May 31 Declared Community Action Day

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed today as Community Action Day in Michigan. The proclamation recognizes the state’s 29 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and their work in all 83 counties to help Michigan families become more economically self-sufficient. In the proclamation, Gov. Snyder cites the role of Community Action Agencies in early childhood development, senior services, affordable housing, food assistance, and energy assistance programs.

“We raise awareness of the important work of promoting economic security and ensuring all citizens have the opportunity to improve their lives and living conditions,” said Gov. Snyder.

James E. Crisp, executive director of Michigan Community Action Agency Association, feels Community Action Agencies are contributing to Michigan’s economic recovery. “They help the working poor, the elderly and disabled, and many of our out of work neighbors marshal resources to get out or stay out of poverty,” he said. “We are proud to have their work recognized by the Governor.”

The Michigan Community Action Agency Association is the state association of 29 CAAs in Michigan. CAAs are community-based organizations whose governing boards consist of representatives from the private sector, local government, and low-income residents. For more information or to find the CAA serving your area, visit www.mcaaa.org

Congress this year declared May as National Community Action Month in recognition of the more than 1,000 similar agencies across the country. Community Action has roots dating back to the 1960s when they were designated as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty movement.