Posts Tagged ‘nonprofit’

Potter Park Zoological Society

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

When it officially opened in 1920, Potter Park Zoo became Michigan’s first public zoo and has continued to provide visitors with the opportunity to understand the importance of science and nature for almost a century. Situated on nearly 100 acres and featuring more than 600 animals representing 160 different species, Potter Park Zoo is one of Lansing’s greatest assets. “Each day at Potter Park we work to inspire people to become better stewards of our natural world,” said Zoo Director Read more [...]

Lansing Area Safety Council

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

The Lansing Area Safety Council is a unique nonprofit organization that has been serving the community since 1939 when it started as a grassroots gathering. Executive Director Allie Whitford said they offer services ranging from traffic to children’s safety. “Our mission is to promote safety in the Lansing community through various forms of education,” Whitford said. “We are proud of our history of helping people in the Lansing area and we look forward to continuing our growth.” Whitford Read more [...]

Haven House

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Nonprofit Profile

Celebrating their 30-year anniversary, Angie Mayeaux, executive director of Haven House, said the nonprofit service has moved more than 150 families from emergency situations into housing and stability this year alone. Haven House is an emergency housing shelter and support center for families. Previously a sorority house, Haven House is located at 121 Whitehills in East Lansing and has seven bedrooms, allowing for 28 residents at a time. Something that Mayeaux said sets Haven House apart from Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: A New Nonprofit, A New Legacy

Written by Tashmica Torok. Posted in Columns, Mother Flippin'

I was born stargazing. Instead of coming out of my mother’s birth canal facing downward, I assumed the less likely position of facing upward causing my mother a longer and more painful birth. My mother was in labor for 24 long hours with no epidural. God bless her. When I announced that I would be sharing my personal survival story with 100 people on July 31, I was not thinking about how I was born. I was thinking about a particular memory in my childhood that I had been researching for a book Read more [...]

Spartan Child Development Center

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

The early development of children is a big deal for parents, and it’s hard to choose who you can trust with your children. Spartan Child Development Center understands this and makes sure to include parents in everything that they do; eight of the 16 board members are parents with children in the center. “We think of all parents as members of our center and that they should have a part in it,” says Emelia Brown, the Administrative Director for the Spartan Child Development Center. After Read more [...]

Miracle League of Mid-Michigan

Written by Katie Kaczanowski. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Can you imagine not being able to run the bases after you hit a home run? Or not being able to see the joy in your child’s face after they win a baseball game? For many children and young adults with special needs and their families this is a reality. However, the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan is changing this. The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan gives children and young adults with special needs the chance to play baseball in a safe, inclusive and fun environment, regardless of their abilities. “The Read more [...]

Nonprofit: NAMI Lansing

Written by Andrew Rickerman. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lansing is a United Way affiliate and the Tri-county’s Voice on mental illness — dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families who are affected by neurobiological brain disorders through support, education, advocacy and research. The volunteers of NAMI Lansing work to provide people with resources and a sense of hope. “When families have a member with an illness they are faced with multiple layers of stress and trauma,” said Read more [...]

Esperanza en Acción

Written by Ellen Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Despite the hard work that goes into their beautiful pieces of artwork, hand-crafted bags, baskets and more, many artisans in Nicaragua often times cannot provide for the basic needs of their families. A lack of business knowledge and tools leave many artisans without enough resources. Something had to be done to change how trade worked in the region. Enter Esperanza en Acción. The nonprofit, based in Okemos was founded in 2002 by Shannon Howard. Howard met two artisans while visiting Read more [...]

Highfields: Helping Families for 50 Years

Written by Ellen Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Founded in 1962, Highfields was created to give those in need a second chance. Based on the concept that people can change if they have the right opportunities, Highfields offers an array of counseling, intervention, training and support services to individuals and families. Highfields has grown since its beginning as a small camp for troubled boys. “Today, that is actually one of our smallest programs. We now offer a continuum of services following the entire life span,” said Brian Philson, Read more [...]

Women’s Caring Program

Written by Ellen Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

The Women’s Caring Program is a local nonprofit that helps to provide quality licensed childcare for families. “Carol Walters, who was a state employee living in Lansing, founded the group that would later become known as the Women’s Caring Program,” said Maureen McNulty-Saxton, long-time volunteer of The Women’s Caring Program. The program started in Walters’ home in 1979 from a small circle of women who had a growing concern about working mothers’ ability to pay for quality childcare. After Read more [...]

Woldumar Nature Center

Written by Ellen Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

In search of an outdoor adventure this summer? Look no further — Woldumar Nature Center in Lansing is the perfect place for those in need of a lot of sunshine and nature. “Woldumar is a great spot for those looking for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life,” said Executive Director Lori McSweeney. McSweeney, who grew up camping and exposed to lots of outdoor experiences, first attended college to study the environment. Later she switched to a business degree, making Read more [...]

The Benefit of Ballet: Children’s Ballet Theatre

Written by Brandon Kirby. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Enrolling your child in the Children’s Ballet Theatre in Old Town becomes, not just an experience and responsibility for them, but for the entire family. For Caryn Rhodes, who serves as board chair, and many other families within their ballet performance company who can testify, the extra work is always worth it. Made up of 52 dancers from 48 different families, the non-profit organization is entirely self-sufficient with all volunteer work from families helping with anything from costumes and Read more [...]


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