100 Women Strong
100 Women Strong is a non profit organization that provides modest, one-time financial assistance to women in Berrien County who are ineligible for other community or state resources but find themselves in need of emergency help. Thanks to 100 Women Strong, these women do not have to quit a job, drop out of school, or let their health or their children’s’ health deteriorate because no assistance was available. Individual Berrien County women who have an emergency financial need and meet the fund’s qualifications may receive one-time financial assistance for an amount up to $500* from 100 Women Strong.
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our Vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.
American Red Cross - Berrien County
Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.
We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed - every day.
Benton Harbor Arts Association
Welcome to the New Territory Arts Association, a non-profit organization promoting the arts in Benton Harbor. Enjoy all that the Arts District has to offer in cuisine, art, entertainment and most of all.. the people!
Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary
Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary is part of Rotary International, the greatest service organization in the world. We are one of 32,000 clubs in 200 countries. Our club focuses on the youth of Benton Harbor.
Berrien County Animal Control
To strive for excellence maintaining the highest quality of life, for
humans and animals by protecting & serving the residents of Berrien County.
Enforcing State & County Laws by providing education to promote pet responsibility by Spaying/Neutering of companion animals.
Berrien County Cancer Service
The Berrien County Cancer Service, Inc. provides a unique nursing service for the people of Berrien County. We specialize in skilled home nursing care for cancer patients and those with related serious illnesses at no cost.
Berrien County Youth Fair Association
Berrien County Youth Fair
Berrien RESA is one of 56 education service agencies in the State of Michigan serving 26,663 students in Berrien County. The schools we serve include 15 public school districts, 20 non-public schools and three charter school academies.
RESAs are the only educational entities with 100% access to every public school to ensure implementation of six core services: early childhood, student services, administrative services, teaching and learning, technology services and developing partnerships. Berrien RESA is an autonomous, tax-supported public school district governed by Michigan general school laws.
Birthright of St. Joseph
At Birthright, we understand the challenges related to unplanned pregnancies. Birthright is available to women for as long as they need us. We offer love, friendship, and support to women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant. Birthright is interdenominational and is not involved in any political activities, or lobbying. Birthright’s focus is on loving the mother, reminding her that there is hope and ensuring she is not alone.
The Blossomtime Festival, established in 1906, is the oldest and largest multi-community Festival in the state of Michigan. We hope you get to join with us in celebrating our beautiful Southwestern Michigan.
Blue Star Mothers of America - Chapter 177
We are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes.
Box Factory for the Arts
The Berrien Artist Guild, Inc., founded in 1962, purchased the historic Williams Bros. Paper Box Mfg. building in 1995. This small group of enthusiastic artists converted the old factory building into today’s multi-use arts facility known as the Box Factory for the Arts where all the arts are celebrated. Our multi-use arts center includes artist studios, galleries a performance stage, classrooms, Art Shop, meeting space and more. Two floors of the 55,000-sq-ft building have been devoted to the arts since 1995 when the Berrien Artist Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, purchased the historic (c.1903) Williams Brothers Paper Box Factory.
Citadel Dance & Music Center
Comprehensive music and dance instruction offered year round.
Mission - To develop the skills and character of individuals of every age and ethnicity through dance, music education, and performance.
Coastline Children's Film Festival
10 days of more than 75 award-winning features, documentaries, and shorts at eight screening locations along with hands-on workshops and post-screening discussions. Venues include the ARS Gallery Arts & Culture Center, Bridgman Public Library, Citadel Dance & Music Center (Oak Room), Krasl Art Center, the Loma Theatre, the New Buffalo Township Library, the Michigan City Public Library and the Stanley Clark School in South Bend.
Curious Kids' Museum
The Curious Kids’ Museum inspires children to explore and learn through cooperative hands-on play.
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, next to Silver Beach, Curious Kids’ Museum (CKM) and the new Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone (DZ) invites you to come play, learn and be curious!
CKM was founded by educators and parents to provide an environment that invites curiosity, allows exploration, celebrates childhood and inspires learning!
Opened in 1989, the Museum on the Bluff has fulfilled the founders’ mission to provide a place where “Learning is Fun” through interactive, hands-on exhibits. In 2010, the Curious Kids’ Museum had the opportunity to expand and open a second location in partnership with the Silver Beach Carousel and Shadowland Ballroom, by opening DZ below the bluff.
With a shared mission and philosophy, both museums are places where children and their adults can pursue their natural curiosity through creative, hands-on play!
Eden Springs Park
Eden Springs Park and Campground is adjacent to an historical park which offers miniature train rides on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We are conveniently close to many local attractions, including: beaches on Lake Michigan, Silver Beach Carousel & The Children’s’ Museum, world-class golf courses, shopping and sight-seeing in St Joseph, local farms for fruit and berry picking, hiking, water sports and fishing. Mary’s City of David is close by with informative walking tours, a museum and gift shop for those that are interested in additional accounts of the history surrounding the House of David.
Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events.
Fernwood is a private, not-for-profit institution. We receive no government funds, so contributions are necessary for our operation and development. More than 2,500 members and friends help make Fernwood the special place that it is through their donations of money and service.
Girls on the Run Southwest Michgian
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Mission: To provide leadership and services, and promote quality and excellence for the advancement of Michigan’s Workforce Development System and its customers and professionals.
Michigan Works! Association was established in 1987 to provide services and support to Michigan’s Workforce Development System.
The Association’s members include:
- Workforce development board chairs
- Chief local-elected officials
- Michigan Works! Agencies that cover 25 workforce areas
- Associate members: organizations with a vested interest in workforce development
Michigan Works! Association builds and maintains strong relationships with legislators and advocates on behalf of the Michigan Works! System.
Through the Association, members can access timely, relevant professional development opportunities to ensure high-quality programs and service delivery to all customers. The Association also convenes meetings as a way for members to network and share best practices, and coordinates events to promote the Michigan Works! System.
Krasl Art Center
Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high-quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit krasl.org.
Founded in April of 1974 by Founders Bill Galbreath and Fred Schmidt, the Lakeshore Rotary Club covers SW Berrien County, including the communities of Stevensvillt, Baroda, and Bridgman. Signature projects include BioSand Water Filters sent to the Dominican Republic, North Lake Park in Lincoln Township and our special Senior Citizens Night. The Club meets at the First Church of God-Stevensville on Thursdays at 12:12pm.
Lest We Forget, Inc.
"To brighten the future we must illuminate the past." Lest We Forget has a mission to preserve, promote and disseminate the memories of men and women who fought for the freedom enjoyed by all United States citizens.
Lest We Forget is located in the twin cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan. We enjoy the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan in the southwestern part of the state. In our WWII Re-enactment events, we have taken advantage of Tiscornia Beach to stage the beach landings of Normandy and Pelilu Island in the Pacific Theater.
See the map to understand our location better. We are almost straight across the lake from Chicago. We enjoy a rich heritage of fine people and they generously support Lest We Forget.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Southwestern Michigan is an independent 501 (C) (3) which helps seniors remain in their homes by providing meals served at community sites, in restaurants, and delivered directly to clients' homes. Our goal is to nourish, support, and connect our seniors to services to help them remain living independently, safely and with dignity. Services are available in Berrien, Van Buren, and Cass counties; the Cass Co. Council on Aging provides home-delivered meals in that area.
Monday Musical Club
Monday Musical Club, est. 1908, is a non-profit philanthropic and educational organization dedicated to music education and promotion of creative and performing arts in Southwest Michigan. Our membership consists of people who enjoy music - singers, performers, teachers and make an enthusiastic audience for our guest performers. We also support and encourage youth through our Student and Junior Club and numerous music seminar scholarship opportunities.
OutCenter of Southwest Michigan
To provide support and advocacy for respect, understanding, and nondiscrimination to LGBT+ people and their families in Southwest Michigan. #outinswmi
Sister Lakes Corridor Improvement Authority
The Sister Lakes Corridor Improvement Authority exists to serve the residents and businesses of the Sister Lakes area. Please browse our site to discover the projects we have been working on and are excited about! We hope you will be too!
Southwest Michigan Newcomers Club
SWMI Newcomers is a non-profit organization open to all those new to the Southwest Michigan area and to current residents who are interested in welcoming Newcomers. Our members volunteer their time and energy to arrange a variety of activities and special events which provide great opportunities to make friends while becoming more familiar with Michigan’s great Southwest.
The Southwest Michigan Newcomers Club has been welcoming newcomers and helping them make friends for over 50 years.
Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber
Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is a 501c6 member-driven organization of over 700 members representing over 36,000 area employees.
Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program
Our mission is to support and educate the young women of tomorrow. May our time together be one of Respect, Encouragement, Honor and Love. May we grow in all knowledge, and obtain balance through God's will.
Scholarship Program providing Scholarships and Opportunities for women of all ages.
The Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program's focus is to teach the young people here in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area –Leadership, Community Service, Respect & Honor. All scholarships awarded through this Program are given to the young people in the Greater Southwest Michigan Area only. The Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program is not affiliated with the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Pageant, the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, Inc., or Miss America Organization.
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Kiwanis
In the community to serve our youth.
We have weekly meetings On Tuesday of each week at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.
St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
Library services include: Books for children and adults in regular or large print, audiobooks, e-books, videos and DVDs, music CDs, magazines, newspapers, tax forms. Programs and interest groups year round. Meeting rooms for community groups. Fax, photocopy, shredding, pay phone, self-service coffee bar and free internet access including wireless.
The richest person in the world - in fact all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library. ~Malcolm Forbes
SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force
WHO ARE WE?
The SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force, (SWMHTTF), was founded in 2012 to educate and bring awareness to the communities of southwest Michigan about human trafficking and to develop a plan for a victim-centered approach using a multi-disciplinary team. The SWMHTTF is a collaboration of law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, faith based organizations and concerned citizens. Local members include: the sheriff’s dept, the local FBI, Salvation Army, Lakeland Hospital, Safe Shelter, Sen. John Proos, Pokagon Tribal Police, Andrews University, Lake Michigan College, Prosecutors Office, Planting Hope, Three Oaks Rotary, several churches, several police depts., and many concerned citizens to list a few. We were the third regional human trafficking task force in the state to be formed and are under the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force which is housed at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, directed by Jane White. The task force is totally dependent upon donations and contributions from the public.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is considered the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, only surpassed by the sale of drugs. It is estimated that it is over a $32 BILLION dollar industry. There are two distinct forms of trafficking: Sex and Labor. The average age for a trafficked victim is between 12-14 years of age.
The Avenue Family Network, Inc.
The Avenue Family Network, Inc. originated in 1891 as the National Children’s Home Society for the District of Michigan “to secure for every child the same love and the same opportunity that we would have our own children receive should they be left orphaned and friendless.” The first child was taken into our care on September 28, 1891, followed by hundreds of orphaned children who we helped by finding them permanent homes. Since that time, our programs have changed as new community needs were identified and as we grew to become a full-service organization serving children, families and adults. Our most recent change came in November of 2018 when the organization transition to a new brand under, The Avenue. Today we offer services through five comprehensive programs that serve the people living in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties.
Strong Families. Safe Homes. Since 1891.
Therapeutic Equestrian Center
TEC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 service organization which provides year-round therapeutic horse-related activities to those with special needs. TEC exists to enhance the lives of people with special needs through engaging them in horse-related activities. TEC’s therapeutic riding program helps people from children to seniors find hope and reach potentials they never thought possible. Participants benefit in a wide variety of ways. Therapeutic riding is a form of physical exercise. Physical therapists state that the horse’s movement and gait mirrors people walking with benefits that can’t be replicated in a clinic. Horses sense our emotions allowing a special connection between them and their rider. That connection may motivate a rider to utter their first words and empower them for the first time in their lives to be in control of a situation. Riders often also experience benefits such as greater ability to stay focused, behavioral improvements, and increased muscle strength. These benefits can improve classroom experiences as educators often see improvements as skills acquired in school are applied in new settings.
* Therapeutic riding program
* Group riding lessons
* Grooming and ground care lessons
* Semi-private lessons
* Private lessons
* Saddle STARS
* TEC WITH VETS
* Ride with Pride
* Volunteer opportunities
* And much more!
United Way of Southwest Michigan
UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
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