Building Community

Kalamazoo Cat Cafe

The Kalamazoo Cat Café and Rescue opened its doors in 2017. Café director Abbey Thompson was already spearheading local adoption events when she happened to visit Catmosphere Cat Café in Sydney during a post-grad school trip to Australia. It was this experience that inspired her to further action.

Van Hoosen Museum

Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, a notable former owner of the Van Hoosen Farm, is a great example deserving of such recognition. A world-renowned surgeon in the late 1800s, Van Hoosen overcame significant challenges and criticism before launching her private practice – and she confronted similar challenges throughout her career.

Audrey Wiggins’ Legacy and the Future of Medicine

Audrey Ann Wiggins led such an impactful, albeit brief, life that her parents decided to start an organization in her name to provide hope, love, and normalcy in support of medically fragile children and their families.

Leelanau Outdoor Center

The benefits of leading a comprehensive program like Leelanau Outdoor Center manifests itself perhaps most prominently in the way kids come out of their protective shells. They learn to take risks, make friends, and be less concerned about perceived failures; it’s a real confidence builder.

USCGC Mackinaw

Built in Toledo, Ohio in 1943 at a cost of 10 million dollars, Icebreaker Mackinaw was officially ready to set sail on December 30, 1944. The ship was originally commissioned by the US Coast Guard to carry needed wartime supplies such as copper and iron ore from the Upper Peninsula to factories in the lower surrounding states.

Building Community: Empowering and Restoring America’s Veterans

Helping veterans transition from active duty back to everyday life is one of the greatest investments a community can make.

Building Community: El Grupo Norte

The El Grupo Norte organization began when two parents, both physical therapists, decided to help alleviate the snarled car pickup lines at their kids’ school and at the same time create a healthier alternative: a bike club.