Student-Led Philanthropy Projects

WMed students have developed two student-led philanthropy projects to help serve the needs of the Kalamazoo community.

Street Medicine Kalamazoo Group
Members of the Street Medicine Kalamazoo team in downtown Kalamazoo.

Street Medicine Kalamazoo

Street Medicine Kalamazoo (SMKzoo) was established in 2021 at WMed to provide medical care to unhoused individuals in Kalamazoo. SMKzoo strives to serve as a medical home for unhoused patients, providing comprehensive and coordinated services, thus improving access to care and healthcare outcomes for the unhoused. Through weekly street clinics conducted in encampments, shelters, and other locations throughout Kalamazoo, SMKzoo has become an established presence for on-site delivery of essential primary care services to more than 250 unhoused patients. Consider supporting them with a charitable gift that will assist them in purchasing medical equipment, first aid and hygiene kits, a mobile clinic, and more to fulfill their mission.   

WMed Garden Interest Group
Students from the Garden Interest Group along with faculty adviser Erik Larson, PhD, far left, and Sonya Hollins, manager of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, far right.

Garden Interest Group

The Garden Interest Group (GIG) was established by students in 2022. Their mission is to create a community garden at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus to provide food to vulnerable populations in Kalamazoo, promote sustainability, and integrate nutrition with medicine. Consider supporting this project with a charitable gift that will support the purchase of gardening equipment, seeds, fertilizer, upgrades to the planter boxes, and more.

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Your gifts to these initiatives will directly benefit these Student Led Philanthropy Projects. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.