Every year since 2009, Art Van has hosted a friendly challenge to drive positive change in our community. It's called the Art Van Charity Challenge.

Charities across our state are competing for a $100,000 grant to use towards their cause. Jackie Godfrey from Art Van joined the Noon News to talk more about the challenge and how people can help.

The Art Van Charity Challenge started in 2009 to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The challenge is focused on grassroots charities serving women, children and human services. To date, Art Van Furniture has donated more than $8 million and raised over $24 million for more than 350 charities.

131 charities are participating this year, including 23 from West Michigan. Art Van Furniture will be awarding $180,000 in grants to the top 5 organizations. From now through April 25, the charities will be racing against one another to raise the most amount of money for their cause.

The charities keep all of the funds they raise. The charity that raises the most will receive a $100,000 grant from Art Van Furniture. Second place will receive a $50,000 grant and third through fifth places will each receive a $10,000 grant.

The winners will be announced on April 26.

To see a complete list of charities competing: www.artvan.com/ArtVan/upload/ArtVanCharityChallenge

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