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Do you have an eye for detail, love working with people and want to be part of an organization making a positive difference in our community? The Community Foundation is looking for a new Administrative Assistant to do just that.
This position is open due to a current team member moving into a new position. We are now looking for a new individual to step into this important position on our team. As a small office, the Administrative Assistant plays a critical role in ensuring the office runs smoothly and that every person who calls or walks through our doors has a welcoming, positive experience. The Administrative Assistant is involved in key customer service and financial processes as well as providing support for CFHZ events. As a growing organization, we need the person who serves as Administrative Assistant to support our office and staff in providing the best possible service to our community.
The mission of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) has two parts; building and managing a permanent philanthropic endowment dedicated to ensuring the Holland/Zeeland area continues to thrive, and providing services to local donors to help them achieve their charitable giving goals. Both involve a significant amount of philanthropic dollars coming in and out of the organization. The Foundation has over 600 charitable funds which collectively have more than $80 million in assets, and in 2018 these funds received more than $20 million in new gifts and distributed nearly $6 million in grants back into the community. It is an exciting time at the Community Foundation, and we need someone to help keep us organized and set up for success as we see interest in our organization and the services we have to offer continue to grow.
All are welcomed and encouraged to apply. The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) will provide equal employment opportunity and not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, religion, height, weight, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other status protected by law.
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There is always a mixture of sadness and pride when one of your talented teammates leaves for a new opportunity. We are feeling both emotions deeply right now as our amazing Vice President of Finance, Rashelle Wynegar, is transitioning from her role at CFHZ to use her skills working for the Red Cross national headquarters. While we are certainly excited for her personally, we are going to miss her immensely! She has been a very significant part of why CFHZ has been successful in meeting our mission the last four years. She has taken our financial management systems to new heights and has instituted processes and procedures that set us up for success for years to come. We’re glad that she’ll still be living in Holland and working remotely so that our community can continue to benefit from her caring spirit, generous heart and financial management skills. Please join us in thanking Rashelle for her outstanding service and meaningful impact at CFHZ!
With Rashelle transitioning, we are now looking for a new teammate to help us meet our mission by ensuring the financial integrity of the Foundation. If you know someone with a strong financial skill set who wants to make a positive difference in our community, please encourage them to check out this Director of Finance position description.
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A new Leadership Council has been formed to collectively focus on workforce housing solutions. The Leadership Council, composed of the area’s top community and business development organizations will work to ensure housing is available for all area workers.
Mike Goorhouse, President of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area and Holly Johnson, President of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed Housing Next Leadership Council. The Council also will include representatives from the West Coast Chamber, Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Ottawa County, Lakeshore Advantage and Community SPOKE.
“Affordable housing was already a big problem in our community and it is getting bigger. Recent estimates of the shortage have grown to between 12,000 and 15,000 units, said Goorhouse, co-chair of the Housing Next Leadership Council. “Local businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations are all seeing the lack of affordable housing creating tremendous difficulty in many families’ day to day lives and constraining our overall ability to grow and thrive as a community.”
The Housing Next Leadership Council was formed due to the extensive housing research effort lead by the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties – Ottawa Housing Next. The Leadership Council’s first order of business will be to hire a director fully focused on workforce housing solutions. This individual will be the champion for workforce housing solutions in our community. The position description for any interested applicants can be on the United Way website: https://www.ottawaunitedway.org/employment. The Council plans to have its new director in place by the end of 2017.
“Lack of affordable housing is both a social and an economic issue, and will require government, business and nonprofits all working together to make significant progress towards a solution,” said Johnson “I can’t remember a time when these eight organizations have collaborated so closely to address a key community priority.” In addition to the Leadership Council, there will be a broader Advisory Board which will have representation from developers, businesses, philanthropy, housing nonprofits, government and residents.
Housing Next has identified four strategies to help our community better access these market-driven solution
In addition to Johnson and Goorhouse, other members of the newly formed Leadership Council include:
Lyn Raymond, Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance will serve as liaison from the Leadership Council to the broader Advisory Panel.
“United Way is pleased to transition the leadership on this effort to this Leadership Council, while still keeping all the important members of Ottawa Housing Next informed and engaged,” said Patrick Moran, President of the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties. “This cross sector council is the right group at the right time to increase market driven housing solutions.”
After a detailed application review process, area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.
Students and their families came to the Yacht Basin Marina to meet the generous donors who made it possible for the students to receive these scholarships.
Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation President and CEO, congratulated the scholars who he hopes will become future leaders in our community. “We’re honored to partner with your scholarship donors to support your educational journey,” he said.
Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, thanked the donors for their “continued support of the inspiring and deserving students.” She also addressed the students about the scholarship process. Stacy has spent many hours over the last few months reading through applications and meeting with review committees to determine recipients. “Students, please know that in our extremely competitive scholarship process, you were selected as the right person for your scholarship. We couldn’t be happier for you!” Stacy told them.
Jim Bishop from West Michigan Community Bank, who sponsored the event, shared his story on the many reasons he supports the Community Foundation. He spoke about how he received community foundation scholarships as a student and how that generosity changed his life for the better. It later inspired him to contribute financially and to get involved in board service at the community foundation as an adult. He encouraged each of the students to pay it forward to the next generation with time, talent, and/or treasure whenever they’re able.
The event also featured a student panel where four college students spoke about life in college and how different it can be from high school, some difficulties that come with college, and advice for incoming college freshman.
Stephanie Arndt from Hope College talked about how difficult it was for her to change her major and that she had to overcome her fear of claiming an English major, but it was” the most rewarding thing” she has ever done.
On advice for the scholarship recipients, student Kiannah Vandenberg from Grand Valley State University reminded the student scholars not to be upset or quit if they get a B or C on an assignment or in a course for the first time, as college classes can be very challenging and difficult even for the best students. She also talks about the opportunities of college internships which can give students college credit and experience doing something that they love.
After the panel, the reception lasted another hour with students and donors talking over cupcakes and lemonade and getting pictures taken together.
The Community Foundation is so happy to host this event that allows the students to meet and talk with their scholarship donors. We are so thankful to all of the donors for making such a big impact in the lives of these students. We congratulate these exemplary 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in higher education and beyond.
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