October 16, 2020


This week, the Newaygo County Community Collaborative (NC3) launches a strategic planning process that will guide its collective efforts for the next several years.


The last plan, created in 2012 and updated in 2016, created four strategic directions: Building community commitment to an outstanding educational system for life-long learning; Building a vibrant, healthy community; Integrating systems that improve access to services within community hubs; And, creating a highly responsive and effective collaborative that encourages action on the above goals. NC3 works with affiliate groups, work groups and community leaders to collaboratively develop and deliver effective community-based human services within Newaygo County.

A consultant, Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman, is working with NC3 to guide this process. Dr. Foster-Fishman has over 30 years of experience working with communities to build places where all children and families can flourish. She has consulted with hundreds of public sector and nonprofits organizations, community coalitions, and funders around the world, advising them on strategic planning, effective strategy design, and implementation and evaluation processes. Dr. Foster-Fishman is a retired professor from Michigan State University and is presently the President of Transform Change, a company that creates system solutions engineered for equitable health, economic security, and educational success.


The predominately virtual, four-part planning process kicks off this month and plans to wrap up after the New Year. The project is led by the NC3 Steering Committee and Executive Director and funded by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.


For more information on NC3, visit or contact Abby Reeg at


MARCH 20, 2020


Abby Reeg was recently named the new executive director of the Newaygo County Community Collaborative (NC3).


NC3 is a collaborative comprised of representatives from the fields of health care, human services, education, county government, business, faith-based organizations, and others who are concerned with the quality of life in Newaygo County. Member organizations work together to integrate resources, find ways to provide services more efficiently, and effectively meet community needs.


In her new role, Reeg will work together with member organizations and the community to develop and deliver effective community-based human services within Newaygo County.


Reeg comes to NC3 after a career working in a variety of roles in the nonprofit sector. She has worked in administration, fundraising, marketing, and communications at a variety of West Michigan nonprofits, including United Way in Holland, Muskegon’s Child Abuse Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She also spent more than a decade working at her alma mater, Hope College.


As executive director of NC3, Reeg looks forward to working in support of NC3’s vision, which is currently focused on matching education with 21st century job requirements, promoting community health and wellness at all stages, engaging and empowering citizens to participate in their communities, and breaking patterns of persistent poverty.


“I’ve already been impressed by NC3’s many success stories,” said Reeg. “I’m looking forward to getting to know and work with people interested in building an even more vibrant community in Newaygo County.”

For more information on NC3, visit or contact Reeg at

The Newaygo County Community Collaborative (NC3) is comprised of representatives from a variety of agencies concerned with improving the quality of life for residents of Newaygo County. 

  • Facebook

© 2020 by NC3