GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - By the end of the year, $20,000 will be hard at work in our community, thanks to the Giving Together Program at Mercantile Bank. The first recipient of their four quarterly gifts for 2013 is 3 Mile Project, a program that gives kids and teens a safe place to get active and hang out together. As a way to give back and engage the community, Mercantile Bank is donating $5,00 to one non-profit organization each quarter in 2013 with a different concentration for each quarter. Monica Kreiger explains that the first quarter focus was education and 3 Mile Project was the winner. The second quarter focus is on Community and Economic Development and applications will be taken from April 1 to 30 for that grant. The third quarter is Arts & Culture and the fourth quarter is Health and Human Services. Organizations can submit a grant application at www.mercantilegivingtogether.com. 3 Mile Project is thrilled to put this 5,000 gift into their place where young people can be safe, active and engaged with others. Stan Kiste invites students to come and check it out during their Spring Break Bash March 28, 29 and 30. Kids in grades 5 - 12 can take part in a slam dunk contest, all the normal activities there including basketball, roller skating, paintball and much more, plus they can listen to live music and have their photos taken at the beach photo booth for their own Spring Break getaway. Check it out at www.3mp.org .
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