Bumstead visits district during summer

HELPING OUT: Volunteering at Maxine’s Closet are (from left to right) Wayne Bumstead, Bill Martin, Beverly Bumstead and Jon Bumstead. (Courtesy photo)
HELPING OUT: Volunteering at Maxine’s Closet are (from left to right) Wayne Bumstead, Bill Martin, Beverly Bumstead and Jon Bumstead. (Courtesy photo)

State Rep. Jon Bumstead has spent the Legislature’s in-district work period travelling throughout the 100th House District meeting with residents, volunteering and attending events. Bumstead hosted 21 office hour sessions throughout the district, where he was available to answer questions and assist constituents with any questions or concerns about state or local issues.

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with many local residents during these office hour sessions,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The feedback we received from constituents will help me to better serve the people I represent.”

Bumstead also spent much of the in-district work period helping community members. He served lunch at St. Bartholomew’s in Newaygo, True North Community Services in Fremont, the Newaygo Council on Aging in White Cloud and twice at the Oceana Council on Aging. He also worked twice at the mobile food truck at the Pentwater Fire Barn, giving food to people through Feeding America. Bumstead also volunteered at Maxine’s Closet, which gives gently used clothes to low-income families.

“It was great to get a chance to give back and serve the community at so many incredible places,” Bumstead said. “I was very happy to be able to volunteer at Maxine’s Closet, which I have a special connection to. Maxine’s husband was the pastor that baptized me and married my parents, and it was great to be able to give back through the charity that is named after her.”

Bumstead also attended 16 different events and parades throughout the district, continuing to make himself available to local residents. The lawmaker attended the Idlewild First Baptist Church’s 80th Anniversary Celebration during the month of June as well as the Ferry Ghost Town Days the following month. He volunteered at the Newaygo and Oceana county fairs and visited the Newago Nationals over the summer in addition to touring Arbre Farms, Oomen Farms and Valley View Farms. Bumstead also organized an economic development roundtable discussion as well as a Baldwin community meeting with local elected officials to continue gathering feedback from across the area.

The representative also participated in the National Asparagus Festival Parade, the National Baby Food Festival Parade, Trout-a-Rama Parade and the Fourth of July parade in Hesperia. Bumstead took part in parades in Croton, Yates, Luther and Grant in addition to homecoming parades in Bitely, White Cloud and Pentwater.