SMCAA in the News

Oct 18, 2021

Whirlpool Corporation appliance donation aids Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency in their mission to support those in need

"This is our job—community action— and this is what we do. It’s also important to the clients that we serve, so we appreciate all that Whirlpool has done for us.”

Oct 14, 2021

Benton Harbor, state officials order urgent response to lead crisis

Michigan to help city replace lead water lines over 18 months

Oct 12, 2021

Additional resources announced for City of Benton Harbor residents

Additional resources announced for City of Benton Harbor residents as more than 23,000 cases of bottled water are distributed

Oct 11, 2021

MDHHS to hand out free cases of water this week

Cases of bottled water are distributed to residents at the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency in Benton Harbor.

Oct 6, 2021

State of Michigan increases availability of free bottled water for Benton Harbor city residents, recommends use out of an abundance of caution as efforts accelerate to address lead levels

Federal, state, local and community agencies’ efforts accelerated to provide increased bottled water, educate public and replace aging drinking water infrastructure

Oct 5, 2021

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency Marking 40 Years

The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Sep 30, 2021

Bottled water available in City of Benton Harbor; filters and educational visits to homes planned

Local-state partnership aims to provide safe water as lead levels are permanently addressed.

Aug 20, 2021

Making a Way: United Way of Southwest Michigan's "In the Know" Newsletter

“When the pandemic hit, I wanted to somehow help people hurt by this crisis, but I wasn’t sure how,” said a St. Joseph resident.

May 14, 2021

United Way of Southwest Michigan Honors Community’s Resiliency with Annual “Celebration” Awards

For the second year, UWSM’s Celebration takes a different form. United Way has crafted another unique experience to acknowledge the generosity of donors and the impact made in the community in 2020.

May 10, 2021

SMCAA celebrates Community Action Month

This year Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency commemorates 39 years of helping families throughout southwest Michigan.

Mar 10, 2021

2020 Non-Profit Excellence Award Winner -- SMCAA

SMCAA was one of 17 businesses and individuals recognized by the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and the Cornerstone Alliance yesterday during a celebration of local businesses and business professionals.

Jan 15, 2021

I&M donates $8,000 to Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency

The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA) has announced receiving a donation of more than $8,000 from Indiana Michigan Power.

Dec 24, 2020

'This year has been extremely hard': Holiday food sharing program comes as need is on the rise

Cars lined up for blocks Wednesday as people in need waited for their turn to receive food for a holiday meal during the fifth annual Holiday Food Sharing Program.

Dec 21, 2020

SMCAA, First Presbyterian Church partner to help 50 families in need

Volunteers and Tammy Stanton, community service coordinator with Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, stand in front of the First Presbyterian Church on Friday afternoon. The volunteers were helping distribute food boxes to pre-registered community members for the holidays.

Dec 19, 2020

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency brings back food sharing program

Danae Donatello joins volunteers as they distribute holiday food in 2018 during the Holiday Food Sharing Program at the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency in Benton Harbor.

Oct 17, 2020

Food insecurity continues as pandemic lingers

More than 18% of families in the tri-county area facing hunger

Sep 30, 2020

SMCAA teams up with local farmers to increase food distribution

Volunteers and staff with the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency distribute food to hundreds of families during a food distribution drive-thru held in Benton Harbor in April.

Sep 22, 2020

Indiana Michigan Power contributes $25,000 to energy assistance program

In an effort to help Michiganders who are having difficulty playing their electric bill, Indiana Michigan Power is providing $25,000 to the Michigan Energy Share Program.

Mar 16, 2020

Oldham takes over as SMCAA executive director

Kim Smith Oldham was recently named the executive director of the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency after serving in various positions with the organization for more than 23 years.

Mar 2, 2020

SWM Community Action Agency Names New Exec to the Helm

The rare journey all the way from the front desk to the executive suite is a rewarding one for those who accomplish the feat.