United Way survey
traverse city — The United Way of Northwest Michigan is asking area residents to participate in a brief survey to develop an accurate picture of the needs that exist in its service area. The survey will take about seven minutes to complete and is open to anyone in the Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.
To take the survey, go to www.myunitedwaysurvey.com. Participants have the option to keep their responses anonymous.
New Goodwill site
ACME — Goodwill has opened a new donation dropoff site in Acme. Donations are being accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, at the Goodwill truck located at 3299 E M-72.
Donations will be used to stock shelves and racks in preparation for the grand opening of a retail store in March.
traverse city — The Great Lakes Book Project, a collection of 27 individually authored works of creative nonfiction about The Great Lakes, has begun its initial advertising growth campaign with Kickstarter.com. The campaign is scheduled to run until Jan. 17, with a final goal of $3,000.
As a gift to those who support the project, copies of the book, e-book, vials of water from the Great Lakes and original oil paintings depicting scenes from the included stories will be awarded for donations of $7, $17, $20, $50 and $100.
The Great Lakes Book Project is also donating 15 percent of the proceeds to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the region's freshwater.
For more information, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1635814122/the-great-lakes-book-project-regional-anthology.
Arts grants available
TRAVERSE CITY — Arts and cultural groups throughout northwest Michigan can apply for up to $1,500 in funding through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs Regranting Program for professional and organizational development projects between March 1 and Sept. 30.