Neighbors in Action

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Current State speaks with Ginna Holmes, director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and  Jamie-Lee Venable about HelpforFlint.com.

Capital Area Literacy Coalition photo
Courtesy photo / Capital Area Literacy Coalition

According to the Census Survey taken in 2012, twenty percent of adults in the Greater Lansing area are functionally illiterate. The Capital Area Literacy Coalition is a non-profit working to change that number. Our Neighbors in Action conversation this week is with Executive Director Dr. Lois Bader and volunteer Col. John Leask about the organization.


Neighbors in Action: Meals on Wheels

Jan 13, 2016
Meals on Wheels photo
Carl Buonodono / Meals on Wheels

Current State's Neighbors in Action segment this week features Meals on Wheels, a program that distributes food to seniors in the Lansing area.


City Rescue Mission of Lansing photo
Courtesy photo / City Rescue Mission of Lansing

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing is a non-profit that strives to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, and children struggling with homelessness in Michigan's capital area. Over the last year or so, they have made changes and expanded some of their services. Neighbors in Action this week is with Executive Director Mark Criss and Randy Barton, director of men’s ministries.


Neighbors in Action: Point West Art and Trail Project

Dec 23, 2015
Point West Art and Trail Project aerial view
Kimberly Dietzel / Michigan State University School of Planning Design and Construction

Our Neighbors in Action segment today focuses on several neighborhoods on the west side of Lansing, where a new public art and trail project is taking shape.


Greater Lansing Food Bank photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Caring for the poor and hungry is a natural impulse for many people around the holidays. Food banks tend to be busy in December, moving product in and out. Here in mid-Michigan, the Greater Lansing Food Bank is confronting an issue facing many others across the country: more demand, yet fewer donations. Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with executive director Joe Wald.


Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

Dec 2, 2015
REACH Studio Art Center photo
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.


Junior Achievement photo
Courtesy photo / Junior Achievement

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.


Homeless Angels photo
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
Refugee Development Center photo
Courtesy photo / Refugee Development Center

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


Upward Bound photo
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.


EVE photo
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
Animal Shelter photo
Courtesy photo / Ingham County Animal Shelter

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


children in green shirts
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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