Emerging United

Representatives from many nonprofits in Kent County attended a Community Forum titled “Emerging United” that was hosted by the MSU Extension and The Grand Rapids Community Foundation on Thursday, July 16, 2009.  The program included three speakers followed by roundtable discussions in order to identify opportunities for nonprofit collaboration and sustainability.  The conversations that took place echoed this need for the uniting of local nonprofits, and also displayed the eagerness from many to participate.  Many great ideas were voiced, possible next steps were identified, and ways to increase efficiency were discussed.  During these difficult economic times, it is exciting to see the willingness of organizations to come together to better serve the community.  ACCESS is looking forward to future collaboration because “alone we can do so little.  Together we can do so much.”–Helen Keller