Power of We Consortium

Greetings! I am Karika Parker, Coordinator of the Ingham County PWC, historically known as the Human Services Collaborative model. We offer a unique, sustainable model for capacity building and community improvement is transforming Michigan’s Capital Area. It’s called the Power of We Consortium, and it has:

  • 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 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 provision.

2016 PWC Meeting Schedule





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.


AmeriCorps State Host Site Request for Proposals

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is currently accepting proposals for 12 AmeriCorps placements for the 2016-17 program year! Members will be placed throughout Ingham County to increase food security and reduce rates of chronic disease in residents with their programming. Common member activities include planning and implementing food distributions, youth nutrition education, adult nutrition education, gardening education, and food access referrals.

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Host site responsibilities & fees, member benefits, and the application for member placement can be  ACCESSED AT THIS LINK. The PWC AmeriCorps State Program is accepting host site applications until June 17th at noon.

Questions, clarifications and completed applications can be sent to Andrea Villanueva, PWC AmeriCorps State Program Director at avillanueva@ingahm.org

AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site Request for Proposals


We are happy to announce that the Power of We Consortium, in collaboration with the Ingham County Health Department, are accepting host site organizations for the AmeriCorps VISTA 2016 – 2017 Program Year! We are seeking written proposals from organizations that are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the November 2016 – November 2017 Program Year. AmeriCorps VISTA Members: are charged with the unique ability to build the capacity of an organization and create sustainability in various programming areas focused around education and economic opportunity.

 Host site responsibilities & fees, member benefits, and the application for member placement can be accessed at this linkThe PWC AmeriCorps VISTA Program is accepting host site applications until June 22nd at noon.

Questions and completed applications can be sent to Rose Henderson, AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, at rhenderson@ingham.org. You may also contact Resa Tran, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, at tranresat@gmail.com or 517-887-4397 if you need assistance reviewing and completing the application.


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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