T-shirt sales raise funds for COVID-19 relief

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Five dollars of every T-shirt purchased will go back to the Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation and its COVID-19 relief efforts. Courtesy Grand Rapids Chamber

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership with The Mitten State to raise funds for the Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation to benefit those impacted by the effects of COVID-19.

“The Grand Rapids Chamber is constantly innovating ways to support our West Michigan business community,” said Grand Rapids Chamber President and CEO Rick Baker. “This was an opportunity to drive support to a local business while also assisting those working through the challenges of COVID-19 through the Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation.”

The fundraiser features a T-shirt designed in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Chamber and The Mitten State. The T-shirt displays an iconic Mitten State design with an added Grand Rapids Chamber tagline, “Create Great Community.” Five dollars of every T-shirt purchased will go back to the Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation and its COVID-19 relief efforts.

“We remain committed to giving back to a community in which we’ve lived, moved and returned to,” said Will Bransdorfer, co-founder of The Mitten State. “No matter where we end up, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is our home, and we want to continue to do our part to support where our hearts will always lie.”

The T-shirts are available for pre-order at The Mitten State’s website.

Consumers Energy Foundation

The Greater Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation on Wednesday announced a $200,000 contribution from the Consumers Energy Foundation to its Rapid Response Economic Relief Fund.

The initiative, which has authorized 48 grants totaling $455,000 thus far, works to provide short-term, emergency financial relief to small businesses in Kent County impacted by widespread closures brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fund continues to act as a financial bridge to small, for-profit businesses awaiting assistance from government-sponsored programs and to organizations that cannot access local, state or federal relief funds. To date, out of the 48 grants authorized, organizations receiving support are 92% minority-owned and 37.5% women-owned.

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