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May 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action


MCA Catalyst – May 2016

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Second Lady Calley praises MCA volunteers at Capitol

Michigan's second lady, Julie Calley, praised MCA volunteers as "tireless advocates, change agents and unsung heroes" in her keynote address at the annual MCA Day at the Capitol and Community Action Awards ceremony April 28. The event kicked off May's Community Action Month, as it recognized contributions of volunteers and the achievements of agency clients – see newsletter for further comments and listing of volunteer awards and recognition of clients.

New NMCAA programs promote family savings

Two new programs from the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) are sparking interest among both adults and children to stash away some cash.  The agency's Nest Egg Savings Program and Early Bird Savings Club - each introduced early this year - are also designed to boost participants' financial literacy…

Deliverable home heating fuel available to mid-Michigan residents

In an effort to help local households prepare for next winter, Mid Michigan Community Action (MMCA) is offering deliverable home heating fuel to mid-Michigan residents.  "We are urging our neighbors to think proactively," says Jill Sutton, executive director of MMCA.  "Right now, resources are available to replenish fuel sources. Ahead of next winter, MMCA wants to get residents prepared long before their fuel is depleted. Removing the urgency from the situation will make the transition from fall to winter less stressful for our neighbors.”

Turkish delegation visits Kalamazoo for cultural exchange on policy-making

Delegates from Turkey visited Kalamazoo Community Action on March 23 to take part in a cultural exchange and learn more about policy-making at the federal, state and local levels, including civil and human rights legislation and efforts to include ethnic and religious minorities in decision-making…

MCA launches donation campaign to help Flint residents in water crisis

A donation page, Give to the Flint Flexible Fund, has been set up on the MCA website to donate to the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), which is the member agency on the frontline of the Flint water crisis.  Donations to the GCCARD will go toward supporting the continued efforts of the agency's work with the Flint water crisis…

Other Items

  • Mandatory bidder's conference set in Caro May 10 – HDC is seeking competitive proposals for property-casualty insurance policies
  • Community Action Partnership webinars – Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership and Community Action on May 10 and Trauma Informed: A Guide to the Resources on May 11
  • Area Agencies on Aging Association Annual Conference
  • CRA webinar on funding set May 25 – Community Action Partnership

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