United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and Gryphon Place have decided to cancel this year’s STAR awards celebration in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The STAR (Sharing Time and Resources) Celebration and Community Volunteer Awards have long been a time to recognize volunteers for their contributions of time, talent, and energy in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas. This decision is not one that was made lightly as we truly appreciate all of the volunteers in our community, but our number one priority is to keep our community safe.

Our nominations will remain open, and this year’s nominees will be eligible to receive recognition at the 2021 STAR Awards celebration. At this time, we are still encouraging organizations to nominate volunteers. Next year’s STAR awards will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. To nominate a volunteer, visit https://bit.ly/2vUcoet.

Both United Way and Gryphon Place would like to thank all volunteers for their outstanding work and dedication to serving our communities. If you are looking for ways to give back to your community during this time, you can visit www.gryphon.org/volunteer to view the different COVID-19 relief volunteer opportunities available in the Kalamazoo area, or https://changethestory.org/volunteer/ to view the opportunities available in the Battle Creek area. Some of these opportunities do not require you to leave your home!

We are greatly appreciative of your understanding and support during this difficult time. If you are interested in supporting your community through a financial gift, you can visit www.changethestory.org and donate to the disaster relief fund. If you know anyone who is need of resources or information, please encourage them to dial 2-1-1. If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support, please call your local crisis line. For Kalamazoo County, please call (269) 381 – 4357. For Calhoun County, please call 1-800-632-5449.

We are wishing you the best during this time.

Please send any questions to getinvolved@uwbckr.org.