The Portage Community Center (PCC) has been "Making Life Better" for families in and around Portage for more than 43 years, with the mission to create a better community by serving families and individuals.

PCC is the only human services agency in Portage that is fulfilling the needs of those experiencing financial hardship with the following services:

Early Childhood Education - PCC partners with KRESA to provide space for two Head Start classrooms.

Food Pantry - Provided by Loaves and Fishes and operated by PCC, this program is open to all Kalamazoo County residents, Monday through Friday, 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m., serving up to 105 families per week.

Emergency Financial Assistance - This provides resources for income-qualifying families to prevent evictions and utility shutoffs, or to purchase medications (financial assistance is for City of Portage residents only).

Clothing - Open to all Kalamazoo County residents, PCC provides a wide selection of children’s and adult clothing donated by generous patrons in the community. This program is available on Wednesdays from 9:30a.m. - 12:30pm.

Personal Care Items - PCC provides personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, diapers, detergent, toothbrushes and body wash for Portage residents.

Holiday Program - Holiday food baskets and gifts are available through the Adopt-A-Family program.

Transportation Assistance - PCC provides transportation assistance in the form of bus tokens to income-qualifying families in Portage.

Youth Programs - Programs for middle and high school students in Portage are available during the school year and summer, with a focus on working with youth dealing with social-emotional learning issues.

Note To Our Donor Advisors:
You’ve already shown your love for this community by creating an Advised Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Through Partners in Philanthropy, we offer you an opportunity to demonstrate that love again by supporting one or more of the projects highlighted with a grant suggestion from the fund you established. The programs shared in this publication are among the recent funding requests we’ve received from local nonprofit organizations.

To support this program, download the grant suggestion form here and select Portage Community Center or make a grant suggestion using Kalamazoo Connect at