Wolverine Building Group believes that community involvement is vital in facilitating the growth of our local community, which we have vowed to do in our pledge. We also feel that such outreach is important not only to the development of the surrounding community, but to the enhancement of the individuals we employ.
Each year, Wolverine Building Group sponsors several community teams and events, provides monetary donations, and encourages our employees to actively get involved in non-profit organizations, charitable programs and other service projects.
Recent Community Involvement
Wolverine is proud to be apart of the construction of Faith House in Grand Rapids, MI, an assisted living facility for developmentally disabled adults. Wolverine, along with several subcontractors at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, volunteered on the construction of the house. The team wanted to work together as skilled construction contractors to give something meaningful back to the community and be a part of what makes West Michigan a great place to live.
Wolverine was very excited to sponsor two of the artists of last year’s
Nessie Project on their ArtPrize 2010 entry, The SteamPig Experiment. Parsifal,
the SteamPig, is a larger-than-life atomic pig sculpture stretching 55 ft long
and 25 ft high. Getting such a large pig to take flight is no easy task.
Wolverine Building Group has stepped up as the installation sponsor for the
project, engineering a custom steel support structure that props the creature
14ft in air and sets it securely in place. The SteamPig is located at the B.O.B,
downtown Grand Rapids, MI and was announced as taking 9th place out of thousands
in the competition.
In an effort to give back to the community, Wolverine has implemented Jean Friday in the office. Employees dress casually in exchange for a charitable donation. The food bank at Feeding America West Michigan was the recipient of our most recent donation.
Together we can make a difference!
Reeds Lake Trails
As a proud sponsor of the Reeds Lake Trails project, Wolverine collected $50,000 to donate towards the City of East Grand Rapids to push the construction project into fruition. Reeds Lake Trials is expected to open this June.
Recently, Wolverine also volunteered their time in the kitchen at Mel Trotter Ministries. Mel Trotter provides shelter, food, clothing, education, and work training experience for men and women in need throughout the community.
"Central American Vision Mission"
Wolverine Building Group is pleased to participate with the Grand Rapids Lions Club “Central American Vision Mission.” Each year, Lions collect used eyeglasses throughout the area. The glasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription, and cataloged. Lions then travel to Central America to prescribe glasses for the disadvantaged in various countries. Each year Lions dispense between 3,000-4,000 pairs of glasses to restore good sight to many in need.
Would you like to donate your used glasses? Click here to find a drop-off location near you.
The Loch Ness Monster visited Grand Rapids during the first year of ArtPrize, an
international art competition. Named The Nessie Project, a large scale sculpted creature swam the Grand River as a high
profile Art Prize entry by AGG, a collective group of artists, designers, and engineers.
Since Nessie couldn’t jump in herself, Wolverine Building Group supported the installation of the sculpture with its largest crane to pick up the five pieces and set them in the river for the artists to maneuver into place. Nessie floats 100 feet long and 18 feet high,
and now resides at John Ball Park Zoo.
The art-deco style creature and her glowing eyes was voted 6th place out of over 1,200 entries.
We have also contributed to a variety of community organizations
- Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
- Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America
- Grand Rapids Art Museum
- Grand Valley State University
- Calvin College
- Dwelling Place
- East GR Enhancement Fund
- Bethany Christian Services
- Grand Rapids Christian Schools
- Heart of West Michigan United Way
- Gerald R. Ford Council
- East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation
- Alternatives in Motion
- The Nessie Project, Artprize 2009
- Saint Mary's Foundation
- Boys & Girls Club of America
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
- Feeding America West MI Food Bank
- The SteamPig Experiment, Artprize 2010
- Salvation Army
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Camp Geneva
- Spectrum Health Foundation
- Economic Club of Grand Rapids
- John Ball Zoo
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hospice of Michigan
- Gerontology Network
- Grand Rapids Lion's Club
- DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation
- East Lansing Art Festival
- Caledonia Public Schools
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
- Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes
- Elves and More