Community

Brooke Allen in Old Town Lansing
Katie Cook / WKAR

Our new Morning Edition host, Brooke Allen, spends some time getting to know Lansing.


Helping Women Period photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about Helping Women Period, a group that assists women in need obtain feminine hygiene products.


Marissa Nalley
Scott Pohl / WKAR

World Refugee Day is coming up, and the city of Lansing has created an entire week of events to celebrate the resiliency of refugees. St. Vincent Catholic Charities is hosting the week of events that kicks off Saturday. We speak with St. Vincent’s community outreach coordinator, Marissa Nalley.


Helping Hands Respite Care photo
Courtesy photo / Helping Hands Respite Care

Helping Hands Respite Care's mission is to improve the quality of life for families caring for children and adults with disabilities, chronic illness or age-related conditions.


Cristo Rey photo
Courtesy photo / Cristo Rey

Since 1968, Cristo Rey Community Center has been working to provide access to food, medical care and counseling for the most vulnerable in the Lansing community. For this week's Neighbors in Action segment, we catch up with Executive Director Joe Garcia.


ePIFanyNow photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The mission of ePIFanyNow is to create a revolution of positive, transformational experiences through acts of kindness. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with founder Bob Hoffman and two recipients of the organization’s Y-PIF award, which is given to youth in the Lansing community who are “passing kindness forward.”


Dr. Farha Abbasi and Thom Dye photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week we hear the dream of one local man who’d like to see an East Lansing student apartment complex become a home for arriving refugees.


Listening Ear photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center provides free and confidential service for telephone and walk-in clients in crisis. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with Recruitment and Orientation Director Ian Jacobs and Media Liaison Director Carly Geraci.


Brandy Johnson and Ashley Justice photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The Michigan College Access Network’s mission is to increase college readiness, participation, and completion for Michigan’s high school students. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak to MCAN’s founder Brandy Johnson and Waverly High School counselor Ashley Justice.


WKAR illustration

We talk with Engagement Editor Matt Hund about recent Lansing State Journal opinion page columns.


Hounds of GRACE photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

After Greyhounds retire from being racing dogs, they need to find “forever homes.” Hounds of GRACE is a Michigan non-profit dedicated to making that happen. For Neighbors in Action, we talk to their Vice President Gene Parker and Melissa Williams, who has adopted Greyhounds through the organization.


Shanna Draheim and Peter Kageyama photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do we improve the cities and towns we live in, and how do we make those spaces richer and more rewarding? We consider those questions with placemaking expert Peter Kageyama and East Lansing city council member Shanna Draheim before a workshop called "Love EL."


National Council on Alcoholism photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The National Council on Alcoholism/Lansing Regional Area is the longest serving alcohol and other drug treatment agency in the Greater Lansing area, serving the community for over 50 years. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the NCA/LRA’s Jessica Robinson and a participant in one of their recovery programs.


Pop-Up Stories: ‘Bad Cop, Worse Cop’

Apr 20, 2016
Chuck Upshaw photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another story from our most recent Pop-Up Stories event, this time from Chuck Upshaw.


Faces of Flint: entrepreneur sees beyond crisis to brighter future

Apr 15, 2016

We wrap up our "Faces of Flint" series with a man who's investing in the city despite the ongoing water crisis.


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