Grand Rapids Community College was saluted by the Heart of West Michigan United Way for its efforts supporting our greater community.
GRCC has been a partner with United Way for decades, with employees donating more than $700,000 during the last 10 years.
United Way Vice President Kim Ritz and account executive Scott Sorenson presented President Bill Pink and Misty McClure Anderson, executive deputy to the president and board liaison, with the 2020 United Way Top Campaign Award.
The honor goes to an organization running a best practice campaign with increased involvement in the current year campaign.
From 2019 to 2020, GRCC employee giving increased by 47 percent along with the total United Way campaign dollars raised by GRCC employees increasing by more than 20 percent.
GRCC employees met the college’s $25,000 donation goal, recognizing the needs of students and community members increasing during the pandemic.
United Way helped college students, partnering with the Kent County Commission to donate $48,000 to GRCC’s student food pantry, and providing $10,000 for the pantry earlier in the year through its Coronavirus Response Fund.