Thank You!

Hello and Happy Monday, neighbors!

Today is my last blog post as a member of the Neighborhood Resource Team. On Thursday I will finish up my time as an Urban Fellow, and can’t express enough my gratitude for the past seven months.

During my time as an Urban Fellow, I have learned so much about our beautiful city, and about all of you- dedicated people who work to improve your neighborhoods. It has been inspiring to attend LiNCS meetings and hear about your struggles and victories in community organizing, fun to partake in events such as community clean-ups and Walking Wednesdays

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A picture from one of my first community events- a Walking Wednesday in Baker Neighborhood 

,and enlightening to learn about all the initiatives our city has to offer (who knew you could get your taxes done by the Financial Empowerment Center?!).

I’m excited to move on in my professional career, and to take all that I have learned to cities throughout my life.

Thank you for being such an awesome group to serve, and (as always) HAPPY NEIGHBORING!

– Erika Campbell

 

Community Event Reminders

Happy Monday Neighbors!

There are a few events coming up in the next few days and weeks that are interesting opportunities to think about the development of other neighborhoods, and how your own neighborhood can expand.

Wednesday, April 12th: Walking Wednesday 1:30 pm Churchill Downs (meet at Wainwright)

  • Come see a Walking Wednesday in action! If you haven’t already, contact Erika Campbell (ECampbell@lansingmi.gov) to schedule one for your neighborhood

Tuesday, April 18th: Four Corners Housing Summit (only for residents of the Four Corners Neighborhoods)

  • We are hoping to replicate this type of Summit in other neighborhoods, and if you’d like to hear a recap of what happens, and to see if this would be right for your neighborhood, please attend April LiNCS

Thursday, April 27th: LiNCS 6:00pm at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center (600 W. Maple)

Friday, April 28th: LiNCS 8:00am and 12:00-noon at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center (600 W. Maple)

  • During LiNCS, we will be joined by Four Corners neighbors to recap the Housing Summit, and to discuss opportunity for this event in other neighborhoods.

As always, feel free to contact anyone on the Neighborhood Resource Team for assistance, and Happy Neighboring!

Reporting Public Service Issues

Good afternoon, neighbors!

With the spring weather comes great days of sunshine,  but also lots of rain, sleet, winds, and storms. As this kind of weather occurs, drains can become plugged and start to flood streets and sidewalks, potholes can form, and you might be in need of some help.

We’d like to make you aware of some steps you can take to report these issues.

A public services issue is any issue pertaining to streets, sewers, and sidewalks (public property in your neighborhood). For example, if you see a pothole needing repair, a street flooding, or tree branches that have fallen onto the sidewalk or street, these are public service issues.

To report these issues, please call the Public Services Department through the following information:

Public Service General Office:

517-483- 4455

publicservice@lansingmi.gov

http://lansingmi.gov/397/Public-Service

120 E. Shiawasee St.

24/7 Maintenance Line: 517-483- 4161.

Lansing Connect: 

Lansing Connect is an online and smart phone application that enables to identify quality of life and environmental issues and report them to the appropriate department for quick resolution. Once you have submitted an issue, you track resolution efforts within Lansing Connect or via the web.

Lansing Connect is free to download and use (http://lansingmi.gov/1371/Lansing-Connect)

1. Launch the app on your mobile phone

2. Click “report an issue” on the home screen

3. Snap a picture, video or sound clip

4. Click the “use / attach / escape” button depending on your phone

5. Select an issue category

6. Fill out the details regarding the issue

7. Click “submit”

As always, feel free to contact the Neighborhood Resource Team with any questions you may have.

Happy Neighboring!

Spring Event Reminders

Happy Monday, Neighbors!

The Neighborhood Resource Team hopes you all got outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather we had this past Friday, and that you’re gearing up for the exciting months ahead.

We hope you can join us for the following events happening this Spring:

April Events:

April 5th: Walking Wednesday, 1pm, Marscot Park

Please contact Erika Campbell (Erika.Campbell@lansingmi.gov) to schedule your own Walking Wednesday

April 18th: Four Corners Housing Summit, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Mount Hope STEAM School

May Events:

May 20th: Neighborhoods in Bloom

Please contact Andi Crawford (Andi.Crawford@lansingmi.gov) to apply today

May 24th: Walking Wednesday, 6:00pm, Westside Neighborhood Association

May 30th: LOVE Lansing Celebration

Information on registration can be found on the event’s Facebook page here. Any other questions about LOVE Lansing can be directed to Clara Martinez (Clara.Martinez@lansingmi.gov)

As always, thank you for being great community members, and happy neighboring!

– The Neighborhood Resource Team

This Week in Community Engagement

It’s the start of a new week, with new opportunities to get out into the community, be a great neighbor, and engage with others.

From the City of Lansing, we have one event this week: LiNCS! These meetings (which stand for Leaders in Neighborhood + Community Service) are a great opportunity to talk to others who lead their neighborhoods, to talk to the Neighborhood Resource Team directly, and to exchange ideas about how to best lead your neighborhood toward success.

The topic of this week’s meeting is upcoming summer events and opportunities.

LiNCS Meetings are held once a month at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center (600 West Maple).

They are held on Thursday (3/23) at 6:00pm, and Friday (3/24) at both 8:00am and 12 noon.

We are excited to share events with you, and would love to hear from you about what’s going on in your community.

Comment below any events you’d like to share with your Lansing neighbors.

A Snow Reminder

While we’re getting closer and closer to Spring-time, snow is still a coming down here in Lansing!

Here are some friendly reminders about how to be a good neighbor and keep your neighborhood safe during snowy days.

  1. Whether you rent or own, snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall
  2. Keep your sidewalk clear
  3. Ask your neighbors if they need help shoveling their sidewalk
  4. Distribute salt around the neighborhood
  5. Keep your car off the street for plows to get through
  6. Organize a group to help others shovel or salt
  7. Lend your shovel to a neighbor
  8. Clear space on the curb for your garbage cans
  9. Make sure fire hydrants are clear

From all of us here at the Neighborhood Resource Team, we hope you have a safe, warm week! Happy Neighboring!

March is Here! Time to Think Ahead!

As spring and summer head towards us, it’s time to start thinking about what you will do to engage with the community and with the City during the warm season.

Here are a few reminders about upcoming City of Lansing Events:

Neighborhoods in Bloom (May 20th)

Neighborhoods in Bloom is an excellent way to gather your neighbors for a beautification project in your community. The City of Lansing will provide flowers for planting in your neighborhoods, which must be planted in a public area, such as a sidewalk or road divider.

Applications will be available starting March 23rd.

LOVE Lansing Celebration (May 30th):

This is a FREE celebration of neighbors, neighborhoods, and local organizations held at the Lansing Center. Come out and celebrate all the excellent work you’ve done, and that you will continue to do.

Registration will be available March 23rd, and you must register in advance. In the meantime, you can find additional information here.

Walking Wednesday- Schedule Today!

Walking Wednesdays will be held throughout the summer as a way to display your neighborhood, connect with City of Lansing staff, and address issues that need City attention. Please contact Erika Campbell ECampbell@lansingmi.gov to schedule today.

One more thing….

In addition to these City-sponsored events, now is a great time to consider what kinds of events your neighborhood organization will hold or take part in this year. If you’re a leader, assemble your community organization to begin these talks, and if you’re a community member, reach out to your neighborhood organization to offer your ideas, volunteer, or give other support to the organization.

Feel free to reach out to the Neighborhood Resource Team to assist in planning, idea generation, or general support. Take a look at the City of Lansing’s Neighborhood Handbook (found on the City website) for event ideas and logistical reminders.

Happy Planning!