Circles' approach
Circles takes a long-term approach toward ending poverty permanently in our community. Each week, local families working to overcome poverty (Circle Leaders) meet with community volunteers (Allies) over dinner. During the meetings, Circle Leaders hone in on their goals toward self-reliance. Over time, incomes improve, debt and public assistance decrease and valuable relationships are built.

Check out this video explaining the Circles Program and its impacts from Circles Newaygo County's sister chapters in Greenville, South Carolina.


Get involved

Join us by volunteering; the needs include: 

  • Circles Allies 
  • Meal crew (preparation, service, clean-up, and donations)
  • Facilitators
  • Child care
  • Resource teams (Community, Jobs and Education, Services, Big View and Recruitment)

Watch the video sharing more about how Allies work with Circles Leaders.

Watch the video sharing more about how Circles Resource Teams work.

Circle Leader criteria

Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live at or below 185% of federal poverty guidelines Federal Poverty Guidelines Chart 
  • Not receive Disability Assistance or want to discontinue Disability Assistance
  • Reside in stable housing
  • Speak English
  • Be willing to work with others to become self sufficient (independent of public assistance)
  • Be able to attend weekly classes or meetings
  • Complete a Circle Leader application 


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

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