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Baxter Community Center Achievements
Baxter received US LEED Green Certification in 2008 for the recently
constructed gymnasium and received the Kresge Bonus Grant worth $150,000 for
Healthy Bodies and Healthy Souls: The Around the Table Project, one of Baxter’s most recent additions, uses the framework of family mealtime to provide nutrition education and to encourage strong family relationships. The program brings people of all ages and backgrounds together in Baxter’s new kitchen to learn the value of healthy eating and family togetherness.
A Successful Tax Season
Baxter assisted over 1,500 individuals with their tax returns in 2012. Tax refunds totaled over $2 million, and an additional $175,000 was saved by clients in tax preparation fees.
Opening Doors Celebration
In November of 2012, Baxter held its 9th annual fundraiser with over 400 Baxter family and friends.
Brush Up for Baby
A prenatal program started by Baxter’s Dental Clinic and Strong Beginnings in summer 2007, Brush Up for Baby seeks to decrease the infant mortality rate within the Grand Rapids African American community and the Baxter neighborhood by providing dental care and education to at-risk pregnant women. The program has met with success thus far and presented its work at the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference in Boston, MA in October 2008.
Through a partnership with Senior Neighbors, Baxter became a site for Enhanced Fitness, a nationally certified senior fitness program. Many seniors attend Baxter’s Senior Days, which include Enhanced Fitness, sewing instruction, nutrition classes, a computer's technology class, and access to the Marketplace.