Power of We Consortium

Greetings! I am Karika Parker, Coordinator of the Ingham County Power of We Consortium (PWC), historically known as the Human Services Collaborative Model.  Further, to the point, I am excitedly pleased to share that PWC offers an effective working model for capacity building and community improvement; resulting in a consistent flow of beneficial assets for Michigan’s Capital Area. Reportedly, over the past several years (and currently continuing), the Power of We Consortium has either directly provided or significantly supported the provisions, for example, of the following impactful community services:

  • Helped galvanize community support for the Ingham Health Plan, a locally-developed health coverage model that has provided access to care to more than 55,000 Ingham County residents since 1998.
  • Built and sustained a neighborhood-based system of community centers and community development initiatives that support grassroots change.
  • Democratized access to community data and social services information by developing innovative Web-based tools and a 2-1-1 call center.
  • Developed data collections and discharge systems that were replicated statewide to improve support for the homeless.
  • Built internal capacity of community and faith-based organizations to increase effective service provisions.

Now, I have shared with you just a snippet of who we are, what we do, and who we serve.  As you can see, PWC is a “people-first, needs-caring” organization. The needs of our diverse-communities are great and unending. They need us-you and me.

Will you join us? Will you support us? Many local outreaching voices you may never see nor hear will offer you their best-that is, “Thank you!” Contact me and let’s talk about how you can become a friend, a partner of  PWC. Together, we can do great things, and change for the better many lives in Ingham County. I am excited, and hope you are to, about how we may work together to bring about life-saving changes for our local citizens. The need is great. Again, contact me and let’s talk.





Vincent Delgado, Dr. Renee Canady, ANC Director Joan Nelson, and community members discuss the development of guiding values for the PWC.

This power to create change comes from the network of regional relationships that are cultivated and sustained by the Power of We Consortium (PWC). The Consortium’s name, the Power of We, stems from its members’ beliefs – that what affects one person affects the entire community, that many of the community’s most vexing challenges are interrelated, and that by working together, positive change is achievable. Members of the PWC – including grassroots community organizations, faith communities, nonprofits addressing social issues, learning institutions, municipalities, and human services agencies – come together to mobilize the community’s assets to solve complex social problems. These problems typically affect more than a single sector, and controlling them is beyond the capacity, resources, or jurisdiction of any one person or organization. But by working together, the Power of We Consortium overcomes them. For more information about the Power of We Consortium, call Karika Parker at (517) 887-4691.


Hiring 11 AmeriCorps Members for Fall 2016!

Are you interested in food justice, nutrition sustainability, or civic engagement? If you answered “Yes” then Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is interested in you!

                                                       Full group 2015

The PWC AmeriCorps State Program is pleased to announce that we are looking for 11 passionate individuals to join our team from October 2016 – September 2017.  The PWC AmeriCorps State Program places AmeriCorps members throughout Ingham County to increase food security and reduce chronic disease in residents by focusing on two project goals:

  1. Increase consumption of healthy foods and reduce food insecurity with gardening, food distribution and referrals.
  2. Teach community members the importance of eating healthy food strategies to adopt better diets.

The PWC AmeriCorps State Program is looking to fill 8 full-time and 3 half-time positions placed in the community focusing on food security. To view a full list of available positions and how to apply, CLICK HERE


Looking for 8 AmeriCorps VISTA Members to join our team this fall!


The AmeriCorps VISTA Program is looking for 9 passionate individuals to join our team for the November 2016 – November 2017 program year! If you are interested in education, economic opportunity, social justice, and community development then our program is for you! We are accepting applications until Friday, September 2nd by 5pm. For a complete list of positions and instructions on how to apply, CLICK HERE.

Any questions? Contact Rose Henderson, AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, at rhenderson@ingham.org, or Resa Tran, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, at tranresat@gmail.com!


Our mission is to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of all residents of Ingham County.

Our vision is a healthy community through collaboration.


For more information about the Power of We Consortium, call Karika Parker at (517) 887-4691.

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