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March 10, 2021 | 10:45 AM
PUBLIC POLICY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 
 

Governor Whitmer Signs Supplemental Funding for COVID-19 Recovery

The Governor
signed legislation sent to her by the legislature that spends a portion of the federal COVID relief funding (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act) authorized in December. The bills include:

  • $600M in food assistance to support a 15% increase in monthly food assistance benefits through June 30, 2021 and temporary assistance to families with children who would otherwise be fed in school or daycare settings.
  • $2.25/hour wage increase for direct care workers for 7 months.
  • $207.5M in federal funding to cover testing expenses, contact tracing, surveillance, containment, and mitigation in an effort to monitor and suppress COVID-19 
  • $220.3M to assist renter households at or below 80% of area median income which includes rental and utility assistance payments, housing stability services, and case management to eligible renter households impacted by COVID-19.

MNA Special Event - From Talk to Action: Policymaking at the Margins 
Tuesday, March 23 | 9:00 – 11:30 AM | Zoom

Michigan Nonprofit Association is hosting “From Talk to Action: Policymaking at the Margins” on Tuesday, March 23 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) will lead a discussion about policy change through a racial equity lens. The morning program will consist of a keynote address introducing concepts followed by facilitated breakout exercises. In the afternoon, we will meet with legislators via Zoom.

This year MNA is implementing a "pay what you can" policy. The suggested fee is $30.00 and includes the morning session and the opportunity to join MNA staff in 2-3 legislative meetings in the afternoon. If $30.00 is cost-prohibitive, you can pay what you can afford. If you can pay a little bit more, that's great and it means you're helping pay for somebody else. Due to the number of breakout sessions following the keynote address, space is limited so act now. 

 
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RESOURCES & INFORMATION
COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

The dashboard shows how many vaccines have been distributed and how many administered. See the dashboard here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Resources

Michigan is following CDC recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution and education is vital to reopening Michigan. New resources for helping to educate Michigan residents can be found here:

Sara Ballard Scholarship Application Open

This scholarship fund is intended to assist volunteers and/or young professionals (preferably with less than three years of experience) in the field of volunteer management from Michigan and Washington each year to attend the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS). The scholarship will cover one of the following expenses related to the conference.
  • The cost of a flight to NCVS
    • This year, the conference is in Orlando, Florida from July 14-16, 2021
  • The cost of registration for NCVS
  • The cost of lodging for NCVS
To be considered, applicants must be a current volunteer or professional working in Michigan or Washington State who has been in the nonprofit/volunteer management field for no more than three years.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 19, 2021. The selected recipient(s) will be notified no later than Friday, May 7, 2021. Apply here!


ICYMI - MNA New Blog, MI Nonprofit Lowdown



POST: I AM a Black Woman

*Taps mic* Is this thing on? Hello. I am Tammy Pitts, Director of Communications at Michigan Nonprofit Association and you’re reading the first post of MNA’s new blog: MI Nonprofit Lowdown. As chief writer, I took the liberty of sharing my story with you in the inaugural post.

 I can sum up who I am in two words: Unapologetically Black. Despite the challenges and struggles Black women face, I am proud to be part of a group of women who are the backbone of their community. 

Because I am a Black woman, it is important that I am always afforded the opportunity to be my authentic self. After all, this pandemic has taught me to live each day to the fullest and that is how I begin every workday at MNA—as my authentic self.

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POST: Celebrating International Women's Day

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally. 

I am incredibly fortunate to work alongside strong women here at Michigan Nonprofit Association. They are:  Donna Murray-Brown. Kelley Kuhn. Joan Gustafson. Beckie Hawes-Baggett. Sarah-Grace Battles. Jamie Lewis. Kerri Long. Caleigh Noonan. Sarah Pinder. Nellie Tsai. Mariana Martinez. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

MNA Monthly Member Connect
Wednesday, April 14 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Zoom
 
Join MNA monthly to learn more about relevant nonprofit topics from in-house experts, engage with fellow members and presenters and maximize your MNA membership by learning how to access your benefits and resources. Members and non-members are invited to the live events, while recordings will be available only to MNA members.
 
In April, learn about MNA’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) initiative from MNA’s director of civic engagement initiatives Mariana Martinez. MNA is mobilizing nonprofits to achieve fair and impartial district maps for Michigan, specifically to promote racial equity so that communities of color have a voice and are not locked out of the important decision-making that occurs at the local, state, and federal levels.


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