Each year, the holiday season highlights areas of need within the community. Organizations offer help not only during these especially difficult times, but throughout the whole year as well. These seven organizations are local nonprofits that provide a variety of resources ranging from food and housing to education and financial services. These nonprofits were also kind enough to support this year’s annual nonprofit issue through their advertising.
743 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing
Advent House Ministries is an organization dedicated toward lending a helping hand to the homeless. This nonprofit has been fighting against urban poverty in Lansing for more than 30 years. Services provided by Advent House include free meals, shelter and housing opportunities and education programs. Advent House aims to help assist homeless people with the ultimate goal being attaining self-sufficiency.
1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing
Serving Lansing’s eastside community, the center has programs assisting with food, housing and healthcare coverage. Each Monday, its food pantry distributes food to those in need. On Wednesday afternoons, it offers a year round farmers market. It also helps residents enroll in healthcare plans and provide connections to handyman services and subsidized housing.
600 W. Maple St., Suite D, Lansing
Serving the Mid-Michigan region, this organization offers workshops, classes, counseling and assistance for renters, homebuyers and homeowners. It offers additional relief through the Pandemic Assistance Program. It also houses a tool lending library and each week volunteers build accessibility ramps and safety devices for senior and disabled citizens.
1028 E. Saginaw St., Lansing
Assisting children, teens and adults of the Greater Lansing community, this organization helps individuals with reading, writing and speaking English. Volunteers are trained to tutor in basic reading, English as a second language, or GED preparation. Individuals complete an evaluation to identify specific needs before being paired with a tutor.
330 Marshall St., Suite 203, Lansing
Supporting the tri-county area, this organization focuses on three main areas of need: education, health and financial stability. It offers more than 30 programs and creates new programs or partners with existing organizations when there are unfulfilled needs. Running the local 211 help line, it provides access to thousands of services.
600 W. St. Joseph St., Suite 2G, Lansing
Also serving the tri-county area, this organization helps K-12 students learn the skills needed to be successful in a global economy. It offers in-person and virtual program options for participating school districts. Each grade-level program aims to create financial success by focusing on how to earn, spend and save money.
309 N. Washington Square, Lansing
Offering academic scholarships, this foundation helps remove financial barriers to higher education. The foundation helps with over $425,000 each year. Interested students must apply for eligibility and hold a minimum grade point average. Scholarships are available to students new and returning, full-time and part-time and those inside or outside of the district.
510 W. Ottawa St., 2nd Floor, Lansing
Northwest Initiative is a nonprofit organization that operates out of the First Presbyterian Church on Ottawa Street. Northwest Initiative’s major operation is food distribution; it often holds food drives in Lansing neighborhoods where people can come and collect several different food items to bring back home. Northwest Initiative also has its own mobile farmers market, which drives across Lansing and hands out fresh fruit and produce.
12417 W. Grand River Hwy., Eagle
Providing services to the tri-county area and internationally, the club works toward impacting communities through service projects and grants. Globally, the organization is focused on securing clean water resources. Locally, it has helped fund a water exhibit at Impression 5 Science Center and Rotary Park on Lansing’s riverfront.
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