City of Lansing Community Updates
Complete the 2020 Census Today
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently conducting its decennial census - a constitutionally mandated headcount of everyone living in the United States. An accurate Census count is vitally important for local communities.
Take The Census
Anyone residing in Lansing on April 1, 2020 should be counted in Lansing, whether they are a year-round resident, college student or international community member (regardless of citizenship status; see international citizenship section below). It's also important to note that Census forms are 100 percent confidential; strict federal law protects Census responses.
Why is it Important?
Responding to the Census is not only an individual's civic duty; it also affects how much federal funding that communities receive to support housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare and more. Federal funding of approximately $1,800 per person, per year will be allocated to communities over the next 10 years for each person counted. For more information click here.
City Event and Program Cancellations/Adjustments
Memorial Day Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery has been canceled.
Walking Wednesdays for the month of May have been canceled.
Concerts in the Park are scheduled to proceed as planned at this time. However, cancellations may occur in accordance with the Governor's Stay Home Order. Additional announcements will be made after Memorial Day.
The Mayor's Family River Walk and Run scheduled for June 13th will now be a virtual 5K. Those wishing to participate may visit runsignup.com/Race/MI/Lansing/MayorsRiverwalkrun for more information.
The 4th of July parade, evening concert and fireworks at Riverfront Park have been canceled.
The Mayor's Annual Senior Activities Fair scheduled for August has been postponed until further notice.
City of Lansing Pools
Both the Hunter and Moores Park pools will be closed this Summer.
The Alfreda Schmidt Community Center may open its pool at some point but there is no certainty at this time.
All swim lessons are canceled until further notice.
City of Lansing Pavilions
All pavilion reservations are canceled until at least July 6th.
Lansing Parks and Recreation Survey
Every five years, Lansing Parks and Recreation engages in a five-year master planning process. One very important element of that plan includes hearing from YOU.
In this survey, we hope to better understand your experiences and feelings to help us shape the future of parks and recreation.
We think it's safe to say that now, more than ever, we are all understanding the role parks and recreation plays in our lives a little differently. While this survey is a little on the longer side, we hope you'll stick with it to help us create a plan that reflects your values.
Head over to www.lansingmi.gov/masterplansurvey to complete the quick master plan survey in order to let your voice be heard! Feedback from you is so important in determining our goals!
For further information contact Jason Wilkes, Facilitator 517/819-6111. If you do not want to receive these emails please let me know and you will be removed from our mailing list.
Jason Wilkes, Facilitator, RSL
To view information about upcoming Lansing City Council meetings please click the link above.
Programs and Services
We provide educational programs, job training, health programs and recreational opportunities for youth, families, and seniors. We promote self-esteem and academic success, and foster the development of positive life skills through one-on-one mentoring, vocational advancement, education and recreation. At the center, Lansing residents can find information, enjoy fun, safe and interesting programs and have an opportunity to become involved in their neighborhoods.
Your Generosity Makes It All Possible
Here are some of our numbers for the past year:
150 teens participated in our teen Life Skills program.
More than 13,500 pounds of food were distributed to low income families.
We hosted a FREE Community Health Fair.
An average of 30 children attended our daily after school/tutoring program.
50 children participated in our summer camp and 4-H program. And over 45 children participated in each of five special trips including ITEC week and a trip to Google headquarters in Ann Arbor.
We registered over 35 people with Medicaid or the Ingham Health Plan.
Our computer lab is open to the community. Those needing to complete homework assignments, conduct employment searches, and/or need to sign up for benefits under the Affordable Care Act have utilized this service.
45 seniors regularly participate in our senior programs (Bingo, monthly luncheon, summer trip, and senior popcorn/movie night).
With all the excitement and activity, we are still operating under the same core grants that support our staff, overhead and core programs. But we are in need of supplementing our basic grants with donations and foundation grants in order to provide the rich array of services that we have developed over the years. And we need support to grow in the exciting new directions that these new opportunities provide.
If you have supported our center and programs before, we are most grateful to you. You can feel confident that your contribution has enriched the lives of the people who we serve.
If you have not supported us in the past, we hope that this letter is deserving of your interest and support.
We are a small and low cost neighborhood center, but we have a big impact on the lives of the people we serve. Your contribution will go a long way to helping us help them.
If you are part of a group and you wish us to make a presentation to you, we would be happy and grateful to do so. If you wish to visit us, please call our Program Coordinator, Yolanda Williams, at (517) 394-3138. We would be happy to set up a time to have you come and see what we are all about. Or feel free to contact any of our Board members for more information about our history and our current programs.
If you are a family with a child, teen or senior citizen who might be interested in our programs, please give us a call. You are more than welcome to become part of the family of the Southside Community Coalition.
Hours of Operation
Mon: 8am - 5:30pm
Tue: 8am - 5:30pm
Wed: 8am - 5:30pm
Thu: 8am - 5:30pm
Fri: 8am - 5:30pm
Monday-Friday: 8am - 4pm