What's new with NEMCSA?

March 2018

Did you know NEMCSA turns 50 years old this year?  

I've always wanted to ask...exactly what is a Community Action Agency?

Community Action Agencies are private or public nonprofit organizations that were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas. Community Action Agencies seek to involve the community, including elected public officials, private sector representatives, and especially low-income residents, in assessing local needs and attacking the causes and conditions of poverty. 

So what makes Community Action Agencies unique?

Most poverty-related organizations focus on a specific area of need, such as job training, health care, housing, or economic development. Community Action Agencies reach out to low-income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, involve low-income clients in the agency’s operations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.

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Five things you didn't know about NEMCSA...



Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand.

Take the Poverty Simulation to promote poverty awareness and to increase your understanding of the difficult choice people living poverty have to make every single day. 
NEMCSA is excited to announce that Northeast Michigan residents will be eligible to participate in a new program for Heating Repair and Replacement.  More information will be released in the next few weeks via NEMCSA's website, social media, outreach events, and media.
 Cheryl Lavigne, Family Support Coordinator for Early Head Start, loves her job! 

Last month, Lisa Bolen, NEMCSA's Executive Director spent a day with two Early Head Start staff.  Read about her experience and many more program/agency stories in the March Executive Director's Report 

Upcoming NEMCSA events include:

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