In 2018 we celebrated 90 years of service in Kalamazoo and have a video from our archives covering 1928-1979.
In 1995, the JLK received both the Governor’s Community Service Award and the AJLI/BMW Community Impact Merit Award for its work with the MOMobile and HealthConnect (now Healthy Futures) Program. In addition, our organization was invited to participate in the White House Dialogue on Maternal and Child Health.
In 1997, the JLK received an AJLI/BMW Community Impact Merit Award for Living with the Enemy and When Love Hurts. These programs were designed to enlighten the community about the cyclical damage perpetuated by domestic and relationship violence.
The JLK presented its first Festival of Trees to the community in 1989. This fundraising holiday event showcased the talent of local designers, offering uniquely decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday items. We also provided special events and a children’s area to fill every tyke’s eyes with holiday cheer.
This three-day event brought over 6,000 people downtown to enjoy the festival, downtown shopping and restaurants. Additionally, it allowed the JLK to fund its own projects and substantially increase grants to the community. This event raised more than $1.5 million over the past 20 years to meet a variety of needs in the Kalamazoo community.