Neighbors in Action

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
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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.