Volume 5, Issue 2
Jan 26, 2021
In This Issue...
Announcements | Webinars/Trainings | COVID-19 Resources | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - Identifying & Removing Biases, Stereotypes & Isms in the Workplace​
12:00-2:00 PM EST

Discussion will take place on how Biases, Isms and Stereotypes can create a strong (negative) impact on the overall culture at the organization in our communities and for the clients served. Team Members/partners will take part in meaningful dialogue to help them to identify and remove their own biases and stereotypes. 

War on Poverty Training

In celebration of the announcement on the War on Poverty in January 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Berneitha McNair Consulting will sponsor daily training during the week of January 25 – 29, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST. 
The War on Poverty Celebration Training is an innovative and impactful conversation to enhance performance and the effectiveness of community action agencies and Head Start programs to combat poverty. These five training sessions can be attended by new or experienced Head Start and community action professionals, state association staff, and state CSBG oversight agencies. Register today to join this important conversation. You can register for one or all of the training sessions. 
Cost: $125.00 Per Session. Registration can be paid using the following zoom links. You will be emailed the zoom links after registration is paid.  
Jan. 25- Back to the Beginning: A Look at the War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 
Payment Link: https://lnkd.in/d-SHtf9 
Jan. 26 - The Unapologetic D.O.P.E. Community Action Professional: Helping Families, Changing Lives 
Payment Link: https://lnkd.in/dr89pGr 
Jan. 27- The Head Start Hero: Empowering Children and Families 
Payment Link: https://lnkd.in/dGZTCiX 
Jan. 28 – Head Start and CSBG: A Collaborative Guide to Promote True Family Self-Sufficiency 
Payment Link: https://lnkd.in/dnrVyYc 
Jan. 29 – Building High Performing Teams to Fight the War on Poverty 
Payment Link: https://lnkd.in/dvb5uhA 
Grants Training in Ann Arbor, MI | March 15-16, 2021 9 AM - 4 PM| Grant Writing USA

Michigan Hillel at the University of Michigan and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Ann Arbor, March 15-16, 2021. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. 

Tuition is normally $455 but early registration discounts are available now through February 11, 2021. Seating is limited to accommodate appropriate social distancing, online reservations are necessary. 

Register early by yourself and you'll receive an instant $50 off tuition. Register early as part of a group of 5 or more and you'll each receive an additional $50 discount. That means everyone in your group of 5 or more gets $100 off their tuition! Payment is not required at the time of enrollment. 

Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here. 
COVID-19 Resources
Check the status of Economic Stimulus Payments

Stimulus payments are already being processed. Use this link to find the status of payments 
Federal eviction/foreclosure moratoriums extended

On Wednesday, January 20th President Joe Biden signed an executive order instructing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend the federal moratorium on evictions until March 31, 2021. Read the full media statement here.
Prepare for HR in 2021

2020 has been a year unlike any other. COVID-19 has forever left its mark on the way we live and work. Though at the time of publishing we’re still living through the pandemic, we need to start preparing for a post-COVID world. In this article, we will reflect on 10 HR trends we’re expecting in 2021 and beyond. 
Though some trends have been ongoing for a while now and have simply been accelerated by the year’s developments, many are the inevitable result of drastic changes that organizations have had to go through, and in some cases, are still facing.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
Brookings Institute looking for partners

According to Brookings research, homes in Black-majority neighborhoods are underpriced by a painful sum of $156 billion across the country. Valuing Homes in Black-Majority Neighborhoods is a far-reaching Brookings-Ashoka effort to find solutions for housing devaluation. We will be mapping the most promising innovations from across the country and inviting participants to a collaborative challenge with up to $1 million of prize funds.

7 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Your Office

With Black History Month coming up, it’s important to challenge yourself to honor Black History Month in a way that will not only celebrate black history during the month of February but also every day. There are several initiatives and projects you can take on to create celebratory moments and lasting impact on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within your company. 

Learn more about these 7 ways you can honor and celebrate Black culture this month. 
MCA Officers/Board Members 2019-2021
Jill Sutton
Mid Michigan CAA

Toby Berry
Urban Officer
Community Action Agency

Lisa Evans
Lower Peninsula Rural Officer
Community Action of Allegan County
Michelle Williamson
Vice President
Community Action

Michelle LaJoie
Upper Peninsula Officer
Community Action Alger- Marquette

Melinda Johnson
At-Large Officer 
Blue Water Community Action

Dennis McShane
Directors Council Chair Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency
Kerri Duff 
Secretary Treasurer
Gogebic Ontonagon CAA

Doug McFadden
CAA Governing Board Officer

Mary Ann Neopolitan
CAA Governing Board Officer
Monroe County Opportunity Program
MCA is continuing to observe CDC guidelines encouraging remote work practices and following local public health guidelines. The office remains physically closed to anyone outside of immediate staff. We are accessible by phone and email during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30AM-5PM ET.
Be well and stay safe everyone. .