Volume 6, Issue 17

December 12, 2022

In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership


Mark Your Calendars!

2023 MCA Legislative Day

MCA Summer Conference

Upcoming Events

December 21, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting

9:30 AM ET

Dec 26-30, 2022 - MCA Office Closed in Observance Christmas and New Years

Jan 9, 2023 - Finance Committee Meeting

9:30 AM ET

Jan 9, 2023 - Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 PM ET

Jan 9, 2023 - Directors Council Meeting

1:30 PM ET 

For a full list of events,

visit MCA’s calendar

The Michigan Community Action Update is a round-up of important information for members of Michigan Community Action.
We may send more
frequent updates when
important information breaks
that impacts the
Community Action network.
We welcome your input and feedback.
Please send your comments and ideas here.

From The Network

Wayne Metro Wins 2022 Best-Managed Nonprofit Award

Crain’s Detroit Business — a business media outlet covering Southwest Michigan — recently honored Wayne Metro Community Action Agency with its 2022 Best-Managed Nonprofit Award. The award celebrates the best in leadership and financial stewardship in the nonprofit community. Check out the latest edition of Crain's Detroit Business to learn about Wayne Metro's efforts to scale up its organization at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how those changes have outlasted the crisis, helping to better serve their customers for the long run.

OLHSA's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Participants in Art Exhibition

The Detroit Institute of Art’s 14th Annual Community Group Art Exhibition will feature art from participants of OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. “We hope to have our artists supported by Community Action by coming down to the Detroit Institute of Arts and seeing the exhibition of art made by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren clients, children in kinship care and OLHSA staff”. The exhibition will be open through January 29, 2023. 

Share Your Walk for Warmth Stories and Pictures!

MCA would like to highlight agencies Walks for Warmth on our social media pages and website. If you would like to be highlighted send pictures and/or stories to Nicole Caroen at ncaroen@micommunityaction.org We can also share information about your upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date! Annual NASCSP Conference is coming to Michigan. September 23-29, 2023.

The annual conference will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, additional details will be shared when available.

Register Today for the 2023 Management & Leadership Training Conference!

NCAP’s 2023 Management & Leadership Training Conference, taking place February 8-10 in beautiful New Orleans, LA! The Management and Leadership Training Conference (MLTC) is targeted to board and staff leaders at Community Action Agencies. The MLTC will feature intensive training, structured discussions, and networking opportunities. Whether you’ve been leading and managing for years, or you’re looking forward to that promotion into management, you’ll become your best with our Management and Leadership Training Conference. 

Click here to register and learn more.

Community Action 101 Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 2:00 PM EST 

For more than 50 years, Community Action has served as a dynamic and community-based force in addressing the causes and conditions of poverty throughout the USA. Join the National Community Action Partnership’s CEO, Denise Harlow, as she grounds us in the history, model, and Promise of Community Action, and discusses current opportunities for the Community Action network.

Click here to register.


Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and the Entities Serving Them

The Federal Reserve has released a full report that provides data to show the continuing disruption among organizations and communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the report here

Ethical Fundraising

This article from the National Council of Nonprofits outlines how nonprofits can go above what the law requires to demonstrate their commitment to ethical fundraising practices. 

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 LaJoie

Upper Peninsula Officer

Community Action Alger- Marquette

Toby Berry

At-Large Officer 

Community Action Agency

Kerri Duff 
Secretary Treasurer
Gogebic Ontonagon CAA

Mary Ann Neopolitan
CAA Governing Board Officer
Monroe County Opportunity Program

Susan Harding
Directors Council Chair
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency

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. .
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