Share your Idea

Are you interested in what this community is doing to improve the area and want to help the people living and working in the North Westside area?  Spare some time for a good cause, come and share some of your ideas with us!



It feels good to give and it helps your community.  Every effort is appreciated and together we can make a difference and have fun while doing it!  You can even specify which programs you would like to fund!


Volunteering / Internships

NorthWest Initiative is a great place to gain wonderful experience in the field of community development. We have four major program areas – Community Outreach, Food Systems, A.R.R.O. (ex-offender assistance), and Administration. We are always seeking dedicated student interns and volunteers to work in our office, school gardens, and to help with projects like flower planters, events, advocacy and more!


To begin an internship or volunteering within a specific program, contact the relevant program manager:

Outreach (food distribution, community gardens, Mobile Farmers Market, financial literacy) – Samuel Johnson – Outreach Manger & Financial Asset Coordinator

A.R.R.O. (prison diversion and prisoner reentry support) – Monica Jahner – ARRO Program Manager & Legislative Advocate

Food Systems Project (school-based gardens and nutrition education) – Stephanie Onderchanin – FSP Program Manager

Administration – Peggy Vaughn-Payne – Executive Director


If you’re not sure which program you’d like to volunteer or intern with, call our front desk: 517-999-2894


If you’d like to learn more, or are a small local business, or a corporation that wishes to have a partnership with us for the benefit and growth of the community, contact Peggy: 517-999-2894,