Neighbors in Action

Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

Dec 2, 2015
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Courtesy photo / REACH Studio Art Center

A small arts nonprofit in Lansing’s REO Town is expanding its footprint. For this week’s Neighbors in Action, we talk to REACH Studio Art Center Executive Director Alice Brinkman about their plans for new studio space.


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One of the best ways to prepare kids for adulthood is to educate them on finances and economics. We hear how Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan is working to do just that in our weekly Neighbors in Action segment.


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Courtesy photo / Homeless Angels

Our Neighbors in Action segment today marks National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The leader of one local organization has something in store to help spread awareness about homelessness. Mike Karl of Homeless Angels is living on the streets of Lansing all week with a camera, and livestreaming his experience to give the public a firsthand look at life on the streets.


Neighbors in Action: Refugee Development Center

Nov 11, 2015
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Courtesy photo / Refugee Development Center

This week's Neighbors in Action segment looks at the work done by the Refugee Development Center.


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Courtesy photo / Upward Bound

For Neighbors in Action this week, we’ll find out more about Upward Bound at MSU, an educational program that offers academic help to disadvantaged youth. We speak with Director Glenda Hammond and Debra Thornton, a former Upward Bound MSU student.


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Courtesy photo / End Violent Encounters (EVE)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. For Neighbors in Action this week we look at the organization End Violent Encounters (EVE) with Executive Director Erin Roberts and Advocacy Team Supervisor Windi Sterling.


Neighbors in Action: Ingham County Animal Shelter

Oct 21, 2015
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Courtesy photo / Ingham County Animal Shelter

Our Neighbors in Action segment this week looks at the Ingham County Animal Shelter.


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Big Brothers, Big Sisters--Michigan Capital Region

Those of us with siblings, especially older ones, can attest to the influence they had on us growing up, for better or worse. For today’s Neighbors in Action, Current State speaks with the Director of Development at Big Brothers, Big Sisters for the Michigan Capital Region Jesse Klinger, as well as Chris Gabler, a senior at East Lansing High who has been with his Big Brother for 10 years. 

Every Wednesday on Current State, we bring you Neighbors in Action, a look at an area organization working to make Greater Lansing a better place. 

There is more to the struggle of homelessness than just finding a place to live. Haven House in East Lansing goes beyond sheltering homeless families and helps them prepare for permanent housing by promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak with Haven House Executive Director Angie Mayeaux and Carla, a former Haven House resident.

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Neighbors in Action: Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank

Sep 30, 2015

Food, water, and shelter are basic needs, but for many in our community, so are diapers. For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to local nonprofit Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank working to distribute diapers to the greater Lansing families who need them.

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Our Neighbors in Action segment today is with the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), a group that exists to bridge the gap between the Lansing community and the work the UN is doing for peace around the world. Current State guest host Sue Carter talks with GLUNA President Lynn Bartley about the organization and its upcoming peace march.

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Governor Snyder designated this week a welcoming week for immigrants to celebrate the economic and cultural assets they bring to Michigan. For decades, St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been working to resettle refugees from all over the world to Lansing, and now they prepare to welcome a number of Syrians. That's this week's Neighbors in Action segment.


Neighbors in Action this week features a new project called Lansing Love Your Block. Current State speaks with Lansing Neighborhood Resource Coordinator Andi Crawford and Jeff Burdick, executive director of Ingham County Land Bank.


Neighbors in Action: Pink Arrow Pride

Sep 2, 2015
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Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Our Neighbors in Action this week features Pink Arrow Pride, an event in Lowell that raises money to support cancer patients. 


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On June 22nd, the town of Portland was devastated when a tornado passed through the town. Current State's Neighbors in Action segment this week looks at the Portland Community Association Fund, which has added a Portland Disaster Relief Fund to its work in the community.


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