A conversation with… Johnnie B. of Avalon

Editor’s note:  In March, I sat down with Johnnie B. Tingle, Avalon’s Employment Support Specialist and AmeriCorps Member, to talk about his work at Avalon.   Johnnie B. had been working at Avalon since October 2019.  Just as we were getting ready to post this interview, the Governor’s…

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Good Things in 2019

In 2019 the Avalon community received many different kinds of support from so many people.  Here are just some of the highlights: In February, we unveiled the Avalon Memorial Tree, in honor of people in our community whom we’ve lost. In March, we received this beautiful note and…

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

My name is Lauren Rainey, and I’m a senior at the University of Michigan studying Law, Justice, and Social Change. This year I have the immense honor of working with Avalon Housing as a student intern in partnership with the Edward Ginsberg Community Center and their Community Leadership…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Summer Program for Youth

I’m Lauren Rhodes, and I’m a junior who’s studying economics at the University of Michigan. This past summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at Avalon in their Summer Program for Youth (SPY). Every day looked a little different. We always tried our best to accommodate what each…

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Washtenaw County 2018 Young Citizen of the Year Finalists

According to mlive, this is the 20th year Washtenaw County has celebrated a Young Citizen of the Year. The Ann Arbor News started the initiative in 1998 to recognize high school students who give back to the community in myriad ways, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation…

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Getting Involved with Avalon Housing

People, especially student groups and companies, often ask me ‘”how can we volunteer for Avalon Housing?” This is a great time of year to think about getting involved, and there is no shortage of ways to do so. Before you consider volunteering, it’s important to begin by learning…

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Volunteering with Edible Avalon

It’s almost summer, and that means planting days at Edible Avalon, Avalon Housing’s community-building garden program. I got involved with Avalon at a time in my life when I felt out-of-place. I was working for a custom home builder in Ann Arbor, and I couldn’t escape the nagging…

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