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September 2015 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

MI-Sept-2015MCA Catalyst – September 2015

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Weatherization Day at Capitol

National Weatherization Day is Oct. 30, and MCA is planning a special event at the Capitol the day before (Thursday, Oct. 29) to demonstrate to legislators how Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAP) benefit their constituents…Some recent outcomes attributed to WAP in Michigan include a 26 percent decrease in disconnect notices and a 50 percent reduction in actual terminations of service. Homeowners also report decreases in illnesses and hunger and increases in comfort and safety…

"Community Action Agencies are proud of our achievements in low-income weatherization," says Kate White, MCA executive director. " As families spend less on their heating bills, they free up money that can be used for other necessities. It gets them closer to the goal of economic self-sufficiency."

CCAP Certification Training

It's not too early to begin thinking about the next Certified Community Action Professional test, which the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) will offer in Michigan in June 2016. Designed for current and emerging managers in the Community Action profession, the credential gives those who attain it both professional and personal benefits.

The first CCAP study group is Sept. 21…The meeting will employ Herman Melville's six strategies for understanding difficult material. Charles H. McCann, CCAP emeritus, will facilitate the study group

Executive Director's Message

Policymakers are looking at your website – Among the many takeaways from the recent national conference in San Francisco was a colleague's presentation on the importance of an agency's website in its advocacy efforts. A website is a voice that works constantly to educate our most important audiences…

See newsletter article for tips on evaluating your website as a working part of your advocacy.

Executive Profile: John Stephenson

John Stephenson recalls the waves of political resistance Community Action Agencies nationwide had faced during the late 1960s and early 1970s. When he joined Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) in 1978, Community Action's future seemed anything but a sure thing…

Heating Credit Deadline

Low-income homeowners can get about $140 toward utility bills if they file for a home heating credit before September 30…

MACAA New Directors Orientation

The Mid-America Communication Action Association hosted a new directors' training session on September 23 and 24.



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