Community

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.


Engagement is goal for key LSJ editor

May 2, 2016
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 Story: ‘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.


Kelly Koerner photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially hard for children who may be too young to understand and process that kind of grief. For this week’s Neighbors in Action we talk to Kelly Koerner, associate program director of Ele’s Place, a non-profit where children can receive grief counseling and find peer support.


Our "Faces of Flint" series continues with the story of the Hispanic Technology and Community Center in Flint. We hear from volunteers working to keep the center running to meet the community’s needs.


Faces of Flint: Family touts city’s pockets of promise

Apr 12, 2016

For years, images of Flint have captured the city’s various challenges: joblessness, poverty, and crime. And that was before the city’s water crisis. Meet the Hermans, a family who still proudly calls Flint their home town.


Pop-Up Story: ‘The Gate Crasher’

Apr 12, 2016
Al Martin Pop-Up Story
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up Story from our most recent storytelling event. The theme was “lucky break.” This one is from WKAR’s Al Martin, and it’s about avoiding trouble at a former workplace.


Faces of Flint: Rapper Mama Sol uses music to uplift community

Apr 11, 2016

Our "Faces of Flint" series kicks off with the story of hip hop artist Mama Sol, who was born and raised in the city of Flint. She’s using her music to uplift her hometown while it struggles to recover from the water crisis there.


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