What You Need to Know: Community & Individual Resources 

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Trisha Dunham

During times of adversity, the Kalamazoo community is well known to step-up and support one another. This current pandemic is no different. Organizations, businesses, and individuals are continuing to step up and provide additional support for those in need. As resources become available, we will update this web page. For now, check out what is available in our region.

  • Immediate Support Services: If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of food, shelter or additional care options dial 2-1-1.
  • Jobs: Some employers have big, urgent hiring needs to keep up with new demands. If you or a loved one is in need of full or part-time opportunities, check out our Jobs Board  news site to see some hat have been made known to us.
  • Free meals for Kids: With all school buildings throughout Michigan closed, many parents who rely on food assistance programs are struggling to feed their kids. Kalamazoo County districts are providing support with organized free meal programs.
  • Meal support for families: Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is still providing food assistance through a drive-through system providing a four-day supply of pre-boxed meals.
  • In need of crisis relief funds? The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has partnered with the United Way to activate community crisis funds. These funds will prioritize support for for direct service needs or gaps, critical internal operations and infrastructure, and additional volunteer capacity.
  • Temporary Part-time or Remote Work for Students: Western Michigan University is compiling these resources to help students find part-time, remote, and work-from-home opportunities, and we update them as often as we find more information.
  • Downtown Kalamazoo Gift Card Stimulus: We all must shop local now! In an effort to support Downtown Businesses and their employees, Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership will purchase $25 gifts cards, and mail them directly to your home (while supplies last). In addition, you will receive a $10 bonus for each $25 gift card purchased. Start gifting and shopping now.
  • Count on Consumers Energy to Keep Your Power On: Consumers Energy is committed to the health and safety of its co-workers, customers and communities. With emergency plans in place, it does not anticipate impact to its energy services and activated an existing internal team to prepare in the event COVID-19 becomes disruptive to Michiganders. In addition to the Consumers Energy Foundation announcing a $500,000 grant to be split between the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Association of United Ways, Consumers Energy will suspend shutoffs for senior and low income customers through April 5, 2020.

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