The Arcadia Institute

Making it possible for people with disabilities to be welcomed, supported and respected in their community

Building a Community of Belonging Forum 2012

The Arcadia Institute, the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, the Southwest Michigan Council of Boy Scouts, and the Portage District Library have partnered to bring the third annual Building a Community of Belonging: A Forum of The Arcadia Institute and its Community Partners to Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 15, 2012.

The purpose of the Forum is:

This year, the Forum will feature John McKnight, co-author of The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. John McKnight is a well-known community organizer and has worked for many years on issues of social service delivery systems, health policy, the inclusion of marginalized people and institutionalized racism.

The Building a Community of Belonging Forum is a project of the Arcadia Institute and its Partners, planned by representatives of the community, to facilitate discussion and create opportunities.

To participate in the Forum, please complete the Registration Form, Register On-Line or contact Allison Hammond: ahammond@thearcadiainstitute.org or 269.254.8224 for more information.


Jill Angel, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, commenting on the 2010 Building a Community of Belonging Forum.

The following list features community organizations that have contributed financially to the Building a Community of Belonging Forum. We encourage you to learn more about their contributions to Kalamazoo and the neighboring areas by visiting their web sites.

Building a Community of Belonging Forum Partners
The Arcadia Institute
YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo
Southwest Michigan Council of Boy Scouts
The Portage District Library

Advocacy Groups
ARC of Kent County
ARC of Michigan
ARC of Western Wayne County
Disability Network of Southwest Michigan

Sponsors
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Center for Disability Services
Residential Opportunities, Inc.
Family & Children Services

Supporters
Julie Pell
Prevention Works
USA Tae Kwan Do
YMCA Sherman Lake
Kingdom Sports
Air Zoo

Additional Funding
Connections Council
Support for this forum was provided by a grant from the
Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

To participate in the 2012 Forum, please complete the Registration Form, Register On-Line or contact Allison Hammond: ahammond@thearcadiainstitute.org or 269.254.8224 for more information.

Interested in hearing more about the Forum? Listen to these stories.

We also invite you to learn more about the 2011 Building a Community of Belonging Forum.