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Recreating opportunities for funding, services help keep the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation going

When the pandemic first hit, our primary concern was the health and safety of our patients.

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Black Leaders Detroit pivots to support entrepreneurs with small grants

For some business owners, seeing that there was a grant they wouldn't be denied for based on systemic racism gave a sense of hope.

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Leading live theatre through a pandemic

Going into that last rehearsal, I knew what had to happen, but it was still brutal.

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Marygrove Conservancy’s Community Impact Incubator creates a leadership program for Black leaders

Because the need in their communities was so high, Black leaders were often being asked to serve more with fewer resources.

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Finding connection through service amid the pandemic in a Pontiac neighborhood

The virus has brought some amazing people into their lives. Sometimes we have to work hard to find silver linings in this season, but this is an obvious, though unexpected blessing.

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Recreating opportunities for funding, services help keep the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation going

When the pandemic first hit, our primary concern was the health and safety of our patients.

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Champions for Change: Upending structural racism and barriers to equity barriers

The absence of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) across our work called us to do more.

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Ypsilanti mom decolonizes childhood

Nuola Akinde didn’t set out to homeschool, but her experiences as a Black mother in Washtenaw led her to restructure her life and work around her children’s education.

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Poetry in a time of pandemic: Local women of color find voice in COVID

When COVID hit, all our plans and poems seemed irrelevant. But as the weeks wore on, the need for community and space to name our realities grew urgent.

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The Athletic Factory gets creative to get student-athletes to the next level amid a pandemic

The pandemic has allowed us — no, it has forced us — to be creative for what we can still do to impact the youth in our community.

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Alternatives for Girls relies on community connections to stay open during COVID-19

We urge people to pay attention to others in their circle who may need help and not be in a position to ask for it.

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Working for peace and justice through a racial equity lens

As the sense of urgency for peace and justice continues, we are really centering anti-racism and racial and economic equity as the lens through which all our work will flow.

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How Pontiac's Centro Multicultural La Familia stays connected to vulnerable clients during pandemic

After about a month of working from home, some of the clients started losing their jobs or receiving reduced work hours. We started receiving calls from clients needing help with paying for their rent, utilities, needing diapers for their children, personal hygiene items, and food.

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How Mariners Inn is navigating the pandemic to keep its vulnerable men safe

We were there through the construction of Little Caesars Arena and we plan to be here forever. We're not going anywhere.

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Manistique Community Treehouse serves the Jefferson Chalmers community during the pandemic

We knew when the pandemic began that people were going to need food, need masks, so the very first week of the pandemic we started a project called the resource table at the community treehouse where people could give and take food and personal protective equipment.

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Connecting with the community during COVID-19 means finding new ways to serve our neighbors

"We're trying to figure out how we can offer the same quality of connection and programming so that we’re able to continue to build relationships but not put anyone in danger or at risk."

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Running an arts nonprofit during COVID-19 is not impossible. It just requires some creativity.

COVID-19 has required a big shift in our thinking in terms of virtual programming when what we've done for so long is rely on that in-person experience. I think we've done a really good job with that, though it hasn't been without its trial and error.

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