President Johnson and Dr. King

Statement from Michigan Community Action about the Social Justice Roots of Our Movement and Anti-Racism

 (Okemos, MI, June 3, 2020) The Community Action movement was formed in the crucible of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s to fight poverty at the local level. Our movement is part of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Lyndon B. Johnson, and countless community activists who envisioned an empowered, community-centered way to fight poverty and cultivate economic opportunity.

 The struggles of our nation and our world today to cope with the legacies of systemic racism and the violence of economic and social inequality are increased by the COVID-19 crisis.

 Members of our anti-poverty movement are on the frontlines of our communities in our war against poverty. We've witnessed first-hand the result of disinvestment in education, affordable housing, lack of access to healthcare, and the explosive growth of mass incarceration. We've witnessed how disinvestment in human beings harms the resilience of our communities, families, and individuals, and especially harms those who are vulnerable to systemic racism. 

 Despite our efforts and the efforts our partners in non-profits, government, and business, the gaps in our social safety net continue to widen. Life expectancies are decreased and upward social mobility is further and further out of reach for poor children, and especially black and brown children born in poverty.

 Racism impoverishes us all. It breaks the bonds of the social contract, and crushes our potential to truly thrive and make our communities places of opportunity and peace.

 There can be no peace without accountability and reconciliation. It is not enough to condemn racism, we must be actively anti-racist and ready to do the work as advocates and leaders. We stand with our partners: community leaders and activists, elected officials, and non-profit leaders and foundations who are ready to roll up their sleeves to enact reforms that will help our communities, families and individuals to heal from the trauma of racism and inequality. 

 About Michigan Community Action:

Michigan Community Action is the state association for the 28 designated Community Action Agencies in Michigan. We are part of a national network of over 1,000 local organizations that help people move from poverty to economic stability and self-sufficiency. Our mission is to strengthen and inspire Community Action Agencies to champion solutions to poverty and to promote economic opportunity and stability for all. Our network is united by the promise of Community Action, which changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.


Chong-Anna Canfora

Executive Director, Michigan Community Action


Michigan Community Action Board of Directors:

Jill Sutton, Board Chair |  Michelle Williamson, Vice President | Kerri Duff, Treasurer |  Toby Berry 

|   Lisa Evans  |   Michelle LaJoie   |   Melinda Johnson  |  Doug McFadden |  Mary Ann Neopolitan 

|  Matt Purcell

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(11/18/2020) C and G News - WRAP offers water bill relief to residents of Madison Heights, Hazel Park (OLHSA)

(11/172020) Daily Press - Community Action offers quarantine boxes (MDSCAA)

(11/13/2020) Manistee News - FiveCAP gearing up for 48th annual Toys for Tots campaign (FiveCAP)

(11/13/2020) - CAA Adopt-a-Family program seeks assistance (CAAJLH)

(11/12/2020) Ludington Daily News - Local Had Start centers now accepting applicants (FiveCAP)

(11/12/2020) Your Daily Globe - GOCAA to continue managing grant (GOCAA)

(11/11/2020) Monroe News - Food resources in EUP (CLMCAA)

(11/11/2020) The Sault News - Shelter/housing options for needy EUP residents (CLMCAA)

(11/10/2020) Bedford Now - Modified Walk for Warmth a success (MCOP)

(11/10/2020) The Arenac County Independent - Mid Michigan CAA expands veterans programs (MMCAA)

(11/09/2020) Ludington Daily News - FIveCAP offers home weatherization assistance (FiveCAP)

(11/09/2020) - OLHSA Virtual Trivia Night (OLHSA)

(11/09/2020) Record & Clarion - MMCA expands programs for veterans (MMCAA)

(11/08/2020) Len Connect - Community Action Agency offers supportive services for veteran families (CAAJLH)

(11/05/2020) Upper Michigan Resource - Senior Companion volunteers honored (MDSCAA)

(10/21/2020) Harbor County News - Hunger up in Southwest Michigan during coronavirus pandemic (SMCAA)

(10/21/2020) Monroe News - Water assistance available to needy Sault residents (WMCAA)

(10/16/2020) Times Herald - 'Wiping out' water bills: Hundreds in Port Huron, other communities slated for utility forgiveness (BWCAA)

(10/16/2020) Oakland County 115 - Virtual Trivia Fundraiser for OLHSA (OLHSA)

(10/12/2020) R. Galer - Passing of former CLMCAA Executive Director Ronald J Calery (CLMCAA)

(10/11/2020) Manistee News - FiveCAP senior food distribution date changed to Oct. 28 (FiveCAP)

(10/08/2020) Monroe News - MCOP issues annual report for 2019 (MCOP)

(10/06/2020) FlintSide - Michigan’s Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities identifying needs of vulnerable residents (WMCAA) (Ottawa)

(10/06/2020) Cobbs - Passing of former OLHSA CEO Edward P Revis (OHLSA)

(10/06/2020) Midland Daily News - Water repair assistance available for those in need (MMCAA)

(10/05/2020) Click On Detroit - Wayne County nonprofit helps thousands during pandemic, but worries about census impact (WMCAA)

(10/02/2020) Argus Press - Christmas benefit applications available (CACS)

(10/01/2020) Patch News - OLHSA's Virtual Trivia Fundraiser (OLHSA)

(09/30/2020) MLive - Renters now included in Jackson program helping residents with unpaid water bills (CAAJLH)

(09/30/2020) Big Rapids News - Program offers assistance to those with water issues (MMCAA)

(09/30/2020) The Herald Palladium - SMCAA teams up with local farmers to increase food distribution (SMCAA)

(09/24/2020) The Flushing View - ‘CROP Hunger Harvest’ to replace 42nd annual Grand Blanc CROP walk (GCCARD)

(09/23/2020) Midland Daily News - Gladwin foundation commits resources to long-term flood recovery (MMCAA)

(09/21/2020) The Herald Palladium - Indiana Michigan Power contributes $25,000 to energy assistance program (SMCAA)

(09/21/2020) UP Matters - Community Action Alger-Marquette in need of Meals on Wheels drivers (CAAM)

(09/18/2020) 9 and 10 News - Traverse City Organizations Encouraging Filling Out the Census (NMCAA)

(09/11/2020) Fenton Times - Some residents could see water bill relief (GCCARD)

(09/10/2020) Traverse Ticker - Making It Count: Census Groups Push To Increase Response As Deadline Looms (NMCAA)

(09/09/2020) MLive - Bay City approves program to help those struggling with water and sewer bills (MMCAA)

(09/07/2020) Macomb Daily - Macomb County a little slower than other regions in spending CARES Act dollars (Macomb)

(09/03/2020) C & G News - Charitable organizations to get boost from federal grant money (Macomb)

(09/02/2020) Record & Clarion - Dow, the Diamond with a heart (MMCAA)

(08/31/2020) 9 and 10 News - First of the Month Rent Due, Many Still Struggling Financially Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (NMCAA)

(08/26/2020) Monroe News -  Marking a century of women's suffrage (MCOP)

(08/23/2020) Record Eagle - NMCAA offers virtual workshops (NMCAA)

(08/22/2020) Mainistee News - Golf gathering raises funds to help FiveCAP heat homes (FiveCAP)

(08/22/2020) Shoreline Media - Free masks available through MI Mask Aid (FiveCAP, MMCAA)

(08/22/2020) Beaumont Enterprise - Free masks available to public through Michigan Mask Aid  (FiveCAP)

(08/21/2020) 9 and 10 News - MI Mask Aid: Free Masks Now Available (FiveCAP, NMCAA, NEMCSA, MMCAA)

(08/20/2020) MLive - City wants to use more federal funds to prevent Jackson water shutoffs (CAAJLH)

(08/19/2020) 9 and 10 News - Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Helps Those In Need (NMCAA)

(08/18/2020)The Times Herald - Blue Water Community Action Agency has 5,000 free COVID-19 masks to give away (BWCAA)

(08/18/2020) Ludington Daily News - FiveCAP's Golf for Warmth deemed successful (FiveCAP)

(07/29/2020) Manistee News - FiveCAP Head Start receives CARES Act funding (FiveCAP)

(07/29/2020) Midland Daily News - CARE Act gives additional funding for Head Start Program (MMCAA)

(07/29/2020) Big Rapids News - County receives funding for Head Start (MMCAA)

(07/28/2020) Crain's - City of Hamtramck, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency team up to develop new park in city (WMCAA)

(07/24/2020) Holland Sentinel - Community Action Agency names director (Ottawa)

(07/23/2020) Manistee News Advocate - FiveCAP's Golf for Warmth set for Aug. 7 (FiveCAP)

(07/18/2020) Oakland County Times - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group Meeting Virtually (OLHSA)

(07/18/2020) Argus Press - Capital Area Community Services organizes combination job fair/Census event (CACS)

(07/16/2020) Beford Now - Nonprofits receive COVID-19 response grants (MCOP)

(07/14/2020) Macomb Daily - With facilities shuttered due to COVID-19, cooling centers not available in Macomb County (Macomb)

(07/10/2020) 9 and 10 News -orthwest Michigan Community Action Agency Offering COVID-19 Financial Assistance (NMCAA)

(07/08/2020) Beford Now - Schultz Pipis: Seeing the light in community response

(07/07/2020) The Times Herald - State's eviction diversion program to help renters a wait-and-see game for local housing officials (BWCAA)

(06/30/2020) Ludington Daily News - CARES Act gives additional funding for FiveCAP Head Start (FiveCAP)

(06/30/2020) The Monroe News -  Community Growth: MCOP wins state grant (MCOP)

(06/25/2020) Macomb Daily - Macomb Food Program seeks donations for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive (Macomb)

(06/24/2020) Grosse Pointe News - Head Start program seeks new location (WMCAA)

(06/24/2020) Midland Daily News - State provides free counseling for homeowners, renters (MMCAA)

(06/21/2020) Ionia Sentinel Standard - MCOP issues annual report (MCOP)

(06/19/2020) WGVU - Mutually Inclusive: Kent County Community Action (KCCA)

(06/19/2020) C & G News - Macomb County a national leader in census response rate (Macomb)

(06/19/2020) WHMI - OLHSA Issues Statement On Racism & Community Action (OLHSA)

(06/15/2020) The Oakland Press - Oakland County offers free financial coaching for residents impacted by COVID-19 (OLHSA)

(06/12/2020) WLNS - Jackson residents may now apply for COVID-19 relief through Community Action Agency (CAAJLH)

(06/11/2020) WLNS - Community Action Agency aims to keep people in their homes (CAAJLH)

(06/10/2020) The Herald Review - Services available in response to COVID-19 through Mid Michigan Community Action (MMCAA)

(06/09/2020) The Oakland Press - Oakland County Commissioners adopt racial equity resolution for COVID-19 testing (OLHSA)

(06/09/2020) Iron County Reporter - DICSA to distribute "Farm to Family boxes"

(06/09/2020) The Oakland Press - Older adults feeling isolated can connect to others thanks to virtual support groups (OLHSA)

(06/08/2020) WTVB - CAA seeking small millage to help fund senior meals (CAASCM)

(06/08/2020) Big Rapids News - Mid Michigan CAA expanding services in Mecosta, Osceola counties (MMCAA)

(06/05/2020) Click On Detroit - More than $4.8 million provided to aid Wayne County residents impacted by economic downturn (WMCAA)

(06/05/2020) Midland Daily News - Mid Michigan CAA offers coronavirus relief for low-income families (MMCAA)

(05/28/2020) - Funding to help combat homelessness approved by Jackson council (CAAJLH)

(05/27/2020) - HCCC Releases Collective Impact Report (OLHSA)

(05/21/2020) - City of Jackson proposes using relief funds for homeless prevention measures (CAAJLH)

(05/21/2020) Allegan County News - Community Action celebrates 55 years amid dire needs of COVID-19 crisis (CAAC)

(05/19/2020) The Daily News - EightCAP adjusts in the wake of coronavirus (EightCAP)

(05/19/2020) Stamford Advocate - Virus threat creates unease in Michigan summer tourism haven (NMCAA)

(05/17/2020) Macomb Daily - Macomb County census response passes 2010's final figures (Macomb)

(05/17/2020) - Continuum of Care: Assistance available to Lenawee County (CAAJLH)

(05/14/2020) Kresge Foundation - Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (WMCAA)

(05/14/2020) Fox 66 - $450k grant going to help Michigan Community Action agencies meet emergency needs (NEMCSA)

(05/14/2020) WHMI - OLHSA Receives CARES Act Funding To Support COVID-19 Needs (OLHSA)

(05/14/2020) WMEM - Community action agencies expand programs across state thanks to Consumers Energy Foundation grant (NEMCSA)

(05/07/2020) My San - Urgent needs fund gift commitments surpass half-million dollars; more than $290,000 in grants awarded (NMCAA)

(05/06/2020) CBS Detroit - Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency Provides Relief to Residents (WMCAA)

(05/06/2020) Bedford Now - Emergency food distributions announced (MCOP)

(05/02/2020) The Monroe News - MCCC making protective equipment for community (MCOP)

(05/01/2020) The Monroe News - MCOP to open Community Action Month today (MCOP)

(04/29/2020) The Monroe News- ‘Caravan parade’ hosted for long term care residents (MCOP)

(04/29/2020) Huron Daily Tribune - Tuscola County commissioners to meet electronically Thursday morning (HDC)

(04/28/2020) Hillsdale Daily News - Former EightCAP president returns on 18-month contract (EightCAP)

(04/23/2020) LMT Online - Essential services still available to families in need (FiveCAP)

(04/22/2020) 9 and 10 News - Virtual Budget Event: Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA)

(04/20/2020) WEMU - Local Small Businesses Seek Aid From County Government As COVID-19 Crisis Continues (Washtenaw)

(04/20/2020) 9 and 10 News - Some Need To Take Additional Action to Get Stimulus Payments (NMCAA)

(04/19/2020) Record Eagle - Older Americans learn to cope with isolation (NMCAA)

(04/18/2020) Bedford Now - Local agencies offer housing and financial counseling (MCOP)

(04/16/2020) Monroe News - La-Z-Boy Foundation aids MCOP response (MCOP)

(04/13/2020) CM Life - Resources to help impoverished residents during quarantine (EightCAP)

(04/11/2020) Herald Palladium - Volunteers (SMCAA)

(04/09/2020) Shoreline Media Group - FiveCAP continues to provide essential help for adults, children in the face of COVID-19 (FiveCAP)

(04/08/2020) WHMI - LCUW Community Covid-19 Relief Fund In Full Operation (OLHSA)

(04/08/2020) 9 and 10 News - How to Prepare for Financial Emergencies: Facebook Live with NMCAA (NMCAA)

(04/06/2020) WHMI - Donations to OLHSA being matched (OLHSA)

(04/03/2020) Times Herald - Coronavirus: 'The face of police work is changing' (HDC)

(04/02/2020) Davison Index - Meals on Wheels postponing delivery meals due to COVID-19 exposure (GCCARD)

(04/02/2020) Manistee News - FiveCAP food distribution for seniors to be held April 8 (FiveCAP)

(04/02/2020) Lansing State Journal - Coronavirus: U.S. Census 2020 count may be affected by pandemic, Lansing-area leaders say (CACS)

(04/01/2020) WEMU - Census 2020: National Census Day Arrives, But COVID-19 Is Pushing Back Some Key Dates (Washtenaw)

(04/01/2020) WHMI - COVID Shutdown Forces Shelter Network To Cease Operations (OLHSA)

(03/31/2020) Shoreline Media Group - FiveCAP food distribution for seniors scheduled for April 8 (FiveCAP)

(03/30/2020) Monroe News - The Monroe County Opportunity Program helped coordinate three mobile food pantry drops Saturday across Monroe County. (MCOP)

(03/20/2020) Shoreline Media Group - FiveCAP modifies, but continues, services to community (FiveCAP)

(03/17/2020) The Daily News - Meal sites closed in Dickinson, Iron counties (DICSA)

(03/17/2020) Interlochen Public Radio - Coronavirus Resources (NMCAA)

(03/16/2020) The Herald-Palladium - Oldham takes over as SMCAA executive director (SMCAA)

(03/15/2020) Bedford Now - 2020 Census to get underway, quick participation encouraged (Monroe)

(03/14/2020) MLive - Family Health, Community Action Agency shut down some services as precaution against coronavirus spread (CAAJLH)

(03/13/2020) Cadillac News - Community Resources for COVID-19 school shutdown (NMCAA)

(03/13/2020) WEMU - Census 2020: The Census Form Process And Community Impact (Washtenaw)

(03/10/2020) Macomb Daily - Macomb Community Action Walk for Warmth raises more than $18,000 (Macomb)

(03/02/2020) UP Matters - Successful Walk for Warmth raises funds to help people heat their homes (MDSCAA)

(03/02/2020) Sturgis Journal - Walk for Warmth’ raises $12K to heat homes (CAASCM)

(02/29/2020) The Oakland Press - 30th annual Walk for Warmth heats up Great Lakes Crossing (OLHSA)

(02/29/2020) TV 6 - MDSCAA holds annual Walk for Warmth (MDSCAA)

(02/28/2020) Hillsdale Daily News - 2020 U.S. Census to begin (CAAJLH)

(02/27/2020) Cheboygan Daily Tribune - Consumers Energy matches Warm Hearts, Warm Homes funding to NEMCSA (NEMCSA)

(02/26/2020) Tri-City Times - Helping our neighbors stay warm (HDC)

(02/21/2020) Huron Daily Tribune - HDC employee shares personal testimony of hardship and triumph (HDC)

(02/21/2020) Daily Press - Annual Walk for Warmth fundraiser Feb. 29 (MDSCAA)

(02/20/2020) WILX 10 -Mayor Dobies forms city Poverty Council, enlists nonprofit leaders (CAAJLH)

(02/17/2020) Macomb Daily - Walk for Warmth in Roseville helps heat homes (Macomb)

(02/17/2020) Bedford Now - Census committee sets goal to count Monroe County (MCOP)

(02/14/2020) C and G News - Community prepares for 30th annual Walk for Warmth (Macomb)

(02/13/2020) Okland Press - Walk for Warmth raising money for emergency winter assistance this month (OLHSA)

(02/11/2020) WTVB - Walk Across Branch County becomes community event (CAASCM)

(02/10/2020) Crain's - Oakland County forms partnership with nonprofit health agencies to address gaps (OLHSA)

(02/07/2020) News Advocate- FiveCAP seeks community support for Walk for Warmth (FiveCAP)

(02/06/2020) The Daily News - Frosty 5K a success (DICSA)

(02/06/2020) Huron Daily Tribune - Walk for Warmth scheduled for Feb. 22 (HDC)

(02/03/2020) 9 & 10 News - Get Taxes Filed for Free, Home Buying Help at Super Saturday in Traverse City (NMCAA)

(01/31/2020) Detroit News - Detroit encourages residents to claim earned income tax credit (WMCAA)

(01/31/2020) WHMI - Participants Sought For OLHSA's Walk For Warmth 30th Anniversary (OLHSA)

(01/31/2020) Holland Sentinel - Walk For Warmth returns to Ottawa County (Ottawa)

(01/29/2020) Yahoo Finance - DTE Energy Helps Customers in Need with $5 Million Donation to Outreach Agencies WMCAA)

(01/29/2020) LMT Online - NMCAA Super Saturday Special on Feb. 8 (NMCAA)

(01/29/2020) Morning Sun - Local homeless agencies prep for annual homeless count  (EightCAP)

(01/27/2020) Iron Mountain Daily News - Iron County ride services (DICSA)

(01/27/2020) Daily Press - Community Action Agency helps homeless (MDSCAA)

(01/24/2020) Lansing State Journal - Facing homelessness? These Lansing organizations received $14M to help you (CACS)

(01/23/2020) 9 & 10 News - HUD Awards Michigan $73 Million to Fight Homelessness (NMCAA)

(01/21/2020) The Daily News - EightCAP president moving on (EightCAP)

(01/20/2020) Hillsdale Daily News - MLK Day observed across Monroe County (MCOP)

(01/19/2020) MLive - Volunteers needed for homeless count day in Jackson (CAAJLH)

(01/19/2020) TV 6 - 'Eat for Heat' brunch helps give winter heating assistance (MDSCAA)

(01/18/2020) The Daily News - Montcalm County officials advocating for local veterans (EightCAP)

(01/17/2020) WILX 10 - Delta Dental invests in treatment facility (CAAJLH)

(01/15/2020) Monroe County’s Census committee begins work (MCOP)

(01/13/2020) Hillsdale Daily News - Monroe County Opportunity Program notice to mechanical contractors (MCOP)

(01/07/2020) Fox 47 News - Interested in Making a Difference in Your Community and Learning How to Prepare Taxes? (CAAJLH)

(01/05/2020) Manistee News - Many options available for heating assistance this winter (FiveCAP)

(01/04/2020) Daily Press - Sackerson Charitable Foundation awards funds to local groups (MDSCAA)