Community Connections

TrueNorth’s Community Connections programs aim to build and expand social circles and create meaningful shared learning, cultural, and physically active experiences to improve lives and reduce social isolation in Newaygo County. Recognizing the vital need for human connection, Community Connections is designed for people of all ages to build bridges, explore new activities and places, and be empowered to showcase all they have to offer.

Community Friends

Community Friends connects people to each other and to the community through meaningful experiences across Newaygo County & beyond. We plan regular events that range from arts classes to card games to hikes. Community Friends is open to all ages, with a focus on those 55+.

Events are driven by participants - we encourage Friends to share their ideas, skills, and passions to build our event calendar. So, you are a great cook? Teach us to make your favorite recipe! Love to craft? Host a knitting circle! Always wanted to try fly fishing? Let’s find a local expert.

Joker's Wild

Joker’s Wild is a weekly card game that is part of the Community Friends program. Every Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. the Joker’s Wild meets to play, socialize, and snack at locations like TrueNorth, Camp Newaygo, or the Fremont Area District Library. We are currently playing a game called Tens that is easy to learn and loads of fun. Contact us to find out where cards happens next. All are welcome!

ALL TOGETHER!

Coming Soon! ALL TOGETHER! promotes volunteerism and acts of kindness across the community. Adults of all ages, with a focus on those 55+, are invited to be part of groups that meet regularly and plan service projects in Newaygo County.

ALL TOGETHER! is in development. Stay tuned for more information in 2023. You can join our email list to be contacted with any updates.

Newaygo County Young Professionals (NCYP)

Newaygo County Young Professionals (NCYP) provides professional development opportunities for adults in Newaygo County. Our goal is to foster connections, support individual growth, and attract and retain the next generation of Newaygo County leaders.

NCYP hosts regular free and low-cost events, with no membership required. Join our email list to learn about upcoming events.

To get connected to any of the Community Connections programs or share your ideas, contact Katelyn Olsen at kolsen@truenorthservices.org or (231) 924-0641, ext. 187.

Pantry

Our on-site, self selection Food Pantry provides a week’s supply of food for those in need of assistance. The Food Pantry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (on days the agency is open). You must fill out an intake form and have a valid ID to use the Food Pantry. (Please note that the Food Pantry is currently drive-through only as part of TrueNorth’s COVID-19 response. We ask that you please pull up to the Food Pantry doors on the north side of the TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 S. Warner Avenue in Fremont, sound your vehicle’s horn, and someone will assist you.)

Double Up Food Bucks Michigan

Double Up Food Bucks Michigan matches SNAP/Bridge Card dollars spent at local farmer’s markets. Whatever you spend on your SNAP/Bridge Card, you get a dollar-for-dollar match in tokens that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Power Packs

Weekend PowerPacks provide area youth with weekend food through partnership with local school districts. Each Weekend PowerPack consists of kid-friendly, shelf stable pre-packaged foods such as protein, nuts, cereal, pudding, soup, fruit, granola bars, microwaveable meals, snacks and/or other items. This fuel is crucial to the success of local kids.

Mobile Food Pantry

We partner with Feeding America West Michigan on a monthly mobile food pantry visit at TrueNorth, typically the last Wednesday of the month except in December (when there is no visit because of the holidays). We are currently hosting food trucks twice a month to meet an increase in need. In addition, TrueNorth works with Feeding America West Michigan and the Fremont Area Community Foundation to help coordinate the mobile food pantry schedule in Newaygo County.