To improve and enhance the physical, social and economic environment of the Eastside section of the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan to the ends that the community may have a more pleasant, attractive, safe and convenient place to live and work, and that the City of Kalamazoo will prosper by having a first-rate community in its Eastside.
Our vision is to have our organization be one of integrity, and a financially stable entity that is connected to our community in a way that is relevant. In being so, we will be an active and growing community working together for common goals with resources that allow us to address issues in a timely manner on behalf of the neighborhood, and ultimately the community at large.
In 1976, five residents of the eastside neighborhood got together to form an organization that is incorporated for the following purposes: Preserve our eastside neighborhood and enhance the neighborhood living concept, protect the natural beauty of the eastside by encouraging beautification of the area and promote the well-being and neighborhood sprit of the eastside residential area.
These founding members also envisioned the Eastside Neighborhood Association as a vehicle to provide a forum of open, frank and constructive dialogue between its inhabitants and governmental agencies within Kalamazoo County.
Incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization we rely on individual donations, grants, and earned revenue to supplement the 20% of our budget that we annually receive from the City of Kalamazoo’s General Fund.
- Purchased our facility in 2011.
- Facilitated a “Town Hall” meeting to inform residents of the proposed Kalamazoo County District Court house being constructed on Gull Road.
- Served over 1900 individuals during our 1 ½ month Fresh Foods Distribution Program in the summer of 2014.
- Developed a partnership with MI Works to act as a satellite computer lab for individuals seeking employment.
- Established another partnership with the MI Works program to assist welfare recipients to give them experience working in an office environment to expand their marketability.
- Partnered with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety to host the first annual “Artic Blast” event at Rockwell Park to encourage Public Safety/Resident relationship building activities.
- Is one of the lead organizations in a group consisting of:
- the Eastside Neighborhood Association
- Eastwood churches and businesses
- St. Mary’s Church
- Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Kalamazoo Center for Youth and Community
- …to work on collaborative beautification of our E. Main Corridor and getting residents from both the city and the neighboring townships involved.