Community

Dr. Felipe Lopez Sustaita photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week we learn about the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan from its relatively new executive director, Felipe Lopez Sustaita.


Silver Bells in the City tree photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The 32nd annual Silver Bells In The City kicks off today in downtown Lansing and we could see a lot of people there if the nice weather holds out. We talk about it with Downtown Lansing Inc. executive director Mindy Biladeau.


Marta Werbanowska and Denise Paquette photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine a community organization with more than 500 volunteers! You could be imagining the roster of volunteers for Lansing’s Allen Neighborhood Center. The ANC’s Denise Paquette and Marta Webanowska join us for Neighbors in Action.


MSU Student Parent Resource Center photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about the MSU Student Parent Resource Center within the MSU Family Resource Center. They help MSU students who also happen to be parents navigate college life.


shopping cart food photo
Waldo Jaquith / flickr creative commons

It’s November already, and many of us are starting to think about Thanksgiving. It’s also the time of year when people think about donating to local food banks. One of mid-Michigan’s largest operations is trying new ways of targeting food to those most in need. We talk with Joe Wald of the Greater Lansing Food Bank.


John Leask photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with John Leask of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, also known as The Reading People.


Vickie Smith and Peggy Vaughn-Payne photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action, we catch up with Northwest Initiative, the non-profit that works to strengthen and sustain healthy communities in Lansing’s "grand neighborhoods."


Andrea Martineau  and Justin McElwee photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

About 400 MSU students identify themselves as having experienced foster care or some form of "out of home" living situation, including homelessness. For Neighbors in Action, we learn about MSU's Fostering Academics Mentoring Program (FAME).


Erica Schmittdiel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for Neighbors in Action we hear from MSU Safe Place about the work they do to help victims of domestic violence and abuse.


Cassandra Shavrnock photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Today is the traditional celebration of Columbus Day, but in East Lansing, the city council has decided to instead observe Indigenous People’s Day. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with two people involved in the observance.


Young Entrepreneurs Academy photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we find out about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce that teaches students how to start and run their own businesses.


Human Trafficking photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A conference this week in Ann Arbor aims to fight human trafficking in our state. We talk with the director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, Jane White, and Judge Michelle Rick, a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.


Kristen Shelley East Lansing Public Library photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A big renovation project at the East Lansing Public Library is wrapping up. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with library director Kristin Shelley about all the changes.


Sarah Jennings photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The star-studded Athena Conference is designed to promote leadership and empowerment for women of all ages. We discuss the program with chairperson Sarah Jennings.


David Bard photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Area United Methodist Church

Churches of all denominations are grappling with issues ranging from a loss of membership to LGBTQ inclusion. The United Methodist Church in Michigan has a new leader who’s trying to forge a way ahead for his congregation. We talk with Bishop David Bard about those challenges.


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