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Feature Story Women of Color Give members Kim Koeman, Rebekah Bakker and Robyn Afrik.

Three women with a shared experience reconnect through Women of Color Give

Kim Koeman, Robyn Afrik, and Rebekah Bakker — all Korean women adopted by white Holland families — graduated from the same high school. Their involvement in Women of Color Give provided a catalyst for reconnecting as adults, but their shared experience expanded their friendship beyond the organization.

Feature Story Justin Caserta of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Holland Area was named one of seven Maytag Dependable Leaders for 2021.

Local Boys and Girls Club employee named Maytag Leader, grant recipient

Justin Caserta has dedicated his life to the kids and teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland. His mentorship program will expand thanks to his Maytag Dependable Leaders Award and grant.

Feature Story Rachel Gray is the executive director of Hello West Michigan.

Intern Connect conference aims to keep talented young graduates in West Michigan

Intern Connect, a professional development conference for West Michigan interns and students, will be held virtually Wednesday, June 23. Topics covered during the event will include working with your managers and relationship building. There also will be a young professional panel discussing real talk on adulting. 

Feature Story Jenny Van Veen, owner of Frances Jaye in downtown Holland, poses in front of her store.

Downtown shop owner gives back, works to make Holland more welcoming

Jenny Van Veen donates a percentage of sales from her store, Frances Jaye, to a nonprofit each month. She also has been closely involved with efforts to make downtown Holland feel more inclusive.

Feature Story Ottawa Conservation District Watershed Technician Benjamin Jordan conducts a spring tillage survey in Ottawa County.

$7 million project aims to improve water quality, quantity in Ottawa County

The Ottawa Conservation District and its partners have set broad goals for the five-year initiative set to start this fall. This “small first step” aims to address water quality, improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and preserve farmland. 

Feature Story New CFHZ Board Trustees: Erin Zylman, Scott Brooks and Lydia Steeby.

CFHZ Board of Trustees elects new members, new slate of officers

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area Board of Trustees elected three new members at its recent annual meeting. Scott Brooks and Erin Zylman will serve on CFHZ committees, and Lydia Steeby is the board’s youth trustee. The board also held officer elections during the meeting.

Feature Story Missy Mayer talks about the watershed with her fourth grade students.

Partnership lets Grand Haven students take watershed lessons into the field

The program offers hands-on learning for elementary students, who met with field experts and visited parks as part of their schoolwork. It’s part of a partnership between Grand Haven Area Public Schools and Grand Valley State University’s Groundswell program to help protect the Grand River watershed.

Feature Story Dubbed Robinson Landing, the neighborhood is going up just north of the Grand Haven Memorial Airport.

Grand Haven collaborative workforce housing project taking shape

Robinson Landing, a development of 30 single-family homes near the Grand Haven Memorial Airport, is offering new homes priced to address a housing crisis affecting Michigan’s workforce. The project is the result of a collaboration between the city, Housing Next, the Ottawa County Land Bank, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and nonprofit developer Michigan Community Capital.  

Feature Story Jess Resheske launched Blossoms of Joy, a mobile flower cart.

Holland mother launches mobile flower cart after experiencing loss

After Jess Resheske suffered a devastating loss, she turned her grief into a desire to brighten other people’s day. Her passion for flowers inspired her to launch a mobile flower cart specializing in floral crowns and bouquets.  

Feature Story A collaborative project would bring a nature play park to Holland's Window on the Waterfront park with the help of crowdfunding and a state grant.

Parks looking to crowdfunding, state grants to create spaces for all

Partnerships among municipal, business, and nonprofit partners and the public could make new playspaces a reality in Douglas and downtown Holland.

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