TrueNorth Community Services is closed for staff training on Friday, April 26, from noon to 5 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, April 29.


Become an Ally with Circles Newaygo Co.

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

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.

We are in particular 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 volunteer with or to get more details on Circles Newaygo County, call (231) 924-0641, ext. 220, or email

Circles is funded by a grant from Fremont Area Community Foundation​ and is affiliated with Circles USA​.


Get Heat and Energy Help with emPower

TrueNorth Community ServicesemPower 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 2018-2019 in partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Agency for Energy.

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.


Discover Fun, More at Camp Newaygo

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

The upcoming events include:

Tai Chi Class, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Done by Camp Newaygo in collaboration with Safe Routes to Health, The Michigan Fitness Foundation, and Michigan AmeriCorps, the classes are a part of Safe Routes' Newaygo County Rec-Connect Program and are held at the Health & Leadership Lodge. There is no cost, but donations are encouraged. Children younger than 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Enchanted Forest at Camp Newaygo, Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out the amazing little homes created by local artists especially for visiting fairies and gnomes. There will be crafts, cookies and punch; and several homes will be for sale during the event. The cost is $7 per person or $25 per family of four. No registration needed; pay at the door. If you'd like to make a house for the event, email for details.

Spring Open House, Sunday, April 28, noon-4 p.m. See what Camp Newaygo has to offer for its overnight Girls' Resident Camp and for its Co-ed Day Camp this summer. Check out the facilities, meet the staff and see what adventures await. The free event includes refreshments.

Spring Girlfriend's Getaway,  Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5. An all-inclusive weekend for girlfriends, with more than 20 activities, gourmet meals and campy-chic lodging. The cost is $205 for all programs, meals and lodging. Other activities and services are available.

Mom, Auntie, Grandma, and Me Weekend, Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11. An opportunity to introduce girls and boys to the joys of camping and the outdoors for ages 4 to 10. Cost is $175 for one adult and one child.

Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Let Ridge Specialties treat your family to a buffet of gourmet breakfast and lunch items along with decadent desserts at our fifth annual Mother's Day Brunch. The cost is $25.95 for ages 9 and older, $14.95 for ages 3 to 8, and free for ages 2 and younger.

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


Help nurture a kid; 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.

To apply to be a mentor with TrueMentors, contact Hailey at or (231) 924-0641, ext. 131.

You can help support TrueMentors by getting involved with Bowlapalooza 2019, which is April 25 to 27 at The Commons of Fremont in Fremont. Strike up a team of five bowlers or make a contribution in support; get the details here.


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