Each month, CanDo! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) explores another one of the Seven Elements of Healthy Communities in an effort to incubate remarkable ideas that will help move the community forward. A February 28 presentation by Joan Nelson will focus on meeting basic needs of local residents.
Ms. Nelson is a co-founder and Executive Director of Allen Neighborhood Center, a 20-year-old community development agency located in Lansing. She oversees an array of programs focused on health, food, art, economic development and neighborhood capacity building. She attended Michigan State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in health education and exercise physiology.
“We are excited to bring Joan to Charlotte,” said Gregg Guetschow, CanDo! Chairman. “Allen Neighborhood Center is a model that offers examples of creative ways to improve people’s lives.”
Allen Neighborhood Center provides programs and activities that support the health and well-being of people and neighborhoods in the northeast quadrant of Lansing. Its signature projects include the Allen Farmers Market, a health enrollment site, Hunter Park GardenHouse gardening/farm education center, Allen Market Place food resource center, and Exchange Food Hub online wholesale market.
The February 28 meeting will be held at the Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick Street, beginning at 7:00 a.m. CanDo! general meetings are free to attend and open to the general public. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at no cost to attendees. Information about CanDo! is available on its Facebook page and at www.charlottecando.org.