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)




Hear how Allies impact the lives of Circles Leaders.


Become a Circle Leader

Listen to Sarah share why someone should join the Cirlces program. 

Circle Leader criteria

Participants must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to attend weekly classes
  • No ongoing drug or alcohol abuse
  • No undisclosed serious mental illness
  • Must be willing to work towards self-sufficiency
  • Must be willing to work honestly with staff


Circle Leader journey

Meet Lola

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 the Fremont Area Community Foundation.