KZCF Live!

Stephanie Hoffman, Executive Director of Open Doors Kalamazoo, speaking on KZCF Live.
Our weekly Facebook show, KZCF Live, features nonprofit partner programs and events that promote education and equity in Kalamazoo County.

Posted every Thursday, these short interviews often reach thousands of viewers in just a couple of days! The videos are an engaging way to raise awareness about your organization's work and provide great shareable content for social media, websites or newsletters. When possible, we try to record these on-site at the nonprofit. It adds to the viewer experience when they see the interviewee in their office or somewhere in their building.

Full transparency here: We call it "KZCF Live," but we often pre-record these interviews depending on connectivity and the comfort level of the interviewees. Also, we do not edit these videos. What people see is the most authentic response from both KZCF and the nonprofit, which we think viewers appreciate. Meanwhile, we boost these posts to maximize our reach so as many people as possible see our collective efforts in removing barriers in order for people to reach full potential.

If your agency would like to be featured (perhaps to talk about new work you're involved with or to introduce a new executive director, etc.), contact Jordan Duckens at or call 269.585.7262. 

Preparing for the 2020 Census: Enumerators

We are one year away from the 2020 Census and it's critical that every community is counted and represented accurately. Historically, the census has undercounted a disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, children ages 0-5, and college-age student populations. The result is inequality in political influence, government funding and investment for these populations.

What is an Enumerator?
Aside from participating in the 2020 Census, you can get involved by becoming a Census enumerator. Census enumerators, also called Census takers, work within communities to conduct the follow-up portion of the Census. They interview the residents in each household whose responses have not been collected online or on paper forms. Census takers play a critical role for getting an accurate count. The Census Bureau projects that Census takers could be responsible for collecting nearly 40 percent of the count in the 2020 Census.

Why are local enumerators important?
Local enumerators will be critical for counting hard-to-reach communities. Enumerators working in their own communities bring language and cultural competency that allow them to engage with residents who may be unresponsive to Census takers from outside the community.

Learn more and apply to be an enumerator by clicking the button below.

Removing Barriers to Technology

Access to information and technology is necessary to fully participate in society. The Disability Network of Southwest Michigan is removing barriers to technology for people with disabilities with its newly-installed accessible computer lab in its Kalamazoo office.

The lab includes assistive technology not often found in public computer labs, such as screen readers, large print keyboards and adaptive mouse pads. Disability Network of Southwest Michigan has additional information about the meaning and importance of accessibility.

Click the button below for more information about the computer lab's accessibility features.

As a reminder, these deadlines are for requests of more than $25,000. KZCF reviews all other Letters of Inquiry once per month year round. Learn more here!
Second Round 2019
  • Letter of Inquiry Due Date  August 30 by 5 p.m.
  • Application Due Date  October 7 by 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions will be made the week of December 9, 2019
MAY 15
Women's Education Coalition Scholarship

MAY 15
Understanding Identity, Power and Oppression, facilitated by Mia Henry
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Foundry, 600 E. Michigan Ave.

Immigration Law and Immigrant Rights in Southwest Michigan: Show Us a Nation's Soul
9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Central Library - Van Deusen Room


Meet Kallista Fernanders!

Kallista is a Finance Coordinator at KZCF and has been with us for almost three months. She is responsible for processing and managing grant applications and requests, monitoring and reconciling cash flow, and grant reporting for audit.
What is something you’ve always wanted to learn, experience or try, but never have?
I’ve always wanted to learn American Sign Language, and become fluent in French. I took French in high school, but I forgot most of it, so I am learning French through the Duolingo app now.

What was the first concert you attended?
I got to see India.Arie, with Musiq Soulchild as the surprise opener.

What did you always want to be growing up?
I didn’t specifically have a dream occupation, but I wanted to have my own desk and 10-key calculator, and I wanted to help people with their money. Turns out that what I really wanted was a career in finance.

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I love playing and collecting tabletop games; my husband and I own a collection of over 40 games so far.

To connect with Kallista and to get to know her more, please contact her at

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