Sep 19 2019

Access of West Michigan Will Expand Poverty Prevention Programming with $10,000 Gift from Egan

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. (Egan) announced yesterday during its 100th Anniversary Employee Event that Access of West Michigan is September’s Recipient of $10,000. The donation is part of the Egan $100k Giveaway, a yearlong celebration of Egan’s centennial during which the company is contributing $100,000 to West Michigan charities.

Access of West Michigan aims to cultivate holistic solutions to poverty through its three programs: Poverty Education, Good Food Systems and Congregation Connections. The $10,000 gift will support Congregation Connections, which helps churches in Kent County serve neighbors with free casework services and community development training.

“We receive 40-50 casework inquiries per day from congregations,” says Emma Garcia, Co-Executive Director of Access of West Michigan. “Individuals are facing crisis such as eviction, medical and utility bills, and other extenuating financial issues.  With only one caseworker, we lack the ability to quickly and thoroughly work with every inquiry. Through this $10,000 donation, we can increase the efficiency in casework management and provide training that helps churches in community development.”

Garcia estimates that the funding will allow them to serve 2,400 West Michigan families this year, up from 1,983 in 2018. She says that the organization’s approach creates systemic change and prevents poverty rather than reacting to it.

“The types of crises our neighbors face when trying to rise out of poverty can be extremely isolating,” says Beth Jester, spokesperson for Egan. “By assisting families facing these challenges through their congregations, Access of West Michigan strengthens communities in an immeasurable way. Egan is honored to help with this effort.”

In addition to the $10,000 gift, one of Access West Michigan’s Good Food Systems partners received a contribution from Egan employees at its company celebration. Egan raffled off a number of prizes, and employees had the opportunity to purchase additional tickets and chances to win. More than $1,500 was raised and donated to The Other Way Ministries for its food pantry program.

For more information on Access of West Michigan, visit Egan will continue to announce the area charities selected to receive a $10,000 donation each month through November. Recipients will be listed at, as well as on the company’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram pages. For more information on the Egan $100k Community Giveaway, visit or email

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