PeaceJam Foundation, a Colorado-based international organization supporting young people working for peaceful change, was founded by two Michigan natives, Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff. As Suvanjieff left his apartment to go to work one day in 1996, he saw four young boys carrying guns, which was commonplace in that area at that time.
Communities in Schools (CIS) is a national organization that removes barriers that typically derail students from attending or finishing school, some of which are outside their control. Some barriers include receiving adequate nutrition, help with homework, ample homework supplies, and sufficient healthcare.
A man pleasantly chats with those nearby while he waits in line for his turn to shop at Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes (KLF) food pantry.
It is precisely this caliber of applicant -- as well as judges and even audience members -- that the Stulberg has drawn annually since its inception in 1975. Intended as a memorial for the late Julius Stulberg, a beloved and respected professor at Western Michigan University and conductor of both the University Symphony and Kalamazoo Junior Symphony for many years
Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater is the second-oldest theater operating in Michigan. As the only professional arts organization in Branch County, it carries a sizable responsibility to provide a breadth of programs to adequately engage a diverse community base.
While there are several zoos throughout Michigan, one in particular works to foster empathy and understanding for the natural forests, wetlands, and - of course - the various species it hosts on over 433 acres of city-owned property in Battle Creek.
As a teacher in the Kalamazoo public school system for 33 years, Leslie Lami-Reed witnessed kids coming to school during the winter months