Friends of Muskegon Heights Library Open House Jan. 29, 2020


The Friends of the Muskegon Heights Library are hosting an Open House for the community to tour and explore recent improvements made to the library. The event is Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6 to 8pm, and will be in the Dr. Doris Rucks Community Room. A light dinner will be offered, as well as a silent auction.


























Check out our Year In Review newsletter! And Save the Date for March 12, our 2nd Annual Winter Gathering of Friends.

















































The South Heights Photovoice Initiative full booklet with Photographs and Narratives is located here:



CCD Trustee Mildred Johnson recognized by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County

Read more about it, click here:


Celebrating Positive and Thoughtful Growth 

Collaboration, partnerships, and increased opportunities are the themes for this past year at the Coalition for Community Development. We think our beloved founder Dr. Doris Rucks would be proud of the positive and thoughtful growth occurring within this grass-roots, mission-driven organization.

Although accomplishments over the past fourteen years have been many, CCD's all-volunteer structure had reached capacity. CCD simply could not provide the dedicated oversight needed to expand further programming and positive impact in the Muskegon Heights community.

We are pleased to say, with careful planning and the help of a wonderful capacity-building grant by Women Who Care, this past August the CCD attained that next level. The organization's first, part-time executive director was hired. Since then, many exciting developments are moving forward.

Our Literacy Committee partnered with a well-known children's book author who visits the classroom regularly for writing activities. A collaboration with MSU and Mercy Health is facilitating dialogue among residents, empowering neighbors to help identify ways to build healthier communities. A Winter Garden Club is in the works, science curriculum is being developed, field trips and experiential learning are increasing, and community beautification efforts are expanding.

We now have the structure in place to continue this momentum, but it will also take the continued support of our dedicated volunteers and generous donors. If you want to learn more about volunteering with this great group of people, please contact us, we would love to hear from you! Donations are always welcome too, your financial gift would ensure we make the most of these opportunities. 

                        Cooking Matters Series

We've had great fun and shared delicious healthy recipes with families through this partnership with the YMCA. Let us know if you are interested in participating in the next series by sending us a message through the form at the bottom of the home page.