Category Archives: Causes

Old-order Amish communities consider change

IMG_7402Residents and representatives in the Clare Gladwin county are trying to find the right balance between religious freedom and personal safety after a series of Amish buggy collisions culminated in a death this past December.

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Evart puts in an ice rink and begins a new era for the community

 

DSC05376The community of Evart, in Osceola county, is glad to see the recent cold weather. Residents can finally skate on their new outdoor ice rink.

The ice rink started as an idea in the mind of Deb Booher, a local resident, Director of the local community volunteer group, and all around spit fire. She wanted to give community members, and particularly kids, something to do over the winter months.

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The Muslim Student Association reacts to Donald Trump’s comments and the overall climate for Muslims in America

 

file000779805174For many Muslims in the United States, these are rather uncertain times… especially given the heated rhetoric coming out of the presidential race.

Ben Thorp recently sat down with three members of Central Michigan University’s Muslim Student Association to get their reaction to some of the comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump… and in particular, his comments on ‘banning Muslims’ from entering the United States.

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The Mitten Connection aims to give back to CMU & Michigan communities

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While most people get into the spirit of giving during the holidays — some Central Michigan University students have been in the giving spirit the whole year.

The non-profit Mitten Connection was created by two CMU students earlier this year. Continue reading

Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan


Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading

Traverse City group helping to fight sex trafficking in northern Michigan, receives big donation

A Traverse City group is working to put an end to sex trafficking in northern Michigan. cast-logo-site

Michigan currently has the second highest rate of sex trafficking in the nation. Citizens Against Sex Trafficking, or CAST, is trying to change that.
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A Michigan family in Osceola county tackles the do-it yourself approach by committing to sustainability work

The Marvel  family L-R : AnnaDella 14, Emillie 19, Karly 11, Kamden 9, Rorie 4 and Robin.

The Marvel family L-R : AnnaDella 14, Emillie 19, Karly 11, Kamden 9, Rorie 4 and Robin.

For many people, Tuesday is just the second day of the week. But for Robin Marvel and her family, it’s “green day”. On Tuesdays Marvel runs a free recycling program for her neighborhood in the village of Hersey. Population 300.
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Activists collect thousands of signatures demanding end to Syrian refugee “pause”

Julie Quiroz of Ann Arbor after delivering about 4,700 signatures to the governor’s office on Thursday. Quiroz created an online petition urging Gov. Snyder to continue accepting Syrian refugees.

Julie Quiroz of Ann Arbor after delivering about 4,700 signatures to the governor’s office on Thursday. Quiroz created an online petition urging Gov. Snyder to continue accepting Syrian refugees.

Activists have delivered thousands of signatures to Gov. Rick Snyder urging him to welcome more Syrian refugees. Snyder says he’s “pausing” his efforts to attract additional Syrian refugees to Michigan after last week’s attacks in Paris.
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Adoption agencies are looking to raise awareness for children who need families during national adoption month

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November is national adoption month, and adoption agencies are trying to do their part to, as they say, find children a family for the holidays.

Over three-thousand children are waiting to be adopted in Michigan. Continue reading

Americorp: the domestic Peace Corps

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Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan.
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New partnership looks to strengthen child abuse services in Isabella County

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One northern Michigan community is taking steps to strengthen child abuse services.

The Child and Family Enrichment Council, or CAFE, in Isabella County moved to Central Michigan University’s campus this fall. The center conducts forensic interviews with abused children, works with law enforcement on abuse cases and offers counseling for all members of a family. Continue reading

Lawmakers work on updating Michigan’s mental health laws

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin's Law.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin’s Law.

The state legislature is considering an update to Michigan’s 10-year-old mental health law.

Kevin’s Law went into effect ten years ago – but it hasn’t worked exactly the way lawmakers intended.

Under the current law, a patient had to already be undergoing treatment before a court could order a treatment plan. Continue reading