Community http://wkar.org en Community rallies to rebuild EL park http://wkar.org/post/community-rallies-rebuild-el-park <p>A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/playgroundinthepark/" target="_blank">Patriarche Park</a>. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and <em>Current State’s</em> Kevin Lavery has been following their progress.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:43:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55455 at http://wkar.org Community rallies to rebuild EL park Lansing official: New state legislation exacerbates energy assistance shortage http://wkar.org/post/lansing-official-new-state-legislation-exacerbates-energy-assistance-shortage <p></p><p>This winter has been brutal for all of us; the extra snow, cold, and ice that we’ve been having this season have taken an especially rough toll on those who are living on low and fixed incomes. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:50:15 +0000 Current State 49622 at http://wkar.org Lansing official: New state legislation exacerbates energy assistance shortage Ingham commissioners consider parks millage http://wkar.org/post/ingham-commissioners-consider-parks-millage <p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://bc.ingham.org/">Ingham County Board of Commissioners</a> is looking at a possible county parks millage. Earlier this week, the body asked its County Services committee to begin work on a draft proposal. The focus of a millage would primarily be an expansion of Lansing’s Rivertrail network. </span> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Current State 49315 at http://wkar.org Ingham commissioners consider parks millage Neighbors in Action: Gateway Community Services http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-gateway-community-services <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Neighbors in Action segment&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;features Gateway Community Services, which has offered a wide array of services for the tri-county area’s at-risk youth for more than 40 years.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:40:42 +0000 Current State 41431 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Gateway Community Services Timebanks foster community building http://wkar.org/post/timebanks-foster-community-building-0 <p></p><p><em>&nbsp;Originally aired on March 12, 2013.&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:26:20 +0000 Current State 36136 at http://wkar.org Lansing's grassroots leaders taking matters into their own hands http://wkar.org/post/lansings-grassroots-leaders-taking-matters-their-own-hands <p><span style="line-height: 17.5pt; font-family: Cambria, serif;">Around the city of Lansing, grassroots volunteers are the lifeblood of neighborhood organizations trying to improve the quality of life. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:35:24 +0000 Current State 33497 at http://wkar.org Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation http://wkar.org/post/lansings-financial-empowerment-center-one-five-nation <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/LansingFinancialEmpowermentCenter" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing’s center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> opened yesterday.</span></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:04:05 +0000 Current State 33123 at http://wkar.org Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation Timebanks foster community building http://wkar.org/post/timebanks-foster-community-building <p></p><p><a href="http://www.mitimebanks.org/">Timebanks</a> have been cropping up in cities &nbsp;across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new <a href="http://www.mitimebanks.org/">Lansing Timebank</a>, as well as <a href="http://timebankmedia.org/events/celebrate-timebanking-in-transition-weekend/timebank-training-stephanie-rearick/">Stephanie Rearick</a>, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:32:49 +0000 Current State 32537 at http://wkar.org Food Bank Results! Thank you! http://wkar.org/post/food-bank-results-thank-you <div>WKAR's drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank brought in a grand total of 880 pounds, which was picked up and weighed on December 19.The total packed three filled-to-the-brim laundry carts.</div><div><p></p><p>A large amount of this food came from the drop-off point at the MSU Library. Thanks to Ruth Ann Jones, Holly Flynn and student Adam for collecting it and then bringing it over here to add to the grand total. This is our second year partnering with the library and their collection really makes a difference.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:15:37 +0000 Jeanie Croope 28524 at http://wkar.org Food Bank Results! Thank you! Food Bank Drive at WKAR and MSU Library http://wkar.org/post/food-bank-drive-wkar-and-msu-library <p>WKAR is pleased to again host a drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15.</p><p>The drive is a tradition at WKAR, with last year's collection weighing in at 978 pounds. The goal for this season's drive is to surpass 1,000 pounds of food and personal products. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:49:55 +0000 Jeanie Croope 26002 at http://wkar.org Food Bank Drive at WKAR and MSU Library WKAR Holds Annual Drive for Greater Lansing Food Bank http://wkar.org/post/wkar-holds-annual-drive-greater-lansing-food-bank <p>WKAR Radio and Television are collecting food items for Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 1641 at http://wkar.org