Giving

Community supports benefit for Niles High School grad

NILES — When Becky Eaves heard that her childhood friend, Tim Glover, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2019, she knew she had ... Read more

6 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Saint Francis Outreach backpack program serves its fourth year

DOWAGIAC — Saint Francis Outreach, founded in 2015, is in its fourth year of its backpack program, which supplies students in need at Dowagiac Union’s ... Read more

6 months ago by Submitted.

Redbud Ministries, scouts partner, deliver Christmas baskets

BUCHANAN — The mist of Kathy Slucas’ cold breath hit the wintry night air of Dec. 10 every few seconds as she lifted and adjusted ... Read more

7 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Vincent J. Jewelers in Dowagiac taking donations to help food pantry

DOWAGIAC — A small pair of sterling silver ball earrings sit on the counter at Vincent J. Jewelers. To some, they look like an ordinary ... Read more

7 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Four Flags Garden Club members decorate depot for the holidays

NILES — When Niles resident Karen Persa lived in Chicago, she said her heart broke each time beautiful, historic structures were torn down for high-rise ... Read more

7 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Annual Feed the Hungry campaign starts up

DOWAGIAC — From mid-November until the end of December, a truck and mid-sized SUV are stationed near the intersection of State Road and M-51 adorned ... Read more

8 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac Rake a Difference

DOWAGIAC — Members of the Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac and the team from Shelly Myers and Martha Hassle Cressy & Everett Real Estate volunteered ... Read more

8 months ago by Submitted.

Farm market partners with local organizations, schools to give to those in need

NILES — With the spooky season wrapping up, the Shelton’s Farm Market crew is swapping pumpkins and cornstalks for wreaths and stockings — and offering ... Read more

8 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Students, teacher design Niles school pride, career development

NILES — During an Oct. 21 Niles School Board meeting, Superintendent Dan Applegate said the district talked about being one unified school — or, as ... Read more

8 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Kiwanis Club to pair children with free pairs of boots

NILES — James Wruck, president of Kiwanis Club of Niles/Southwestern Michigan, has this nickname for his group’s annual service event: “Give kids the boot.” Read ... Read more

9 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Cass County Tractor Pullers Club donates to help cancer patients

DOWAGIAC — Saturday, downtown Dowagiac was filled with pumpkin carvers, dancers and dogs dressed up in Halloween costumes for the city’s annual Under the Harvest ... Read more

9 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Area volunteers get recognition at United Way event

BENTON HARBOR — Jeanne Harris, Larry Sehy, Mark Tumbleson and Shani Zinn have at least two traits in common: they are all Buchanan area residents ... Read more

9 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Two art forms come to Thursday’s summer concert

NILES — The audience of Thursday’s Niles Summer Concert Series performance will experience local art forms both visual and sonic at Riverfront Park. Classic rock ... Read more

11 months ago by Submitted.

Area cancer service, pipeline company team up to help Niles resident in need

NILES — Last Friday morning, 10 employees of Wolverine Pipe Line in Niles woke up not to transport liquid petroleum products as they usually did, ... Read more

11 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Elvis impersonator to perform at Riverfront Park

NILES — Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, 42 years ago at age 42. However, the Niles Summer Concert Series will soon be bringing ... Read more

11 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Local organizations host supply drives for area students

By BEAU BROCKETT JR. beau.brockett@leaderpub.com NILES — Three local organizations are working to make the school year successful from the start for area children by ... Read more

11 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Performing Arts Workshops will partner with teenaged band Thursday

NILES — In a second-floor room of Melissa and Jason Rizzo’s Niles Charter Township home Monday, guitarists Sam Douglass and Joseph Rizzo strum out snippets ... Read more

12 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Volunteer of the week: Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a senior at Dowagiac Union High School. The 17-year-old has had a busy senior year thus far, recently starring in the school’s ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

Volunteer of the week: Colleen Ward

Colleen Ward, 54, of Buchanan, has been a volunteer at Redbud Area Ministries for the past four years. Redbud serves as a food pantry and ... Read more

2 years ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Volunteer of the week: Shirley Guilford

Shirley Guilford, 66, of Cassopolis, is volunteer at the Cass County Council on Aging. What volunteer work do you do at the COA? I volunteer ... Read more

2 years ago by Sarah Culton.

Dream Center starts Share the Warmth Coat Challenge

NILES — The Dream Center is looking to give the gift of caring this winter season. Starting on Nov. 26, the organization will begin fundraising ... Read more

2 years ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Volunteer of the week: Helga Richards

Helga Richards, 76, of Calvin Township, is a volunteer at the Cass County Council on Aging, the Cassopolis Veteran of Foreign Wars, the Conservation Department ... Read more

2 years ago by Sarah Culton.

New Niles program seeks to help people with employment barriers find jobs

BY KELSEY HAMMON kelsey.hammon@leaderpub.com NILES — Finding a good job can be difficult enough as is. For those who have served time in prison or ... Read more

2 years ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Blue Star Mothers invite community to help pack boxes for soldiers

BERRIEN COUNTY — The Blue Star Mothers Chapter 177 are hoping to spread a little holiday cheer to those who serve their country. For the ... Read more

2 years ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Volunteer of the week: Fern Williams, of Buchanan

Fern Williams, 90, of Buchanan, is a volunteer at Redbud Area Ministries in Buchanan. The organization distributes food, clothing, household items and limited financial assistance ... Read more

2 years ago by Sarah Culton.

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