StoryCorps: Every Voice Matters

We believe every voice matters and everyone has a story to tell. So we brought StoryCorps to Kalamazoo.

As said by StoryCorps, we did this "to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters."

Please enjoy this anthology of stories (told by people from throughout Kalamazoo County) that highlight a shared history, strong partnerships and rich community assets.

Jim Van Zandt and Mark Riley about the USTA Boys National Championships
Carrie Pickett-Erway, our president/ceo, about diversity, equity and inclusion
Martha Parfet, the 87-year-old granddaughter of our founder, W.E. Upjohn
Von Washington and Deb Droppers about Art Hop
Chris Broadbent and Matt Lechel about the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Michael Williams and Buddy Hannah about the Northside neighborhood
Carol Snapp and Rick Hughey of the Irving S. GIlmore Foundation
Sister Ginny Jones, the first caretaker of the Bow in the Clouds Nature Preserve
Rachel Eagly, a young mother and stroke survivor
Warren Lawrence, a resident, friend and supporter of the Village of Vicksburg
Madelyn Pinder, of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
Betty Upjohn Mason, Kalamazoo philanthropist
Jasmine Granville, a recipient of The Kalamazoo Promise who now attends WMU
Marilyn Schlack, president of KVCC, on the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Judy Sarkozy, owner of downtown Kalamazoo institution Sarkozy Bakery
Krista Johnson, a neonatal nurse who received our Clarence L. Remynse Scholarship
Toni Thompson and Jerry Albertson, supporters of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Lois Richmond and Shirley Shane of the Ladies' Library Association of Kalamazoo

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