Neighbors in Action

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.


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.


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.


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