TrueNorth Community Services is closed Friday, March 30. Regular office hours resume Monday, April 2.


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 not currently taking applications for one-time help through its heat and energy assistance program. emPower is also not currently 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.

Because of high demand, we have reached capacity. You can look for us to resume in coming weeks. Applications are in process for anyone who has applied for help.

Thanks for your patience.

For more details, visit emPower's home page.


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


Bowlapalooza 2018 helps TrueMentors

Bowlapalooza 2018 raises money to recruit, train, and pair TrueMentors community mentoring matches.

The fundraiser, the largest annual event for TrueMentors, is 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 26, 5-7 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 27 and 3-5 p.m. April 28 at The Commons of Fremont, 5885 S. Warner Avenue in Fremont. Raise at least $40, and get two games of bowling, shoe rental, and a Bowlapalooza t-shirt. Strike up a team today; register here:

In addition to supporting TrueMentors by bowling, spend some one-on-one time with a child in need of some extra support as a volunteer mentor. The True Mentors program supplies the match and you provideyour time, empathy and a smiling face.

Contact Chelsea Clark at (231) 924-0641, ext. 109, or to take part.

Are You Addicted to the Internet?

Count Michelle Marciniak among those concerned about internet addiction.

The Circles Newaygo County coordinator got alarmed after hearing Grand Rapids neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Wolff speak on the dangers of excessive web time. Children average 11 hours or more online daily, spending more time with media than they do their family, school or sleeping, says Wolff, co-principal of BRAINS.

“I thought this is information that our Circle Leaders really need to hear,” she said. “We spend a lot of time with them, and, like most busy parents, they are apt to put a screen in front of their kids to keep them occupied.”

“The Great Disconnect: MegaHERTZ to Megahurts” features Wolff’s findings on technology’s effects at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts, 4734 Campus Court in Fremont. The public event is free, but space is limited. Register at or call (231) 924-0641, ext. 220.

Circles Newaygo County’s self-sufficiency program is funded by Fremont Area Community Foundation

Enjoy the Fun at Camp Newaygo

There are a range of community activities to enjoy at Camp Newaygo.

Upcoming events include:

Pints and Pottery, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. March 17 at Peggie Stone Center. A new spin on crafting night. Under the guidance of an experienced potter, create a ceramic pint glass or other clay project. To fuel the creative spirit, a cash bar featuring local drafts is available along with complementary small plate offerings by Ridge Specialties. The cost is $40. Participants must be 21 years old or older.

Mom and Me Stomp, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. March 18 at Lang Lodge. Enjoy an evening with your son or daughter. Dress up in your best for dancing, cookies, punch, crafts and photos. The cost is $7 per person.

Enchanted Forest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 and 29. Fairies and gnomes stop by to inhabit Camp Newaygo. Check out the amazing little houses created by local artists specifically for the tiny visitors. Crafts, cookies and punch are part of the goings-on. The cost is $7 per person or $25 for a family of four. The homes are on auction on eBay from 3 p.m. April 20 to 3 p.m. April 29.

Mother's Day Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 13. Let Ridge Specialties treat your family to a gourmet buffet, desserts and more. The cost is $24.95 for ages 13 and older, $14.95 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children ages 3 and younger. The deadline to make reservations is May 9.

For more community events, visit

Camp Newaygo is located at 5333 Centerline Road in Newaygo. For more information, visit or call 231.652.1184.

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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.

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