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WGVU has a long tradition of reaching out to audiences and a mission to serve the public both on-air and off. WGVU Engage works with our Outreach and Community Engagement programs to connect to the community. From Preview Screenings and Events to stimulating public discussion, WGVU Engage is there.

The Mission of the Engage Committee is to extend the outreach of WGVU through local events and programs in an effort to better serve the community.

WGVU Volunteer Spotlight
Sharon Yentsch

SHARON YENTSCH

“I’ve been a WGVU volunteer for some 12 years working pledge drives and auctions. I am such an enthusiastic supporter of this station and the programming it offers both on television and radio! It has been rewarding to work with the staff members here who are passionate about what they do, their enthusiasm shows in their work,” says Sharon.

Sharon enjoyed working the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW when it was in Grand Rapids. She said, “Public radio and television is about bringing that type of programming to the people. WGVU has been the home of award-winning programs that educate, inform and entertain for almost 40 years. That’s why I’m here volunteering and not home in my rocking chair.”

Sharon has a journalism degree from Michigan State University; has worked in writing and public relations; is an advocate for the arts and has served on many boards. “I was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and enjoyed translating my enthusiasm to groups around the state,” she said.

Sharon considers herself a “community activist.” She made a lot of noise to bring more state funding to West Michigan; she’s a docent at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; a volunteer for Community Circle Theatre, the Grand Rapids Symphonette, the Cascade Historical Society; is a standardized patient at the MSU Medical School; and is active in local and state politics. “When folks ask me how I do all I do, I tell them ‘I go fast and make lots of lists,’” said Sharon.

Other volunteer spotlights

ERIC FASSLER GVSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ROB AND CHRIS GEER NOTRE DAME CLUB OF GRAND RAPIDS RON BARKEL KRISTIN ARMSTRONG ALPHA IOTA OF GRAND RAPIDS OHIO STATE ALUMNI CLUB OF WEST MICHIGAN PRIORITY HEALTH CYCLING TEAM MARCIA DE YOUNG LIZZIE WILLIAMS JENNA PUISIS MARIE BYL JOANN FLOWERS KATY ATCHISON CHRIS MALLEY JOY CHAPMAN BILL AND KATHIE PENDERGAST DEIDRA MCCLELLAND SHONDREKA LOTT KATIE FAVALE JACQUIE LOVEGROVE TELEPHONE PIONEERS JON HELMRICH NANCY BROZEK KISHEN NEWTON

Thank you to the following sponsors of WGVU Engage

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Inclusion sponsored by
GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs PNC Bank
 
Health sponsored by
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital  
 
Arts sponsored by
Centennial Securities  
 
Veterans sponsored by
On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina Michigan National Guard
 
Education sponsored by
PNC Bank On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina
 
 
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