Southwest
Michigan 

Community
Action
Agency

Helping People. Changing Lives.

SMCAA is dedicated to empowering diverse people in need and supporting their journey towards economic security. Our vision is to be a beacon of support in a strong, thriving community by helping people and changing lives.

Community Action changes peoples lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

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About SMCAA

In 2022, our Agency is celebrating 40 years of assisting the State of Michigan's Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.

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Programs & Services

 SMCAA provides a unique combination of programming to meet locally-determined needs and goals.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for volunteer opportunities? SMCAA offers volunteering events at our warehouse each month.

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Advocacy Efforts

SMCAA helps advocate for community resiliency, solutions to address poverty, and enhance financial stability.

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Find SMCAA

SMCAA serves the communities of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.

Our Agency offers local services for people facing poverty.

Community Highlights

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COMMUNITY ACTION SERVES

Benton Harbor Water Response

Since September 30, 2021, SMCAA has been offering bottled water to the residents of the City of Benton Harbor following reports of elevated levels of lead in the city-supplied water. It is SMCAA’s belief that clean water is vital to the health of communities and that everyone has the right to safe, clean water.

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COMMUNITY ACTION WORKS

40 Years in Southwest Michigan

In 2022, SMCAA celebrates forty years of service to Southwest Michigan. Did you know that Community Action dates back to Present Johnson's War on Poverty in 1964 though? Read more about the Community Action Movement and how almost 1,000 Community Action agencies help people and change lives across the nation.

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COMMUNITY ACTION SUPPORTS

SMCAA's Volunteer of the Year!

Marletta Seats was recognized as a Volunteer of the Year at Michigan Community Action Association's Day at the Capitol on May 19, 2022. For over a decade, Marletta has been an active volunteer of SMCAA, offering food commodities at her church in Benton Harbor, and, most recently, acting as a bottled water distribution host site.

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Federal, State, & Community Partners

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Requests for Proposal

SMCAA is seeking contractors for our Weatherization Assistance Program. View the RFP for Mechanical here. View the RFP for General here. For questions or more information on this program, call Sandy Klank: 269-925-9077 x867.

Recent Press Releases

June 6, 2022: MSHDA announces CERA application period to end 6/30/22

Michigan renters and landlords encourages to apply ASAP - Read More