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At this time, most vital human services organizations in Ottawa County will remain open and accessible to those seeking assistance. These agencies will continue to ensure vulnerable citizens are housed, fed and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, county officials said Tuesday.

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MUSKEGON — Heidi Naperala admits that she had “no idea what I was getting into” when she agreed to participate in this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars event.

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Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven-based nonprofit housing organization for adults with unique abilities, says it has received a monetary gift in the “seven figures” to its newly established endowment fund.

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Reading Enables Adult Development (R.E.A.D.) recently announced the appointment of three new board members: Tracy Riley, Aimee Wilson and Susan Lowe.

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The Greater Ottawa County United Way said this week that it has raised 70 percent of its $2.2 million goal for the 2019-20 annual community campaign.

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The Greater Ottawa County United Way said this week that it has raised 70 percent of its $2.2 million goal for the 2019-20 annual community campaign.

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The nonprofit education organization, Do More Good, has announced the addition of two directors to its board beginning in 2020. Paige Riopelle, principal of Riopelle Design Group, and Craig Clark, owner of Clark Communication, will be added to the leadership roster in January.

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The annual Soup for All event took place Thursday, Nov. 21 at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Church. 

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In two years since its opening, the Momentum Center has become a second home for many, and is making a difference in peoples’ lives.

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The familiar sound of ringing bells is returning to several local stores.

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Community members will gather for a soup lunch next week, knowing that their meals and donations will have a deeper impact in the Tri-Cities.

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At their September meeting, the Tri-Cities Women Who Care selected the Tri-Cities Historical Museum as the recipient of their latest gift.

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The tears come unbidden as Ronette Samdal recalls that summer day when her 12-year-old daughter, Berkley, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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The community has a chance to walk along the Grand River while raising funds for a local hospice program.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — As the fall sports season gets into swing, Grand Haven High School players will also be playing with a purpose.

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Love in Action (LIA) will be able to feed thousands of hungry families in the Tri-Cities thanks to a gift from Meijer and its customers who participated in the retailer’s spring Simply Give food donation program.

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Greater Ottawa County United Way announced that $23,130 worth of school supplies and backpacks were collected and distributed during the annual Stuff the Bus School Supply & Backpack Drive, which took place from July 23 through Aug. 6 throughout Ottawa County.

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FERRYSBURG - Organizers described it as one of the best in years as a few hundred friends and neighbors gathered to taste 11 different types of chili during the 14th Annual Smith's Bayou Chili Cookoff on Saturday.

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People of all ages enjoyed ice cream for a cause Friday afternoon at a local senior citizen complex.

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Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven-based nonprofit housing organization for adults with unique abilities, recently received a matching grant award from the JSJ Foundation Fund, established by the JSJ Corp., and held at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

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The residents of Coast Guard City, USA, are responding en masse to support Coast Guard personnel who are not being paid as the federal government shutdown continues.

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FRUITPORT TWP. — The almost $75,000 that was raised at this year’s Chef Prize will benefit the Kids Food Basket of Muskegon County, according to officials from The Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Together with its customers and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to provide hunger relief raised $278,105 to support more than 100 local food pantries and food banks in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Love in Action announced a partnership with Meijer this holiday season to provide hunger relief to local families through the Grand Rapids-based retailer’s customer-driven food pantry donation program, Simply Give.

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This month, 13 sites across West Michigan will be among 5,000 drop-off locations across the country collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, which runs Nov. 12-19.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — About 200 people walked Sunday and others walked earlier to raise funds for the annual Tri-Cities area’s C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk.