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February-2015 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

MCA Catalyst - February 2015

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New funding approved by Gov. Snyder
Michigan homes will become safer and more energy efficient thanks to legislation signed Jan. 10 by Gov. Rick Snyder that earmarks funding for weatherization.  The goal is to weatherize between 1,000 - 2,000 homes with these funds…

Consumers Energy renews pledge to help MCA heat homes
Income-eligible Consumer Energy customers across the state will receive energy assistance from a matching fund of $750,000 the corporation is pledging to Michigan Community Action for use throughout 2015…

Sault Ste. Marie walkers raise funds for families in need
Braving the cold to help others stay warm, more than 200 Sault Ste. Marie community members took part in the annual Walk for Warmth event in December 2014.  Hosted by Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency (CLMCAA), the walk raised more than $7,000 to help pay for utility bills for low-income households…

Executive profile: SMCAA leader helps clients achieve self-sufficiency
Art Fenrick recalls the single mother's reaction when the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA) stepped in to help her better care for her youngest child with serious medical issues.  As SMCAA executive director since 1999, Fenrick has seen the organization help move countless residents of Cass, Van Buren and Berrien counties toward self-sufficiency…

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Weatherization efforts generate savings, says MPSC study – Weatherization efforts generate millions in long-term energy savings, according to a Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) study, which underscores the importance of funding MCA's programs to help consumers make their homes more energy efficient….

WAP celebrates 38th year of energy assistance – MCA celebrated the 38th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) on Oct. 30 as part of "Weatherization Day."  According to the Department of Energy, WAP has helped more than 6.4 million households become more energy efficient since its founding.

NCAF hosts "Community Action's Got Talent" fundraiser – As a fundraising effort for CAP-PAC, which helps ensure MCA influence on Capitol Hill, singers, comedians and dancers will perform at the National Community Action Foundation's (NCAF) "Community Action's Got Talent!" on March 25….

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