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April 2017 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – April 2017
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BWCA hoophouse program promotes healthy communities

The trunk of a minivan opens to reveal stacks of sweet corn ears, grown in local “hoophouses” and on their way to the farmers market and the tables of Blue Water area families.  Blue Water Community Action’s (BWCA) “Hoophouses for Health” program provides families with healthy food and nutritional education while helping farmers expand their growing season...

2017 NCAF Legislative Conference Insights

CAAs know how to weather the storm by MCA Executive Director Kate White – What a time to be in Washington, D.C., last month – snow, icy winds and the chill of a proposed federal budget that would gut many of the programs that fund Michigan’s Community Action Agencies.  The MCA team and our local agencies spent March 14-17 on Capitol Hill meeting with our Michigan congressional delegation, reminding them of the important role Community Action serves in their local communities...

Good elevator speech delivers concise, memorable message

Community Action means H.E.L.P. – Agency leaders might not actually be in an elevator when the chance to talk about Community Action occurs, but having the “elevator speech” ready will help advance understanding about Community Action Agencies’ work.  “It’s not an easy mission to explain,” says Kate White, MCA executive director.  “So we’ve simplified it down to an easy acronym for all of us to remember – H.E.L.P, which stands for the four key areas of our work...

Community Action Agencies awarded new Head Start grant

High school students in the metro Detroit area interested in early educator careers will be able to participate in Wayne Metro Community Action Agency’s new apprenticeship program thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM).  Wayne Metro, along with Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency and Macomb Community Action, received CFSM’s Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund Collaborative (Innovation Fund) to expand their services and impact more families...Each Community Action Agency was awarded $125,000...

Did you know?

Sixteen percent of Michigan’s residents cannot reliably obtain enough food to feed themselves and their families, according to a 2014 study by Feeding America...


MCA Summer Conference designed with frontline staff in mind – Helping Community Action Agencies (CAAs) gain a foundational understanding on the "culture of poverty" and how to help families move to self-sufficiency is the goal of MCA's 2017 Summer Conference.  This year’s sessions are designed with frontline staff and CAA board members in mind...

National Community Action Month in May – May is National Community Action Month, an opportunity to showcase the work that Community Action Agencies (CAAs) do to help low-income families reach self-sufficiency...

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