Photo by MCAC Staff

History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.”  

~ Nelson Mandela

Manchester Community Action Coalition

by Kile Adumene and Kaya Roumimper

Manchester Community Action Coalition (MCAC) is a BIPOC-led nonprofit organization formed in 2020 that provides a safe space for the marginalized (Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, POC, Disability, LGBTQIA+) community in Manchester to discuss, share, and discover needs within the community. 

We are a shared space for effective collaboration, networking, and collective support that allows us to learn, develop and co-create racial, ethnic and social justice solutions for our communities.

We would like to spotlight our new economic justice initiative; BIPOC Childcare Learning Cohort. MCAC, in partnership with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, is creating a pipeline of learning to support to expand the availability of high-quality, accessible culturally appropriate child care in Manchester.  

Read more here

What RISE Outreach Workers are saying

"We had several students from our educational sessions that were vaccinated thanks to our partnership with Southern Pharmacy and the volunteers who came to administer vaccines.!"

El Centro Hispano - Arkansas

"The flyers and information on updated Covid helps them i think to understand better what it is and what is happening.."

Preston County Senior Citizens, Inc.

"We have partnered with The Mexican Consulate of Arkansas to connect to their community members in Little Rock. This has been a beneficial partnership.."

El Centro Hispano - Arkansas

"They are young men who surprisingly were very interested in the information and they do get the vaccine! Did a hand germ test really were impressed with the results!"

Preston County Senior Citizens, Inc.

"We worked with a hospital rep at this clinic. We started with booster information, but also discussed diabetes and prediabetes with everyone. Combing our outreach with other seems to grab and maintain the attention of our senior citizens."

Aging & Family Services of Mineral County

"They like the information in the flyers say they can understand it better and talking to them helps!"

Preston County Senior Citizens, Inc.

Stories from Communities

Eastern North Carolina shares their story at the recent CDCF Peer to Peer Collaborative Meeting

Need to know

Share with your communities with older adults 

NCOA will award approximately 250 grants for 6-, 12-, or 15-month projects. Grant awards will support a larger national vaccination program, funded under the U.S. Administration for Community Living COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Initiative for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Notice of Funding Opportunity (HHS-2023-ACL-AOA-HDRC-0043), under which NCOA was funded. This funding opportunity has a main goal to increase the number of older adults and people with disabilities receiving COVID-19 and Influenza vaccinations. For more information click here. Apply here.

Weekly progress towards 100,000 vaccinations: 48.6% to Goalnnecting to social needs - 1,376

Total progress towards vaccinations:

  • Direct and Indirect Engagement - 791.1M+
  • Vaccinations - 48,585
  • Connecting to social needs - 1,540

See table below


Preliminary Estimates of Effectiveness of Monovalent mRNA Vaccines in Preventing Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Children Aged 3–5 Years — Increasing Community Access to Testing Program, United States, July 2022–February 2023

Visit CDC Website for this and more info on COVID-19 

Upcoming Webinars/Training 

Meet and learn at All RISE Communities Peer Exchange 02/21

All RISE Communities Peer Exchange 02/21

Meet and learn at Cafecito for COW and Promotoras 03/01

Meet and Learn at CDC RISE Communities Peer Collaborative 03/21

For a full list of activities, click here for the calendar

presented by chromatic black™ 

March 8 - August 9, 2023 

Narrative Change Workshop for Community Organizers and Social Justice Activists will help equity architects, movement leaders, community organizers, and artist-activists working toward transformative justice with the skills and strategies to effectively communicate their message and create transformative change. The workshop explores the role that narratives play in shaping public opinion, reinforcing power structures, and perpetuating inequality and provides tools and techniques for developing a narrative that is inclusive, empowering, and effective in creating change. 

The twelve-session workshop will be interactive, with a mix of group discussions, exercises, and case studies to help participants understand and apply the concepts and techniques presented. We will cover topics such as message development, framing, and persuasive communication and provides hands-on training in the creation and dissemination of narratives that challenge the status quo and support the goals of social justice activism. The objective of the workshop is to equip community organizers and social justice activists with the skills they need to effectively communicate their message, mobilize public support, and create lasting change in their communities and the world.

Register here today! 

For more information contact Joseph Peterson [email protected]

Funding Opportunities

This week, we are proud to share possible funding opportunities available to our communities.

VNA Foundation Grants (Illinois)

Type: Foundation

Due Date: March 16, 2023

Match Required: No Cost Share

Overview: VNA Foundation awards grants to support home– and community-based healthcare and health services for the medically underserved in Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, and Will counties — with a focus on Chicago.

The foundation provides program, operating, and capital grants that range between $15,000 and $80,000 in support of home healthcare services, community and school-based services, primary care and chronic disease management, and health promotion. Priority consideration will be given to programs in which nurses provide care.

Visit our Website for more opportunities

Sunstate Equipment Foundation (See locations below)

Type: Foundation

Due Date: April 1, 2023

Match Required: No Cost Share 

Overview: The purpose of this program is to support charitable efforts in communities where employees of the Sunstate Equipment Company live and work through awards to nonprofit organizations. Funding will support projects that make a meaningful impact in those communities under the following focus areas:

  • Disadvantaged children and/or adults
  • Medical aid and research
  • Housing assistance
  • Domestic violence awareness and protection
  • Military/veterans assistance
  • Care of abused/neglected animals
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