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May 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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​Legislator, volunteers lauded at MCA Day at Capitol

A legislator who walked to help raise funds for heat assistance praised Community Action staff and volunteers at Michigan Community Action’s Annual Awards Day at the Capitol May 3rd.  Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Livingston County) accepted the Legislator of the Year award for his efforts with Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) and its annual Walk for Warmth...

MCA agencies recognized their volunteers who contribute time and talents to extend the impact of staff work and state programs...

May is Community Action Month

Governor Snyder has officially proclaimed May as Community Action Month in Michigan. Michigan’s State Senate has issued a similar citation as part of MCA’s Day at the Capitol on May 3...

Summer conference features co-author of “$2 a Day”

Luke Shaefer, Ph.D., nationally renowned co-author of the book “$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America” will speak at the Community Action Annual Summer Conference, July 10-12...The book was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism...

See MCA’s Summer Conference web page for more information including a full agenda.

Planned senior housing project is public/private partnership

A public-private collaboration in western Marquette County will create more affordable housing for seniors, help boost the local economy, and is being spearheaded by Community Action Alger Marquette.  “The Jasperlite Senior Housing development is part of a much broader strategy aimed at accessing funding mechanisms to stabilize the local economy and revitalize a key community in western Marquette County,” says Michelle LaJoie, Community Action Alger-Marquette executive director. “We are happy to be part of the effort and thank MSHDA, Marquette County and the City of Ishpeming for working with us to make the project possible.”

The six-building development will include 36 rental housing units for senior citizens 55 years and older, as well as a community center designed to incorporate green spaces and other open space that may be used for a community garden or farmer’s market...

New ways to learn and save with Capella!

Capella’s professional development webinars deliver expert advice and in- demand tips and techniques to immediately impact your career—and, in some cases, provide free opportunities to earn continuing education credits...

In partnership with Capella University, Michigan’s Community Action Agency employees and immediate family members are eligible for a 10% tuition discount on all Capella degree programs in addition to other financial and educational benefits – for more info see newsletter and Capella University’s MCA page.

Register for 2018 Summer Conference

Michigan Community Action Summer Conference
July 10-12 in Thompsonville, MI

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Did you know?

Helping a parent learn how to create a family budget through Community Action financial literacy programs can pay dividends that last for years.  Setting realistic financial goals and a savings plan helps move families from renters to homeowners.  More homeownership is shown to create more stable and healthier neighborhoods, with stronger tax bases for even more community development.

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