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Thursday
Feb282019

You're Fueling Amazing Work in Our Community

Hello PFC friends!

Thanks to all of you who came out for this last weekend's Owner Appreciation Days. We truly wouldn't be here if it weren't for the commitment of all our regular shoppers. Thank you!

Thank you too for fueling the amazing work of many non-profits in our community through the Change for Change program. Last year, we worked together to put over $26,000 to work in Kalamazoo to support everything from bike maintenance and social skills for youth to Black Arts programming.

For March, PFC has chosen Kazoo School needs-based scholarships. The Kazoo School has been in Kalamazoo since 1972, providing progressive education to young people. Please round up this month to support more youth having access to this educational gem in our community.

For the coming months, you'll see us rounding up for the following Kalamazoo-based non-profit organizations:

  • April: According to the ACLU, if people newly in recovery or returning to communities after prison have access to housing and employment within the first 30 to 45 days of re-entry, the likelihood of repeat offenses (recidivism) and or relapse are lowered by 72 percent. This spring a village of tiny houses will be built on Kalamazoo's Northside by Tiny Houses of H.O.P.E. to provide housing for those situations.  
  • May: Providing opportunities for moms and community to connect, Mothers of Hope empowers and strengthens women, families, and communities to rise above the effects of substance use disorders, poverty, violence and systemic inequities.
  • June: In their 10th year of doing good, Merze Tate Explorers is a club for girls with the goal of exposing them to new experiences from meeting women in leadership roles, to a travel club for girls interested in traveling around their community and world to discover other women who have left an impact on the world.   


It's a pleasure to be doing and supporting good work in the community with these fine organizations and efforts, and with you.

Thank you!
Chris

 

Tuesday
Feb262019

Join in the Fun at PFC

Hello PFC Peeps!

With March right around the corner, I thought I'd give you a heads up on some events and other fun we have planned for you:

  1. March Owner Appreciation Days is this weekend - Come in and save 10% off one shop this Friday, March 1, through next Tuesday, March 5.
  2. Events at PFC:
    1. We have two cooking classes for March:
      1. March 5, 6:30-8pm - Vegan Foundations with Chef Paul Vugteveen of OPEN Vegan Eats
      2. March 12, 6:30pm-8pm - Corned Beef with PFC cook, Natasha Blake-Beach. Come learn the art and science of corning beef just in time for St Patty's Day. Due to special ingredient needs, we'll need at least four sign-ups for this class by this Thursday, February 28 to hold this class.
    2. PFC Board Meetings: Come and observe PFC governance by attending a board meeting. These meetings function to provide vision and accountability for the work of PFC. Meetings are the first Monday of each month, 7-9pm. Join us this Monday, March 4 at the PFC admin office.
    3. We also partner with Make Michigan & Creative Kalamazoo to host fun events. On Wednesday, March 13, join these fun folks on PFC's Front Porch for a Terrarium Planting Party and the $5 Dinner Deal. Fun!

Come on down and join in the fun at PFC! Have a great week.

Chris


Monday
Feb252019

March Change for Change: Kazoo School

March's Change for Change supports Kazoo School. When you round up your purchase during March, your change goes to support Kazoo School's need-based scholarship program. Currently, 51% of Kazoo School families receive scholarships. Kazoo School wants to continue to offer scholarships and needs community support to continue to do so. 

Kazoo School and PFC both began in the early 1970s. Both grew out of love of Kalamazoo with an inspiration and commitment to make our community a loving, thriving space.

Kazoo School is an independent, non-profit school that believes in educating and caring for the whole child. That means that they care for each child’s academic, social-emotional, and physical growth. Kazoo School is committed to creating not only inclusive spaces, but also actively anti-oppressive spaces. Social justice is an integral part of the progressive education model and Kazoo encourages students to speak up and create change when they see or hear of injustice. Kazoo's educational program creates opportunities for students to learn to make healthy choices for themselves, their community and the world around them.

 For more information, please visit the Kazoo School website.