Benefits of Membership

 

MCA provides its members with a mix of services that support their organizations, their staff and their advocacy goals.  MCA secures funding for Efficiency United, and other projects to improve communities and bring resources to members and their clients.

MCA also pools our members’ resources to get group discounts on important products like memberships in CAPLAW, Virtual CAP, and the National Community Action Foundation.

MCA organizes training for individual CAAs and group training events.  Our staff provides technical assistance or arranges peer to peer support as requested by our members. MCA coordinates an annual conference, the annual Community Action Awards for volunteers and low income families, an advocacy day at the State Capitol, and media events to celebrate Weatherization Month, Community Action Month and more.

MCA staff provides training and support on FACSPro™ to help our members track, analyze and plan their work.  We assist with training and questions on ROMA, Organizational Standards and other aspects of the work of Community Action like community needs assessments, using Community Commons for data, strategic planning and transition planning.

To learn more about the resources available for MCA’s member agencies’ staff and their board members click the links below.

 
Capella Strayer Partnership
Your ambitions are important. Through our partnership with Capella University, you and your immediate family are eligible for significant educational benefits,* each designed to help you reach your goals. Click for more info.
CAPLAW
CAPLAW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, established in 1989, dedicated to providing the legal, governance and management resources necessary to sustain and strengthen the national Community Action Agency (CAA) network. Click for more info. 
CAPLAW
Every CAA has a seat at the table! Six times a year, MCA’s Directors Council meets to decide important issues for the network, get up to date information on state monitoring issues, advocacy updates from Capitol Affairs, and the chance to network with colleagues and MCA staff. These meetings also feature updates on what MCA staff are doing to support our members, the coalitions we are participating in and upcoming issues that could affect CAAs. Click for the schedule. 
Gongwer
 MCA member agencies receive Gongwer news as part of their membership. This helps members stay on top of important policy developments in our state. Due to the cost, there is a limit of one email per Community Action Agency, which is sent to the Executive Directors when each report becomes available..
Gongwer
The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) was founded in 1981 with the purpose of representing CAAs and their state and regional associations in Washington, D.C. Click for more info.
Gongwer
Did you know that MCA has a notary public on staff? Manju Bisht, MCA's Accounting Clerk, has this designation and is available to assist members if they need documents notarized. Email Manju Bisht
Gongwer
Rebecca Kraus & Associates LLC offers a wide range of organizational development and coaching services to nonprofits. Services include Visioning and Strategic Planning, Cultural/Change Management Consulting, Professional Coaching and much more! Rebecca has worked with the Community Action Network for many years and developed the highly regarded Leadership Development Institute (LDI) with our members. Michigan Community Action’s members are eligible to receive special discounts on both of these valuable services! Contact Rebecca or visit http://rkrausconsulting.com for more information.
Gongwer
VirtualCAP is an online resource that contains program models, best practices information, funding opportunities, Organizational Standards information, and a Resource Library that holds hundreds of free tools ranging from sample board of directors documents to successfully operated program models more. It is hosted and managed by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA). Click to learn more about VirtualCAP. In 2016, MCA purchased a statewide membership to VirtualCAP for our members. For login information, contact Angelia Miller by phone at (517) 679-6391.