Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo is among communities participating in the second annual National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 16th. The city has recognized the day with a proclamation, says Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, who is a guest today on WMUK's WestSouthwest (listen now, below). 

The day has local roots. Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation started it last year to focus the country's attention on combating structural racism as it launched its new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation long-term initiative in 14 cities, including Kalamazoo.


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A city with wealthy philanthropists where families who started successful business have chosen to stay and donate their money to causes to make it a better community. That describes both Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.


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Lanna Lewis says the problems related to racism won’t be fixed in five years, but Lewis who is Community Investment Officer for the Kalamazoo Community Foundation says a large grant will help in the long run.


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Volunteer Kalamazoo may no longer be a standalone nonprofit organization -- it closed last year -- but its work matching volunteers with community needs lives on. It's now a program of Kalamazoo's Gryphon Place crisis center.

And one big way officials say that that program has, and will continue to, let individuals learn about service opportunities is through Find Your Cause, a volunteer fair.

The event is coming up on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in downtown Kalamazoo, which is sponsoring the event with the reformed Volunteer Kalamazoo.


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Next Tuesday, a National Day of Healing debuts, and Kalamazoo is among the communities across the country holding events. In Kalamazoo, local organizations are partnering with the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to show and discuss "America Divided," a documentary exploring inequities in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. (Click on the icon to listen now).  


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