CAN in the News

We are always excited and grateful when the local news shares CAN's accomplishments.
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June 28, 2020

Ann Arbor's new A2Zero plan to confront climate change calls for creating five "resilience hubs" around the city in the coming years.

"Resilience hubs are community-serving facilities augmented to support residents and coordinate resources distribution and services before, during or after a natural hazard event," the plan states. "At their core, resilience hubs empower communities to take action around preparedness and increase community and neighborhood capacity."

November 01, 2018

A decade ago, Derrick Miller took a summer job at Bryant Community Center. He was twenty-seven and working as a substitute teacher at Huron High. But Joan Doughty, executive director of the Community Action Network, was bowled over by the ex-marine's talent in working with disadvantaged kids and their parents, many of whom were caught in the economic whiplash of the 2008 recession.

October 07, 2017

Ann Arbor's Bryant Community Center is getting some upgrades.


The City Council voted unanimously this week to approve a nearly $316,000 contract with Cross Renovation Inc. for construction of an addition to the center on Eden Court, as well as a connection between the two buildings and renovations to the existing center. The contract also includes site work, including a rain garden...

November 25, 2016

I have researched the achievement gap for over 9 years. This is what I have learned.


Our political leaders have finally begun to recognize the importance of education to the survival of individuals and societies in the 21st century. The other aspect of this conversation is all too familiar: while our children do learn, not all of them are learning as much or as well as they should to meet the demands of the new century...

A sense of loss has often followed Ann Arbor resident Mary Ryal throughout her years-long battle against Lyme disease.


Ryal contracted the disease in 1995 in Florida during the Fourth of July. Although she has significantly made progress through treatments...

June 17, 2016

Students at Bryant Community Center enjoy the last day of after-school programs until next school year.

Students play basketball with a soccer ball and a garbage can during their last day of after-school programs until next school year at Bryant Community Center on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Ann Arbor...

Martin Slagter, MLIVE

May 25, 2016

The University of Michigan has decided not to move forward with plans to build a new $38.5 million transportation operations and maintenance center on its North Campus.

The current project, which was put on hold in March by U-M after increased scrutiny from Northeast Ann Arbor residents, will be canceled the university announced on May 24...

August 13, 2015

Nearly 19 months after a fire ruined six units at the Green Baxter Court public housing complex in Ann Arbor, there is a new building standing.


A fire broke out in the early hours of January 8, 2014. The unit where the fire started was destroyed. Other units suffered smoke and water damage...

Kim Pitts is grateful to a man named Mike who several years ago delivered books each week to the Green Baxter Community Center in Ann Arbor. It was because of those books, Pitts said, that her daughter became a good reader...

Ann Arbor’s Northside and Bryant community centers will be operated for another five years by the Community Action Network (CAN) as a result of city council action on June 2, 2014. The partnership between the city and CAN had been recommended...

The first of four “Community Dialogues” was held at Clague Middle School on March 28, and it drew a sizeable crowd. Hosted by alternating AAPS school board members, these meetings are an invitation to the community to share creative ideas on how the district might generate more funds to stave off or reduce further cuts...

Ann Dwyer, The Ann Arbor News

Attending a concert Sunday could lead to a 14-passenger van for the Community Action Network. It's true. The Northside Community Church's Concerts4aCause...

The sight of a ton of police officers and firefighters in the front of a store can give a lot of people pause or be a cause for concern.

For 84 children from around Washtenaw County, that sight sent their spirits soaring Thursday evening...

Nearly a year ago, at its meeting, the Ann Arbor city council voted to appropriate $82,500 from its open space and parkland preservation millage to acquire the property at 5 W. Eden Court. The Eden Court property is immediately adjacent to the city’s Bryant Community Center...

Lucy Ann Lance, The Ann Arbor News

September 24, 2011

While the Ann Arbor Public School district has indicated it is not policy to send home students who have unpaid fines, it apparently did happen to a number of students at Pioneer High School at the start of the school year.

This has sparked a community conversation concerning the impact of poverty on education, a topic of which Joan Doughty is passionate. She is the executive director of Community Action Network (CAN), which provides assistance to low-income families through Ann Arbor's four community centers, Hikone, Bryant, Northside, and Green Baxter Court...

September 19, 2011

"When Ellisha Champine set out for the first day at Pioneer High school on Sept. 6, she didn't think her day would last just 20 minutes. 


But the high school junior said she didn't make it past registration before she was told to leave school until she paid a $35 book fine, money she said she wouldn't have until her father was paid at the end of the week..."

Ned Randolph, MLIVE

December 17, 2010

Residents of the flood-plagued Bryant neighborhood on Ann Arbor's south side learned Thursday that city crews will not be connecting their homes to the city stormwater system when they're digging up their roads next year to replace the drinking water main...

The Ann Arbor Chronicle

January 19, 2010

A major project to replace water mains and resurface roads in the Bryant neighborhood will get under way this spring, part of a broader plan to address the area's chronic drainage problems and other issues...

November 08, 2009

Throughout the day, it's relatively quiet within the colorful walls of the community center at Hikone on Ann Arbor's southeast side.


Residents drop by from time to time to chat with the center's director, Aaron Pressel. Sometimes, they discuss problems like parking issues, difficulty getting assistance through government agencies or coming up with the money to pay that month's utility bill...

Mary Morgan, The Ann Arbor Chronicle

July 25, 2009

On The Chronicle's first trip to the Bryant Community Center in December 2008, elected officials, the heads of local nonprofits, city and county staff outnumbered residents at a meeting for the southeast Ann Arbor neighborhood. The reverse was true last Thursday evening, when a room full of neighbors filled every seat, gathering to discuss the challenges they share...

The Ann Arbor News

January 01, 2008

Various articles published by the Ann Arbor News in 2008:


"Making Bryant Better"

Mary Morgan, December 16, 2008


"Low-income Students in Washtenaw County Often Mission from the Graduation Picture"

David Jesse, December 13, 2008


"Holiday Shopping: All Things Political"

Mary Morgan, December 1, 2008


"Other Voices: Student Exclusion Overcome"

Joan Doughty, November 23, 2008


"Playtime Recycled with Borrowed Toys"

Diane Brandt, October 25, 2008


"Mike Conboy Recognized for Years of Giving Books Away"

Jo Collins Mathis, July 1, 2008


"Help Kids Play Together"

David Jesse, June 8, 2008


"Birthdays by Viggy, Children Get Their Special Day"

Alice Rein, May 11, 2008


"Community Needs a Blueprint for Success of At-Risk Youth"

Joan Doughty, April 2, 2008


"Clouse Exemplifies Value of Volunteers"

Editorial, March 19, 2008


"Jenny Jones Surprises Ann Arbor Woman with Gift"

Jo Collins Mathis, March 14, 2008

The Ann Arbor News

January 01, 2007

Various articles published by the Ann Arbor News in 2007:


"Call It Puppy Love: Program Teaches Responsibility"

Amanda Hamo, July 2, 2007


"Michigan's Child Protection System is Seriously Flawed"

Joan Doughty, April 1, 2007

Joan Doughty, The Ann Arbor News

September 05, 2006

Imagine this: You live in Ann Arbor. Your first-grade student comes home from school and tells you the teacher handed out cupcakes today - to every child except yours and two others. Why? "Teacher said I wasn't on the list of kids who were paid for."

"Computers to Power Families On"

Jo Collins Mathis, Ann Arbor News

June 29, 2005

Until Saturday, April and Len Annaloro couldn't get rid of their old computers. "We tried to give them away to schools, but nobody has wanted them," Len said. "They're in perfect running shape and everything. It's just that we have no use for them." "There's just an overload of used computers," April said. "We wanted them to go somewhere they could be used, instead of putting them on the curb."


They, and dozens of other persons found the answer Saturday when they dropped their old computers off at a Project Power On computer drive at Hikone Community Center...


Joan Doughty, Ann Arbor News

January 23, 2004

Let's resolve to include low-income children. The beginning of a New Year is a time of renewal. Many of us start the New Year with resolutions. We want to become better people and rid ourselves of bad habits. I propose a Community New Year's Resolution. Ann Arbor is a generous, compassionate city; we care about our neighbors who are less well-off. This is particularly true for children and youth.

Liz Cobbs, Ann Arbor News

January 26, 2003