Hope College: funding addresses social needs in Holland

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

nbAs part of the "There's No Place like Home" initiative, an $800,000 grant has been awarded from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Established in February 2020 and administered by Holland-based Hope College, three new community-based partnerships will allow the college's faculty and students in the arts and humanities to work collaboratively with local organizations to provide service and learning opportunities for those at Hope.

Subtitled "The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Community-Based Partnerships Presidential Initiative of Hope College and Holland, Michigan," the grant program runs through June 30, 2023. The first three community-based partnerships were awarded and announced in the spring of 2021 and include projects with Community Action House, the Holland Museum, and Ready for School.

The next three partnerships for the fall of 2021 are: "Arts in the Parks for Holland, Michigan," a project between Dr. Pablo Peschiera, associate professor of English, Richard Perez, assistant professor of theatre, and Dr. Stephen Maiullo, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the department of world languages and cultures, and Ottawa County Parks and Recreation; "Holland Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster Community Education Initiative," a partnership between Dr. Fred Johnson III, associate professor of history, and Rick Veenhoven of the Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster; and, "The Sacredness of Human Life: The Church at the Intersections of Faith and Race in Ottawa County, Michigan," a program between Dr. Ernest Cole, the John Dirk Werkman Professor of English and chair of the department, and Michael J. Houser of First Assemblies of God Church.

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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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