What do a Big Mac and NEMCSA have in common? They were both created in 1968! 

NEMCSA celebrates 50 years this month! On August 15, 1968 a community action agency was born to alleviate the cause and conditions of poverty in northeast Michigan. Now, 50 years later, NEMCSA continues to make a difference in the lives of our communities’ most vulnerable individuals, children, and families. NEMCSA’s programs empower people to take the path towards self-sufficiency, which would not happen without the tireless efforts of NEMCSA’s team, whose compassion, commitment and collaboration are apparent each and every day.

 Happy Birthday NEMCSA!~Lisa Bolen, Executive Director
Would you like to...
  • Learn about community action?
  • Attend training opportunities?
  • Network with others?
  • Give back to your community? 
If you answered yes to any of those questions, please consider becoming a NEMCSA board member
This Great-Grandma Loves Craft Beer, But Loves Volunteering Even More! 
Meet Barbara and Ken, two of NEMCSA's RSVP volunteers from Montmorency County. They have been volunteering for many years, and recently hooked up with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). 
Why sign up for RSVP, you ask? Your membership in RSVP allows you to contribute to a greater narrative about collective impact in the community! By allowing your hours and your service to be recognized, you are not only contributing to your community, but you may be inspiring a potential volunteer (in Northeast Michigan or across the country!) to get involved in their own community!
RSVP does offer additional benefits for volunteers, such as mileage reimbursement to and from their site of service (completely optional, but available if you need it!), supplemental accident insurance coverage (automatically applied once enrolled, at no cost to you!), and invitation to recognition events that honor your service (and allow you to meet and mingle with other volunteers!). Sign-up today! 
This months Director's Report includes:
  • The MCA conference
  • Agency Communication and Outreach Efforts
  • Program Updates and Highlights
  • and much more...
NEMCSA is making it's rounds to all eleven of its core counties to present the 2017 Annual report to the County Commissioners. If there is an organization in your area that could benefit from a NEMCSA presentation, please contact Frances Whitney at or 989-358-4690.  
 He was a war orphan in South Korea who's world was one of hunger, desperation and fear. Judge Webb's life story,“You can make a difference,” focuses on making a positive difference in a negative world. He has experienced life from a perspective not shared by individuals who live in this part of the world. His dynamic message to value and appreciate the qualities of other people is delivered with a sense of humor that is  inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining. 
Food For Thought: 
Imagine you are walking through the woods and you see a small dog. It looks cute and friendly. You approach and move to pet the dog. Suddenly, it snarls and tries to bite you. The dog no longer seems cute and you feel fear and possibly anger.  Then, as the wind blows, the leaves on the ground are carried away and you see the dog has one of its legs caught in a trap. Now you feel compassion for the dog. You know it became aggressive because it is in pain and suffering.
  • What can we learn from this story?
  • How can we become less judgmental? 
Read the full article from Psychology Today here
"Judging someone does not define who they are; it defines who you are."- quote taken from Psychology Today's website

Above are four flyers for upcoming food distributions. The complete Emergency Food Assistance Schedule for September is available here
School Success Program kicks of the new school year with expanded Supervisory staff (Senior School Success Liaisons.) All program supervisory staff are meeting all week (9/20-8/24) for training and preparation for the entire program staff returning.  We look forward to another successful, fun year. For more information regarding the School Success Program, visit
Pictured above: Julie Meyers, Kristen Wisniewski, Andrea Balliet, Jody Fletcher, Sue Sexton and Dorothy Pintar
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