Community Stories

Work Like a Mother: A Program by Jessie Wilde

Jessie Wilde is a mom of five who left the corporate world to create a consulting business that specializes in helping family-owned small businesses, nonprofits, and “mompreneurs” looking to start and sustain their business. This group program tackles the common issues faced by mothers learning to start, register, manage, and market their businesses. Read more about the Work Like a Mother program here!

The McLeod Family: Decades of Community Impact

Giving back has long been a priority for the McLeods. This philanthropic interest led them to start the McLeod Scholarship Fund in 2003, in memory of their son, Doug. After Carol’s passing in the spring of 2020, Dave established a Donor Advised Fund to continue to give back to the community. Join us in celebrating their many years of generosity!

Civic Engagement Series Bring Neighbors Together

The idea first came about when Antonette Robinson of the Crescent Neighborhood Association wanted to create a Civic Engagement Series, one that would bring neighbors together in a casual, social way to share ideas about current events and provide opportunities to learn more about policy and decision-making in local, state, and national governments and organizations. This is now an ongoing series and we are excited to keep you updated on their progress!

Introducing the Rick M. Murak and Joseph A. Panici Fund

In 2012, Rick and Joe set up an Estate Plan Distribution Agreement (EPDA). Then, in 2013, they started a Build A Fund, which officially became the Rick M. Murak and Joseph A. Panici Fund this year! Please join us in celebrating their legacy of giving.

Muskegon LEAD Giving Circle Awards Their First Grant

The Muskegon LEAD Giving Circle virtually gathered to select its first grant recipient, the Coalition for Community Development!

Introducing the Love is Love Fund

Jane Otrhalek and Tonya Rund, who are celebrating 25 years together and 5 years as a married couple next month, created the Love is Love Fund in 2019. The goal of the Fund is to help LGBTQ+ individuals and families access the resources they need and to promote equity and advance racial, economic and gender justice in Muskegon County.

United Way and Community Foundation Create Response Fund

United Way of the Lakeshore and Community Foundation for Muskegon County are working collaboratively to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on local families and members of the community. A COVID-19 Response Fund has been created at the United Way. Click below for more information.

Being a Poppen scholar was ‘like having a guardian angel’

When Elijah Curry began as a Poppen Programs scholar, the then-middle school student knew he loved the arts—but he had no idea that, in just a matter of years, he would be living out his dreams as a singer, dancer and actor in New York City.

Mildred Johnson’s Community Legacy

Mildred has left an indelible impact on so many in this community, directly and indirectly, through the organizations that she has served, and friendships she has made, always thinking of others. Thank you for loving Muskegon!

Moving toward healing: Speaking truths about slavery and fighting racism in Muskegon.

Read this indepth article about Dr. Joy DeGruy's recent visit to Muskegon by Anna Gustafson from the Muskegon Times,