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A group of non-profit organizations working together to see a diverse WestSide community marked by equity, inclusion, and hope.

Why we love the WestSide

Urban Location

The WestSide is a vibrant urban neighborhood immediately west of the Grand Rapids’ downtown core. More specifically, the ‘lower’ WestSide is bounded roughly by Richmond Street on the north, Butterworth Street on the south, and the natural features of the Grand River on the east and a hill parallel to Valley Street on the west.

Diverse community

The WestSide has cultivated a rich identity as a melting pot of culture from the original Odawa Indians who lived along the west bank of the Grand River to the early German, Polish, Dutch, and Lithuanian settlers who developed the area into the 20th Century. Holding true to its diverse history, the WestSide is Grand Rapids’ most diverse urban neighborhood, home to a vibrant mix of African American, Hispanic, Native Americans, and second and third generation European settlers.

Things to do

The WestSide is encompasses three business districts each offering its own unique walkable “small-town” feel with variety of authentic restaurants, grocers, coffee shops, breweries, a distillery, new and used clothing stores, antique shops, and much more. The WestSide is also home to over 250 acres of parks and green space sporting amenities ranging from pools and splash-pads to a skate park and John Ball Zoo.

Recreation gateway

The WestSide is also the gateway to one of the largest urban parks in the country, Millennium Park. With 1,400 acres of rolling terrain and six miles of frontage on the Grand River, the facilities include a six-acre beach and splash-pad, boat rental facilities, endless miles of paved bike trails, and other diverse opportunities for recreation and relaxation. In addition, bordered by the Grand River to the east, the WestSide’s Fish Ladder Park offers some of the best salmon and steelhead fishing in West Michigan!

For people of all ages and backgrounds, the WestSide isn’t just a neighborhood, it’s a community!

Where the Collaborative fits in

Who We Are

The WestSide Collaboration is 25 local nonprofits passionate about our WestSide community.

Vision

The WestSide Collaborative seeks to address the marginalization of the WestSide Neighborhood residents due to the concentration of power held by entities and individuals other than the residents themselves.

Mission

To engage and empower residents and organizations to act on self-determined community issues.

We envision a WestSide Community marked by Equity, Inclusion, and Hope.

Upcoming Events

June 30, 2017
  • Two-Way Street (Conversational Language Learning)

    June 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    West Grand Neighborhood Organization, 415 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Light lunch and children are welcome to come. Learning from each other through conversation, to speak English and Spanish. This is a free event every Friday!

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July 7, 2017
  • Two-Way Street (Conversational Language Learning)

    July 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    West Grand Neighborhood Organization, 415 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Light lunch and children are welcome to come. Learning from each other through conversation, to speak English and Spanish. This is a free event every Friday!

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July 14, 2017
  • Two-Way Street (Conversational Language Learning)

    July 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    West Grand Neighborhood Organization, 415 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Light lunch and children are welcome to come. Learning from each other through conversation, to speak English and Spanish. This is a free event every Friday!

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July 15, 2017
  • Volunteers Needed: GR On Tap

    July 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Calder Plaza - Grand Rapids, 250 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

    Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? GR on Tap is coming and West Grand Neighborhood Organization is looking for volunteers for the event!

    This is an annual event held at the Calder in Downtown Grand Rapids! Pour Beer, take tickets, listen to some great music, get a cool t-shirt, a free sample glass, food, meet new people and have lots of fun!

    There are multiple jobs available! To view the jobs available and sign up to volunteer, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094dacad2eabfe3-grontap

    *** NOTE: Volunteers must be 21 & Up ***

    If you have questions, call 616-451-0150 or email annette@westgrand.org

    We hope you will join us!

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July 21, 2017
  • Volunteers Needed: Taste of Grand Rapids

    July 21, 2017 - July 22, 2017
    John Ball Park, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Join us at John Ball Park for this two day annual event where the community comes out to enjoy some of the best food Grand Rapids has to offer, along with some great beer, wine and spirits. In addition there will be some awesome local live bands playing a variety of music. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, food, two beverage tickets, and our undying gratitude. Meet some new faces and have lots of fun! Volunteers will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their shift for check-in.

    *** NOTE: Volunteers MUST be 18 years & up! ***

    To see the jobs/shifts available and to sign up as a volunteer, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094dacad2eabfe3-taste

    If you have questions, call 616-451-0150 or email annette@westgrand.org

    We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you!

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