On Thursday, August 4, ACWL-Nuveen Director Erin Peyer served on a Community Engagement Panel for the Community Foundation for Muskegon County's (CFFMC) Nonprofit Networking Day. Held at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon, attendees were greeted with Spoken Word Poetry by Gemini da Poet and Kylee Foster of The Diatribe, a welcome from Todd Jacobs, President, and CEO of CFFMC, and a keynote address by Kelly Kuhn of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. The remainder of the afternoon was spent networking and attending two of the three offered sessions. Beyond the Community Engagement Panel session, Ken James, Chief Diversity Officer for Muskegon Community College, shared a talk called 'Diversifying Voices in the Nonprofit Field' and Jayme Vosovic led a presentation entitled 'Unleashing Your Voice - Nonprofit Advocacy'.
The CFFMC offered two different sets of nonprofit personnel for the community engagement session. The first session featured Eric Messing of the Frauenthal Center, Mallory Metzger of Hackley Public Library, Allison Keessen of the Muskegon ISD, and Dominique Bunker of United Way of the Lakeshore. In the second session, ACWL-Nuveen Director, Erin Peyer joined Virginia DeMumbrum of the White Lake Community Library, Melissa Horton of the Lakeshore Museum Center, and Marquis Childers of the Muskegon Heights Neighborhood Association. The panelists were asked to prepare statements regarding successful community engagement strategies, opportunities for growth, and lessons learned. Director Peyer states about the experience, "overall it was a great afternoon! Having the opportunity to get out of the office and meet other non-profit workers was inspiring and affirming. I was so impressed by the broad reach of the various non-profits in Muskegon County and the support of the CFFMC!"