In August 2020, Cascade Community Foundation launched the first video of the Q&A Livestream, the first-of-its-kind streaming series designed with the purpose of addressing unspoken issues due to fear, sensitivity, confusion, and more, aiming to offer a resource that promises a non-confrontational and judgment-free space for open dialogue.
The series began with a focus on race and diversity in West Michigan. What is it like for a person of color in the suburbs? How can we introduce our children to diversity through literature and play? Season one strived to answer these questions and many more, receiving high praise from community residents.
In March of 2021, season two of the Q&A Livestream premiered, this time zeroing in on another topic that is extremely important in our community—mental health. This season began with Isolated: a two-part mental health discussion in which area residents share personal stories of their own struggles with mental health. Episode three: A Faithful Challenge, which premiered on Wednesday, March 31st, analyzed the unique role faith has in mental health conversations. Episode 4, which will premiere in late April, shows the change the pandemic has brought to senior citizens through the eyes of experts at Cascade Trails.
With the overwhelmingly positive response to the Q&A Livestream, we decided to make it even easier to stay in the loop with the launch of the series-specific website, qalivestream.org.
Visitors will be able to watch prior episodes directly from the website, including those from past seasons. The blog allows visitors to be able to easily find updates and information about future videos, and more information about the series can be found on the homepage.
Following the launch of this website, the Foundation will move the majority of communication regarding the Q&A Livestream series to qalivestream.org and CCF Insiders. To stay up to date, check out qalivestream.org and follow Cascade Community Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube.
The Q&A Livestream series is made possible through endowment funds at the Cascade Community Foundation, sponsors, and viewers like you.
We are grateful to our annual partners, topic, and episode underwriters for their support.