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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

Way to Wellville Challenge Nears

Way to Wellville Challenge Nears

Muskegon Selected for Site Visit as Final Selection

of Contestants for Way to Wellville Challenge Nears


Muskegon, MI – On August 5, members of the Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) will be in Muskegon to conduct a site visit and assess Muskegon’s potential as a competitor in the Way to Wellville Challenge. The Greater Muskegon area is one of ten communities nationwide under consideration.


Public Health – Muskegon County applied for the contest in support of 1 in 21, the multi-sector, community-wide effort of the Muskegon Rotary Club to make Muskegon County the #1 county in the state in the County Health Rankings (Muskegon currently ranks 67 out of 82).


My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Human Services is teaming up with Grand Valley State University to measure the success of a family support program in more than 150 Michigan schools.

A three-year, $1.05 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will go toward measuring the impact of the Pathways to Potential program in Michigan.  The program places DHS case workers in schools to make it easier for children and their families to address barriers to their safety, health, education, attendance and self-sufficiency.

“We know that many children struggle in school because of outside of school challenges affecting both students and their families,” Gov. Snyder said. “The goal of Pathways to Potential is to reduce or eliminate those challenges by conveniently connecting families to the services they need to help everyone become more successful.”

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: State replaces fish advisory with 'Eat Safe Fish' guides

My Town: State replaces fish advisory with 'Eat Safe Fish' guides

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LANSING, Mich. (Mich. Department of Community Health)– The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is pleased to announce the release of the new regional Eat Safe Fish Guides, formerly known as the Michigan Fish Advisory. The Eat Safe Fish Guides provide fish consumption guidelines based on the levels of chemicals in the edible portions (usually the filets) of fish taken from waterbodies around the state of Michigan.

“In an effort to better prepare Michigan residents for eating the fish they catch within our state, we are releasing these new Eat Safe Fish Guides to ensure people have access to the information they need to decide what fish, and how much, their family should eat,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “These new guides are an easy-to-use resource for individuals and families looking for information about healthful fish consumption.”

Access to Fresh Food Survey

Access to Fresh Food Survey

As part of the 1 in 21 movement, a group of community agencies are working together to improve resident access to fresh foods. We would like your help in identifying reasons why some people have more access to and eat more fresh foods than others in our community. Your participation in the food access survey will help us get started!


Please follow the link below. The survey will take less than 5 minutes for you to complete.

Your contact information will not be known unless you choose to give us your email address at the end of the survey.




All adult Muskegon County residents are asked to participate in this survey. So, please pass the link along to others through your networks! We will be collecting information through the end of July.  


My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

NORTON SHORES, Mich.-- The public is invited to the Wings of Mercy 19th annual CareAffaire fundraiser taking place at the Muskegon County Airport on Saturday, May 31.

Wings of Mercy is a volunteer pilot organization with a mission to provide free air transportation to patients needing treatment at distant medical centers.

Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, served by the Muskegon Host Lions Club  at the Executive Air Transport. There will also be the 9th annual Run for Wings 5K, beginning at 8 a.m.  To register for this sanctioned race, visit www.runforwings.org or www.goracego.com.