Neighbors in Action

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.


National Council on Alcoholism photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The National Council on Alcoholism/Lansing Regional Area is the longest serving alcohol and other drug treatment agency in the Greater Lansing area, serving the community for over 50 years. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the NCA/LRA’s Jessica Robinson and a participant in one of their recovery programs.


Kelly Koerner photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially hard for children who may be too young to understand and process that kind of grief. For this week’s Neighbors in Action we talk to Kelly Koerner, associate program director of Ele’s Place, a non-profit where children can receive grief counseling and find peer support.


Kevin Lavery, WKAR

The Greater Lansing area has many shelters and organizations to help the homeless.

But Gateway Youth Services is the only one for homeless and unaccompanied youth.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Gateway Youth Services director Jennifer McMann and outreach coordinator Sophia Estrada Ferrera.

Girls on the Run photo
Courtesy photo / Visual Series photography

Girls on the Run is a non-profit that not only inspires girls to become independent thinkers, but teaches them healthy exercise habits. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the director and one of the coaches that works with the Mid-Michigan chapter to find out how they do it.


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