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    TrueNorth Community Services will be closed Monday, February 17, to observe the Presidents' Day holiday. Our regular office hours will resume Tuesday, February 18.

Get Heat and Energy Help with emPower

Our emPower heat and energy assistance program assists people struggling to afford their utility and deliverable fuels bills in Michigan, helping them to become self-sufficient.

emPower is working to provide help across Michigan for 2019-2020 in partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,  the Michigan Agency for Energy and utility. energy and deliverable fuels providers across the state.

These are the steps to discover success with emPower’s assistance through its Self-Sufficiency Services:

  1. Complete and be approved for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ State Emergency Relief (SER) assistance. Apply through MI Bridges
  2. Choose TrueNorth Community Services as your referral partner
  3. Get contacted by emPower to start your self-sufficiency journey

For more details, visit our emPower information page ; visit emPower's website or call 231.355.5880.


Circles helps to build better lives

Circles Newaygo County strives to end poverty one family at a time. 

Our program is focused on personal exploration and growth, working with Circle Leader participants to help them achieve self-sufficiency. We provide dinner and childcare for our Circle Leaders. You can take steps toward a better life by getting involved with Circles.

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

Or support the Circle Leaders and Allies as a volunteer with one of our resource teams or in another capacity. We are in also in need of childcare volunteers, who work with children at our weekly Circles meetings and volunteer from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays (with dinner included and the curriculum provided).

To get involved with, to find more details on, or to volunteer with Circles Newaygo County, call (231) 924-0641, ext. 220, or email circles@truenorthservices.org.

Circles is funded by a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation‚Äč.


Nurture a child; join TrueMentors

TrueMentors is focused on nurturing kids.

TrueMentors' community mentoring volunteers are matched with Newaygo County youth between the ages of 5 to 14 years old in a one-to-one mentoring relationship for a minimum one-year commitment. We've got kids awaiting a match.

We particularly need adults as volunteers with TrueBlue Academy, an after-school mentoring program done in partnership with Newaygo Public Schools and the Newaygo Police Department. The program meets once a week on Tuesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Newaygo Middle School in Newaygo.

To apply to be a mentor with TrueMentors and for more information, contact us by email at truementors@truenorthservices.org or call (231) 924-0641, ext. 109.

The 14th annual Dam to Dam Ice Fishing Tournament, a fundraiser for TrueMentors, is Saturday, February 15, at Croton Pond in Croton Township near Newaygo. Registration and weigh-in are at Croton Township Campground, 7683 S. Croton Hardy Drive. You can register online.

You can help support TrueMentors by making a financial contribution to the program; get the details here.

Discover Special with Camp Newaygo

There are a range of community activities and offerings to enjoy at Camp Newaygo. Discover someplace special.

The upcoming events and offerings include:

Mom & Me Stomp and Dinner, 5:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, Lang Lodge, Camp Newaygo. Have a fun evening with your daughter or son. Enjoy dancing, refreshments, cookie decorating, crafts and photos; cost: $7  per person. Enjoy dinner before the dance; cost : $14.95 per adult, $9.95 per child. Advance registration is required.

Spring Break Day Camp, 7:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m., April 6-10, at Camp Newaygo. Make spring break an adventure with a week full of programming, including our 1,000-foot zipline and a special trip to the Spring Lake Fitness & Aquatic Center in Spring Lake for an indoor pool partry. Campers should come ready every day for adventure, including packing a lunch, snacks and clothes for that day's weather. The cost is $175 per camp, with an option to add-on a Wednesday overnight (with dinner and breakfast provided) for $45.

For more information, call (231) 652-1184 or email campbiz@campnewaygo.org. Camp Newaygo is located at 5333 South Centerline Road in Newaygo. 


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