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Wayne Metro's RFQ for Community Digital Literacy Training Vendors

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency is seeking to recruit qualified vendors and expand vendor services list to provide digital literacy training to support educationally and socially disadvantaged residents of Wayne County, Michigan with no or low digital literacy in advancing their digital literacy skills.

Wayne Metro provides community digital literacy training at 2 Wayne Metro offices and select community partner organizations in classroom/lab setting. Maximum group size is 15 students per session. Sessions may be offered four-to six weeks consecutively (2 to 3 hours per session) or one time sessions (2 to 3 hours per session) dependent upon topic. Wayne Metro oversees participant outreach and enrollment.

For full details on this Request for Quotation please see this PDF.

MCA Offering 2 Bridges Out of Poverty Training

MCA has arranged to have two upcoming Bridges Out of Poverty training for the staff and boards of member agencies over the next couple of months. The first will be in Grayling on November 7 at the Ramada Inn located at 2650 I-75 Business Loop Grayling, Michigan 49738. The second will be in Grand Rapids on December 6 at Kent County Community Action located at 121 Franklin Street SE, Suite 110 Grand Rapids, MI 49507.

The Bridges Out of Poverty workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty and how it impacts the lives of low-income families. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.

Participants will review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language.

Throughout the workshop, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes, but the focus of the workshop is to provide a broad overview of concepts.

This training assists employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals gain insight and strategies.

The sessions will be conducted by Sarah Kile, a certified Bridges Out of Poverty instructor. The sessions are free, but participants will need to purchase the accompanying textbook for $30, and lunch is on your own.  

Click here for registration information and be sure to specify which session you will be attending.

Energy Efficiency Day is on October 5th!

Energy Efficiency saves money, reduces pollution and creates jobs. What’s not to like? For National Energy Efficiency Day, let’s work together to cut energy waste. Join the thousands of people who have already pledged to save energy and money for #EEDay2018 on Oct. 5.

MCA Webinar on Creating A Value Proposition in Hiring and Retention

MCA will host an hour long, free webinar for staff involved or interested in hiring decisions and human resources management on Wednesday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. ET.

The webinar will be led by Suzanne Lynn of SGL Consulting, who conducted a live training on the topic recently for the Michigan Nonprofit Association conference. Here’s is Suzanne’s description of the content:

People are your greatest asset, but finding them and keeping them can be challenging in the non-profit sector. It’s a competitive space that’s made even more challenging by the fact that employees are more likely than ever to make several job moves in their lifetimes. This workshop will take your talent practice to the next level by understanding and learning how to apply best practices for recruiting, selecting, and retaining great staff members. We will focus on how to identify the unique characteristics, values, and benefits of an organization and utilize that "value proposition" as a recruitment tool. Additionally, the session will talk very tactically about a strong recruitment and selection process, including how to track recruitment data, ensure that candidates have a positive experience throughout the process, how to attract diverse candidates, and what a strong hiring process looks like.
Finally, this session will focus on how to best retain staff members.

Session Objectives
To understand…
• The best practices for recruiting strong talent
• The key elements of a strong hiring process
• Why people leave and how you can keep them within your organization

To register for the webinar, please click the following link:

Summer Conference Planning Meeting

Last year we had great success in outlining the breakout session topics and speakers for the summer conference by hosting a planning meeting in November 2017. We’d like to try again this year and are requesting participants to sign up for the planning session for the 2019 Summer Conference to be held July 23-25 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, MI.

The session will be held on November 13 from 1-4:00 at the MCA office in Okemos. If you are a part of the Community Action network in Michigan and would like to take part in this planning session, please fill out registration form here. We hope to get 30-40 people involved in the process.  To see the agenda for the session click for the PDF

Senior Home Care Support Plummeting

According to a State of Michigan report, the availability of family-supported in home care for seniors is at dangerously low levels and will decrease by 42% by 2030. See the report here.

MCA is Hosting a Free Webinar

Building on the positive response to our summer conference breakout session on Person-Centered Language and Inclusion, MCA will host a free webinar on September 25 at 2:30 ET to help CAA staff learn more about respectfully communicating with co-workers and clients who are part of the LGBTQ community. Our presenter will be Sarah Garcia-Linz, who is a higher education professional, currently serving Lansing Community College as a Manager of the Academic Success Coach team. She earned her MA from Michigan State University in Student Affairs Administration with a concentration in Diversity in Higher Education. Additionally she is a certified Safe Zone Trainer through the Out Alliance in Rochester, NY and offers training to faculty and staff on campus. She became interested and active with LGBTQ+ issues as an undergraduate at Beloit College in Wisconsin and is passionate about making spaces more inclusive and accepting of all types of diversity.

To register for this important webinar, please click on this link:

NMCAA is Seeking Quality Control Inspectors

Request for Proposal
Weatherization Assistance Program
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) is seeking Quality Control (QC) Inspectors to provide services in our 10-county area: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford. Inspections will be performed on single-family stick-built structures or manufactured/mobile homes.

The Weatherization Assistance Program is funded by the Dept. of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE WAP) and the DHHS Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Interested QCI’s may contact the NMCAA Weatherization Program for a Request for Proposal packet at:

NMCAA Weatherization Program
3963 Three Mile Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686

Or by contacting: Lisa Ritter (231) 346-2185

NMCAA is an EEO employer




MCA Offering 2 Bridges Out of Poverty Training