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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
Lizzie Williams

LIZZIE WILLIAMS

Lizzie Williams is the Marketing Coordinator for the Center for Community Leadership, a program of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and a proud Grand Rapids native. She ventured to the distant town of East Lansing for college where she studied Communication and Design at Michigan State University. In addition to sitting on the WGVU Engage Committee where she Co-chairs the Art Committee with John Helmrich, Lizzie volunteers her time with the East Lansing Art Festival and is a literacy tutor for the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Schools of Hope program.
 
Lizzie was introduced to the WGVU Engage Committee in 2010 and immediately knew it was a place that she could make an impact. After spending the past few years working and living all around Mid/West Michigan (East Lansing, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids) she was thrilled about volunteering her time to an organization that focused on the benefits of community engagement on a regional level. WGVU allows her the opportunity to both share relevant information about what’s going on in the Grand Rapids community from her experience with the Center for Community Leadership but also allows her to learn about many other exciting opportunities and initiatives in other surrounding communities.
 
Lizzie’s positive feelings towards the WGVU Engage Committee increased tenfold when she received a call in November asking if she would be interested in being the Grand Marshall of the Art Van Santa Claus Parade. Emails quickly spread to co-workers and family members letting them know they should look for her in the parade, but that they might not recognize her, because she would be dressed like a big red dog. On November 19, 2011, Lizzie was able to cross ‘be Clifford the Big Red Dog in a parade’ off her life’s “to do” list. (Of course, she had to add it to the list first… but that’s irrelevant.) WGVU has become not only a source of community knowledge for Lizzie, but a whole lot of fun.

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 SHARON YENTSCH MARCIA DE YOUNG 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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