Join the OKT Walk Team today!

Join the OKT Walk team here!
All money that our team raises will go to help fund the
Southeast Area Farmers Market.

Over the past 43 years, the Access of West MichiganWalk for Good has raised more than $6 million for dozens of local and international nonprofits addressing hunger and food insecurity. This year, the Walk is funding eight local organizations that are working hard to improve access to healthy foods and diminish other impacts of poverty: the Kent County Food Policy CouncilNorth End Wellness CoalitionOur Kitchen TableRevive and Thrive ProjectSECOM Resource CenterSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and UCOM.The work of these organizations ranges from community gardens, neighborhood-based food markets, and meal delivery programs to emergency food pantries and community development initiatives. Each walker raises donations for the Walk from their friends, family, co-workers, and congregations.

All are invited to join the walk anytime between May 2 to May 12, either individually, creating a team, or joining an existing team. (Walkers observing Ramadan can extend the end date to May 19.) Those who would rather not walk can make a donation. Donations can be made to a specific walk recipient organization, as well. It’s easy to do on the Walk for Good Food website.

Those who would rather send a check can send one to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

We want YOU to join the OKT walk Team!

#Walk4GoodFood 2021

Virtual Walk takes place May 2 through 12. Pick your day and time!

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, you can Walk for Good Food in your own neighborhood. Access of West Michigan is asking walkers to walk individually or with their household while maintaining a six feet distance from anyone else. (Do follow any new social distancing guidelines and other directives made by public health officials and government leaders.) How can you get involved?

For more information or to sign up to get involved, visit the Walk for Good Food Website. If you have any questions, contact Alaina at 616-747-0988 or

Free how-to expungement webinar

When: Tuesday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:30pm EST

Cost: Free

Where: Register for this webinar on Zoom here or join us on our Facebook page.

On March 30th at 5:00pm, ENTF is hosting a webinar around the clean slate laws that were passed in 2020, qualifying records, and the expungement process with partners from Safe & Just Michigan, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, and West Michigan Works! These laws will help more people get good jobs and find safe and affordable housing. This benefits families, communities, and businesses, and promotes dignity and public safety. Join on Zoom by registering for the webinar here, or join on the Facebook page. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available through Zoom.


EJ virtual Fireside Chat “COVID-19 One Year Later, Where Are We Now?

To sign up and register for this event use this link.

Have a seat by the fire and join the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition for its third Fireside Chat “COVID-19 One Year Later, Where Are We Now?”. This discussion is imperative for us to have as we determine the short and long term impacts of COVID-19. Panelists for this event will be Theresa Landrum, Dr. Natalie Sampson, and Kari Fulton. MEJC’s Fireside Chat will be taking place via Zoom, however it will be broadcasting on Facebook as well. Join in and invite someone to join along around the campfire! 

MLK Holiday Art Contest to award $3000

Deadline for entries: 1 p.m., March 12, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan is set to award $3,000 through its annual art contest sponsored by Delta Dental and MSU Broad Art Lab. The 3rd Annual MLK Holiday Art Contest is open to adults from any geographic area and students, grades 6-12, attending school in the greater Lansing area. There is a $1,000 award for the winner in the adult category and $2,000 in scholarships for winning entries submitted by students. In addition, select submissions will be displayed at the MSU Broad Art Lab April 4-25.

The theme is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

“Our theme is a quote by Dr. King from his ‘I have a dream’ speech,” said Elaine Hardy, commission chair. “We selected it because it inspires perseverance against all obstacles to advancing racial equality. We’re looking forward to seeing how this inspiration is translated into visual art.”

Students will compete in two categories: grades 6-8 and 9-12. Group submissions are allowed for students in the same grade.

More information about the art contest is at


#Walk4GoodFood 2021

OKT is participating in the Access Walk for Good Food In Your Neighborhood. This year’s virtual Walk will fund our Southeast Area Farmers Market and 13 other non-profit organizations addressing root issues of food access and poverty. Walk in your neighborhood to help us promote a thriving food system for all. Click here to join OKT’s walk team or to donate! All monies you donate to the Walk go directly to fund the Southeast Area Farmers Market.

MEJC Fireside Chat with Michigan Water Warriors Part 1

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition is truly excited to be continuing this effort with all of you as we move forward and fight for equitable change here in Michigan. For its second Fireside Chat, “Fireside Chat with Michigan Water Warriors Part 1″will discuss water accessibility and affordability. Our panelists for this event will be the amazing water warriors Latia Leonard and Slyvia Orduño.

Our Fireside Chat will be taking place via Zoom, however we will be broadcasting on Facebook as well. To sign up and register for this event use this link.

Join us as we discuss how all Michiganders deserve clean, affordable, and accessible water. Invite someone to join along with us around the campfire, lets got cozy! 

(Keep an eye out for part two!)

Diversity scholarships for Blandford summer camp program

Field & Fire Bakery & Cafe has teamed up with Blandford Nature Center to offer a diversity scholarship for their summer camp program. In anticipation for a busy registration period, and in efforts to make summer camp more accessible to all, Blandford Nature Center has opened their camp scholarship, or “Campership”, application early. Due to the generosity of donors, Blandford is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to campers who might otherwise not have the means to go to camp.

Apply for a “Campership”  and Blandford will send you a confirmation before registering to reduce or eliminate your camp registration fee. Please note that these take time to process and should be done as soon as possible to ensure they are processed before camp registration opens and fills. APPLY HERE