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Haven House’s Adopt a Child Program Gives Children the Tools to Succeed

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Adopt-a-Child for Back to School program at Haven House matches community members with children who have left Haven House in the past year, or currently live at the shelter. “We ask the families what their children need for back to school and then you shop for those items” including school uniforms, coats, shoes, and play clothes: says Leah Weidner, the organization’s Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator.

Senior Pets for Senior People offers affection and attention for all

Monday, July 18, 2016

Above: Linda Saloff, 69,  of East Lansing had never petted a kitten before because of a lifelong fear of cats. She overcame that fear at the Senior Pets for Senior People event Friday, stroking three-month-old Letty as she was held by Sydney Babcock, 16. 

Linda Saloff is 69 years old and for every single one of those years, she has been afraid of cats. Not allergic, not ambivalent, but fearful. Until today.

Foods for Living Offers a rainbow after Friday's Storm

Thursday, July 14, 2016

When last week’s storm hit East Lansing, Foods for Living grocery store lost power for more than 30 hours. But what they found in their time of darkness was a sense of community.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday July 9, Foods for Living put a post on their Facebook page asking for people or organizations who need food to come and get their dairy and deli foods before they spoiled. The post was shared more than 168 times. By 2:20 p.m. they had updated the post to say that all the food had been given away.

Pagan Food Pantry Joins Fight Against Hunger

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

“May You Never Hunger, May You Never Thirst” is the motto of Pagans In Need, an organization located in the Metro Detroit area, dedicated to serving the many diverse needs of its’ clientele. PIN recently opened a food bank in Lansing, which is filled and maintained by supporters of the organization, and is stocked with food and clothing for those who might need a little extra help.

East Lansing Woman, MSU students Aid Refugees on Island of Lesvos

Saturday, February 27, 2016

East Lansing resident, Sophia Koufopoulou, recently gave a talk at MSU about the refugee crisis on the Greek Island of Lesvos. The talk, sponsored by the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and James Madison College, looked specifically at the local and international responses to the massive influx of refugees landing on the island during the period of January 2015 to present day.

"Load the Library" Fundraiser Supports Donley Elementary

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On March 24th, 6:30-8pm, Donley Elementary is hosting a fundraiser in order to update and build upon their current library collection/catalog. The event includes a silent auction and family-friendly activities with a theme to honor Dr. Seuss. The event has been in the works since last spring and added to the calendar as of August 2015. Organizers Jeff Powers and Bree Anderson of the Donley PTO aim to make the library accessible for all of the students that attend the school. Why the library? “The library is the heart and soul of the building,” Powers said.

Ingham County Expecting Hundreds of Refugees - Here's How to Help

Friday, December 4, 2015

For Judi Harris and her staff at St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services, supporting refugees in the greater Lansing area isn’t about politics. “This is a labor of love” she says. “This is serving our faith. This is feeding our souls.”

Updated: Cristo Rey Community Center Thanksgiving Event

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. This week many of us will be busy shopping for delicious food, planning family dinners, and packing to travel to be with loved ones all over the area and the country.

But what if you didn’t have the means to shop? What if there was no one to make plans with? What if this season didn’t seem to give you much to be thankful for? Wouldn’t it be great if there were someone to reach out to you in that moment where you thought there was nothing, and give you a great something for which to be thankful?


Friday, May 15, 2015

Image: This month's Jazz Night at East Lansing High School, where Michael Dease performed as the Draggoo family-funded visiting artist

This Sunday at 11 am, visitors to the East Lansing Art Festival can hear East Lansing High School’s Jazz Band 1 perform works by Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Bobby Timmons, and more. Those who have heard this group know that, under the direction of Dave Larzelere, the ensemble’s sound is of a remarkably high quality for high school musicians.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: "From a friend. Stay warm."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

For a little over two years I was an intern at (SCENE) Metrospace, an
alternative contemporary art gallery and performance space in downtown East
Lansing. Tim Lane, director/curator had planned a meeting at 1:30 pm to review Metrospace business. When I arrived, I noticed there was a pretty big box, about 3 feet by 3 feet sitting next to the chair that I sit in.

“What’s this?”

“I don’t know, I found it outside the door when I came in. Look at the

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Family Ties Lead to Lasting Memorial

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Al Wolf and Ed Graham both taught Humanities at Michigan State, both joining the department in the mid-1960s and retiring in the early the 1990s. As the two raised their families in East Lansing, Ed and his wife Leah family became close friends with Al and his wife Emily, and their children grew up as friends.  The Graham children spent hours at the Wolf’s house exploring Emily’s dress-up trunk and staging historical dramas, and Ed famously broke his leg sliding into a base during a pickup baseball game in the Wolf’s back yard.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: East Lansing Family Supporting Kenyan Girls’ School

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sometimes on a July afternoon, as I slog through the red mud of a rural road in Kenya carrying a backpack full of picture books and watching tropical birds flit through the ancient trees overhead, I reflect on the surprising path that brought an Iowa farm girl to this unusual “second job.” My husband, Richard, and I have lived in the Lansing area since 1990 and in East Lansing since 1998, but every July, I spend four weeks in Kenya, working on our project of building a secondary school for girls in a rural village and conducting literacy outreach programs at rural elementary schools.


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