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TrueNorth’s Circles Newaygo County is pleased and proud to announce WOOD-TV8, WOTV-TV and WXSP-TV personality Maranda as its official spokesperson.

“It’s an honor to work with the Circles program and TrueNorth.  I love how this program provides families with full team support, care and services. Anytime a community invests in building strong families it’s a win for all of us,“ said Lori, “Maranda” Cook, who joined WOOD TV8, WOTV4 and WXSP-TV in January of 2001 as Children and Family Services Manager. She has also served the community as an advocate for kids and families for more than 25 years. Maranda oversees the development of station projects on-air, online, and in local communities that target kids and families, and also hosts weekly “Family Fun Updates” on STAR 105.7 FM.

Circles’ focus is on eliminating poverty in Newaygo County, one family at a time. Participants, known as Circle Leaders are tasked with leading themselves and their families out of poverty. They are able to do so with the support mobilized through Circles Newaygo County. Circle Leaders attend an initial multi-week training course learning everything from budgeting to parenting skills before being paired with a volunteer Ally or two for a 12 to 18 month commitment. Allies are local volunteers who agree to come alongside Circle Leaders in an intentional friendship, offering advice, encouragement, and opening their circles of contacts and influence to them. Circles Newaygo County is starting a new group or cohort of Circles Leaders in February and is looking for local volunteers in a number of capacities.

“Obviously, we have a need for Allies to work directly with our Circle Leaders, but we also need volunteers for childcare during our weekly Thursday night meetings, and facilitators, guest speakers and teachers,” said Michelle Marciniak, Circles Coordinator, adding; “meal donations are also needed for the weekly meetings, which tends to be a great way for groups to work together to volunteer and donate.”

To learn more about Circles Newaygo County, please contact Marciniak at (231) 924-0641 ext. 220 or

Circles is paid for by a Fremont Area Community Foundation grant.

Readers are also encouraged to visit the TrueNorth website and their Facebook page to see videos of Maranda supporting the program and explaining how they can get involved.         

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