Recognizing award nominees

Winners for last year's Connecting with Community Awards Camp Shout Out celebrate together.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — We’ve announced our eight Connecting with Community Awards finalists, but there were many great partnerships deserve to be recognized too.

These nominations are an essential part of making the Connecting with Community Awards successful. We thank everyone who sent in a nomination, and encourage you to nominate again for the 2016 Awards.

Here is a list of all the 2015 Nominees:

Avery Cooper, a girl scout who donated over 100 cases of cookies to Kid’s Food Basket.

Dennis Craycraft, a Belding man who worked to create a community war memorial.

Kickin’ Cancer, a home-based initiative raising money for families dealing with cancer.

Bridging the Gap, a GED literacy, testing, and job preparation center.

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s work with Brent Michael Davids, a prominent Native American composer.

Ottawa Kent, an initiative supporting food pantries and school supply programs in Jenison and Hudsonville.

SLD Reads, which promotes literacy and tutors children with dyslexia.

Aubrey Cohoon, a Spring Lake girl who ran her own fundraising initiative for Make-A-Wish.

Starlife Shores Family Camp, a lakeshore camp for families dealing with cancer.

Girlfriends Fit Club, a fundraising effort for nonprofits based in Holland.

Easter Seals Disability Advocates, which works to keep older adults living safely and independently.

Career Quest, which connects over 6000 students with prospective employers.

Grand Rapids Jaycees, which aims to Christmas shop for 100 children in need.

Student CPR, an initiative partnering with schools to bring free CPR training.

No Surrender Running Club, which encourages kids to take up running and enter a half-marathon.

Zipper Labs, an initiative to build strong STEM-based education programs using community projects.

Best Prom Ever, a free school dance at Sparta High school focused on engaging students with special needs.

The Will Play for Food Foundation’s partnership with the Gilmore Collection that raised over 100,000 meals last year.

West Michigan 100 Strong and their various fundraising efforts.

The Micah Center, which raises awareness of infant mortality issues, especially regarding minorities.

The ARC Kent County, which assists disabled people with joining existing community organizations.

The Urban Core Collective Transformational Leadership Program, assisting with future leaders of color.

Project Unify, an effort to create a unified sports team comprised of both general education and special education students.

The World Affairs Council of West Michigan, which brings in experts in foreign policy to give conferences.

Kid’s Food Basket & MOKA, which work together to provide volunteering efforts for those with disabilities.

Alternatives in Motion, which worked with Grand Valley State students to organize a 5K which raised money for providing wheelchairs and wheelchair repairs.

Comprenew, which recycles and reuses electronic products to save landfill space, and also offers services.

Greener Grads’ efforts to provide a greener and cheaper way for students to obtain their graduation gowns.

The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy’s PeopleCare Partnership, which assists local low-income families with their energy bills.

GREAAT Mind Meets Music, an initiative to increase literacy by revamping early education programs.

The Community Anchor Project and their efforts revamping a shared space in Kalamazoo.

The Social Charity Club, which supports and raises awareness for local charities through connecting with young people in bars.

IM Kids Third Meal and their efforts to identify hungry students and give them free meals.

The Comprehensive Therapy Center, which serves families who have children with disabilities through a summer clinic.

The Kent County Community Tax Credit Coalition, which provides free tax services and financial literacy courses.

Again, a big thank you to everyone who sent in a nomination, and we hope to hear from you again next year!

Continue to follow the Connecting with Community Awards here.

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