Even though the holiday season is over, there are still opportunities to thank the many businesses and organizations that have worked extra hard during the holiday season and in the new year. Servers, bartenders, baristas, store associates, chefs, flight attendants, pilots, nurses, doctors, hotel personnel and many others, give up time with their family and friends to make sure that everyone can prepare for and enjoy the season. In addition, there are many nonprofit organizations that have gone above and beyond, helping community members who are less fortunate get through and enjoy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and more. These organizations deserve a standing ovation for reaching out to those in need, helping them find comfort and peace during what can be a difficult time, but also throughout the rest of the year.
Learn about what the nonprofits in Kalamazoo, MI, have been up to by visiting this website. The site provides a comprehensive list of all of the nonprofits in area. Pick one and consider donating time, money, clothes, food and more, to help these organizations improve the health and welfare of the Kalamazoo and its community members.
Seeding Change is the nonprofit responsible for planning and hosting Great Lakes Peace Jam events each year. This past November their Peace Jam Slam drew in over 200 community members. The participants performed community service work and then were able to sit in on a talk with Jenn Gibbons, founder of Recovery on Water. Gibbons discussed the major fundraiser project that she completed in the summer of 2012, in which she rowed the perimeter of Lake Michigan, raising over $113k for her nonprofit.
Through Peace Jam, Seeding Change hopes to inspire young people to transform their local communities, themselves, and the world, by helping them become civically-active and globally-aware leaders. In addition to the Peace Jam conference, contributors are able to explore violence, oppression, peace, and nonviolence through an ongoing educational curriculum developed by the organization. Also, each year Seeding Change selects Nobel Peace Prize winners to work personally with the youth, allowing the courageous world leaders to share their moving experiences and wisdom. On April 12, Seeding Change will offer a public event featuring Dr. Shirin Ebadi. Learn more at the Peace Jam website.
Lindsey Hinkel, Contributing Writer