Cedar Springs Community

Roll up your sleeves and garden for neighbors in need

April 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Volunteers needed to provide fresh vegetables The North Kent Community Services received over 3,570 pounds of fresh vegetables last year to distribute to families in need. That huge amount of food was planted and harvested by a handful of volunteers who worked an acre of land to create a Community Garden. The NKCS is the largest food pantry in Kent County and services over 12,000 families. The fresh vegetables were a welcome sight for families who normally received canned or frozen when they pick up groceries. The land that the volunteers plant and harvest is donated by Merrill Post of Post Berry Farms on Myers Lake Avenue and 12 Mile Road. For the third year in a row, Mr. Post has set aside an acre of land that he tills, fertilizes, and waters to make sure that the plants will grow. He even allows the group a space in his own private garden, where a high fence keeps the deer away from the tender bean plants. Post also donates to the NKCS corn, pumpkins, berries and other food that the volunteers do not grow in the Community Garden. All of the seeds needed for planting are donated by The Cedar Mill in Cedar Springs. Also, several of the group members start seeds in peat pots or flats at home. This year, there are two specific planting dates already set. Many more volunteers are needed because the goal is to harvest 2 tons of food this year. If you would like to help, volunteers may attend on Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Post Farms, 9849 Myers Lake Road, to plant seeds in the greenhouse. Once the seeds are ready to be transplanted outside, other dates and times will be determined for planting and a schedule will be set for weeding and harvesting. If you love to garden, want to learn more about gardening, need to put in hours for community service at your school, or have a desire to feed people in need, then call Deb McIntyre, volunteer coordinator at the NKCS, at 616-866-3478 ext. 103 Monday through Thursday from 8 am. to 6 p.m.\. No gardening experience is necessary.    

Cedar Springs Goodwill open for business

March 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) celebrated a grand opening to its newest store and donation center at 3595 17 Mile Road NE in Cedar Springs on Friday, Feb. 18 at 9:00 a.m. “Cedar Springs is a new location for us,” said Goodwill Retail Director James Cherney. “The community has been incredibly supportive and welcoming. Everyone tells us they’re glad we’re here and we couldn’t be happier.” Located directly across from the Meijer store near US-131, the site was selected for shopper and donor convenience. Featuring a covered donation drive-thru on the east side of the building, donors can drive right up and get personal assistance in unloading their donations. “We know folks are incredibly busy,” Cherney said. “We strive to make the donation process as quick and pleasant as possible at all our locations.” Sales of community donations funds Goodwill’s mission of helping people train for, find and keep good jobs in the community. Last year, GIWM provided employment services to over 19,000 people right here in West Michigan. The free-standing, 7,000-square-foot store is the 14th store for GIWM. Other locations include: Allendale, Fremont, Grand Haven, Holland (two), Ludington, Manistee, Muskegon, Newaygo, Norton Shores, North Muskegon, Roosevelt Park, and Whitehall. A Rockford store is under construction off 10 Mile Road, east of US-131. GIWM has a build-to-suit lease arrangement with Pinnacle Construction Group for the Cedar Springs site. Construction began in early November. “Landscaping, exterior paint, and final surfacing of the parking lot will take place in the early spring,” Cherney said. The new store is providing jobs for 15 new employees.

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