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May 2017 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – May 2017
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NEMCSA School Success program impacts more families

Students who participate in NEMCSA's School Success Program are more likely to complete school...   “This program is changing cultures in an isolated area,” says Dorothy Pintar, program director.  “We’re getting kids excited about education and we’re helping schools be more supportive in difficult home situations.”

...In 2015, School Success operated in 29 of the 58 schools in an 11-county region of Northeast Michigan.  After the state increased its support to $450,000 for 2015-2016, the program expanded to seven more schools in three additional counties, impacting nearly 26,000 more students.

For Eric Cardwell, a principal in the Alpena school district, School Success is "unequivocally a game changer."  "It is the best program that I’ve seen involving developing relationships with kids and families inside and outside of the schools," says Cardwell, speaking from 17 years of experience as a principal.  "It really strengthens schools.  I can’t imagine us doing our job without that."

MCA brings low-cost loans to poverty-stricken communities

Low-income residents throughout Michigan will have an alternative to high-cost payday loans, thanks to a partnership between Michigan Community Action (MCA) and a Texas-based nonprofit corporation.  MCA will act as statewide coordinator for the Community Loan Center of America’s Affordable Small Dollar Loan Program, building a network of local lenders that will in turn provide consumers with a lower-cost alternative to short-term payday loans, which carry high interest rates and fees...

MCA lobbyist profile: Kennedy helps steer public policy work

Kennedy helps steer MCA's public policy work
Robert Kennedy has represented Michigan Community Action for 15 years in Lansing, navigating the waters of politics to help ensure stable funding and sound public policy for the state’s largest human services agency outside of state government...

Allegan County CAA celebrates mission, supporters

Nearly $16,000 was raised at Community Action of Allegan County's (CAAC) Hearts and Hands Celebration to support families striving to achieve economic security.  More than 100 Community Action supporters, including businesses, community leaders and elected officials gathered April 20 to raise money for CAAC programs as well as recognize CAAC's volunteers and partners...

MMCAA awarded Head Start grant

Head Start children in mid-Michigan will learn outdoors thanks to a grant from the Clare County Community Foundation (CCCF).  The $5,000 sum was awarded to Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (MMCAA) for the conversion of a preschool playground to an outdoor learning environment...

Did you know?

Children who have a high-quality preschool experience show significant, positive developmental differences compared with children who do not, according to research on preschool programs in Michigan...

Announcements

NASCSP Responds to Administration's 2018 Budget Proposal
The National Association for Community Service Program released a statement on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal.

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...

Announcements

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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