Community Involvement

We take pride in our community and are dedicated to providing a higher quality of life for its members. We promote social responsibility, encourage active participation and embrace positive change. We understand that our involvement will make a lasting difference that will help to ensure the long-term vitality of our community and its members. The Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual takes a “hands-on” approach to its community involvement efforts. Our hope is to make an impact in the lives of those living in our local and regional community and that goal is the very heart of our outreach efforts for the entire office.  We hope to continue to make an impact in 2016 and we’d love to share our story with you!

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Recognizes Northwestern Mutual for its Support of Childhood Cancer Research

It’s with heartfelt gratitude that we say thank you to Northwestern Mutual for raising critical funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Together, Northwestern Mutual offices raised more than $515,000 through its Race for Research. These dollars will support 10,300 hours of childhood cancer research. Thank you Northwestern Mutual for joining us in the fight. You are making a difference!


Liz & Jay Scott
Co-executive Founders, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 

SUPPORTING THE KIDS FOOD BASKET The Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual is excited to partner with the Kids Food Basket again this year. Whether we are volunteering our time or donating food, we hope to make an IMPACT in the lives of children living in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Group Volunteer Outings Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual volunteer teams have been busy donating their time to make sure lunch is NOT the last meal of the day for over 3,000 children in the greater Grand Rapids area. We are excited to be volunteering over the lunch hour, every month again in 2016! Pictured is a group of Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual volunteers who headed to the Kids Food Basket to make 3,000 ham sandwiches! 



Fill-a-Bag Challenge The Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual loves to host food drives throughout the year to benefit the Kids Food Basket. So we've created the Fill-a-Bag Challenge! During the challenge, Financial Representatives, their families and staff, generously donate food to end childhood hunger in our area.  We urge them to fill our Making an IMPACT shopping bags with Kids Food Basket wish list items. We host a Fill-a-Bag Challenge every quarter!

To find out when our next Fill-a-Bag Challenge, please email for a list of dates. You can also drop off donations at our reception desk in our Grand Rapids office location at any time.

To learn more about the Kids Food Basket and how you can help, visit their website:

EVERY HOUR COUNTS INITIATIVE At the Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual, we encourage everyone to make a difference in the lives of others and we would like to recognize all of you who take time out of your busy lives to give back to the community.

We have set out to find how many hours the Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual gives back to the community and in 2014, our Network Offilce logged 8,000 volunteer hours. We know we can do it and we are excited to see the IMPACT in our communities! 

UNITED WAY We are once again proud contributors to the Heart of West Michigan United Way Campaign. Our office is excited to help the United Way in their goal to create positive change and make our great community even better!

Heart of West Michigan United Way changes lives and builds a stronger community by helping people create solutions to important health and human service issues. Through fundraising, volunteerism and increasing community sufficiency, United Way makes our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Its goals are to:
  • Focus on the most critical needs in our community.
  • Multiply the impact of contributions.
  • Deliver results that are made possible through individual investments of time, talent and financial support.

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The associates of the Grand Rapids office of Northwestern Mutual  are affiliated with a number of other organizations including:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Rapids
GR Young Professionals
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Grace Adventures
Super League Baseball
Pine Rest Christian Hospital
Rivertree Community Church
GR Children’s Museum
Boy Scouts of America
Exchange Club of Grand Rapids
Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The Branch
Byron Community Ministries
Mel Trotter Ministries
West Michigan PRSA
Mecosta County Community Foundation
Baxter Community Center
Rotary East of Grand Rapids
Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids
St. Mary’s Hospital Doran Foundation
GR Association of Life Underwriters
Kent County Traffic Department Sheriff Squad Captain
Kent County Traffic Squad Safety & Community Action Fund, Inc.
The Sikh Society of Western Michigan
India Link
Ducks Unlimited
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Learning Ship Christian Preschool
Paws With A Cause
Davenport Alumni Association
Unity Christian High School




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