Michigan Needs Your Help

We have all heard that the unemployment rate in Michigan is unbelievably high at 15.2%.  Did you also know that the poverty rate in Kent County is 15%? Please read this editorial from The Grand Rapids Press titled “A Portrait of Poverty” and see why our community needs your help now more than ever.

Marsha De Hollander, ACCESS Program Director, responds to this article with one of her own titled Fighting Poverty Will Improve Our Region:

“I am writing regarding the Oct. 6 editorial ‘A Portrait of Poverty.’ It is truly disturbing to read that Michigan has the fastest growing poverty rate in the country, and that Kent County’s poverty rate is growing faster than the state’s. Nearly one in five Michigan children is living in poverty as ‘safety nets are fraying everywhere.’

You are right to point out that Kent County has an incredible caring network of congregations, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies working together to respond to critical community needs. Opportunities for neighbors to care for their neighbors abound through community events like the County Wide Food Drive, Holiday Giving Network and volunteer opportunities at local food pantries.

That is the hopeful part of this story; thank you for reminding us that when each one of us does what we can, our community truly will be a better place to live.”

For ways to help, please click here or call the ACCESS office at (616) 774-2175.