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Building Blocks is a collaborative and unique organization offering specialized block-level community organizing which engages residents in the development and enhancement of their neighborhood to improve the overall quality of life.  At the heart of Building Blocks programming is the commitment to collaboration and strengths-based organizing for community development.  The work of Building Blocks builds and strengthens social capital, builds and strengthens resident resilience, increases civic engagement, builds individual and collective resident leadership, improves the exterior look of houses as well as the overall street.

wide community impact verse deep community impact
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our documentary

Senior Thesis

Check out this inspiring senior thesis by Kalamazoo College graduate, Olivia Smith about her experience at Building Blocks.


view all that we accomplished last year in our annual report

popular projects

Our participants revitalize their neighborhoods by working together on home improvement and community projects that help enhance their neighborhoods.

  • home gardens

  • bulk pickup

  • landscaping

  • clean-up projects

  • painting projects

  • porch repairs

  • solar lights

  • address plates

  • community gardens

  • clean-up projects

  • security lights

  • mailboxes

  • walkway repair

  • block parties

  • driveway gravel

  • and more!

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