Volume 6, Issue 7
April 5, 2022
In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
Upcoming Events
Register Now for These Upcoming Workshops
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Webinar 

On Tuesday, April 5th at 1 PM ET, join the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) and the National Council of Nonprofits for a webinar highlighting updates to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, guidance on how to navigate the new process, and an opportunity to ask questions about accessing debt relief.

Renewable Energy & Indigenous Communities

This webinar to be held April 7,2022, at 4:00 PM EST, is part of the University of Pennsylvania Energy Week @ Penn and is sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies. Indigenous communities have been harmed by fossil fuel extraction. The transition to clean energy could represent a new era. However, demand for renewable energy may bring new issues around land for developments and minerals for the supply chain. This panel will review how indigenous groups worldwide perceive the growth of renewable energy, how to minimize new threats, and how to foster a just transition for indigenous communities.

Resources
Report: How Did the Community Action Network Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit American communities in early 2020, the nation’s Network of over 1,000 local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) sprang into action. CAAs adapted existing services, implemented new ones and – almost overnight – shifted their entire organizational operations. How did they do this? This report from NCAP answers this question based on input from Nationally Certified Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Professionals (NCRPs). Learn more in the full report, summary report, or report key points.

A ‘Godsend’: How Temporary Investment in the Child Tax Credit and Child Care Impacted Michigan Families. 

In order to learn about the impact of the American Rescue Plan’s short-term investments in the CTC and childcare, the Center for the Study of Social Policy conducted interviews with low-and moderate-income families of color, childcare providers, and stakeholders in Michigan between September and December 2021.

Learn more about their findings and how these investments impacted families in the newly released report. 
Employee Retention: Best Practices & 7 Key Steps for 2022 

Although retaining your talent has always been an important investment of time and resources, the unprecedented external conditions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have only amplified the challenges of retaining talent and highlighted the need to look at retention with a critical eye. This newly released guide from Nonprofit Resource Hub covers recommended steps for building a well-developed retention strategy.
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
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. .