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June 2020 | Affinity moves its headquarters to downtown Grand Rapids.

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June 2020 | The Wege Foundation has awarded Affinity $50,000 each year over the next three years to support its operations, program capacity, and equity initiatives.

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June 2020 | Affinity Mentoring's statement of support for Black Lives Matter Movement.

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May 2020 | Affinity Mentoring names Cassandra Kiger as new executive director.

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April 2020 | Women's Lifestyle Magazine features Affinity in their list of 10 local acts of kindess.

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March 2020 | Affinity Mentoring's Executive Director, Laura Ward, resigns. Laura's last day will be May 28, 2020.

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Laura's Farewell Letter
March 2020 | Letter to parents of Affinity mentees regarding Coronavirus.

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February 2020 | Grand Rapids Business Journal features Affinity's new board leadership.

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February 2020 | Affinity Mentoring today announced several new appointments to its board of directors. John Robinson has been elected president of the board of directors and Adam Russo has been elected vice president. Jatnna Abreu and Veronica Bradford and Mia Jankowiak have also joined the board.

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February 2020 | School News Network features mentor match, Luis + Alex. Luis is a graduate of GRPS and returned to his alma mater to mentor.

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December 2019 | WZZM 13 features the 9th annual Bundle Up Burton Coat Drive with Mars Hill Bible Church, Affinity Mentoring, Kent School Services Network, and Burton Elementary School.

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November 2019 | School News Network showcases Affinity's new Godfrey-Lee ECC site.

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October 2019 | Affinity Mentoring wins "Nonprofit of the Year" at the 2019 EPIC Awards hosted by the Grand Rapids Chamber.

Women's Lifestyle Magazine

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Grand Rapids Chamber

September 2019 | Grand Rapids Chamber chats with Executive Director, Laura Ward, and mentor, Brooke Corbin, on their latest podcast about the power of mentoring.

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September 2019 | Rapid Growth Media interviews Executive Director, Laura Ward.

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September 2019 | The Grand Rapids Chamber announced that Affinity Mentoring is a finalist for Nonprofit of Year for the 2019 EPIC Awards.

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August 2019 | Executive Director, Laura Ward, new Site Coordinator, Keyla Araujo, and Development Director, Rachel Lopez, join Shelley Irwin to discuss expansion, mentor recruitment, and back to school.

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July 2019 | Affinity will be opening its fourth mentoring site at Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, this fall. To help celebrate this milestone, there will be a ribbon cutting event at Godfrey-Lee ECC on August 14, at 3:30pm.

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April 2019 | Grand Rapids Business Journal "Corporate Donation Expands Mentoring Program."

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April 2019 | Steelcase Foundation awards Affinity Mentoring $75,000 capacity building grant to expand to 4th site Fall 2019.

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April 2019 | Mentor Match, Maura and Angelita, share their 4 years of experience with Affinity and invite the community to join them on May 2, 2019 for Affinity's Better Together Benefit Dinner.

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January 2019 | Development Director, Rachel Lopez, talks with Shelley Irwin about National Mentoring Month.

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Affinity Mentoring is featured in the February 2019 Community Initiatives Spotlight.

February 2019 | Affinity Mentoring is featured as the Community Initiatives Spotlight, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Spotlight: Women's Lifestyle Magazine
March 2018 | Executive Director, Laura Ward, joins Shelley Irwin to discuss the need for mentors and how to sign up.

Interview: WGVU
November 2016 | "It could be simply providing a safe space to talk about what's going on inside the home or the neighborhood," says Laura Ward, director of Affinity Mentoring.

Feature Story: Rapid Growth Media
September 2017 | “We chose mentoring because we are not ok with these statistics, 22 percent of children in MI are living in poverty; 71 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading, etc. (Affinity Mentoring) sees mentoring as something that everyone should experience.”

Feature Story: The Collegiate
Working together with Community School Leadership Teams and the Kent County Mentoring Collaborative, Affinity is able to not only nurture students, but foster a positive environment where families feel comfortable, engaged and supported.

Feature Story: Heart of West Michigan United Way

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