Connecting with Community Awards Changes Organizations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Over the past eight years the Connecting with Community Awards have highlighted great organizations, businesses and individuals in West Michigan. They have all been working as collaborative partnerships to solve needs in our community.

With less than a week left to nominate for the 2016 Connecting with Community Awards, we wanted to follow up with past winners of the awards to see how it has affected them.

Family Hope Foundation won the Connecting with Community Awards in 2012. Since winning the award,  Jane Eppard, the Vice Chair of the board of directors for Family Hope Foundation, says it has made a huge impact.

The Family Hope Foundation helps families and individuals with special needs. They grant scholarships for therapy that’s not covered by insurance. The foundation also helps with family events and works in advocacy for the individuals.

In 2012, we gave 58 scholarships to families,” says Jane Eppard. “Then in 2013 we gave out just under 100!”

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative won the Connecting with Community Awards in 2016. Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, the CEO of ELNC says winning the award has really propelled the organization.

ELNC is a collaborative partnership of seven organizations that provide high quality early care and education programs to vulnerable neighborhoods in Grand Rapids.

You get this incredible exposure,” says Dr. Nkechy. “People are recognizing us and knowing who we are.”

There’s still time to nominate for the 2016 Connecting with Community Awards. Nominate here today.

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