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Longform Derek Miller, program supervisor for Kalamazoo County’s Healty Babies Healthy Start & 4Dad Fatherhood Program, with Sidni Miller, community health worker, inside Kalamazoo County’s Health and Community Services building.

$5 million in federal funding will help 5 Michigan organizations reduce infant and maternal deaths

Five Michigan organizations will receive federal support of about $1 million each to improve maternal and infant health in the state.

Feature Story This young sapling recently planted in Sterling Heights could reach great heights come 2040.

Sterling Heights' Visioning 2040 plan authorized for ballot proposal this November

“The Visioning 2040 projects are exactly what’s needed to maintain Sterling Heights’ status as a destination for families and businesses seeking a great quality of life,” says City Manager Mark Vanderpool.

Feature Story Renderings for Masons Corner in downtown Farmington.

Farmington succeeds in crowdfunding campaign to build a new park in the heart of downtown

With two days to spare before a Friday, June 7, deadline, Downtown Farmington has not only met their target but surpassed it.

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Michigan Central Station: Diana Ross, Jack White, Big Sean, and DSO to lead opening lineup

Streaming live, a sold-out concert on Thursday to celebrate the reopening of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station will be a celebration of talent in Detroit. Here's where to watch it, and when to go visit the restored landmark. 

Longform Lunchtime at Oehrli Elementary School in Montague, Mich.

Michigan's free school meals yield high returns for student health and academic success

Michigan has become one of eight states to make free school meals available to all, creating notable benefits for students' health.

Longform An Everyone in the Pool swimming lesson.

Metroparks aim to raise $2.4 million for swimming equity and classroom science programs

A new initiative called Metroparks and Me will fundraise for a program that offers free swimming lessons and another that provides supplemental science lessons in under-resourced classrooms.

Feature Story The Misty Blues crew.

Open house and air show at Selfridge to highlight aerospace and defense in Macomb County

In Macomb, the aerospace and defense industry has been awarded more than $25 billion in contracts from 2010 to 2020. Now the county will celebrate with an open house and airshow at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base on June 8 and 9. 

Longform Patricia Tillman-Meakins, Tracey Williams, and Becca Fleming at Packard Health Clinic at West Willow.

Community-based health projects offer care for underserved residents in Detroit, Ypsi, and Jackson

Several Michigan organizations are innovating ways to increase health care access for the state’s most vulnerable residents in their own communities. 

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Cómo los sistemas locales de salud aprovechan las granjas locales para obtener opciones de alimentos

Instituciones médicas de todo Michigan están utilizando sus recursos locales para llevar alimentos reales a su personal y pacientes.

Longform Hope Starts Here creates a plan to help Detroit become a city that puts young children and families first by 2027.

الأمل يبدأ هنا» يساعد ديترويت في إعطاء الأولوية للأطفال الصغار

تجمع مبادرة "الأمل يبدأ هنا. " فريقًا من المدافعين والأبطال الذين يقودون الجهود لتطوير نظم الطفولة المبكرة في ديترويت. تمثل هذه المبادرة تعاونًا بين مؤسسة دبليو كيه كيلوج (WKKF)، ومؤسسة كريسجي، ومؤسسة ماكس إم. ومارجوري إس. فيشر (M&M Fisher)، ومجموعة من الوكالات، والمنظمات المجتمعية، والأهم من ذلك، سكان ديترويت. تم إطلاق مبادرة "الأمل يبدأ هنا" رسميًا في عام 2017 بخطة عمل مستمرة تمتد لعشر سنوات  

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When it comes to autism and mental health, stigma and discrimination play a huge role

Being autistic does not mean a person cannot experience good mental health. However, studies have shown that 78% of autistic children have at least one mental health condition. Stigma and discrimination are often a contributing factor.

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Get sustainable at these 5 thrift stores

From clothes and house decor to car parts, here are five resale businesses to check out in Macomb County. 

Feature Story "Being outdoors means more physical space and room for creativity in the movements… and an opportunity to touch grass," says Joel Lewis, owner of TrvFit Farmington.

New fitness and music series ‘an opportunity to touch grass,’ build community in downtown Farmington

"I think that these events show the community how accessible physical fitness is, both on a personal level and locally," says Joel Lewis, owner of TrvFit Farmington. "As humans we need movement and community, and all of the studios and clubs participating provide that. My hope is that this event will provide the first steps for community members to find their tribe and get moving."

Feature Story The 12th annual Macomb Business Awards was held on Thursday, May 9, in Warren.

Sterling Heights business community cleans up at 12th annual Macomb Business Awards

It was a room full of some of Macomb County's brightest and best. Yet for all of the local notables, it was the Sterling Heights business community that stole the show.

Longform Robert Sheehan  and colleague, Valerie Jamerson, take a look at the new Tool Kit.

Social Work Career Promotion Tool Kit shares benefits and pathways to rewarding careers

The toolkit is designed to enhance recruitment and promote social work career opportunities across the state. It includes sample language for websites, emails, and social media posts as well as recommended language for various professionals, including high school guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and behavioral health providers. There are also photographic materials for outreach usage.   

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Hope Starts Here puts Detroit's young children first

The Hope Starts Here initiative brings together a team of advocates and champions who are leading the charge for Detroit’s early childhood systems. A collaboration among The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, and a host of agencies, community based organizations, and most importantly, Detroit residents, Hope Starts Here formally launched in 2017.  

Development News Civil Rights leader Malcolm X lived with his brother’s family in the Inkster house at 4852 Williams St. from 1952 to ‘53.

Historic preservation efforts at Malcolm X House in Inkster win Governor's Award

"The preservation of the Malcom X home is a source of pride for city residents. I am pleased it was chosen to restore this important piece of the Inkster’s history,” says Sen. Dayna Polehanki (5th District). 

Development News Sheryl Ferlito, a Special Education Literacy and Intervention Supervisor at Chippewa Valley Schools, co-founded Sortegories, an interactive online literacy tool.

Online literacy tool headquartered in Sterling Heights acquired by Illinois education company

Sheryl Ferlito, a Special Education Literacy and Intervention Supervisor at Chippewa Valley Schools, co-founded Sortegories, an interactive online literacy tool.

Development News "I can now enroll more child care children and hire an assistant to help because the areas have more space and room so that everyone can be comfortable," says Juanna Edwards, owner of Winnie's Bright Beginnings Child Care in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights childcare provider makes key renovations and upgrades thanks to this grant program

"I can now enroll more child care children and hire an assistant to help because the areas have more space and room so that everyone can be comfortable," says Juanna Edwards, owner of Winnie's Bright Beginnings Child Care in Sterling Heights.

 
Nonprofit leaders across southeast Michigan are contributing their thoughts via journal entries on how COVID-19 is affecting their organization. 
This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Co.ACT. Click here to read the journal entries.