite an adventure.  From the ground breaking last fall to their backpack give away just before school started, their focus has been continuing to "Give Big" while bringing a new, multi use building to the commerce corridor at the southern end of the county.  There are only a couple more steps to go to get the place christened into service, and the ribbon cutting is happening on September 21st at 8a.

Muskegon's community of veterans is one that is taken care of to the best of our ability at all times.  The amount of time, treasure and talent spent on keeping those who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us is remarkable in Muskegon as we are unique in the fact that not many other communities are used to coming together to make so much happen, with a very little bit to start with. September 27th, everyone focused on veterans will be together in one place.

Our cameras were out on Friday, September 8th bright and early to help the United Way of the Lakeshore extend their arms as far as possible in the area during their 2023 Day of Caring which kicks off the campaign for their fundraising this year.