The City of Kalamazoo, Gryphon Place, United Way of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Region, and the Western Michigan University Office of Diversity & Inclusion alongside Kalamazoo College and Northside Ministerial Alliance are sponsoring a community-wide day of service on Monday, January 20, 2020 in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social service organizations around Kalamazoo County provide opportunities for community volunteers to take a day-on rather than a day-off. Participants will join thousands of volunteers across the county as we celebrate the life and work of the slain leader by participating in various outreach activities throughout the county. Volunteers are the backbone of the Community-Wide Day of Service. We will be recruiting individuals and groups to serve social service organizations throughout Kalamazoo County. Volunteer registration is being coordinated through Gryphon Place. They can be contacted at (269) 381-1510 ext. 242.
Social Justice Youth Awards
The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Social Justice Youth Awards. The awards recognize Kalamazoo-area students that have demonstrated achievements in racial justice, community service, volunteerism, and leadership.
A total of seven students will be recognized by the Social Justice Youth Awards program. The City of Kalamazoo sponsors the Dr. Lewis Walker Award, which honors Dr. Walkers legacy as a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. Six additional awards will be presented by the program sponsors: Consumers Energy, Schupan and Sons, Fifth Third Bank, Life EMS, Lodge-Dennis, and Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War. The award recipients will receive a $300 scholarship and a certificate of recognition
The awards will be presented at the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 21, the day after the Martin Luther King, Jr Community-Wide Day of Service. Nominations are accepted from adults who work with young people in any capacity, such as teachers, mentors, or coaches. Kalamazoo-area students between the ages of 12-19 are eligible for the award. Nominations are due by Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
You can nominate someone online here, or if you would prefer to mail or fax your nomination, nomination forms are available online in pdf (416 KB) and doc (153 KB) formats or from the City Manager's Office at City Hall.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20
Community-Wide Day of Service
8:30am welcome in the Community Room at City Hall, 241 W. South St.
4-4:10pm meet at Kalamazoo Transportation Center by 4:10pm, entering through the north-most garage on Rose Street.
4:20pm commemorative walk begins
Laying of the Wreath Ceremony at MLK Park
4:40pm Laying of the Wreath Ceremony begins, following Comemorative Walk
Tuesday, January 21
Presentation to Dr. Lewis Walker Youth Social Justice Award Winners
7:00 p.m. at City Hall during the scheduled City Commission Meeting.