GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — The Connecting with Community Partners and WOOD TV8 are proud to announce its 8 finalists for the 2015 Connecting with Community Awards.
This is the eighth year of the Awards. As always, we would like to thank everyone who sent in a nomination this year, regardless of whether your partnership was selected. Without you, this would not be possible.
The eight finalists chosen by our partners are as follows:
- Caregiver Resource Network
- Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
- Legacy Trust Award Collection
- Out Side In
- The Shack
- Warden Mary Berghuis
The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of about 150 West Michigan that provides for the needs and welfare of family caregivers in the area. One out of four households are caring for an older adult relative. The Network helps assure that these families have the resources and knowledge needed to effectively care for their aging loved ones.
The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative is an initiative focused on bettering the situations of vulnerable children. They do this by providing a preschool system which is intentionally focused on high-quality, sustainable early childhood care in high-risk neighborhoods.
The Legacy Trust Award Collection, a statewide art competition for adult artists with disabilities, enables these disabled artists to compete in ArtPrize by providing them with assistance and facilitating their participation. LTAC removes barriers preventing artists from entering Michigan’s greatest art competition.
Lifequest Ministries is a program for 18-25 year old African-American men that helps with securing jobs and providing assistance with tuition and utilities, as well as winter coats. They do so through various community partnerships in the heart of Grand Rapids.
Out Side In provides psychotherapy for at-risk children using horses and a team of experienced professionals. They also take in rescued horses that otherwise would be sent to slaughterhouses. Out Side In recognizes the uses of equine therapy not only with disabilities, but also with those who have suffered as a result of physical and/or mental abuse.
The Shack is a grassroots, community-based program that donates clothes in people in the Delton area. Located in a local elementary school, they do good for the community through distributing donated clothes to children and families, no questions asked.
Warden Mary Berghuis was nominated for her efforts in the lives of Muskegon State prisoners, improving the prison programs by bringing the Shakespeare behind Bars program in, and partnering with prisoners to create clothes and toys for children with cancer.
WEAVE, or Working to End Assault and Violence for Everyone, sees the frightening data about the abuse and violence people with disabilities often suffer, and is committed to ending this horrific injustice. They work to protect people with disabilities against sexual assault and eliminating barriers to getting help after the fact. This partnership includes the YWCA of West Central Michigan.
Catch all the Connecting with Community Awards stories starting Friday March 20th on 24 Hour News 8 at 5.