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 said the Lansing Area Safety Council serves more than 13,000 people each year with their programs. Driver improvement training, safety seminars and giving car seats and helmets to those in need are just a few things the Lansing Area Safety Council does to help the community directly. “Supporting our organization helps us to help others. Safer driving affects the whole community,” Whitford explained. “Our efforts help others to make a difference in the Lansing area as a whole.” As a nonprofit organization, Whitford said they rely on grants to fund their programs. Their employees have CPR training, first aid preparation courses, babysitting safety classes and other various seminars on safety that can be offered anywhere they are needed. “Finding resources to provide the services we are able to give is the biggest challenge in being a nonprofit organization,” Whitford said. “The quality of our services (are) amazing, but promoting our name is the hard part.” The Lansing Area Safety Council also provides classes for kids to learn about public safety officials. Their annual Safety Patrol Picnic has firefighters and police officers come talk to kids in an interactive way. “The kids’ faces are priceless and they get so excited,” Whitford said. “It’s great to see the impact that it has on them.” The Lansing Area Safety Council’s 10th annual Swing for Safety golf outing takes place on Friday, Sept. 13. Whitford said this event helps fund many of their outreach programs. “Getting involved with events in the community is something we try to do often. We like to show the Lansing area how proud we are to give them our services to keep them safe,” she added. Katelyn Sweet is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.
Katelyn Sweet is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.