Neighbors in Action

Youth for Understanding photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Youth For Understanding is an international educational exchange program for students and adults founded in Michigan. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the local field manager, as well as a host parent and an exchange student who is here from Germany.


Hannah's House photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Hannah’s House of Lansing provides homeless expectant mothers with shelter and support so they can gain the emotional, physical, and spiritual strength they need to raise their child or pursue an adoption plan if they choose. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with staff members of Hannah’s House about the organization’s work.


ITEC photo
Courtesy photo / ITEC

It’s never too early to foster excitement for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) offers programs that teach technological skills to students from middle school up to adulthood.

La Leche League photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to La Leche League of East Lansing, an organization that provides support, encouragement, information and education to women who want to breastfeed.

Highfields photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

What began as a residential camp for troubled boys in Ingham County in 1962 is now a multi-purpose human services organization which every year gives more than 8,000 people the resources they need to turn their lives around. For Neighbors in Action we speak with the CEO of Highfields, Inc. and a Highfields client involved in one of their programs.

SNAP education photo
Courtesy photo / SNAP Education

You might know of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides benefits to low income individuals and families. But did you know about SNAP-Ed? It involves a series of different food education and cooking classes for adults and youth. For Neighbors in Action we speak with the people running these programs in mid-Michigan.


Legal Services of South Central Michigan provides free civil legal assistance to low income persons contending with homelessness, domestic violence and other challenges here in Ingham and 12 other counties. For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk with their supervising attorney in Ingham County, Elizabeth Rios.


Lansing garden photo
Heather Spotts

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing will be hosting their Garden Tour this weekend. For Neighbors in Action, we find out more with their executive director Cindie Alwood and the coordinator of the tour, Heather Spotts.


Peckham Self-Advocacy team photo
Stacey Locke / Peckham Inc.

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about the Self-Advocacy Team at Peckham Inc. The team helps employees work for disability rights.


Thunder on the Grand photo
Courtesy photo / Thunder on the Grand

Thunder on the Grand is a nonprofit that raises money for young cancer patients in Michigan by throwing a huge annual event. This year’s theme is “Mad About Cancer,” with Mad Max inspired activities. We find out all about it in today's Neighbors in Action segment.


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.


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.


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