Neighbors in Action

Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Open Door Ministry

Housed at the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, the Open Door Ministry has been providing key personal needs such as hot meals, laundry and phone services for homeless people for 30 years.
Credit Courtesy of Open Door Ministry

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Open Door Ministry, a non-profit day drop-in center where homeless individuals can rest, eat and do laundry.

Dennis Ranville, co-director of Open Door Ministry, talks about the people his organization serves and poverty in downtown Lansing. And Ira Savage, a current volunteer and formerly homeless client at Open Door, joins the conversation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:43 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Neighbors in Action: LAP Respite Center

Lansing Area Parents’ Respite Center is made of families that aid in the care for children with autism, autism like behaviors and physical disabilities.
Credit Courtesy of the Lap Respite Center

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature LAP Respite Center, a non-profit organization that offers different respite programs for families living in tri-county area of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. These programs provides caring services for parents of children with disabilities.

John Stauffer, executive director of the LAP Respite Center, and Nancy Guettler, who has been taking her son to the LAP for 20 years, discuss their experience with the program.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:44 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

REACH Studio Art Center is holding the summer camp beginning in June.
Credit Courtesy of REACH Studio Art

 For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature REACH Studio Art Center, a non-profit neighborhood space in REO Town. For ten years, the REACH Studio Art Center offered art classes and art-related activities for children and teenagers.

Alice Brinkman, founder and director of REACH Studio Art Center, discusses her organization’s latest projects.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:28 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Habitat for Humanity

The Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity plans to build four new houses this year and rehab two. For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, Denise Paquette, executive director of Lansing Habitat, and future Habitat resident, Monica List, discuss the organization’s work.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Jaycees

The Lansing Jaycees' annual 'Stuff the Bus' event partners with CATA and asks people to donate items to families during the holidays. Last year they helped 44 children.
Credit Courtesy of Angela Clock

From the annual Capitol Easter Egg Hunt to collecting toys and school supplies for needy families, the Lansing Jaycees hold more than 20 community service events a year.

For our Neighbors in Action segment, Lansing Jaycees Angela Clock and Charlie Root discuss the community service work of one of Michigan’s oldest chapters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: All Saints Episcopal Church's Teen After School Center

About 50 youth from Lansing and East Lansing attend the Teen After School Program at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Credit Courtesy of Andrew Shirota


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Radio Made in Michigan
3:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Current State #33 | February 27, 2013

Lansing's Kerns Hotel burned to the ground in December 1934. The fire, however, spawned a volunteer organization that still exists today in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of the Capital Area District Library


Today on Current State: Spartan women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant; author Winona LaDuke on Native American struggles with the U.S. military; the unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics; opera star Renee Fleming; and Neighbors in Action features Lansing's Box 23. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Box 23

In 1934, 34 people were killed as the Hotel Kerns in Lansing burned to the ground.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Capital Area District Library

Lansing’s Box 23 has supported the city's fire department for 75 years.  The all-volunteer group provides refreshments and support to firefighters as they battle the worst fires.  The name comes from the firebox used to call in the massive fire at Lansing’s Kerns Hotel in December 1934.

Longtime Box 23 member Dave Rule and Lansing firefighter Steve Babcock share Box 23’s long history and explain what it’s all about.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Closing the Digital Gap

Instructors like Sharon Courtland at Closing the Digital Gap help Lansing area residents improve their computer skills.
Credit Courtesy of Closing the Digital Gap

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we feature Closing the Digital Gap, a Lansing-based non-profit that provides computers and computer training to low-income adults and families.

Executive Director Marcus Jefferson explains how his organization helps bridge the technical divide between rich and poor.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:54 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Neighbors in Action: ePIFanyNOW

Since 2009, ePIFanyNOW's events, which promote random acts of kindness, have steadily grown in popularity. Above, the February 2012 participants.
Credit Courtesy of Bob Hoffman

Each Wednesday in our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place.

This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.

For this week, we look at ePIFanyNOW, which organizes at least two events a year where everyone and anyone is invited to gather together and pass kindness forward. Started in 2009, the events have drawn so much interest that last year, ePIFanyNOW was featured on the CBS Evening News.

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Education
5:35 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing RIF

Each Wednesday on our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place.  This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.

This week we look more closely at the Lansing chapter of Reading is Fundamental, or RIF. RIF is a national program that encourages children around the country to read. Jennifer Otto, the director of Lansing RIF, shares what it's like to open a child's mind with a book.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:45 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Current State #13 | January 30, 2013

Lansing City Council President Carol Wood makes an announcement about her political future on today's show.
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Today on Current State: Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, business start-ups with the NEO Center, serving the local homeless population, and a preview of the BBC's Concert Orchestra performance at the Wharton Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Current State #8 | January 23, 2013

Sam Singh, newly elected State Representative for the 69th District, is the first Indian-American elected to the Michigan legislature. Above, Singh joins host Mark Bashore (left) in the 'Current State' studio.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On today's Current State:  The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

Thousands gathered at the capitol on December 11, 2012 to protest Governor Rick Snyder's signing of so-called 'right-to-work' legislation.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On today's Current State: MPRN's Rick Pluta previews Governor Snyder's "State of the State" address, Ingham County's eviction prevention program, Neighbors in Action with the Allen Neighborhood Center, and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

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