March 23, 2021 | 10:45 AM

You’re Invited! White House Briefing

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has scheduled a briefing for charitable nonprofits on the American Rescue Plan Act. The event will be held on Thursday, March 25 at 3:00 pm ET. You can register here.

The Partnerships Office, which will convene the call, has invited former Congressman Cedric Richmond, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and others to discuss the substance of the law and what it means to charitable organizations, and then take Q&A.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Expanded for Detroit

The Detroit mayor announced eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has been expanded to any person 18+ living or working in the City of Detroit whose job requires them to work from their job site.   
Eligible employees are now able to call (313) 230-0505 Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 6 PM to schedule an appointment.  Nothing else will be required to secure their vaccine. However, employees will need to confirm: 

  • employer name
  • that they must be onsite (vs. remote) to work right now
  • bring a state-issued ID
  • bring a work ID badge / business card / paystub / letter on company letterhead with their individual name to their actual appointment

If there is a group of employees who have expressed interest in receiving the vaccine, they may be eligible for an onsite clinic supported by the City Health Department.  Please CLICK HERE to express interest. Smaller organizations can also call the Detroit Means Business Call Center to schedule at (844) 333-8249.

See a flyer here with more 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

The Ad Council developed six communications toolkits to help community partners educate and provide answers to their members and stakeholders. These free, easy-to-use toolkits include messaging tips, videos, FAQs, social and digital media assets, educational events, and research that was rigorously vetted by CDC. Here are links to the toolkits: 

ICYMI - MNA's New Blog, MI Nonprofit Lowdown

POST: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program Expands Reach Thanks to Michigan Nonprofit

March is reading month and children across Michigan have access to free books thanks to a partnership between a local nonprofit and Dolly Parton. Yes, Dolly Parton. If there is one thing that most people can agree on is their mutual love for Dolly. Am I right?  

Michigan Nonprofit Association member Communities In Schools Michigan (CIS) and the Lansing Housing Commission (LHC) collaborated with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to get books into the hands of children in mid-Michigan. “The earlier children learn to read, the more ready for kindergarten they will be,” said Meg McElhone, Director of Resource Development and Implementation, Communities In Schools. “One of the things Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library encourages is that parents read to their kids for at least 15 minutes every day. This encourages a love of reading in children that we hope lasts a lifetime.”


Community Conversations
Friday, March 26 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Virtual

Please join us for our March Community Conversation. We'll use this time to discuss hiring and retention practices, with an emphasis on how workplaces are often not structured to be inclusive of racialized identities. How can organizations make sure to hire and retain talent who have different lived experiences? How can each of us help foster a healthier work environment where we all can thrive and excel? For BIPOC professionals, what are some characteristics of healthy workplaces?

Through small and large group conversations, this session will provide opportunities for peer learning around best practices, strategies that have (not) worked, and methods to disrupt ineffectual workplace patterns.

Register here.

Community Conversations - Deep Dive (Member Only Event)
Tuesday, April 13 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Virtual

MNA members will have the option to participate in an additional conversation - How might we be better co-conspirators in the workplace? Or, in other words, how might we put our allyship into action?

MNA's Community Conversations series is a monthly career development series with a racial equity focus. These peer-learning opportunities give space for sector leaders to connect with colleagues, learn from each other, and share ideas on how to best center equity in your own organizations.

Please log in to your MNA membership account to register.  

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.

Register here.

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