Who We are


Building Blocks of Kalamazoo organizes residents, one block at a time,

to enhance the quality of neighborhood life. 


Building Blocks of Kalamazoo promotes vibrant neighborhoods

where resident-led groups work together to address

block-level issues, complete projects and collaborate with

community stakeholders. 

Carrie Drake

Executive Director


Rebecca "Eddie" DeGraw

Sustained Program Coordinator


REsident Advisory committee:
Coming Soon!
board Of Directors:

Matt Lager, Chair

   Executive Director,

Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services

Christina Anderson, Vice Chair

   City Planner,

City of Kalamazoo

Dorla Coleman-Bonner, Secretary

   Community Development Manager,

City of Kalamazoo

Dana Erb, Treasurer

   Branch Manager,

Kellogg Credit Union


Kim Cummings, Member


Building Blocks of Kalamazoo 

Judd Easton, Member


Vine Neighborhood Kalamazoo

Daniel May, Member 

   Finance Entrepreneur,

Self-Employed in Kalamazoo

TJ Waldofsky, Member


One Well Brewing


Pat Taylor, Member 

   Executive Director,

Eastside Neighborhood Association


Linda Reeser, Member


Western Michigan University

Steve Walsh, Member

   Executive Director,
Vine Neighborhood Association


Tim Ready, Member

   Director of Lewis Walker Institute,

Western Michigan University

At its core, Building Blocks is a collaborative effort building on the strengths and assets in an area and within individuals, residents, community members, students and more. Today, Kalamazoo residents, neighborhood associations, university students and community members 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.  Building Blocks is more than the staff and board, it is every resident, every student, every community partner, every funder that come together to embrace the mission and vision of our work.


Thanks to all of our collaborators and funders:
  • Irving S. Gilmore Foundation

  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation

  • Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation

  • Stryker Johnston Foundation

  • Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation

  • Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation

  • Fetzer Institute 

  • Moses Kimball Foundation (Boston)

  • Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services

  • Old National Bank

  • First National Bank

  • First Presbyterian Church

  • Allegra Printing and Marketing

  • Lowe's Home Improvement Stores

  • City of Kalamazoo

  • Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation

  • One Well Brewing

  • Seber Tans

  • Western Michigan University

  • Kalamazoo College

  • Anonymous

  • …plus many other businesses, individuals and families



of Kalamazoo

(269) 389-9928


1219 S Park St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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