Senate approves Community Action Agency Month resolution

LANSING, Mich. — May will be recognized as Community Action Agency Month under a resolution sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas and Sen. Wayne Schmidt and recently approved by the Michigan Senate.

“Michigan’s community action agencies promote economic stability and build stronger communities by helping struggling families improve their lives, become self-sufficient and achieve the American dream,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Community Action Agency Month is a time to raise awareness of these great organizations and to express our appreciation for all the tremendous work that they do every day to help those in need.”

Schmidt was recently named the Michigan Community Action Agency’s 2017 Legislator of the Year.

“Our community action agencies provide local services that directly impact the lives of thousands of people each year,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “It is hard to imagine where we would be without their dedication and compassion. I am honored to receive this award.”

Senate Resolution 58 states that Michigan’s 29 community action agencies (CAAs) in 2016 served 168,377 Michigan residents, including 83,538 families, by providing early childhood education, Head Start, senior services, affordable housing, food assistance, energy assistance, financial literacy classes, job training programs and other services.

According to the resolution, Michigan’s CAAs are the only community-based organizations providing full wraparound, locally directed services in all 83 counties in the state, and they have leveraged public and private funding sources to foster more than $333 million in economic activity statewide in 2016.

“In addition to providing critical food and heating assistance, our community action agencies will continue to play an important role in improving our state and bringing new opportunities to all Michigan residents,” Stamas said.

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