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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Community engagement is only successful when it is an organic process originating from the hearts and minds of the residents in our community. Our job, as a community development organization is to be a resource in the community facilitating projects and discussions. We know from experience that engagement represents a mosaic of activities and people. NIBC supports these activities in several ways.

Building a Stronger Community with


The Battle Creek Police Department and NIBC invite you to connect with your neighbors and it’s FREE!

Nextdoor is a FREE private social network designed to connect neighbors to neighbors. Each of Battle Creek’s Neighborhood Planning Councils (NPCs) is an already defined “neighborhood” just waiting for you!

Examples of how Nextdoor neighbors can connect:

  • Multi-family garage sales
  • Find a great baby sitter or handyman
  • Enhance your Neighborhood Watch program
  • Get to know your neighbors

Join today and help make our neighborhoods stronger!

Hundreds of Battle Creek families have joined Nextdoor. You can too!

Here’s how to join your Nextdoor Neighborhood for FREE:

Step 1: Go to www.Nextdoor.com
STEP 2: Enter your address and email, then click the green button labeled “Find your neighborhood.”
STEP 3: Your Neighborhood Planning Council’s name will appear as your “neighborhood”. Enter your name and method for verifying your address. When your address is verified you are
registered! There is one more step to get this network rolling…
STEP 4: Select the green box to send free postcard invitations to your closest 20 neighbors! Confirm the “Send Postcards” and you are ready to start building a stronger and healthier neighborhood.

Get Ready Battle Creek Campaign

Being prepared for disasters is an unfortunate fact of life. Not being prepared would be irresponsible. Southwest Michigan Community Development Corporation is proud to support efforts to create a Citizens Corps of volunteers that will be trained and supported through the Battle Creek Cert Program and its “Get Ready Battle Creek Campaign”. Post-disaster efforts occur in three phases: Immediate response to basic needs, initial recovery phase, and long-term recovery phase. Many community and regional agencies focus on a single phase and each phase is equally important to the successful overall recovery of a community. Managing each phase of a community disaster requires knowledge of available community resources, organizational capacities and communication channels. The objective is to effectively manage the residual chaos of the disaster while addressing human needs and still meeting recovery goals.

Bringing to bear the experiences and expertise of partner agencies, the consortium will create a flexible, robust, and durable system to ensure that human services agencies are tightly networked, knowledgeable of each other’s services, and able to communicate openly and quickly.

For more information, please contact

Mike McKenzie, Administrator
Emergency Management/Homeland Security
Battle Creek Police Department
20 N. Division Street
Battle Creek, MI 49014
(269) 966-3550 office
(269) 962-0102 fax

Battle Creek CERT on Facebook

Conversations on Racial Equity

Included as one of our core values is our commitment to racial equity by supporting fair housing and other issues related to “developing the whole child,” including education, childhood health and food systems, and family economic security, all with a strong emphasis on eliminating the disparate outcomes for children based on race and poverty.

We have been engaged in supporting and protecting fair housing and lending from our beginning. One of the ways we are approaching this conversation is to be more intentional about our own awareness and how we approach our work. We have reached out to other groups, in a collaborative way to help us better communicate this message and seek way that we can spread the significance of racial equity throughout all our programs.

Neighborhood Crime Watch

You can make a difference in the safety of the Battle Creek community and our families! For more information, click here.

Fiscal Agents

We serve as fiscal agents for community groups and other non-profit organizations.

Neighborhood Planning Councils

We support this neighborhood-based and resident-led community engagement and leadership development structure. Click here for more information.