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March-2015 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

MCA Catalyst - March 2015

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Consumers Energy presents $800,000 check to MCA for weatherization assistance

A large donation by Consumers Energy ensures statewide income-eligible Consumers Energy customers will stay warm this winter.  Consumers Energy Vice President Dennis Dobbs presented a check for $800,000 to MCA on Feb. 13 in Flint.

"The check from Consumers Energy will help approximately 1,000 to 1,500 families in need of heating assistance," says Steve Walker, executive director of the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD).

DICSA Walk for Warmth raises $10,000 for families

More than 270 Dickinson community members donned hats and mittens to walk or run in Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency's Frosty 5K and Merry Mile Jan. 31, as part of "Walk for Warmth," which raises money to help local at-risk families with their heating bills.

"The event was a huge success, bringing in more than $10,000 to DICSA's emergency needs programs," says Dana Waara, DICSA's RSVP director/outreach supervisor.  "The Dickinson community always steps up to the challenge every year."

State officials honored during Keep Michigan Warm Day

As a thank you to legislators for passing the Michigan Energy Assistance Program bill last year, Michigan Community Action took part in the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm Day event on the steps and lawn of the Capitol on a frigid Feb. 18.  The program has helped thousands of low-income families stay safe and warm in their homes through two of the toughest winters in memory…

Executive Profile: Battle Creek native works to better her hometown

You might say Michelle Williamson was destined to serve as CEO of the Battle Creek-based Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan.  "I really wanted to work in the community where I grew up," Williamson says.  She also desired to make a difference in people's lives, following the examples set by her grandparents and parents who were involved in giving to their church and a variety of community causes…

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Upcoming Events – See newsletter for listing of events

Schertzing, Duff join MCA Board of Directors – Eric Schertzing and Kerri Duff have been named to the Michigan Community Action Board of Directors.  Schertzing has been the elected Ingham County treasurer since 2000 and is the chair of the Ingham County Land Bank….Duff is the executive director of Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency…

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...

U.S. Sen. Stabenow to speak in support of reauthorizing Child Nutrition Act –      U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will lead a discussion about the upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at Ford Field in Detroit on March 25.  Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is also invited to speak at the event, entitled "No Kid Hungry, Every Kid Healthy: Reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act."


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