12 Days of Giving: Jeff Kozinski

One of Jeff Kozinski’s favorite moments in his 23 years of teaching happened when one of his students broke down crying in front of him. The tears came when the student was working with Jeff on a project called Operation Christmas. As part of the project, the student made several […]

12 Days of Giving: Lacey Peters

Lacey Peters is constantly on the move. Whether it is shouting out instructions over the top of pop music as she instructs a Zumba class, running from meeting to meeting to help out with civic groups and volunteer projects, or transporting her children to afterschool activities, the member experience director […]

12 Days of Giving: Anjana Gupta

When Anjana Gupta met her little, she had no idea the ways it would change her life. “I’ve watched this little girl grow into a preteen,” says Anjana, a 36-year-old dentist from St. Joseph. “It’s been both terrifying and so great.” Anjana is a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big […]

12 Days of Giving: Ronald Butts

Ron Butts feels most in his element when surrounded by playful barks and purring felines, which makes sense, considering he grew up the son of a veterinarian. In 1991, Ron hung up his hat as an electrician after earning his degree in electronics, and took a job cleaning kennels at […]

12 Days of Giving: Breeze Ettl

Less than a week after beginning her role as executive director for the southwest Michigan branch of the American Red Cross, Breeze Ettl was tasked with an enormous project: organizing efforts to help with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “It’s really quiet around these offices right now,” the […]