GRCC celebrates 100 years with 100 Ways to Give



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


July 11, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 100 years, but the birthday presents will go to organizations helping the needy, veterans and kids.

GRCC’s past 100 years have been filled not only with teaching and learning successes, but with meaningful contributions to West Michigan. To commemorate this centennial, college faculty and staff have come up with 100 Ways to Give — service projects that will spread the celebration throughout the community.

“GRCC cannot properly celebrate 100 years without including the community that has given us our name and our mission,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “West Michigan has made us what we are today, and it is a privilege to share this milestone with organizations and people who do so much good for our area.”

GRCC’s Grants and Resource Development Office already has launched the first project: an effort to collect 100 items for care packages that will go to foster children at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s Home. Items will be collected through July 31. You can learn more about this project here.

Other recipients of 100 Ways to Give projects include Toys for Tots, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and In The Image, among others.

But faculty and staff are not just collecting items to donate; they also are putting in time through service activities, such as planting trees, building homes, and serving meals to the needy -- to name a few -- during the 2014-15 academic year.

“Volunteering will always be a part of Grand Rapids Community College, whether it is students working through our experiential learning department or employees and alumni giving up their free time to meet community needs,” Ender said.

To see the full list of projects, click here. GRCC invites the entire West Michigan area, including current students and alumni, to join the cause! When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.