GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — The Haiti earthquake happened over five years ago, but its effects are still felt today.
WOOD TV’s connecting with Community awards program is centered in West Michigan, but the work of the organizations does not have to be limited to the area.
Mats4Haiti, a 2014 Finalist, sent relief all the way out of the country, and did so in an innovative way.
A volunteer-run organization, Mats4Haiti taught its helpers to crochet mats out of plastic bags that otherwise took up space in landfills. Without removal, it would take the bags over 35 years to decompose.
The result was an effort that not only kept West Michigan cleaner, but improved one of the poorest nations in the world.
To see more of the volunteers, their work, and their mission, watch their feature on 24 Hour News 8 below:
Efforts like this- mutually beneficial and hitting a key need, are what Connecting with Community is all about. If you know a partnership worthy of recognition, nominate it for the 2015 awards today!