You may not be able to tell from its unassuming warehouse-style exterior, but The Bridge Community Pantry (formerly known as the Perham Food Shelf) is getting a makeover. It started with its mission, and then its name.

Nancy Jost was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities for her expertise and advocacy on the issue of child care.

West Central Initiative is thrilled to welcome back Marsha Erickson as our new early childhood specialist, and we're pleased to introduce Samantha VanWechel-Meyer as our development specialist.

After moving to Fergus Falls, Victoria Hanna launched her business Torri's Tangles to Treasures with the help of West Central Initiative's loan program.

Congratulations to Connie Fields, Douglas County Early Childhood Initiative coordinator for her part in the Parenting with Resilience Douglas County Jail program that recently won the "Dave Grant" Award by the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association.

What does a change-making idea look like? In west central Minnesota, it looks like local foods initiatives, inclusion training, arts activities, community conversations and more. These are the 26 projects that West Central Initiative (WCI) awarded this spring in its latest Community Change Makers grant round that impact 16-plus communities.

Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.