Thursday, May 31, 2012: Michigan Community Action DayWHEREAS, community action agencies were created when the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was signed into law as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's 29 community action agencies are community-based organizations that provide full, locally directed services or links to services to more than 600,000 citizens in all 83 counties of the Great Lakes State each year; and,
WHEREAS, community action agencies provide a variety of services, including early childhood development, senior services, affordable housing, food assistance and energy assistance programs, among many others; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Human Services and the Michigan Community Action Agency Association to recognize Michigan's community action agencies for their commitment and service; 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;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 31, 2012 as Michigan Community Action Day.