Circles Approach:
Circles is a long term approach to end poverty permanently in our community. Each week, local families working to overcome poverty (Circle Leaders) meet with community volunteers (Allies) over dinner. During these meetings, Circle Leaders work on their goals toward self reliance. Over time incomes improve, debt and public assistance decrease and necessary relationships are built.

Please check out this video explaining the Circles Program and it's impacts from one of our sister chapters, Greenville.


Get Involved:
Join us by committing to a volunteer opportunity. Multiple needs available including:

-Circle Allies


-Meal Crew (prep, service, donation, and cleanup)



-Resource Teams

Circle Leader Criteria:
Participants must:

-Be at least 18 years old

-Live at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guideline Federal Poverty Guidelines Chart 

-Not receive Disability Assistance or want to discontinue Disability Assistance

-Reside in stable housing

-Speak and read English

-Be willing to work with others to become self sufficient (independent of public assistance)

-Be able to attend weekly classes or meetings

-Complete Circle Leader Application 

For more information please contact Circles Coordinator, Michelle Marciniak at (231) 924-0641 ext 220 or

Circles Newaygo County is funded by a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation.