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Longform Detroit Area Agency on Aging staff recently accepted two awards from USAging.

Detroit Area Agency on Aging receives national awards for work to stop Detroiters dying prematurely

In July 2020, a report from the Detroit Area Agency on Aging found that Detroit's older adults were dying earlier than others. Two years later, the agency's work to reverse that trend has won two national awards.

Feature Story Volta Rally campers gather for Jason Walsmith Concert.

Volta Rally brings fans of clean energy RV, #vanlife travel together

Volta Power Systems has created a green power solution that lets RV and van campers go off the grid so they can stay anywhere.

Feature Story Scenes from HSO's first Mariachi concert in Kollen Park in 2021.

Free concert featuring HSO and mariachi band returns to Kollen Park

The Holland Symphony Orchestra will perform “Mariachi, Movies, and More” with Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7  p.m. The concert is free. 

Feature Story Beyond26 have helped these 6 clients find work they like. (Beyond26)

6 perfect matches: Finding the right job for workers with disabilities lets them thrive

People with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed compared to those without a disability. Beyond26 is one of several organizations trying to change that. Their clients share their success stories. 

Feature Story Attendees had an opportunity to tour U.S. Coast Guard ships during the week-long festival.

Thousands flock to Grand Haven for Coast Guard Festival

This festival began in 1924 when the local Coast Guard held rowing competitions for the service members stationed in Grand Haven. It has since grown to become one of the most popular festivals in Michigan.

Feature Story The Ottawa County Crisis Intervention Team, from left: Amanda Sheffield, Dylan Ousley, Michele Sampson, Austin Engerson, and Frankie Bader.

Crisis Intervention Team is a bridge to mental health resources in Ottawa County

The team, which formed almost a year ago, helps people every day in mental health crisis and those who just need to be connected to resources — preventing a true crisis from ever forming. 

Feature Story Tabitha Wolters is a financial wellness specialists at Community Action House.

Changing lives with financial literacy: Q&A with CAH’s Tabitha Wolters

Tabitha Wolters, Community Action House’s financial wellness specialist, shares how she’s working with clients to pay off debt and raise credit scores.

Feature Story RCC opened a Veterans Center in 2021. (GRCC/Steve Jessmore)

GRCC named a Gold Level College by Michigan Veterans Affairs

The recognition comes one year after GRCC opened a Veterans Center to better support student veterans as they pursue their education. 

Partner Content A farm stand at Butzel Family Recreation Center in Detroit, sponsored by Henry Ford Health, Come Play Detroit, and Eastern Market.

Henry Ford Health SNAP-Ed collaborations creating healthy change

From creating free farm stands in Detroit to promoting healthier drinking water in the Jackson area, the Henry Ford Health initiative Generation with Promise is supporting healthier families and communities across Michigan.

Feature Story Several cruise ships are again docking in Muskegon: the Pearl Seas vessel Pearl Mist, the American Queen Voyages’ Ocean Navigator, and Ponant Lines’ Le Bellot and Le Dumont D'Urville

Smooth sailing for cruise ships in Muskegon after 2-year hiatus

Muskegon is a port of call for four cruise ships, which use the Heritage Landing Cruise Ship Dock in downtown Muskegon. While it’s been a few years since the cruises were able to sail the Great Lakes, so far it’s been a successful summer.

Feature Story Holland Post Office workers in 1972. (Holland Museum)

Exhibit explores the early history of the Postal Service in Holland

The Holland Museum's newest exhibition is curated by the Summer Intern Council and tells the early history of Holland's postal service. 

Feature Story Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation has awarded its fourth grant to GRCC's welding program. (GRCC/Andrew Schmidt)

Heavy metal band Metallica funds GRCC’s welding program for 4th year

A fourth grant from Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation will allow Grand Rapids Community College to help more nontraditional students gain in-demand welding skills.

Feature Story View of Broadway Avenue in Muskegon Heights after the renovation of the Strand Theater property and Rowan Park.

Muskegon Heights park could be anchor for community with prosperity grant

The "Reaching NEW Muskegon Heights" project will include a splash pad, restrooms, fountain, and a promenade.

Feature Story In Holland, we point with pride to the Tower Clock and several downtown buildings.

Treasuring the legacy of artisans in Holland and beyond

Dale Wyngarden, who for decades guided Holland’s development, takes a look at the structures that are standing the test of time.   

Feature Story A cyclist rides over some tough terrain. Mosquito Creek trails offers a wide range of different riding experiences for all levels of riders.

Muskegon’s Mosquito Creek Trails becomes mountain biker destination

Spearheaded by Muskegon County and Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association, the multi-use trail is gaining a reputation as one of best trails in West Michigan. Volunteers have been key to building the trails and other amenities.

Feature Story Benjamin's Hope friends enjoying the accessible swing set at the Park Township campus.

Mother finds accessible play space to accommodate the entire family

Jess Ronne found a play space where her son Lucas, who is autistic, could come along with his siblings. The accessible playground and barn at Benjamin’s Hope in Holland is a place designed for those with disabilities but welcomes everyone.

Feature Story To help people better understand the challenges faced by those with disabilities, the United Ways in Michigan have launched the 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge. 

United Ways, Disability Network partner for Disability Equity Challenge

To help people better understand the challenges faced by those with disabilities, the United Ways in Michigan have launched the 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge. 

Longform Stacy Stout, director of equity and engagement for the city of Grand Rapids.

Nearly 20 Michigan communities have declared racism a public health crisis. What happens next?

Here's a look at the actions three Michigan communities have taken since passing declarations that racism is a public health crisis.

Feature Story Ed Amaya, Jasmine Irish and Kolin Van Fossan.

New faces join CFHZ board

Three community volunteers will play an important role in helping the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area allocate funding for local programs and projects. 

Feature Story Paul Ecklund

Advocate works behind the scenes to create a more inclusive community

From affordable housing to accessible transportation, big-picture thinker Paul Ecklund works to make lasting changes by changing systems.