AACORN is a 501(c)(3) organization
Construction was held up through the COVID19 restrictions and resumed recently, although all vendors are backed up with work. Painting of the interior will be completed the week of June 15, and kitchen and bathroom floors poured. Then the final electric, plumbing, and kitchen/bathroom installations can take place. Concrete slabs on the front and side entrances are in place. In short, work on activities building will be moving more rapidly toward occupation! Fortunately, the market barn can be used for indoor programming now that the weather is warm.
Work on our new activities building (east end shown here) is progressing well on our property in Kalamazoo County's Pavilion Township and we can't wait to make it a great place for our participants to learn, interact and have fun. The property, on 34th Street, has several existing buildings that house animals, poultry and gardens, but the new building will be the heart of the AACORN experience. It will include a full commercial kitchen, office space, restrooms, and large multipurpose areas for the many indoor activities that take place at AACORN. It will also be a wonderful place for holding events that the community can take part in. Take a minute to watch our video to find out what this farm means to AACORN.
Thank you to generous donor Mary Fiebig, who provided funds for AACORN to purchase this gently used passenger van! Our participants will be so happy to be driven around in style. We appreciate you, Mary!
AACORN is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and your gift will stay right here in Kalamazoo County to be used immediately to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities in your community. We are dependent on donations, both large and small, in order to build a successful agricultural community for adults with developmental disabilities in Kalamazoo County.
Here is a list of items we are in need of:
- Four Wheeler
- Washer and Dryer
- Fencing and Fencing Posts
- Commercial Kitchen
- A New Site Plan With Paved Driveway and Parking
- Residential Seed Money
- Corn Crib with Garage Building
- New Greenhouse
- New Pick-up Truck
- Riding Lawn Mower
- Furnishings for Activities Building
- Endowment Fund
- Participant Transportation
- File Sharing Platform
- Web Hosting Platform
- Emergency Generator
- Air Compressor
If you are able to donate, please contact Liz Farner at 269-998-0101. Financial donations are also welcome, if you are interested in donating, please visit AACORN Donations.
We see young adults who have not had many social opportunities choosing to hang out together like other young adults enjoy doing. This helps to build community among our participants.
Thank you to these foundations for their generous support of AACORN'S operations and skill-building program:
The Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
The Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
The Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Perrigo Charitable Foundation
The W.S. and Lois VanDalson Foundation
The Gary Sisters Foundation
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