Community

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A long-standing dispute within a Lansing church has captured public attention for several months. Friendship Baptist Church on Pleasant Grove Road is a house divided. Two congregations, each with its own pastor and governance boards, are asserting their claim to the building. But the doors to the church have been barred since June, and neither side has since held services there.

Neighbors in Action: AmeriCorps of Michigan

Sep 10, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Michigan’s AmeriCorps program. The nationwide volunteer program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

Courtesy - Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

Federal officials define housing as affordable when it costs 30 percent or less of a household’s income. By that measure, more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties do not live in affordable housing, according to recent MSU research.

Neighbors in Action: VFW National Home for Children

Jul 30, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the VFW National Home for Children. The campus, located in Eaton Rapids, offers a nationwide help-line and has 42 single-family homes for families of active duty military or veterans from around the country.

Neighbors in Action: MSU's International Friendship Program

Jul 16, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the International Friendship Program at Michigan State University, an organization that aims to ease the transition for international students and connect Lansing residents with the world by sponsoring cross-cultural friendships.

Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP

Jul 2, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or MY Lansing CAP. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color.

WKAR/Kevin Lavery

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 Patriarche Park. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and Current State’s Kevin Lavery has been following their progress. 

Flickr - Muffet

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.

Neighbors in Action: Soup Grant Lansing

Feb 19, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Soup Grant Lansing, which hosts dinner events to raise micro-grants for community organizations. Joel Meredith and Heather Borden help run Soup Grant Lansing.

Ingham commissioners consider parks millage

Feb 13, 2014
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The Ingham County Board of Commissioners 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.

Neighbors in Action: Gateway Community Services

Aug 28, 2013
Courtesy of Gateway Community Services

Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week's Neighbors in Action segment  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. 

Gateway street outreach program manager Jennifer Cousineau and executive director Mark Morton join us to talk about their programs.

Timebanks foster community building

May 20, 2013

 Originally aired on March 12, 2013. 

Around the city of Lansing, grassroots volunteers are the lifeblood of neighborhood organizations trying to improve the quality of life.  

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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. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

Timebanks foster community building

Mar 12, 2013

Timebanks have been cropping up in cities  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 Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.

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