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Longform Nicole Shannon, systemic litigation and advocacy attorney for the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, and Alison Hirschel, director and managing attorney of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative.

Here's how Michigan is working to ensure court-appointed guardians don't take advantage of elders

Michigan providers and activists are working hard to ensure the guardianship system effectively serves Michigan's older adults.

Feature Story Members of the DNSWM's I&R team

Why information and referrals are key to supporting the disability community

Every day, people with disabilities find the support and help they need — quickly, conveniently, and free of charge — because of information and referral services.

Feature Story Bre McCarthy, (left) and Pam Ackley are taking over as Co-Directors of The Lakeshore Arts Festival.

With a new leadership team, Lakeshore Art Festival prepares for 2023

Bre McCarthy and Pam Ackley are taking over as Co-Directors of The Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF), the nationally recognized Muskegon event held the last weekend in June. 

Feature Story The HCAC is offering swimming lesson scholarships.

HAC Foundation launches campaign to increase access to swim programs

The Holland Aquatic Center (HAC) Foundation has announced its newest campaign that will lay the groundwork for future support to individuals and operations at the state-of-the-art indoor swimming facility.

Feature Story The Harbor Humane Society has a program to help support pet owners during a crisis. (Canva)

Keeping people with their pets during a crisis: How $144K in grants are being used

A grant to help people keep their pets during a crisis is one way the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is allocating $144,000 in grants. 

Feature Story Gentex's Dan Quintanilla and Gold Mascot, Buckets, visited Roosevelt Elementary in Zeeland. (Gentex)

NBA affiliate Grand Rapids Gold’s partnership with Gentex to benefit schools

In addition to being an official sponsor of the basketball team this season, Gentex is the presenting partner of the Gold Reading Program with Zeeland, Holland, and West Ottawa public schools.  

Longform Jamie Winkler, executive director of the Salvation Army Great Lakes Harbor Light System, in a short term residential care room at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light facility in Detroit.

Medical respite care helps Michigan’s most vulnerable recuperate after hospitalization

A handful of Michigan facilities offer daily wound care, help filling and taking prescriptions, or support with substance use disorder treatment for those in need.

Feature Story Sandy Parker

Spring Lake health educator’s wellness events raise funds for community causes

Sandy Parker, owner of On The Path Yoga, has raised funds to support several community causes through her outdoor yoga classes. It’s just one way she’s making a difference in the Village of Spring Lake.   

Feature Story Every year, Gentex holds a Veterans Day cememony to honor military veterans in the company. (Gentex)

Gentex V.E.T.S provides support to veterans year-around

Every Veterans Day, Gentex honors veterans for their service. But the Zeeland manufacturer’s commitment to veterans extends year-round, thanks to the work of Gentex V.E.T.S.

Feature Story SWMLC Armintrout-Milbocker Preserve

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy unveils new Armintrout-Milbocker Nature Preserve in Allegan

“This is a dream that has been in the works for over 20 years, and we are so excited to finally be able to share the Armintrout-Milbocker Nature Preserve with everyone,” says an official for the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

Feature Story The 2022 Ottawa County DEI Forum was held on Oct. 28. (Nathan Bocks)

Highlights from the 2022 Ottawa County Diversity Forum

The county-sponsored forum focused on DEI as the cornerstone of a productive workforce and thriving economy, the county’s Welcoming Plan, businesses’ “triple bottom line,” and the vital role nonprofits and businesses play.

Feature Story Anthony Clark Jr., a former GRCC student who received a scholarship, is now studying at GVSU.

New Michigan Achievement Scholarship could help make college more accessible

The new Michigan Achievement Scholarship could provide students with $2,750 to $5,500 a year to help cover the cost of tuition, helping to remove financial barriers to getting a life-changing college education.

Partner Content Participants enjoy BMCC's 13 Moons of Anishinaabe programming.

Bay Mills Community College SNAP-Ed programs inspire healthy living

Bay Mills Community College is working with the Bay Mills Indian Community to leverage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education programming to create environments that inspire healthy living.

Longform Pill organizers at the Region VII Area Agency on Aging.

Inflation Reduction Act will cut crucial health costs for older Michiganders

Starting in 2023, the act will lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare, cap out-of-pocket costs at $35 a month for insulin, and allow over-the-counter sales of hearing aids for the first time.

Feature Story Eddie Solis was honored as the  honored by Michigan Works! as a 2022 Shining Star Award recipient.

West Michigan Works! frontline staffer wins state recognition

As a career navigator, Eddie Solis is passionate about connecting people with jobs that can give them a step up economically. That commitment is why the Holland resident was honored by Michigan Works! as a 2022 Shining Star Award recipient.  

Feature Story Coach Lee Montgomery was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

Lee Montgomery brings inclusive coaching style to adaptive sports

Coach Lee Montgomery has volunteered as the coach for the city of Kentwood Recreation Program’s wheelchair basketball team, a passion he continues in the same capacity with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s team. 

Feature Story Mona Shores High School Choir Presents America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree. (Derek Wong)

Things to do in November: Trot for a cause, and enjoy holiday parades and activities

Grab a jacket and head out, because November brings scores of adventure, culture, and fun for everyone.

Feature Story The Robinson Landing Black Party included a tour of a new home in the Grand Haven neighborhood.

Innovative approach to affordable housing in Michigan proves successful

Robinson Landing, the new neighborhood in Grand Haven, is proving to be a successful approach to addressing the affordable housing crisis across Michigan. 

Feature Story Wings-Over-Muskegon

Aviation experience, air show coming to Muskegon airport in July

The Yankee Air Museum, in conjunction with the Muskegon County Airport and its management company, F3 Airport, will produce an inaugural aviation experience tour that will include an air show July 6-9, 2023, at the Muskegon County Airport.

Longform Dr. Sara Santarossa is the lead on a Henry Ford Health project that asked COVID long haulers to draw body maps representing their condition. She sits next to several of their works here.

Researchers seek solutions for Michigan's 700,000 COVID long haulers

Michigan health care organizations are racing to determine what support those with "long COVID" need and how best to provide it.