Governor Whitmer Proclaims May Community Action Month

May celebrates Community Action across the country. Community Action agencies were signed into law in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In May 2019, State of Michigan Governor Whitmer proclaimed May Community Action Month throughout the state:

WHEREAS, Community Action Agencies were created when the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was signed into law; and,


WHEREAS, for 52 years, community action has worked on behalf of limited-income Michigan residents by connecting with people and putting a face on poverty. By advocating on their behalf, community action seeks to make economic prosperity equal amongst everyone, driving those in difficult financial situations into the middle class and providing them with opportunity; and,


WHEREAS, community action builds and promotes economic stability as an essential aspect of enabling and enhancing stronger communities, which in turn promotes self-sufficiency, ensuring that all Americans are able to live comfortable and full life; and,


WHEREAS, community action has enhanced the lives of millions of people across America by providing essential life-changing services and opportunities, such as affordable housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, natural disaster relief, and recovery; and,


WHEREAS, community action already serves 99 percent of counties in rural, suburban, and urban communities. It will take collective action to conquer poverty in our lifetime; and,


WHEREAS, community action will continue to implement innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished, continue to provide support and opportunities for all citizens in need of assistance, and continue to be a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms; and,


WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human services in our respect for the efforts of Community Action Agencies and recognize they have made significant contributions to individuals and families in Michigan;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Community Action Month in Michigan.

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