Volume 6, Issue 8
April 18, 2022
In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
April is Fair Housing Month!
NCAP is celebrating the work being done by members and partners to make truly equitable housing opportunities a reality. Read about Fair Housing Month and Community Action in the newly released Fair Housing Policy One-Pager or sign up for their webinar addressing rapid-rehousing initiatives and how CAAs can be leaders on the issue in the communities they serve. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 2:00 PM EST. Register Here

Additional Fair Housing Resources
Upcoming Events
Register Now for this New Peer to Peer Networking Opportunity
The first meeting will be held virtually, on June 23, 2022, 10:00-11:00 EST
Register here.
Registration Open for Wipfli National Training Conference 

Join top trainers — including Denes Tobie, Tammy Jelinek and Brian Gaumont — for five days of sessions packed with must-have perspectives on leadership, operational effectiveness, compliance, risk mitigation and talent to take your organization to the next level. Register today through their Conference website.

Registration Open for the Building Michigan Communities Conference

Registration for the 2022 Virtual Building Michigan Communities Conference is now open! Check out what they have in store for this virtual experience on May 3 & 4:
  • Two days
  • Four keynote plenaries
  • 40+ educational sessions
  • BMCC Book Club discussing Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle, Ph.D.

Community Action Month Resources

NCAP has just released the 2022 Community Action Month toolkit which includes templates of social media posts, press releases, government proclamations, fundraising ideas and more so you can promote your Community Action Agency and to raise awareness of Community Action Month this May. A recorded webinar that provides an overview of the resources and how to use them this May is also available. 

An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System

Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems recently released the ninth edition of the resource An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System. This updated edition now has 510 citations that explore structural racism across the national food system and in specific food sectors and geographies. The bibliography is used by food and health practitioners, activists, scholars, educators, authors and students, and is funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 
Emerald Cities' Emergent Communities Capacity Building (ECCB) Program

Emerald Cities recently launched its new Emergent Communities Capacity Building (ECCB) Program. This year-long program is for BIPOC or frontline communities who are recently/newly incorporating energy, energy systems analysis and energy democracy into their intersectional justice lens. This is an opportunity to take the work deeper through a small grants program, community learning, as well as organizational and financial technical support. The ECCB program will support communities who may also want to leverage the Justice40 initiative through the lens of Energy Democracy
For more information on the ECCB Program, eligibility and the application process, click here. Applications for the 2022-23 cohort are due by June 1, 2022. 
New Content Added - MCA’s Learning Management System 

The following content and resources have been added to MCA’s Learning Management System

  • Earned Income Tax Credit Advocacy Resources 
  • Self-Care for Leaders – Workshop Recording 
  • Building Cross-Sector Partnerships – Workshop Recording 

You will need to sign into your MemberClicks account in order to view these. If you need assistance with logging in, please email Nicole.
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 understands this. That’s why our bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate 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 including a 10% tuition discount.  

· 50% off the first FlexPath session if you begin your program by June 2022. 

· Two learning formats - FlexPath and GuidedPath - that are flexible, affordable, and supportive.  

· A student-centered approach, including support teams to help you be successful and persistent. 

Ready to learn more and get started?  

Visit Capella.edu/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
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. .