Neighbors in Action

Community
11:40 am
Wed May 20, 2015

NIA: Hosanna House

Credit Courtesy of Hosanna House of Michigan

Wednesday on CS means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Hosanna House--an organization that works to get youth aging out of the foster care system find affordable and supportive housing. 

 Current State talks to executive director Karen Bacon and Nichole Martin, who coordinates the Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative (MYOI) for the Department of Health and Human Services in Ingham County. 

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Community
11:57 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Neighbors in Action: YMCA of Lansing

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about an organization you’re probably familiar with: the YMCA. What you might not know is the organization offers a lot more than swimming lessons, including programs for adult refugees and physical education programs in Lansing public schools.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Neighbors In Action: The Listening Ear

Wednesday on CS means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about Listening Ear, an organization that offers support and counseling to people in crisis.

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Community
11:44 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Neighbors in Action: ePIFany Now

Bob Hoffman is the man behind ePIFany Now.
Credit epifanynow.org/

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we look at ePIFany Now, an event coming up on Sunday. Participants will be given ideas on ways to pass kindness forward to others. Later that day, people will get back together to tell the stories of the things they did and the reactions of those they helped along the way.

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Community
11:31 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids, Barry & Eaton Counties

Deliah Underwood is a volunteer advocate with CASA for Kids of Eaton and Barry County.
Credit CASA for Kids of Eaton and Barry County

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we welcome back to the program CASA for Kids of Eaton and Barry County, which provides volunteer advocates for kids in family court.

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Community
11:03 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Sparrow's Nest

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we learn about Sparrow’s Nest, a program which teaches life skills to homeless women and helps them become homeowners.

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Community
11:42 am
Wed April 8, 2015

NIA: Life As a Zebra Foundation

Katie Dama Jaskolski experience with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome inspired her to found the non-profit Life as a Zebra Foundation to raise awareness and funding for rare diseases.
Credit April Van Buren / WKAR-MSU

Wednesday on CS means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about a non-profit in the Lansing area that raises money for research into rare diseases. 

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Community
11:15 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Housing Services Mid-Michigan

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we learn about Housing Services Mid Michigan, an Eaton County organization working to find affordable housing for homeless and low-income residents.

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Community
11:16 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Helping Women Period

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we talk to a new Lansing organization, Helping Women Period, working to help homeless women with an often unmet need: feminine hygiene supplies.

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Community
10:48 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan

The stories of families like that of Sonya Webster, aided by the Ronald McDonald House of mid-Michigan, can be found at rmhmm.org.
Credit http://rmhmm.org/

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we talk about an organization you might recgonize from the donation jar if you’ve picked up a Big Mac anytime lately: the Ronald McDonald House.

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Community
11:15 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Red Cross of Mid-Michigan

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about the Mid-Michigan chapter of an organization you’re probably pretty familiar with, the Red Cross.

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Community
11:38 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Autism Spectrum Partners Providing Instruction, Recreation, and Enrichment

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about a non-profit working to help young adults on the autism spectrum develop better social skills. Current State talks with the executive director of Autism Spectrum Partners Providing Instruction, Recreation, and Enrichment (ASPPIRE), executive director Bob Steinkamp, and program alum and current office manager and peer mentor Aileen Hecht.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Wednesday on Current State means Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn more about one of the cultural organizations of the Capital city, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.The Council celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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Community
11:33 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Sixty Plus

Credit http://www.cooley.edu/sixtyplus/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Sixty Plus, a non-profit law clinic that provides free legal assistance to low and moderate income seniors.

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Community
11:25 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Bikers for Books

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Bikers for Books, an organization that raises money for local schools through motorcycle rides and other fundraisers.

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Community
11:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Crosswalk Teen Center | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about Crosswalk Teen Center, a new after school and summer program for teens in the Charlotte area.

The Center is working to raise $10,000 for its operating costs with a GoFundMe campaign

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Community
11:20 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Tuesday Toolmen | WKAR

The Tuesday Toolmen volunteer to do fixup work for Lansing area senior citizens free of charge.
Credit http://www.glhc.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about the Tuesday Toolmen, a group of volunteer handymen who offer repairs and safety modifications for low-income seniors in the Lansing area.

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Community
11:24 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care | WKAR

Rose Zack (center) and Donna Odea (right) of Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care, with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about a group of Lansing area women raising money to help Lansing area non-profits thrive, Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care.

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Community
11:37 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Fostering Academics, Mentoring Excellence at MSU | WKAR

Andrea Martineau (center) and Sharonda Chaney (right) with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear from Fostering Academics, Mentoring Excellence, or FAME, an organization at MSU that helps students who have aged out of the foster care program be successful in college.

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Community
11:33 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Neighbors in Action: D.A.N.C.E, Inc. Lansing | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about a non-profit working to make dance classes affordable for low-income kids in Lansing, Detroit, and Romulus.

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Community
10:05 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing Food Bank | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. The holiday season can be a rough time for those among us who don’t have enough to eat, but it’s also the time when local food banks see their largest donation volume of the year. Today we take a trip to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, which is busy trying to clear out its stock over the next couple of weeks.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Southside Community Kitchen | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about the Southside Community Kitchen that serves meals to hungry residents on Lansing’s Southside.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Capital Area Down Syndrome Association | WKAR

Kierin Kerbawy is a self-advocate on CADSA’s board.
Credit http://www.cadsa.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place.

Today, we learn about the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, or CADSA, an organization that helps support people with Down Syndrome and their families.

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Community
11:02 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Tori Saves Christmas | WKAR

Credit facebook.com/groups/ToriSavesXmas/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about Tori Saves Christmas, a 24-hour “play date” that raises money to buy presents for kids in foster care.

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Community
10:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU Student Food Bank | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we talk about Michigan State University’s Student Food Bank.

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Community
11:27 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Neighbors in Action: New World Flood | WKAR

Todd Duckett of New World Flood
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we talk to New World Flood, a local non-profit that aims to create a culture of volunteerism in the Lansing and Kalamazoo areas.

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Community
11:49 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Youth Service Corps | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we’re talking about the Allen Neighborhood Center’s Youth Service Corps program, which uses urban agriculture to teach job and life skills to youth on Lansing’s Eastside.

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Community
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kids Repair Program | WKAR

The Kids Repair Program teaches mechanical skills to youngsters in the Lansing area.
Credit http://www.kidsrepairprogram.yolasite.com/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we hear from Kids Repair Program, a local organization that teaches bike maintenance and safety to Lansing area youth.

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Community
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Peckham, Inc. | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we hear from Peckham Incorporated, a non-profit that provides employment and job training for people with disabilities.

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Community
12:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

Children work on art projects at REACH Studio Art Center in Lansing.
Credit Flickr - REACH Studio

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we bring back REACH Studio Art Center, a local arts non-profit in Lansing. REACH is expanding their capacity by renovating an entire block of storefronts in the REO town neighborhood.

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