Project Impact

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Student volunteers for FOCUS Kalamazoo

Junior Tinashe Chaponda founded FOCUS Kalamazoo, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals to make a positive impact within the community, when he was a first-year student. This spring, FOCUS Kalamazoo hosted its 100th volunteer event. To celebrate this milestone, the student leadership set a goal to turn out more than 100 volunteers at various volunteer projects on a single day. The organization had 109 volunteers at 10 different nonprofit sites, bringing the community together to promote volunteerism. FOCUS Kalamazoo was founded in 2013 and has connected over 400 volunteers to 100 service events, with many of its volunteers coming from WMU and other area colleges.