ABOUT

The NorthWest Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to strengthen and sustain healthy communities in Lansing’s ‘grand neighborhoods’ – the City area bounded by the Grand River on the north, east, and south.

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

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PROGRAMS

OUTREACH

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

 

FOOD SYSTEM PROJECT

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

 

ARRO

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