At its core, Building Blocks is a collaborative effort. It is based on the old-fashioned concept of “barn raising” – where everyone helps one another. Collectively, much can – and has been – accomplished. Since the beginning, back in 1995, Building Blocks has been collaborating with community partners to rebuild Kalamazoo neighborhoods, one block at a time. 

Vine Collective
  • Building Blocks
  • Vine Neighborhood Association
  • Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services
  • Volunteer Kalamazoo
  • Kalamazoo Collective Housing
  • City of Kalamazoo
  • Open Roads
  • LISC
  • Community Homeworks
  • Land Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Building Blocks
  • Land Bank
  • KNHS
  • Sunny Side
  • Kalamazoo Children's Chorus
  • KCYC
  • City of Kalamazoo
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Mary's
  • KENA
  • Peace House
  • KNC
  • St. Joseph
Today, Kalamazoo residents, neighborhood associations and Western Michigan University students work together to improve our city streets, build lasting relationships and change lives. Local and national foundations, organizations, businesses, churches and individuals and families provide funding and in-kind support for Building Blocks projects.
The Building Blocks program has been recognized by Michigan State University’s Community and Economic Development Program with a “best practices” award, for providing our funders an unmatched return in grant dollars.
Thanks to all of our 2016 collaborators and funders:

    Irving S. Gilmore Foundation

    United Way of Battle Creek & Greater Kalamazoo

    Kalamazoo Community Foundation

    Local Initiatives Support Corporation

    Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation

    Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation

    Fetzer Institute

    Moses Kimball Foundation (Boston)

    First Presbyterian Church

    Old National Bank

    Urban Alliance

    PNC Bank

    Primerica Advisors (7548 S. Sprinkle Rd)

    4 One World

    First National Bank

    Chemical Bank

    Greater Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions

    Mercantile Bank of Michigan

    Arcadia Brewing Company

    Old Dog Tavern

    One Well Brewing

    Allegra Printing & Marketing

    Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores

    City of Kalamazoo

    Ullrey & Company


    Building Blocks Board of Directors

    Local businesses, individuals and families