On May 11, 2023, Michigan Community Action held its annual Legislative Day at the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing. Some 100 members of the community action movement, representing Community Action Agencies and their clients from all corners of the state (all the way from Monroe to Baraga, and all points in between), gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the field and to advocate on behalf of programming that supports low-income families with emergency and long-term support and assistance.
Attendees were welcomed by Representative Amos O’Neal (D-Saginaw) and had opportunities to hear from Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Senator Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan). Other speakers included representatives from affiliated state agencies and nonprofits, operating in the anti-poverty space in Michigan. A highlight of the day was the annual presentation of awards, which included the honoring of Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) as the Legislator of the Year, as well as recipients of the Volunteer of the Year and Client of the Year awards.
Michigan Community Action is the state association for the 27 designated Community Action Agencies in Michigan. We are part of the national network of over 1,000 local organizations that help people move from poverty to economic stability and self-sufficiency.