Whether you are a community leader, a faith-based organization, a researcher, an advocate, or any individual willing to help and interested in the wellbeing of Kalamazoo residents, we invite you to join our efforts!
Spread The Word
- Be An Ambassador: Raise awareness of infant mortality and Cradle Kalamazoo’s efforts to reduce racial disparities. Tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues and extended family. Remind every expectant/new mother you meet about the ABCs of safe sleep. Babies sleep: ALONE, on their BACK, in their CRIB located in their parents’ bedroom, with NO BLANKET, NO BUMPER PADS, and NO FLUFF or STUFF.
Be A Champion
- Be a Cradle Kalamazoo Champion: If you are in a leadership position and your organization is interested in getting involved with Cradle Kalamazoo, join our Steering Committee. If you are a community member, bring the community’s voice to our efforts. Join a committee or team.
- Be a Baby Shower Host: Your faith based organization, company, book club etc., can host a baby shower for new/expectant mothers. Cradle Kalamazoo will provide technical assistance, education, games, and logistical support.
- Be Informed: Receive up to date information about our efforts and activities through our newsletter and calendar of events
Be An Advocate
- Be a Commuter Champion: Provide transportation to new/expectant mothers for their medical/social services appointments (background check is required).
- Be A Mentor: Accompany new/expectant mothers to their appointments, mentor them, and advocate for their care (training and background check is required).
Cradle Kalamazoo partners provide personal care, daily living, and food products for their clients. We distribute donations based on program need to our various community partners. All excess goods may be distributed to other charities as needed.
Donations can be dropped off at the YWCA Kalamazoo (353 E. Michigan Avenue), during our regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
For questions or more information, please contact our Cradle Kalamazoo Administrative Team at (269) 345-5595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a list of the most critical donations needed to support our programs.
- Diapers/Unscented Baby Wipes (infant sizes 0-1)
- Similac Formula (new/unopened, iron fortified, ready to feed—no powder) or Baby Food (new/unopened, all ages and varieties)
- Infant Clothing (new or gently used/freshly laundered onesies, socks, etc.)
- Crib Sheets (new)
- Cribs/Pack & Plays (new)
- Infant Car Seats (new)
- Strollers (new)
- Bus Tokens, Passes
- Gas Cards
- Cash/Gift Cards (to purchase needed items)
- Old cell phones and working ipads & iPods (they are sent to environmentally conscious recycling centers that reimburse Cradle Kalamazoo).
Cradle Kalamazoo is unable to accept used stuffed animals and opened/used food or personal items (shampoo, body wash, lotion, etc.). We accept new and gently used clothing items. We do not accept violent, racist, and/or sexist items.