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Mini-grant funding invasive species hunt at nature center
Mini-grant funding invasive species hunt at nature center


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Youth volunteers and their families will be on the hunt for invasive species at the Blandford Nature Center Sunday, April 28.

The team of volunteers is getting a $500 mini-grant to help remove invasive species and debris from the center, to improve  native habitats.

The mini-grant is one of 28 awarded by The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The League Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  More than $10,000 will be awarded to statewide projects for 2013 Global Youth Service Day.

Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, Global Youth Service Day is now recognized in more than 100 countries, making it the largest service event of its kind in the world. This year, Global Youth Service Day runs April 26, April 27, and April 28, but many projects will take place outside of those dates.

Here’s a list of the other Grand Rapids projects receiving grants this year:

Cherry Street Community HealthCorps ($300) - Volunteers and national service members educated the community about the Be. Nice. anti-bullying program and local mental health services on April 26.

Harrison Park School ($200) - Students took part in a variety of services projects April 25, including cleaning a park, visiting veterans, helping Habitat for Humanity, and packing lunches for Kids Food Basket.

Kent Innovation ($87) - Students will participate in a tree-planting event at Riverside Park April 27.