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.
The grants are a new component of the MCACA mini-grants, referred to as Professional and Organizational Development mini-grants. The POD grants complement MCACA's traditional project mini-grants funding arts and cultural programming. The MCACA re-grant program for District 10 is being administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
The POD grants are designed to support organizational development, sustainability and capacity building to aid in extending arts and culture in local communities. This includes key staff attending professional training or conferences to gain resources that can then be shared to build capacity or for an organization to engage a consultant to work with staff, volunteers and board to address specific capacity building needs.
Minigrant funding guidelines, e-grant application links and general information are available on the NorthSky website at www.northskynonprofitnetwork.org. Deadline for submission is Feb. 1. For questions or to receive guidelines by email or, call Mary Bevans Gillett, re-grant coordinator, at 883-8388 or email@example.com.
BEULAH — The Benzie County Community Chest still needs donations toward its annual goal of $75,000.
"These are difficult times for the people our agencies serve, and also difficult times for our donors," said David Yarnell, executive director of Benzie County Community Chest. "We appreciate every dollar everyone has been able to contribute to this year's campaign. We'll continue on — accepting contributions and providing as much support as we can to the agencies that help the citizens of Benzie County."
According to Yarnell, the community chest board of directors will meet soon to evaluate applications from agencies for 2013 and determine the total amount to grant. So far, just over $46,000 has been raised. Yarnell said reserves from previous campaigns will enable the Community Chest to grant between $50,000 and $60,000 this year.
The organizations supported in 2012 by Benzie County Community Chest included Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Benzie Community Drop-In Center, Benzie County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Benzie County Habitat for Humanity, Benzie Home Health Care, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Foundation for Mental Health, Love INC, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Paul Oliver Hospital's Fall Wellness Program and the Salvation Army.
While the main part of Benzie County Community Chest's campaign is from October through December, it continues year-round. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 713, Beulah, MI 49617. Call 882-0223 for more information.
GREILICKVILLE — The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is holding Business After Hours on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Harbor 22 (formerly Scott's Harbor Grill) in Greilickville at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 271-9895.
LANSING — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she soon will leave Current TV, where she has hosted a public affairs program for the past year.
Granholm made the announcement in a Facebook post late Wednesday, the same day it was revealed that Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has acquired Current TV.
In the post, Granholm says her "agreement with Current was for the duration of the election (and the sale)." She says "The War Room" will air "for the next few weeks through the transition, but after that" she plans to go "back to teaching, speaking and other things."
Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd says the ex-governor would have no additional comment on the move.
Granholm is a Democrat who served two terms as Michigan governor from 2003 through 2010.