GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A long time Grand Rapids community activist was rewarded Tuesday for her volunteerism. Gert Hopson of the Southeast Community Association received a $20,000 check from the UPS Foundation.
Hopson will give the check to SECA so it can keep serving the citizens of southeast Grand Rapids. Some of the money will be used to make the SECA more handicapped accessible.
The UPS grant will also be used for crime fighting. Members will use tablets to send real-time reports and videos of criminal activity to the police department. The grant will also help SECA reach out to people in the neighborhood with autism.
"As a UPS employee, we're always encouraged to give back to the community because UPS gets so much income from the community, so we have to give back freely with no intention of getting a grant or anything else," says Hopson.
SECA has been combating social, cultural and community problems in southeast Grand Rapids since 1979.