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

This post is written by guest blogger, Sara Lonsberry. Sara is our basic needs coordinator with CIS Kids’ Closet, and she is passionate about community engagement and supporting all students in their growth and development. Once again, our community has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and families by participating in […]

Ask Me About My 12,000 Kids visited Milwood Magnet Middle School back in January of 2020 to learn more about the Japanese Culture Club. Below is the article we were going to run in the Spring issue of CIS Connections. While the pandemic disrupted the publication schedule for our newsletter (we’re in the middle of […]

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 Rashon Keys, one of 20 Milwood Magnet Middle School students who had been part […]

School is back in session and it’s looking a bit different this year for our 12,000+ kids, depending on which of the three Kalamazoo Public School options families have selected for their children. Whatever the option, CIS is still here, our mission remains the same: surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to […]

Sparks begin in many ways.
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