Volume 6, Issue 5
March 8. 2022
In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | COVID-19 Resources | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
Upcoming Events
Register Now for These Upcoming Workshops
Attend the 2022 Virtual Risk Summit for Free!

The National Community Action Partnership is once again partnering with the Nonprofit Risk Management Center to offer free registration to all Community Action network staff to the upcoming 2022 Virtual Risk Summit. This virtual summit showcases innovation in risk management in the nonprofit sector, and is an excellent opportunity to sharpen the risk management skills your agency needs to succeed. 

The 2022 Virtual Risk Summit will be held over the course of three separate days in 2022, April 5th, July 20th, and October 13th. Each day features eight fast-paced educational sessions tailored to the nonprofit sector led by risk management experts.

Register your Community Action staff at no cost for this impactful event today by clicking here and selecting Affiliate Member "All-In" Participant Registration. 
Webinar - Breaking the Cycle of ACEs  

Join Institute for Public Strategies on March 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST for this webinar that will explore how public health providers can partner with communities to build resilience and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. The discussion will include, data collection and policy analysis, real-world examples of communities, and how to build a coalition of advocates.  
  
Mutual of America Presents “Women and Retirement: Preparing Now for a More Financially Secure Future
More than ever, women are taking charge of their financial futures. At the same time, when it comes to retirement planning, they face particular challenges. On Tuesday March 22nd at 2pm, Mutual of America Financial Group will present a 30-minute webinar titled Women and Retirement: Preparing Now for a More Financially Secure Future, which will provide valuable insights into the factors impacting women’s retirement planning.

COVID-19 Resources
CDC Loosens Mask Guidelines Based on Community Levels: Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.

Second Round of Free COVID-19 Tests Available

President Joe Biden announced during his State of the Union address that more free at-home COVID tests will be made available. If you have already ordered and received the first round of COVID-19 test kits, you will soon be able to order more.

Visit USPS.com You can also get there via covidtests.gov.
OHS Pauses Monitoring on Head Start Mask Mandate
In response to new guidance from the CDC that links indoor masking recommendations to community-level spread of COVID-19, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced that it will pause monitoring for compliance with the mask requirement.

In its February 28 announcement, OHS acknowledged that the new CDC mask recommendations differ from the Rule, OHS emphasized that the Rule remains effective, and Head Start programs in states where its enforcement has not been enjoined should continue to follow all sections of the Rule. However, OHS will not evaluate compliance with the mask requirement in its program monitoring while reviewing the new CDC recommendations.
Resources
Hiring and Retaining Top Quality Workers 

Interested in the latest nonprofit recruiting and hiring trends and tactics that are working to retain talented people? Chronicle of Philanthropy editor Stacy Palmer discusses the challenges facing nonprofit leaders, the current recruiting climate, and tactics that are working to retain talented people with three experts in the field. You can read a summary or watch the session on-demand in this article. 
Place-Based Strategies for Reviving America 

This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, discusses the social problems that are often entrenched in distressed communities and offers new approaches for uplifting neighborhoods that demonstrate the scale and collaboration necessary to offer opportunity to all. 
A Social Ecological Model of Racism & Anti-Racism

This handout from The Center for the Study of Social Policy frames racism and anti-racism within a social ecological model in order to promote an understanding of the multifaceted, overlapping, and interactive factors that contribute to and maintain racial inequities, as well as strategies that can be employed across multiple levels in order to eliminate racism, address its multiple impacts, and achieve a more just society.
Michigan Community Action, Capella University
& Strayer University Partnership
Back to school savings with education built for real life

Ready to go back to school to gain the skills and knowledge you need to reach your career goals with access to education that works with your busy life? Capella University and Strayer University understand this. That’s why their Associates, Bachelor’s, Certificate and Graduate programs in human services, behavioral health, business, IT, and leadership & administration leverage what you already know and are grounded in real-world application.

Through our partnership with Capella, you and your immediate family have access to high-quality, online education and tuition savings that make it possible to earn a degree or certificate at a significantly lower cost and at your own pace. Capella offers you:

·        Exclusive scholarships, grants and other savings for both universities, including a 10% tuition discount.
·        Three learning formats—FlexPath, GuidedPath, and On-Campus that are flexible, affordable, and supportive.
·        A student-centered approach, including support teams to help you be successful and persistent.
·        Accredited and nationally recognized universities that meet the highest standards for quality.

Ready to learn more and get started?
Visit Capella.edu/MichiganCommunityAction and Strayer.edu/partner/MichiganCommunityAction to find a degree program that’s right for you and to see special tuition offers.

Check out this PDF for information on programs offered.
Save on your degree at Strayer University

Michigan Community Action and Strayer University have partnered to offer eligible employees of their member agencies access to flexible, affordable associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. If you’re thinking of earning a degree, we invite you to take advantage of special offers designed to help you meet your educational goals.

Special offers and scholarships available now

$5,000 scholarship for new or returning Strayer students to apply toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree

• 10% tuition discount for the duration of your program*
  * Tuition discount upon receipt of documentation of employment and eligibility.

Why Strayer?
At Strayer, you’ll get a modern, online degree that gives you the confidence to change your future. Our programs are built for working adults and our student services coaches offer support at every step. We believe in educational access, academic quality, student success and customer service.
MCA Officers/Board Members 2021-2023
Lisa Evans
President
Community Action of Allegan County

Morghan Boydston
Urban Officer
Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development

Lisa Bolen
Lower Peninsula Rural Officer
Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency
Michelle Williamson
Vice President
Community Action

Michelle LaJoie
Upper Peninsula Officer
Community Action Alger- Marquette

Toby Berry
At-Large Officer 
Community Action Agency
Kerri Duff 
Secretary Treasurer
Gogebic Ontonagon CAA

Judge Gregory Pittman
CAA Governing Board Officer
Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership

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. .