Community

Neighbors in Action: Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank

Sep 30, 2015

Food, water, and shelter are basic needs, but for many in our community, so are diapers. For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to local nonprofit Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank working to distribute diapers to the greater Lansing families who need them.


St. Michael's, Flint Mass Mob
Courtesy photo / Sean Hughes

Catholic churches have seen a decline in attendance, and a movement called Mass Mob wants to bring it back up. Mass Mob has made its way from New York to Detroit, and now to mid-Michigan. We speak with co-founder of the Detroit Mass Mob, Thom Mann, and Rudy Haapala, a parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Flint.


Our Neighbors in Action segment today is with the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), a group that exists to bridge the gap between the Lansing community and the work the UN is doing for peace around the world. Current State guest host Sue Carter talks with GLUNA President Lynn Bartley about the organization and its upcoming peace march.

Pop-Up Story: ‘Dining Hall Segregation’

Sep 22, 2015
Karen Blackman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up Story today on the theme of “Hungry and Fed.” At our first Pop-Up Story event, Karen Blackman described how the civil rights movement changed her life.


St. Vincent logo

Governor Snyder designated this week a welcoming week for immigrants to celebrate the economic and cultural assets they bring to Michigan. For decades, St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been working to resettle refugees from all over the world to Lansing, and now they prepare to welcome a number of Syrians. That's this week's Neighbors in Action segment.


Dennis Rodeman photo
Courtesy image / City of Lansing

The Lansing Fire Department is saying goodbye to one of its own today. Firefighter and Marine Corps veteran Dennis Rodeman will be laid to rest today. Thousands of people are expected at MSU for his memorial service. We hear from two of Dennis Rodeman’s fellow firemen.


Pop-Up Stories: Allen Neighborhood Center

Sep 14, 2015
Matt Jason telling a story
Bill Richards / WKAR

Listen to the stories from Current State's first Pop-Up Stories event at Allen Neighborhood Center on September 9, 2015. 

Meridian Township Police patch
Courtesy image / Meridian Township Police Department

For 17 years, the Meridian Township Police Department has invited those it serves to get an up close look at day to day life behind the Thin Blue Line. The township’s Police Citizens Academy is an outreach tool that both officers and participants say pays dividends in trust. Current State’s Kevin Lavery previews this year’s session.


Neighbors in Action this week features a new project called Lansing Love Your Block. Current State speaks with Lansing Neighborhood Resource Coordinator Andi Crawford and Jeff Burdick, executive director of Ingham County Land Bank.


Neighbors in Action: Pink Arrow Pride

Sep 2, 2015
pink arrow pride banner in Lowell
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Our Neighbors in Action this week features Pink Arrow Pride, an event in Lowell that raises money to support cancer patients. 


school children at the Lansing Center
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The city of Lansing and a number of public and private organizations are  helping to provide basic services for hundreds of children heading back to school. Current State’s Kevin Lavery stopped by the Lansing Center to talk to some of the people involved. 

Public school children all over Michigan are savoring their last week of summer vacation before classes resume next week.  Their parents, of course, are busy getting them ready for the big day.  

Portland Community Fund Association logo

On June 22nd, the town of Portland was devastated when a tornado passed through the town. Current State's Neighbors in Action segment this week looks at the Portland Community Association Fund, which has added a Portland Disaster Relief Fund to its work in the community.


Hear, Here: birthday boy's racecar ride

Aug 6, 2015
Hear, Here logo
April Van Buren / WKAR

  Current State listener Deb Smith gave her husband Joe Lowe a ride along in a NASCAR vehicle at the Michigan International Speedway for his 68th birthday. It sounds like a very exciting birthday, if we do say so ourselves. 

Deb was kind enough to send along an audio snapshot of his car departing the pit, so your ears could come along for the ride. 

 

Neighbors in Action: Resolution Services

Aug 5, 2015

A dispute between neighbors or a fight between high school students are pretty common. But sometimes those disputes become contentious and can land people in court or end with students suspended or expelled. For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we talk with Resolution Services, a non-profit that helps people resolve those conflicts before they get to that point.


Clyde Mayer photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Thousands of members of an elite Boy Scouting organization called the Order of the Arrow are on the MSU campus this week. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Order of the Arrow team leader Clyde Mayer about their emphasis on serving others.


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