Senate approves Zorn’s Community Action Agency Month resolution

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate has approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution to declare May 2018 as Community Action Agency Month.

“Our community action agencies continue to play an important role in improving our state and bringing new opportunities to all Michigan residents,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Michigan’s community action agencies excel in developing affordable housing, distributing food, weatherizing homes, assisting families and veterans with emergency needs, preparing people to return to work, and offering a wide array of other helpful services.

“Community Action Agency Month is a time to raise awareness of these great organizations and to express our appreciation for all the tremendous work they do every day to impact the lives of thousands of people each year.”

Senate Resolution 163 highlights that Michigan’s 29 community action agencies (CAAs) in fiscal year 2017 served 181,435 Michigan residents, including 89,942 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.

“This is about recognizing the dedication and hard work of the people at our community action agencies as they promote economic stability and build stronger communities by helping struggling families improve their lives and achieve the American dream,” Zorn said.