TrueNorth Community Services' Food Pantry will be closed December 11 to 13 and until 12:30 p.m. December 14 for the the Children's Christmas Programs/Toys for Tots distribution. 


emPower Heat & Energy Assistance

TrueNorth Community Services' emPower heat and energy assistance program is working to provide help for the 2017-2018 grant year.

emPower works with you and your utility and/or fuel provider to find ways to help pay your heat-related energy bills.

emPower is taking applications for Consumers Energy's Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE) and DTE Energy's Low Income Self-Sufficiency Plan (LSP) affordable payment plan programs.

emPower is not currently accepting applications for its heat and energy assistance program, but expects to resume taking applications again soon. 

For more details, visit emPower's home page.


CCP/Toys for Tots Needs Volunteers

While TrueNorth Community Services' annual Children’s Christmas Programs (CCP) toy and gift drive wrapped up December 4, volunteers are still needed for the CCP/Toys for Tots distribution next week.

The CCP/Toys for Tots distribution is December 11 to 14 at the True North Service Center, 6308 South Warner Avenue (M-82) in Fremont. Volunteers are being sought all four days. 

The program is expected to serve more than 2,000 children from more than 1,000 families from low-income households in Newaygo County.

To volunteer, contact Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator Phil Gabel by email at

Cash donations are still being accepted.

For more details on the Children's Christmas Programs, visit here.

Become an Ally with Circles Newaygo Co.

Circles Newaygo County strives to reduce poverty one family at a time, working with Circle Leaders (heads of families) to achieve self-sufficiency. 

Become someone who supports those efforts by becoming an Ally, volunteering to work alongside them on their journey forward.

To volunteer with or to get more details on Circles Newaygo County, contact Michelle Marciniak at (231) 924-0641, ext. 220, or


Coats Still Available

The response for this year's Coats for Kids (& Adults) coats distribution has been amazing.

Our official count continues to rise from the estimated 500 plus we had November 11 at TrueNorth Community Services. People keep stopping in and calling for assistance, and our tally to date is 740 coats given to children and adults across Newaygo County.

We want to help Newaygo County stay warm this winter, and we still have donated coats left to give.

So, if you're a Newaygo County resident and need a coat, you can stop by on weekdays at TrueNorth, 6308 South Warner Avenue (M-82) south of Fremont.

All you need is an ID with a Newaygo County address.

Holiday Events Set at Camp Newaygo

December means a host of holiday activities at Camp Newaygo.

Santa and S'mores and the Gingerbread House Make & Take were December 2. Other upcoming events include:

Christmas & Cocktails is 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. December 8 at Lang Lodge. The girlfriends'-focus evening includes dinner by Ridge Specialties, music by Alesha Brown and festivities including a scarf exchange. The cost is $22 per person through Nov. 21, and $28 per person Nov. 22 through Dec. 6.

Holiday Party at Lang Lodge is an 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. lunch or a 4 p.m.-7 p.m. dinner. Celebrate with a gourment meal by Ridge Specialties and other refreshments. Lunch is $16.95 per person and dinner is $19.95 per person.

Get Your Sparkle On: New Year's Eve at Lang Lodge is 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. December 31. The evening includes music by Sonic Pirates and a DJ, dinner by Ridge Specialties and a midnight toast with a balloon drop. The cost is $38 per person by December 1, $45 per person after December 1, or a table of six for $200.

Why TrueNorth? Because ...

When people ask: "Why should I support and/or volunteer for TrueNorth Community Services?" We say: "Because ..."

See for yourself here.


Atención Consumidores Clientes Energéticos
El programa de emPower de tiene financiamiento de calor y energía para su factura de electricidad y / o gas natural. Usted debe estar atrasado o en el estado de cierre para aplicar. El ingreso total de su hogar debe estar dentro de las Pautas Federales de Pobreza.

Si tiene alguna pregunta con, visitar aqui o puede llamar al (231) 355-5880.