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!
Check Out Colette DeRaud's Story
September 7, 2022
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Issues & Ale: COVID Update: Making Sense of the New Normal
September 15, 2021
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.
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.
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
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...
Water Main Project Set for Bryant Area
January 19, 2010
The Ann Arbor Chronicle
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...
Ann Arbor's Hikone Community Center Lifts Chances for Success
November 8, 2009
The Ann Arbor News
Throughout the day, it's relatively quiet within the colorful walls of the community center at Hikone on Ann Arbor's southeast side...