BE A SPARK

Communities In Schools works to ignite hope in kids so that they can succeed in school, graduate and be prepared for life. CIS addresses the barriers that get in the way of success. CIS Site Coordinators literally bring the community and all the ways it can help, into the schools. This is how we surround kids with whatever it takes-from tutors and food assistance to health services and college visits-so they can start strong and keep moving forward.

Together we’re making an impact.

11,000+

STUDENTS

Benefited from a service coordinated by CIS

20

KPS SCHOOLS

Served by CIS, at the elementary, middle, and high school level

703

VOLUNTEERS

Changing students’ lives every day

42

PARTNERS

Working with CIS to deliver services and resources to students in schools

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

It only takes one person to make a difference in a student’s life. Whether it’s through volunteering, donating an item to Kids’ Closet, or making a financial gift that supports an entire program, it takes everyone together to help our children succeed.

Lives are changing every day.

Partnerships are the lifeblood of CIS. Kalamazoo is rich in resources so we partner to provide the best services to students. Our expertise is connecting the right services to the students who need them most.

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— USE YOUR CHANGE

TO MAKE A BIGGER CHANGE

Your gift helps students get what they need to stay in school and achieve in life.

— USE YOUR CHANGE

TO MAKE A BIGGER CHANGE

Your gift helps students get what they need to stay in school and achieve in life.

From the Blog

At the 13th Annual Champs Celebration, presented by Kalsec, The Family Health Center was honored with a 2020 Champ Award which was sponsored by Abraxas and Chase. CIS Partner Services Coordinator John Brandon introduced us to this CIS partner who is a true champion for children. A healthy start in life. That’s one of Communities In […]

Welcome back to the POP QUIZ! This is a regular, yet totally unexpected, feature where we ask students, parents, staff, our friends, and partners to answer a few questions about what they are learning, reading, and thinking about. Today we feature CIS volunteer Howard Tejchma, who was recently honored with the Gulnar Husain Volunteer Award.  [If you […]

At the 13th Annual Champs Celebration, presented by Kalsec,  Joan Coopes, former Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at Arcadia Elementary School, presented the 2020 Gulnar Husain Volunteer Award to Howard Tejchma. As both volunteer and CIS Site Coordinator, Gulnar Husain relentless pursued a more just and welcoming world for all. For more than 38 years, she relished […]

Welcome back to the POP QUIZ! This is a regular, yet totally unexpected, feature where we ask students, parents, staff, our friends, and partners to answer a few questions about what they are learning, reading, and thinking about. Today we feature Leslie Lami-Reed. A retired Kalamazoo Public Schools teacher, Leslie is the warm heart behind […]

Sparks begin in many ways.
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