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June 2017 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – June 2017
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Day at the Capitol showcases Community Action's impact

A woman who purchased her first home, a man who found work while caring for his sick wife and a family that furthered its education together were among those gathered in the halls of the state Capitol May 9 to celebrate the impact of Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

“Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for CAAs to not only show legislators all the good work Community Action does but to remind them of the importance of state and federally funded programs,” says Kate White, MCA executive director.  “Programs like Low-Income Energy Assistance are crucial to Community Action’s mission of helping families and individuals transition from poverty to self-sufficiency.  We are gratified that our legislators continue to demonstrate their support.”

Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) accepted the Legislator of the Year Award for his involvement and support of his local agency, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency..

Michigan CAAs celebrate more than half a century of service

New schools, health clinics and food distribution sites across the state are just some of the results of more than half a century of Community Action at work in Michigan.  Since Michigan agencies were formed in the 1960s, they’ve created programs such as in-home meals for seniors, sickle cell anemia testing, migrant worker assistance and economic development projects.  As nearly half of Michigan’s 29 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) reach the 50-year milestone of helping people break down the barriers to self-sufficiency, Michigan Community Action (MCA) reviews the impact...

Creating a unified voice requires consistent communication

'Elevator speeches' webinar recap – Communicating the same message across the state will help Michigan’s Community Action Agency (CAA) network further its mission of combating poverty, said Barbara Lezotte of Lezotte Miller Public Relations Inc. during Michigan Community Action’s “Elevator Speeches for Community Action Agencies” webinar.  The many different programs CAAs administer make communication a challenge, she explained.

“Standardized messaging that clearly explains Community Action’s work will enhance local and statewide understanding of CAAs,” said Lezotte, who recommended using the “Community Action H.E.L.P.s” (Housing & Homelessness, Emergencies, Learning, alleviating Poverty) acronym as a starting point for developing a narrative about CAA programs and services.


Grant will help Human Development Commission feed community
Caro residents who rely on the food program will be better served thanks to a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development grant of $61,600 to improve the commodity food warehouse.

Did you know?

About 17 percent of Michigan seniors, a sizable population group, live below the poverty line and may lack adequate food, which leads to health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  An estimated 24 percent of Michigan’s population will be age 60 or more by 2030, a 32 percent increase from 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Seniors as a group need extra help with transportation, health and personal care and housing.

Michigan’s Community Action Agencies’ (CAAs) programs and services for seniors help ensure a higher quality of life and allow aging residents to remain in their homes as long as possible. CAAs provide an array of non-medical services for senior needs that are essential to safe, comfortable independent living.

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