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Higher Hopes! Distributing 140,000 Pounds of Food Through Unique Meal-Kit Program

Giving people an education is a great way to give them a head start. But if they don’t have the food they need to give them the energy to go to school, to study and to excel, then those educational opportunities may be missed. That’s something that Bill Birndorf wanted to prevent. Birndorf, who founded […]

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  North American Bancard Holdings, LLC. (NAB), developed a unique giving program that helps support local schools and all the great work that they do to educate our children. NAB leaned on its team of incredible employees to identify schools that could best benefit from the generous donation.

School, Business Partnership Creates Unique Lake Michigan Field Trip for Students

A conversation four years ago between a local company and officials from Grand Rapids Public Schools sparked a unique partnership that the school district says serves as an inspiration for other businesses to get involved in enlightening city school children. The result of that meeting between Open Systems Technologies (OST) and GRPS is several field […]

Comcast Cares Volunteer Efforts Brought Employees, Community Together

There’s power in numbers – especially when it comes to company-wide volunteer programs where thousands of employees and community members come together for a common good. In April, Comcast invited its Michigan employees and their family members, friends and community partners to volunteer with them on more than 25 service projects through the state. Called […]

DTE’s Superhero

  Since 2011, Todd Turfe, a multicultural specialist at DTE Energy, has been dressing up as favorite superhero characters and volunteering his time to visit kids in hospitals all across the metro Detroit area. On a typical day, Turfe’s superhero persona meets with 15-20 children, who are suffering from ailments ranging from broken bones to pneumonia […]

Steal This Idea: Employees Control Donations Through Pay It Forward Program

If your company is wondering how to increase employee interest in its community-reach programs, one business has come up with a novel approach to getting donations and higher participation. Last year, Troy-based United Shore donated more than $150,000 to strengthen the Metro Detroit community – and 100 percent of the decisions were made by the […]

Talk About a Bonus: Ann Arbor Company Shares Its Success with Its Employees

Every company has a reason to celebrate at year’s end – they could honor their yearly success, talk about their employee efforts or think about the work to come and how they’ll accomplish even more in 2017. One company did all that and more. On the heels of a recent recapitalization, Avomeen Analytical Services, a […]

Electrical Apprentices Design Wreaths for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Baking cookies, singing carols and decorating for the holidays are a key part of getting ready for the holidays. But giving back to your community also should fit in there somewhere. Recently, student apprentices of Grand Rapids-based electrical firm Feyen Zylstra were able to give back through their creativity. The students and business donated six […]

Steal This Idea: Grand Rapid Employment Company Highlights Giving Tuesday

Popular culture is familiar with the day after Thanksgiving holiday shopping kickoff known as Black Friday. And most people have heard of Cyber Monday, when online retailers offer sales and bargains. But what do you know about Giving Tuesday? Express Employment Professionals is one of those companies making sure they share and promote this special […]

Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity Team Up for Building Blitz

Giving people the services they need to protect their finances is definitely a good thing. Volunteering your time as an organization and as individuals to give people the homes they need to be productive in every way is even better. Recently, dozens of Michigan Bank of America employees volunteered for three projects in homes located […]

Partnership Established to Improve Lives of Families Living in Civilian Communities

Nearly a dozen government agencies, military-serving organizations, private sector corporations and foundations have come together to form the “Better Together” partnership, an initiative aiming to serve military families living in civilian communities where the need is the greatest. Representatives from founding partners signed a proclamation to launch the first of its kind public-private partnership designed to support more […]

Donors Give the Gift of Life at the Spirit of America Blood Drive

Focusing on the future is key to any company’s success – but so is honoring the past, honoring the people who sacrificed and honoring the nation where you operate. More than 565 donors came to donate blood at the Spirit of America Blood Drive at Michigan International Speedway, serving as a strong reminder that America […]

Helping Monitor Ocean’s Health While Having Fun

While surfing is very much an “out of office” activity, that doesn’t mean the surfing community doesn’t have a serious side. That sense of purpose is underscored by the Surfrider Foundation, a 30 years strong group that continues to work hard on protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. A recent partnership involving Surfrider […]

Steal This Idea: Combine an Office Ice-Cream Social with Fund-raising Effort

Everyone needs a break from time to time – sometimes, it’s a time for your employees to bond over the little things, like ice cream. Sometimes, it’s a service project that makes everyone feel like they’ve come together as a community. Sometimes, it’s both. Recently, a Grand Rapids law firm held an ice-cream social that […]

Construction Company Builds Its Community Ties with Volunteer Week

After 90 years in business, it makes sense that a company like Barton Malow would feel invested in its community. Yet it is still impressive to see how much this Southfield-based business invests into the cities where it operates, invests and constructs new facilities for companies of every kind. Recently, the Barton Malow Company (BMC) […]

Pokemon Go Player Raising Awareness and Money for Wounded Warrior Project

When it comes to promoting the Wounded Warrior Project, a Veterans Service Organization that was originally part of the United Spinal Association of New York, a number of initiatives continue to build awareness and raise funds for the charity. One of the more recent is that of Chadwick James, a gamer who has joined Pokemon Go’s Team […]

Michigan Women’s Foundation Creates University of Life to Highlight STEM, Careers for Girls

Middle school is a sensitive time for all tweens, especially young women who may be pondering whether a career in math, science, technology or related field is for them. That is why Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), a non-profit organization that for 30 years has worked to achieve social and economic equality for Michigan’s women and […]

Lower Energy Bills Means This Non-Profit Can Feed Even More People

Owning a business brings many opportunities: Making your own decisions, creating a company culture, giving back to the community. A recent partnership between DTE Energy and its business-customer division shows how a company can build its own brand while helping others. DTE Energy and DNV GL, DTE’s energy efficiency experts for business customers, came together […]

West Michigan Companies Join Forces to Raise Funds, Meals for Kids’ Food Basket

What happens when you partner motivated people, a great cause and community spirit? You get a huge result, like the more than 2,000 pounds of food a group of West Michigan companies recently donated to Kids’ Food Basket, a nonprofit organization. Employment Professionals along with its franchise location in Grand Rapids also donated $5,000 to […]