Community Reopen 2020 is a volunteer initiative designed to connect West Michiganders willing to donate their time and talent to small businesses that need our support. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on many local businesses. These restaurants, shops and service providers are the heart of our communities. Yet for many, the threat of permanent closure gets closer every day.    

Recognizing the generosity and resiliency of the West Michigan community, longtime Grand Rapids-area resident Karen Vander Werp created the Community Reopen 2020 initiative to help businesses facing the daunting task of reopening. 

By coming together, we can help our local businesses, who offer the products and services we value, reopen – so that our cherished community may once again thrive.