Thursday, May 31, 2012: Michigan Community Action Day

WHEREAS, 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.