Author Archives: Shelly Helmus

Thanks for a great Feedback 2010!

Thanks to all of you who came to Founders Brewing Co. on Sunday, May 23 for the 10th Feedback benefit concert. The weather was warm, but we had a great time raising money for Access and listening to The Honeytones, Flashback, and The Concussions! Did you miss the event? Check out this article to see […]

Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

June 7-14 is the date for our 10th Annual Food for Families event. Our goal is to collect 200,000 pounds of food for area food pantries to help over the high-need summer months. All Kent County D&W and Family Fare stores will be collection sites. Please drop off your donation any time during the collection […]

Second Annual Diaper Drive

“Parents Helping Parents Keep ‘Em Covered” Diapers- one of the most basic necessities for infants and toddlers- and yet many in Kent County go without. An adequate supply of diapers costs about $75 a month—simply out of reach for many families. Diapers are not covered by assistance programs such as W.I.C. or food stamps, and local […]

Feedback 2010

Please join us on Sunday, May 23 at 4pm for an evening of fun and entertainment as the Honeytones, Flashback, and the Concussions put on a band benefit concert for Access. This will held at Founder’s Brewing Company at 235 Grandville Ave SW.

The Boy Scouts Adventure Show

The Boy Scouts Outdoor Adventure Show is taking place on Saturday, May 8 at the DeVos Place from 12-8pm. Bring non-perishable food items to benefit Access pantries and for entry into a raffle of cool prizes! Bring the entire family to participate in tons of exciting hands-on activities as we bring the outdoors inside! Tickets […]

Healing Communities

Healing Communities in Michigan is a network of diverse religious congregations, known as Stations of Hope that have covenanted together to make their communitites safer by loving the hurting and the exiled–healing the division and pain that comes from communities and families torn apart by crime and incarceration. The mission of Healing Communities in Michigan […]

Attend Our Next Poverty Simulation

ACCESS cordially invites you to attend our upcoming Poverty Simulation Workshop: Monday, March 8 at Grand Rapids Community College, 6:30pm If you have never attended a Poverty Simulation, now is the time to experience this compelling workshop! If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Nicole at (616) 774-2175 x702 or

Holiday Giving Network Options for Providers…

No time to shop for a holiday basket? You can donate online! Go to “Network for Good” and designate your donation for “Holiday Giving Network.” Your $50 donation will be applied toward a gift card for applicants who registered at their local pantry.  If you prefer to purchase and deliver all the ingredients for a […]

Come to One Trick Pony on Monday, Nov. 23!

ACCESS has been chosen as the recipient for the WYCE Hat Trick Concert Series this fall! Join us for dinner and music at One Trick Pony on Monday, November 23 at 7:30pm to help support ACCESS!

Another Successful Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated food and personal care items to the RiverTown Crossings Mall Food Drive on Friday, November 6. We collected over 7 tons of food! The food drive to celebrate the mall’s 10th anniversary was a huge success complete with confetti, cupcakes, and mountains of canned and boxed food items! Thanks […]