Through community engagement and mobilization, NWI advances the development of healthy, vibrant communities by building capacity to identify needs and formulate strategies to create change.
Our Outreach team provides a range of services, information and referrals to individuals with a wide range of needs, including access to health care, produce, transportation, and housing.
Outreach services include:
- - Emergency food distribution, held every first and third Thursday, 12-2 pm at NorthWest Initative – 510 W. Ottawa.
- - Community gardens
- - Workshops and educational programs
- - Free tax preparation
- - Referrals for: Clothing, shelter, transportation, mental health and substance abuse treatment services
- - Mobile Farmers Market
The Food Systems Project offers a school garden based nutrition education program that partners with Lansing area schools to provide quality, effective nutrition education programming for elementary aged students (5-12 years old). We are currently partnering with four Lansing schools: Riddle Elementary, Willow Elementary, Sheridan Road School and Gier Park School.
Our program offers these components:
- - In-school classroom lessons
- - After-school garden club
- - Summer garden camp program
- - Food tastings at community events
Advocacy, Reentry, Resources, and Outreach (A.R.R.O.) aims to connect individuals who have a criminal record to quality resources in order to ensure successful community integration.
ARRO services include:
- - Prison reentry
- - Prison diversion
- - Support groups
- - GED preparation
- - Assistance in benefit and resource applications
- - Social policy advocacy and community organizing