News & Happenings

Greenhill Apartments Volunteer Opportunity

The fire earlier this week at Greenhill Apartments has forced residents to evacuate.  As of today, residents will now be able to re-enter to pick up additional personal belongings.  Many of these residents are physically challenged and cannot navigate the stairs.  We are looking for 10-15 volunteers per each shift…

President Approves Disaster Declaration for Recent Flooding

Today, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Michigan. The decision releases federal funds for state and local governments to use in disaster recovery efforts and to help reduce the risk of such an event in the future. In addition, the disaster declaration makes individual…

Bipartisan Michigan Delegation Members Urge President Trump to Issue Federal Disaster Declaration Following Severe Flash Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives John Moolenaar (R-MI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Jack Bergman (R-MI), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Dave Trott (R-MI), Sander Levin (D-MI),…

Community Makes Ongoing Impact on Hunger


When like-minded individuals gather in the evening to enjoy time together and give back through donations and volunteer work, you know you live in a powerful community.

On May 2nd, 2017 nearly 100 Young Leaders United and Midland Area Chamber of Commerce MyPros members gathered to discuss the new Community Gardens Project and watch our favorite Class A baseball team, the Great Lakes Loons. Many of Midland’s philanthropic young professionals enjoyed a BBQ style dinner with friends and family while discussing the need for access to fresh produce for neighbors struggling to put healthy meals on the table.

Successful gardening is time-consuming and needs a lot of care to produce results! At the baseball social, attendees had the opportunity to sign up for the June 6th Planting Day volunteer event where gardens were planted in three locations to support the Midland County Hunger Connections. Memorial Presbyterian, Midland Nazarene, and Messiah Lutheran were delighted to partner and dozens of helpers planted our new Community Gardens. Overall, 36 Young Leaders volunteered for two-hour shifts at each of the Community Gardens.

Currently, the gardens are being weeded and harvested weekly in conjunction with the Midland County Hunger Connections and local business and church volunteers. Everyone is excited to see the results from the collaborative effort of so many of Midland’s finest!

Long-term Flood Recovery Committee Established

Looking into the next phase of disaster relief, a collaborative recovery group has been established. The purpose of the Great Lakes Bay Long Term Recovery Group is to partner with faith-based organizations, volunteer and social agencies, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, business and individual volunteers who seek to address the spiritual,…