Access of West Michigan

Cultivating solutions to poverty

aka Access of West Michigan   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  www.accessofwestmichigan.org

Mission

Celebrating the activity of God in our midst, Access strengthens and develops wholistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration.

Ruling year info

1995

Co-Executive Director

Emma Garcia

Co-Executive Director

Christina Swiney

Main address

1700 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508 USA

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Formerly known as

All County Churches Emergency Support System

EIN

38-3195190

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

IRS filing requirement

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Poverty Education

The Access Poverty Education Initiative provides educational opportunities on poverty related issues, including our Poverty Education Workshops, which help educate over 2,000 individuals a year on the intricate realities of life in poverty, as well as, what steps they can take to help reduce poverty in their own community. Access works to employ individuals who have first-hand poverty experience to run the workshops. We have used our Poverty Education Workshop curriculum to engage audiences for over 20 years and have facilitated the workshops throughout Michigan and internationally. By serving as a connector, we address issues of poverty by maximizing community resources, and supporting innovative and proactive solutions to poverty.

Population(s) Served

Working at the intersection of food security, nutrition, and food justice, Access connects our community to the important work of promoting a Good Food system and healthy food for all.
The collaborative solutions and programs that Access facilitates equip food assistance organizations, invest in our local food economy, grow health, facilitate community action, and convene food and faith conversations. Examples of our work include facilitating a nutrition program, helping our food pantry partners open farm markets, facilitating farm to pantry programming, and coordinating the network of food assistance organizations in Kent County.

Population(s) Served

Connecting social services and faith groups, this program works to strengthen communities throughout Kent County by supporting and strengthening ministry and outreach teams. We collaborate with over 200 congregations across 17 denominations, offering free casework services and facilitating trainings and workshops on community development-focused impact. Our mission is to assist and guide church outreach efforts in healthy and effective ways, empowering them to build community, support families, and to promote healthy community engagement.
We envision healthy vibrant communities with faith groups providing the center for relationship and engagement. We envision a vibrant network of churches partnering across denominational lines to best impact their communities, unifying around issues of justice and benevolence.

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Financials

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Access of West Michigan

Board of directors
as of 9/11/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patty Elzinga

Fifth Third Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No