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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

Consumers Energy announces $1.6 million contribution to Salvation Army


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy is working with the Salvation Army to help Michiganders with their energy bills.

On Thursday, the utility announced a $1.6 million contribution to the charity. That announcement came at the Dickinson Center, which houses a call center to coordinate energy bill assistance.

"You get into trouble sometimes with the utilities," said Consumers Energy's Dan Malone. "We want to make sure we are there and able to help provide for our customers. That's our promise to Michigan."

"The Salvation Army can do so much more, especially when it comes to meeting utility needs in our community," said the Salvation Army's Major Norman Grainger.

Consumers Energy and the Salvation Army have been working together for 30 years to provide energy assistance for those who need it.


My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town GR South: Calvin College is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

My Town GR South: Calvin College is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

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The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs have released a list of the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. See http://chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-US/151607/

 

According to the Chronicle’s website, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is one of just six bachelor’s institutions in the nation to have at least two faculty members awarded prestigious Fulbright grants in 2014-15.

 

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--On Friday, Feb. 13, 1st – 5th grade students of Vista Charter Academy raised awareness for heart health by jumping around.

Students collected pledges and participated in heart healthy activities during their physical education classes. This national event was sponsored by the American Heart Association. For more information on the Jump Rope for Heart program visit www.heart.org.  

Visit www.nhaschools.com for information about Vista Charter Academy.

Drive-by shooting victim had just gotten out of jail


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a man was taken to a hospital and then died after being shot Thursday evening on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

The shooting was reported in the 1200 block of Jefferson Ave., south of Hall St., around 7:15 p.m.

Police tell WZZM 13 the victim, Lamont McFall, 23, of Grand Rapids, was dropping a relative off at a home in that area when another vehicle came down the street. Someone inside that second vehicle opened fire, hitting the victim. McFall died from multiple gunshot wounds.

McFall had just been released from jail on February 18.

At this point, police say they have no witnesses who saw the shooting. No one is in custody.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information on the case should call GRPD at 616-456-3403 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.