Monthly Archives: June 2011

Congrats Grantees

Last week we announced the ten nonprofits that will receive funding for their youth employment programs this summer…

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Jubilee Jobs
  • New City Neighbors
  • Other Way Ministries
  • Project C.O.O.L.
  • Steepletown Neighborhood Services
  • Wedgwood Christian Services, Inc.
  • Worldwide Christian Schools/Comprenew

Congratulations to all of our grantees and we are looking forward to learning more about each of your programs!

[for more information on these grants, check out the press release on our website]

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized



Greetings from the Community Foundation!

My name is Molly and I have been working at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation as the Public Relations Intern since January 2011. Luckily I have the opportunity to stay here a bit longer because they found a summer job for me: to report on summer jobs.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently awarded $400,000 to the Community Foundation for us to redistribute to local nonprofit youth employment programs. This week, the Community Foundation will be evaluating proposals and awarding grants so that the programs can get to work as the hunt for summer jobs is already underway.

In addition to making the grants, we will also be following up with grantees, employers and most importantly, the kids who have been placed at a summer job through one of the programs. That’s where I come in. I will be using this blog to share their stories this summer so we can see what they learn at their job and how it might help them in the future.

Name: Molly

Age: 21

School: Grand Valley State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations

Current Summer Job: PR Intern at Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Past Summer Jobs: Panera Bread, Conor O’Neill’s, Campus Den

What did I learn at those jobs? I learned how to balance my job with the rest of my life, how to work with different types of people – whether it was my bosses, co-workers or customers – how to handle money and prepare deposits and how to perfectly fold a t-shirt : )

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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


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