When the time comes to take down your holiday decorations, please bring real holiday trees to the Bank Street Market parking lot (located at 1204 Bank Street). Real trees are biodegradable, easily recyclable, and may be dropped off at any time through January 31. Please be sure to remove all ornaments and other decorations.
Applications are now being accepted for two open Stakeholder Director positions on the Foundation for Excellence (FFE) Board of Directors. The roles represent the Faith Community and Affinity Organizations/Non-Profits. Community members that would like to apply are encouraged to complete the online application form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019FFE or by using the paper/PDF version available at www.kalamazoocity.org/FFE. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1 until 11:59 p.m., on January 31, 2019. The form is brief and expected to take about ten minutes to complete.
If you need assistance accessing a computer to complete the online form, one is available at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation located at 402 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Please call (269) 381-4416 in advance to schedule an appointment.
FFE respects and promotes the diversity that exists in our community through a policy of inclusiveness where all persons are treated fairly regardless of their differences or inclusion in any of the following classifications: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or weight.
About the Foundation for Excellence
The Foundation for Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Mission of the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence is to support the goals of the City of Kalamazoo, fund aspirational investments in the city, and empower Kalamazoo residents to achieve the lives they want for themselves and their families.
A fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity.
“This inaugural year of Board operations was a crucial step in creating a governance body with a consciously positive and forward-looking culture,” said City Manager Jim Ritsema. “We are all very excited to build upon the great work that has already been made possible by FFE.”
The fifteen-member Board has specific requirements of residency and affiliation: two seats are automatically filled by the City Manager and Mayor; the City Commission nominates and appoints two additional City Commissioners; one seat is filled by the Commission from an at-large resident of Kalamazoo; three seats are filled by representatives from any three of the City’s officially recognized neighborhoods; finally, one seat is filled by professionals from each of the following sectors: housing, healthcare, faith-based organizations, education, business/banking, arts community, and affinity organizations. Nine of the 15 seats must be filled by City residents.
A current list of Board members as well as the newsletter containing information on the board can be found at www.kalamazoocity.org/ffe. Members will govern the Board’s operations and make recommendations to the City Commission to provide funding each year for aspirational projects and Shared Prosperity initiatives that realize the community vision established in the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan.
Certain City Offices will be closed or have shortened hours on Monday, December 24:
- The City Treasurer's Office will be closed
- Human Resources will be closed
- Community Planning & Economic Development will be closed
- All remaining offices will close at 3:00 p.m.
All city offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.
Wishing everyone in our community a very happy holiday season!