GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This week’s Connecting with Community Awards finalist includes two worlds coming forward for a greater good and putting their efforts together for the children in our community.
Base Camp Urban Outreach and Solomon’s Porch Church have collaborated to found an after-school program for the Burton Heights community.
Base Camp Urban Outreach has been impacting lives for 27 years. But in 2011, the building that housed the program in ceased to exist. That’s when Solomon’s Porch Church entered the scene. The church is in Jenison, but it opened its doors to Base Camp and has kept them open for eight years.
Another great way the two organizations have connected with the community is their partnership with students from Cornerstone University. Cornerstone students have the opportunity to become interns for the after-school program and help with tutoring, meals and games for the children.
Base Camp Executive Director Kelly Ellis said volunteers’ investment in the lives of the children is not short-term. It’s a lifetime commitment.
It’s evident the message speaks volumes to past and present members. They said the love they feel makes them a part of a huge family. They hope that love impacts the community’s children for years to come.
There are eight Connecting with Community Awards finalists in the 11th year of the program. Base Camp Urban Outreach and Solomon’s Porch Church is the fourth to be announced; the remaining finalists will be revealed in the coming weeks.