At the Annual Community of Efforts

Every year we celebrate our dedicated volunteers and generous donors at TrueNorth’s Community of Efforts event. It really does take a community of efforts for TrueNorth to accomplish all it does in any given year. Last month, over 100 people attended this celebratory event as 14 individuals or organizations received recognition for their support of our organization. To thank our volunteers and donors, Camp Newaygo’s Ridge Catering served a delicious meal, and students from Fremont High School gave delightful musical performances upon guests’ arrival and during dinner.

Charlie Forbes, TrueNorth’s Volunteer Hub Coordinator says,“Our organization continues to prosper because of the unwavering dedication of our volunteers and donors. Their commitment and contributions are the cornerstone of our mission, and we are profoundly grateful for their support. Together, We Thrive!”

There were four Community Awards presented to individuals and organizations for their exemplary service to TrueNorth and the community: Sue “Bart” Barthold received the Bessie Slautterback Award for lifetime service, Officer Kyle Rasch received the Peggie Stone Award for commitment to youth, Wesco received the Community Partner Award for generosity and the Project FOCUS students from Baldwin Jr. High received the Youth in Action Award for youth volunteerism.

Ten Program Awards were given to individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in the specific program area they serve: Chris Rosenberg (Camp Newaygo), Cindy Kraley (Community Connections), Virginia Boone & Colleen Artzner (emPower), Sportsman’s Christmas Kids (Housing and Family Services), Sandy Spradlin (Hunger Prevention), Melody Leone (Out-of-School Time Programs), Judy Kraus (President’s Award), Randy Kinsey (Spirit of TrueNorth), Diane Franke (TrueMentors), and NCRESA Education and Activities Center Transitions Program (Volunteer Services).

We are grateful to not only these award winners, but also our countless volunteers and donors for their endless support of our organization. A huge congrats to our 2024 winners!