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A farm-based, skill-building program for adults with developmental disabilities. We have a 40-acre farm located at 6409 S. 34th Street, Kalamazoo 49048. AACORN’s program has transformed the lives of our participants who have very few choices after graduating from high school. It is a place to go and engage in purposeful work while learning new skills that build self-confidence. It is a place where meaningful social connections are made as participants enjoy a sense of community with peers.

Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK)
The mission of Advocacy Services for Kids is to empower families raising children with mood, behavior and emotional disorders, by providing support, training and advocacy skills, and collaborating with community partners to improve the system of care for children.

Alternatives Pregnancy Care Center
Alternatives free services include help with baby (0-3T) and maternity clothing, urine based pregnancy tests, educational ultrasounds, parenting, lamaze and breastfeeding classes, numerous referrals and resources and a maternity home.

Alzheimer's Association
We provide service and support to Alzheimer patients and their families through support groups, education programs and care consultations.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the mationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

American Red Cross
Serving the people of Michigan in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas.

Animal Rescue Project
Animal Rescue Project is a non-profit animal welfare group committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of at-risk pets from pound facilities. We rescue dogs and cats from everywhere in Michigan and anywhere else there is a cat or dog in need.

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
The Arts Council is an association of artists, arts organizations and arts lovers that exists to nurture the cultural environment of our community. Founded in 1966, the Arts Council's mission is to support, promote and fund the arts. The council provides grants for arts projects, consults on various arts administration topics and coordinates the monthly Gallery Hop.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring
A Community of Caring serves Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Allegan, Van Buren and Barry Counties developing and nurturing quality relationships between children and mentors to help each child become a responsible, socially competent and caring adult. Traditional one-to-one matches, group programs, special events and fund-raising activities and offered year-round. Many volunteer opportunities are available, tailored to your available time and interests.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo
Since 1953, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo has provided educational and recreational programs free of charge to school age youth in the greater Kalamazoo area. The Club is dedicated to ensuring that our community’s disadvantaged youngsters have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. The Clubs are neighborhood-based and strategically located in areas where youth development opportunities are greatly needed. The variety of programming offered to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs allow youth to explore different areas of interest and to become well-rounded. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo has 3 locations in Kalamazoo. The Lake Street Unit is in the Edison neighborhood attached to Edison Elementary School. The Douglass Unit is in the Northside neighborhood inside the Douglass Community Association. The Northeastern Unit is in the Eastside neighborhood inside Northeastern Elementary School. Clubs are generally open from 3:30 - 8:00 pm weekdays.

Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Opened in 1969 as the first therapeutic riding center built especially for the purpose of serving those with special needs in North America, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center serves riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. Cheff’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals who have special needs through equine assisted services while leading the industry in education.

Child Care Resources
Our Mission: To advocate for quality child care in the community through education and referral services.
Our Vision: To be a leader in a society that values and supports children, family life and affordable, quality child care.

Christian Global Medical Healthcare Incorporated Mission is to increase access to healthcare and reduce health disparities. We just purchased 1511 Portage Road and will be moving there March 2022.

Community Advocates for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
We exist as an advocacy organization to make it possible for each person with a developmental disability to participate fully in all aspects of community and to support the effort of each individual to determine his/her own future.

Community Homeworks
Community Homeworks equips low and very low income homeowners with skills, resources and financial assistance to empower them to maintain their property, build equity and engage with their communities through mentorships and collaborations to build healthy neighborhoods. Community Homeworks offers free home repair services to qualifying homeowners and weekly education home repair and maintenance workshops.

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo
Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We envision a community where EVERY CHILD can fulfil his or her promise.

Community Living Options
Community Living Options is a human services agency that provides a range of high-quality support services to people in need of residential care, in-home assistance or community living supports. We are committed to providing these services in a manner that respects individual choices, encourages the right of self-direction, and affirms the dignity of each individual.

Comstock Community Center
Comstock Community Center develops resources and provides a setting for education, recreation, social events, human services and life-long learning activities to enhance the lives of community members and build a healthier community.

Cultural Homestay International
Cultural Homestay International is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 to promote international understanding and goodwill through people-to-people exchanges. We find open-minded families to host foreign exchange high school students for a school year.

Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Disability Network is the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in Southwest Michigan. We provide disability-related information, disability rights advocacy, peer support & independent living skills training, including transitioning from a nursing facility to community based settings. We work to eliminate discrimination and inequality based on disability status.

Eliminating Racism and Claiming/Celebrating Equality, has organized and facilitated training for over 900 local leaders from almost 240 organizations to better understand and recognize racism and to work together to eliminate it. Most of those who have attended are pursuing effective steps in their organizations to eliminate racism.

Fair Food Matters
Serving the Southwest Michigan community as a resource for education about food issues related to health, environmental responsibility, and social justice.

Family & Children Services
Family & Children Services seeks to support, strengthen and preserve the safety, well-being and dignity of children, individuals and families through a continuum of human services.

Food Bank of South Central Michigan
We're a non-profit that provides food to over 40 other non-profits in Kalamazoo. We work closely with Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. Our web site contains information on hunger, current events, photos and links to other resources.

Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library
Friends of KPL runs a used bookstore in the lower level of the library. Proceeds are used to benefit the library. Our purpose is to suppport the library and to make quality, low priced reading materials available to those who could not otherwise afford them.

Gilmore Car Museum
The Gilmore Car Museum welcomes you to enjoy a unique experience among automobile museums in the United States. We hope the information that follows will illustrate the scope of the vehicles, automobilia, antique buildings and pristine rural countryside that await the visitor to this special museum.

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan
At Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, we Believe in the Power of Work. Our mission is to help persons who live with disabling conditions or other special needs to find meaningful work. This not-for-profit organization provides skilled evaluation, employment, education and training services with a goal of maximizing human potential.

Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association
The Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association mission is to preserve, promote and perform acoustic music. Workshops, Jams and and other community based events such as The Cooper's Glen Music festival is sponsored through the efforts of "GLAMA".

Great Lakes PeaceJam
A regional affiliate of the PeaceJam Foundation. We are located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and service the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. We offer programming for students grades K-12, college students, and incarcerated youth. Great Lakes PeaceJam is a program of Seeding Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of developing life-long, civically-active, and globally-aware leaders of peace and justice.

Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive
We provide 1500 Kalamazoo Area families with a week's worth of food before the hoilday season.

Gryphon Place
Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Suicide Intervention, Crisis Response Teams, Assessment and Referral, and Dispute Resolution Services.

Habitat for Humanity, Kalamazoo Valley
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH) helps make home ownership possible for motivated lower-income families for whom ownership is not otherwise attainable. KVHH currently builds 8-10 affordable homes annually in Kalamazoo County through the efforts of volunteers and with community support. KVHH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

Hispanic American Council
The Hispanic American Council advocates for and serves Hispanic Communities in Southwestern Michigan. Our initiatives, programs and services foster self-sufficiency, promote our cultural heritage, and encourage relationships with the broader community.

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, serving Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. Since 1981, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan has been supporting families and friends in this community who are confronted with the serious illness of a loved one. We combine nursing, medical, emotional and spiritual support with family-centered care to enhance quality of life. We fulfill this mission by creating an environment of caring and compassion, one in which the client is able to rest comfortably while maintaining privacy and dignity. We offer this support to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual preference or ability to pay.

Housing Resources Inc.
The mission of HRI is to assure housing for socially and economically vulnerable residents of Kalamazoo County.

Ikan Power
The purpose of Ikan Power, Inc. is to provide transitional housing and support services for parolees, ex-offenders, homeless and temporary disaster victims to be re-unified with their families and re-integrated into society.

InterAct of Michigan, Inc
InterAct was incorporated as a non-profit in 1991 to provide a range of services for people with diagnoses of mental illness and/or other co-occurring physical, development, or substance use disorders. Over the years the agency has continued to find new ways to promote recovery among the people served through use of evidence-based practice services designed to help people live successfully in the community. InterAct serves 1,200 people annually through programs such as: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Community Treatment Team Case Management, Action Employment Services, Center for DBT Services—outpatient, Substance Abuse Services for Co-occurring Disorders, Community Payee Services, and the Peer-run Wellness Program.

International Child Care
Operating in Haiti since 1967 and in the Dominican Republic since 1988, ICC is working to change the conditions of poverty that impact health and well-being. Our vision is health and wholeness for children and families in empowered communities. US office is in downtown Kalamazoo.

The Jam for Vets Project
The mission of The Jam for Vets (JFV) Project is to raise funds through musical events and donated musical services, and donate those funds to military oriented charitable organizations that aid U.S. Military members who have been injured in the service of their country.

Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Home of the National Guadalcanal Memorial Museum and Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.

Kalamazoo AMBUCS
Creating Independence for People with Disabilities by: Performing community service, Providing "AMTRYKE" therapeutic tricycles to children with disabilities, Providing scholarshps for therapists.

Kalamazoo Animal Rescue
Organization that rescues, fosters and finds homes for abused, neglected and/or stray dogs and cats.

Kalamazoo Area Renal Support Group
The Kalamazoo Area Renal Support Group (KARSG) is a member run nonprofit organization that strives to provide non-medical, educational and support services for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). KARSG strives to help patients develop personal coping skills by empowering them and their family members to take control of the course and management of the disease. Our hope is that through support for each other and through our shared experiences as well as education on issues relating to CKD, dialysis and transplantation that we can help our members and their families realize that quality of life is possible.

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society
A non-profit organization serving the West Michigan area since 1936.

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus
The KCC was formed in 1981 by Jeanne Frey who wanted to give Kalamazoo-area children an opportunity to explore and develop choral music of all sorts. Starting as a single choir, we now have five choirs for children of most ages and experience. We’re always looking for new ways to expose our singers to new music. We’ve sung with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, The Kalamazoo Singers and the Kalamazoo Oratorio Society. We have sung in four operas and we sing in the “Nutcracker” ballet every two years. Since 1993 we’ve traveled the world from Japan to Ireland and London to Vienna. We sing at many festivals and we’re always looking for new musical and cultural experiences for our singers. We provide a challenging musical environment for our choristers and give a rich heritage of choral signing in the Kalamazoo area.

Kalamazoo Collective Housing
Kalamazoo Collective Housing provides affordable cooperative housing committed to sustainability and social justice.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Founded in 1925 on the simple idea that it is our responsibility to look after one another, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation is nurtured and sustained by the people of the greater Kalamazoo area. With the help of our donors, we have invested approximately $200 million in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations. The Foundation helps individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit agencies achieve their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective. We are dedicated to preserving what we’ve come to appreciate most in our community for future generations. We are here to do good work . . . forever.

Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CAN Council)
A comprehensive site about child Abuse and Neglect, parenting issues, family violence.

Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative
The mission of the Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative is to foster collaborative and mutually accountable public-private partnerships that increase both access to and resources for individuals and families living in poverty.

Kalamazoo Dance
Kalamazoo Dance is a community ballroom dance for couples, singles, college students and dancers of all skill levels. A lesson is provided. The Kalamazoo MI Chapter of United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers (USABDA) hosts the dances.

Kalamazoo Dog Training Club
The Kalamazoo Dog Training Club is dedicated to training and exhibiting dogs and to educating the public in responsible dog ownership. Classes are offered four times a year at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.

Kalamazoo Garden Council, Inc.
The objectives and purposes of this non-profit organization, organized in February 1946 are:

  1. To Coordinate the interests of the Garden Clubs in the Kalamazoo Area and to bring them into closer relations of mutual helpfulness by association, conference and correspondence.
  2. To operate on a non-profit basis solely for benevolent, charitable, environmental, scientific and educational purposes.
  3. To promote the organization of new clubs and affiliate them in the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan, Inc. and the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.
  4. To advance the fine art of gardening, of landscape design, the study of horticulture and artistic floral design.
  5. To aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, to enhance civic beauty and encourage the improvement of roadside and parks.
  6. To cooperate with other organizations in the furtherance of the foregoing objectives.

Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center
The vision of the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center is to provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to create a bridge of understanding among all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Kalamazoo Humane Society
The mission of the Kalamazoo Humane Society is to serve animals and the community by promoting animal welfare and protection.

Kalamazoo Jaycees
The Kalamazoo Junior Chamber of Commerce (Kalamazoo Jaycees) is an organization of young men and women between the ages of 21 and 39 who are committed to gaining leadership experience through community involvement. Membership in the Jaycees provides numerous personal, social and professional benefits.

Kalamazoo Linux Users Group
The Kalamazoo Linux Users Group - a non-profit group devoted to supporting activities centered around the free software -- Linux and other operating systems. We hold meetings and provide technical support, as well as teaching.

Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a hunger relief organization dedicated to expanding the availability of emergency food in Kalamazoo County and promoting the ability of hungry people to feed themselves. Through a network of food pantries, Loaves and Fishes provides emergency groceries in Kalamazoo County.

Kalamazoo Nature Center
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is recognized as one of the nation's best nature centers. Since 1960, the Kalamazoo Nature Center has been inspiring people to care about the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. The Nature Center reaches nearly 250,000 people each year through extensive programs in education, research, and conservation.

Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services
Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services, (KNHS for short) is a 501-c-(3), private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to rebuilding Kalamazoo's neighborhoods. Through a unique partnership with local residents, businesses, local funders, neighborhood associations, members of the real estate community, local lenders, and the City of Kalamazoo, KNHS enables individuals and families to enter into home ownership, rehabilitate their homes, and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Kalamazoo Pipe Band
The Kalamazoo Pipe Band is a non-profit Scottish Bagpipe and Drum band with a teaching program through the Portage Community Education Center. We share our love of the music through teaching and performance and have been part of the area's cultural diversity since 1963. Our web site provides more information about getting involved with the band or learning to play.

The Kalamazoo Public Library
Library Hours, Main Library Information, Branch Information, Children's Information, KPL's On-Line Catalog, CD-ROM Products, KPL Song, Friends of the Library Information, and much more.

Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society
The Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society (KACS) has a top priority to promote a positive image of chemists and chemistry in all its branches. The KACS accomplishes this primarily through educational efforts by members and non-member volunteers in public outreach programs and in relation to public policy makers with advice on scientific and technological issues involving the chemical sciences.

Kalamazoo Valley Blues Assn.
The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Dedicated To The Preservation And Presentation Of The American Blues Tradition.

Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society
KVGS serves family historians who live in or are interested in the Kalamazoo River Valley in southwest Michigan. The web site includes information on membership, upcoming meetings, newsletter topics, area resources and publications for sale.

Kalamazoo Valley Walkers (KVW)
KVW walks for health and fitness. We are fitness and Nordic walkers, competitive racewalkers, and hikers. We walk at races, on trails, and in neighborhoods. We co-sponsor racewalk programs, fitness walk programs, and other events. Formed in 1991 to support walkers in southwest Michigan. KVW is a 501c3 volunteer run organization and it is a affiliate club of USA Track & Field (USATF) and American Volksport Association (AVA).

Kalamazoo Youth Development Network
KYD Network works with over fifty organizations in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek communities to ensure that all youth have agency within a well-coordinated system that supports anti-racist, high-quality, and youth-driven out-of-school time programs.

Lending Hands Of Michigan INC
Lending Hands was formed as a Michigan Non-profit corporation on April 6, 2005. Lending Hands is a Durable Medical Equipment Loan organization, that loans out medical equipment to residents of a six county region for seven months for free> Initial services were provided in June of 2005. In 2005, Lending Hands served 42 people with free medical equipment. Since 2005 our clients have saved over $10 Million in out-of-pocket expenses.

March of Dimes - Michigan Chapter
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP
The men and women of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP advocates for equality, civil rights, voter mobilization and monitor equal opportunities for all people in the greater Kalamazoo area.

MidWest Enterprises for the Blind, Inc.
Non Profit that makes and 100% organic pet shampoo for the commerical customer. (Oatmeal Aloe)

MRC Industries, Inc.
MRC Industries is a local non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities make the most of their abilities. MRC’s focus is rehabilitation through employment—providing individuals with training and work experience, and employers with cost-efficient ways to meet their staffing needs. MRC considers the needs, desires and strengths of individuals, supporting them to become independent, productive community members.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Kidney disease is at the heart of our mission; to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. Because 70% of kidney disease can be prevented, we must also focus on the root causes of kidney disease which are obesity, diabetes and hypertension to help people avoid this disease altogether. So while it's true that we are fighting kidney disease, this fight is not a single disease fight. Hence, we have a broad array of programs which are focused on obesity, diabetes and hypertension to get at the "root" of the problem. We have several events throughout the year and will be having an upcoming Kidney Walk at The Celery Flats in Portage, MI on May 31.

Parent to Parent of Southwest Michigan
Parent to Parent provides support and information to families of children with special needs. Our web site provides access to mentor parents, discussion forums, and a huge listing of community resources pertaining to families of children with special needs.

Pet Resource Network
Pet Resource Network's goal is to prevent the abuse and neglect of animals by providing referrals, information and intervention. Further more, it is our desire to prevent the deaths of these unwanted animals by providing a warm, safe home until the animal can be permanently adopted as a pet.

Planned Parenthood
Complete care by trained medical professionals that's affordable to all. Plus Female clinicians, All methods of birth control, H.O.P.E. (Hormonal contraception with Optional Pelvic Exam), Walk in hours, Free confidential pregnancy tests, Annual Exams, Men’s Exams, Fast, easy appointment scheduling, Free all-options pregnancy counseling, PAP tests, Breast Exams, Free Anonymous HIV tests, Sexually Transmitted Infection testing, Cancer screening & treatment, Sterilization services for both men & women, The Largest Sex Ed Resource Center in S.W. Michigan!

Portage Community Center
The Portage Community Center believes all people have value and should have the opportunity to improve their quality of life. Our role is to identify human service needs and provide quality programs and services to the Portage community.

Pretty Lake Camp (Adventure Centre - Farm)
Since 1916, Pretty Lake Camp, a non-profit community organization, has provided a cost-free summer camp experience to over 50,000 at-risk youth from Kalamazoo County. Throughout the years, we have enriched the lives of thousands of youth by offering a safe, structured and encouraging environment in a natural setting. We accommodate over 700 children each summer. Pretty Lake is comprised of three branches; the Summer Camp, the Farm and the Adventure Centre. All intertwine to create a place that nourishes physical, social, and emotional growth to a diverse community, with intense priority placed on local youth who will benefit the most from our programs.

Prevention Works, Inc.
Michigan 501c3 Non-Profit Agency educating Kalamazoo area youth on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and violence.

Residential Opportunities Inc.
one of Greater Kalamazoo's nonprofit mental health organizations and a leading provider of residential and support services for individuals in Southwestern Michigan with developmental disabilities. Our unique person and family-centered philosophy creates not only support but a home and a strong connection to the community for the individuals we serve. Our greatest joy is helping people realize their hopes, dreams, goals and desires. As a member of the community since 1978, ROI has gained a stellar reputation for providing excellence and the highest level of care in group homes, supported living, respite, home health aid, training and payee services.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
SCORE Kalamazoo is a resource partner of the SBA and provides free business counseling and workshops to the business community in Kalamazoo. Business planning, taxes, marketing, and other topics are presented.

Seeding Change
The mission of Seeding Change is to develop life-long civically-active, and globally-aware leaders of peace and justice. Seeding Change operates Great Lakes PeaceJam, the regional affiliate of the PeaceJam Foundation. PeaceJam is a K-16 service learning education program based on the lives of Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Senior Services, Inc.
Senior Services is the community leader in providing in-home and community based support services for the elderly and disabled in Southwest Michigan. With over 45 years of experience in providing vital services.

Shepherd's Center of Kalamazoo
The Shepherd's Center of Greater Kalamazoo is a charitable non-profit interfaith organization that promotes vital aging in its community. Escort Transportation is a one-on-one personalized transportation service to health related appointments or non-medical destinations. The Adult Breaktime Club is a respite program which provides a safe environment in which older adults with early Alzheimer's and other dementias or minor physical limitations will have the opportunity to be part of an active group of folks and enjoy the benefits of new friendships. It also gives caregivers a much needed break from caring for their loved ones. Handy Hands volunteer men and women will do minor west Michigan household repairs. Services are offered based on the talents and abilities of the available volunteers.

SLD Read
SLD Read has been a nonprofit in Kalamazoo since 1974. We provide reading tutors for students with learning disabilities or are at-risk. We have worked with KPS since 1992 providing free services to students who are free/reduced lunch.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of SW Michigan
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of SW Michigan exists to put an end to the senseless destruction of healthy companion animals in Kalamazoo County and Southwest Michigan and to ensure that all animals in our community are treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. We are committed to establishing and running a no-kill shelter for the homeless pets of Southwest Michigan. No-kill, as we define it, signifies a commitment to rescue, rehabilitate, sterilize, and re-home healthy and adoptable pets. In the meantime, we foster as many animals as our volunteers can take in! In 2005, we rescued and re-homed over 1000 dogs, cats, puppies & kittens, primarily from SW MI Animal Control facilities. We are always looking for additional volunteers to help with caring for the animals at the kennel, fostering, general clerical, fundraising, and adoption events.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Our purpose is to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), and of the men who saved the Union in 1861 to 1865: to assist in every practicable way in the preservation and making available for research of documents and records pertaining to the GAR and its members; to cooperate in doing honor to all those who have patriotically served our country in any war; to teach patriotism and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country, and the love and honor of our flag; to oppose every tendency or movement that would weaken loyalty to, or make for the distruction or impairment of, our constitutional Union; and to inculcate and broadly sustain the American principles of representative government, of equal rights, and of impartial justice for all. This is accomplished through our several programs: Monuments & Memorials Preservation, Graves Registration, GAR Records, etc. Membership is open to male blood relatives of persons who served between April 12, 1861, and April 9, 1865, as soldiers or sailors of the Union Army and were honorably discharged therefrom at the close of such service or who died in such service. The local chapter is the Gen. Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20, which meets at the Oshtemo branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library, 7265 West Main Street, Oshtemo. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, March through November. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is chartered by Act of Congress (Public Law 605, 1954).

South County Community Services (SCCS)
Since the late 1960's, the South County Community Services has provided food and financial assistance, Christmas holiday programs, adult trips, exercise classes, social activities, and youth programs to the enhance the surrounding community. SCCS serves residents of Brady, Pavilion, Prairie Ronde, Schoolcraft, Wakeshma Township, and Villages of Climax, Scotts, and Vicksburg in Southern Kalamazoo.

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
SWMLC is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization founded and governed by local residents. The organization is supported by its membership and others committed to voluntary land protection.

Speak it Forward, Inc.
Dedicated to transforming the lives of youth and adults by using spoken-word poetry as a vehicle to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, break down barriers and instill a sense of empowerment and community.

Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization* dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 30 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - Southwest Michigan Affiliate
The Southwest Michigan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is an all-volunteer local organization who raises and grants funds to provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment to medically under servedd populations in Southwest Michigan. At least 75% of funds remain in Southwest Michigan, and the other 25% of funds are applied directly to national breast cancer research.

Twelve Baskets Food Pantry
To lead the fight against hunger in our community by bridging the gap between the need and the excess while restoring hope, dignity and self-respect.

The Volunteer Center is a not-for-profit organization that fosters, promotes, and supports volunteer involvement in Kalamazoo County. The Center serves as a clearinghouse for information about current volunteer opportunities and volunteer management issues. The Volunteer Center recruits, refers, and recognizes volunteers and provides consultation and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations. Some of the trainings offered include: Basic Skills for Volunteer Managers and Building a Better Board.

The West Michigan Glass Society
Founded in 2002 by a local group of glass artists. Our current membership includes 175 area emerging and professional glass artists, students and friends of glass who love the magical material of glass and the mysterious process of learning to shape glass to reflect our creativity. We sponsor public events designed to increase the community awareness and exposure to glass art. We offer glass art classes and workshops in glass blowing, lampworking, stained glass, mosaics, fused glass and sandblasting.

West Michigan Jazz Society
WMJS is a non-profit organization devoted to the perpetuation of live and recorded jazz in the West Michigan community.

W.E. Upjohn Institute
The W.E. Upjohn Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research organization devoted to finding, evaluating, and promoting solutions to employment-related problems.

Willis Foundation
Great Rewards for Great Warriors: The primary mission of the Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation is the funding of college scholarships for the benefit of Michigan children who have lost their parent (or whose parent has been permanently disabled) in a combat zone. It is our belief that these families have also made the ultimate sacrifice.

Wings of Mercy
Giving Wings to Those In Need. We fly low/limited income families from MI, OH, IN, WI and IL in volunteer pilots planes to and from medical destinations anywhere East of the Rockies.

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo
The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo is part of the heart and soul of the community: providing comprehensive services that help members establish goals for self-improvement and disease prevention through active lifestyles, proper nutrition, stress management and health education. Individuals and families are welcome at our three locations.

Sites submitted for inclusion on this site must be organizations or businesses located in Kalamazoo County or provide significant benefit to the community as a whole. Site selection and all final decisions are at our discretion.

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