Circles Newaygo County

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.

Watch the video explaining the Circles program and how Circles Newaygo County impacts people.


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 how Allies work with Circles Leaders.

Watch the video sharing 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 


Watch the video sharing how Lola, a Circle Leader, thrived in working with her Allies, Emily and Andy. "It's like a whole positive community of people who are in it for the same reason," Lola said of Circles.


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.