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CAN in the News

We are always excited and grateful when the local news shares CAN's accomplishments.
Click the links below to view articles that highlight CAN's impact in the community!

Ann Arbor launches pilot program offering guaranteed monthly income of $530 to certain residents

June 6, 2023

Click On Detroit

The City of Ann Arbor has launched a pilot program offering a guaranteed monthly income of roughly $530 to certain residents for two years.

City Council approved the pilot program on Monday (June 5) and will use $1.6 million of American Rescue Plan funds. One hundred families or residents will be selected for the program.

Ann Arbor's Big Decarbonization Bet

January 25, 2023


The neighborhood of Bryant sits in Ann Arbor, between the hills and valleys that surround this city in eastern Michigan. Its 262 homes are perched across from the city’s largest landfill and stand on a floodplain, so residents grapple with mold, mildew, and water damage. Outdated infrastructure subjects them to high utility costs, and Interstate 94 long ago isolated the community, one of the city’s most densely populated, prompting decades of neglect. 

Decarbonizing Bryant

January 25, 2023

Ann Arbor Observer

After the Community Action Network (CAN) installed solar panels on Debra Pulk’s roof in December, her electricity bill dropped from $150 a month to $30

Check Out Colette DeRaud's Story

September 7, 2022

Voyage Michigan

Hi Colette, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.

I grew up in southeast Michigan and pursued a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Eastern Michigan University. The program at Eastern required an internship, and one of the opportunities was to intern at Community Action Network (CAN). I was intrigued by CAN’s mission and applied for the internship! I was offered the position and completed my internship with CAN in April of 2017. I loved working at CAN so much, I didn’t want to leave when my internship was over! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay on part-time...

Scenes Around Bryant Neighborhood

December 16, 2021

CAN project outreach liaison Krystal Steward, left, and AmeriCorp VISTA Madison Kase discuss which houses they have yet to visit in Bryant neighborhood in Ann Arbor...

Ann Arbor aims to make Bryant neighborhood carbon-neutral in 5 years

December 22, 2021

Nestled along Interstate 94 on Ann Arbor’s south side is the Bryant neighborhood, a diverse community statistically distinct from much of the rest of the city.

Derrick Miller Op-Ed: Tackle trust-eroding federal government corruption

November 17, 2021

The Detroit News

Corruption erodes the trust that the public has in government and public institutions. It leads to waster taxpayer dollars, reduced economic growth and decreased accountability and politicaly responsiveness -- all to the detriment of taxpayers across the country...

Creating Community Care with CAN

October 5, 2021

UM STAMPS School of Art & Design

Successful 21st century artists and designers are socially aware, entrepreneurial, and deeply connected to the communities where they live and work. The Stamps alumni net­work also plays a vital role in bring­ing cur­rent Stam­pers into cre­ative, com­mu­nity-focused work. The video shares the story of Stamps alum Laura Amtower (MFA ​’15), Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion at Com­mu­nity Action Net­work (CAN), and her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Stamps stu­dent Michelle Ha (BFA ​’22) around CAN’s ​“Strive to Thrive” pro­gram for local youth.

Under the Radar Michigan: WonderFool 2021

March 13, 2021

Under The Radar Michigan

Laura Amtower connects with Tom Daldin from PBS's Under the Radar Michigan and the WonderFool Productions cohort to share how CAN is partnering in this year's FestiFool, FoolMoon, and ypsiGLOW.

Lucy Ann Lance Show Interview

February 2021

Lucy Ann Lance Show

Frankie Moore interviews with Lucy Ann Lance

Issues & Ale: COVID Update: Making Sense of the New Normal

September 15, 2021

Michigan Radio

Stateside's April Baer will host this conversation about the new normal: learning to live with COVID. We'll discuss the latest science, and the impact the ongoing pandemic is having on jobs, education, and our personal stress levels.

Washtenaw County Opportunity Index

October 1, 2021

Trilby MacDonald, Ann Arbor Observer

The early-education program works with families to ensure that every child arrives for the first day of school ready to learn...

Washtenaw United: Community Action Network Building Equity And Opportunity

October 4, 2021

David Fair, WEMU 89.1

The Washtenaw County-based Community Action Network (CAN) is taking a neighborhood approach to help those most in need and to build better and more equitable futures.

Ann Arbor unveils plan for city's first solar-powered, climate resistance hub

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.

An Iraq vet finds a place in the community

November 1, 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.

Ann Arbor approves $316K contract for community center expansion

October 7, 2017

Ann Arbor News

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...

Creative Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

November 25, 2016

The Edvocate

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..

United Way funds help residents improve their lives

November 14, 2016

Safiya Merchant, The University Record

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...

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

June 17, 2016

Ann Arbor News

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

U-M Cancels Plans for New Transportation Operations Center Amid Neighborhood Pressure

May 25, 2016

Martin Slagter, MLIVE

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...

New Public Housing Unveiled at Green Baxter Court After Devastating Fire

August 13, 2015

Jack Walsworth, MLIVE

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...

Ann Arbor's Community Action Network helps close achievement gap

March 9, 2015

Lindsay Knake, MLive

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...

City Extends Contract for Community Centers

June 2, 2014

The Ann Arbor Chronicle

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...

Opinion: Transportation must remain top priority for public schools

April 11, 2013

Joan Doughty, The Ann Arbor News

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...

'Concerts4aCause: Love Song to American Traditions' to benefit Community Action Network

February 15, 2013

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...

More than 80 kids from Washtenaw County Shop With A Heroes for Christmas gifts

December 7, 2012

Kyle Feldscher, The Ann Arbor News

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...

Eden Court Rezoning Gets Initial OK

August 20, 2012

The Ann Arbor Chronicle

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...

Q&A with Joan Doughty: Denying children an education is the wrong way to teach a lesson

September 24, 2011

Lucy Ann Lance, The Ann Arbor News

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...

Pioneer High students say they were sent home from school over book fines

September 19, 2011

By Janet Miller, The Ann Arbor News

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...

Bryant neighborhood won't be connected to Ann Arbor storm sewer when water main is replaced

December 17, 2010

Ned Randolph, MLIVE

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...

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