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Mapping Assets for Community Development

By Aaron Goodman, Community Engagement Manager, Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) The ability to access and utilize accurate data is critical to so many of our efforts in community development and revitalization. Information about that various factors that impact neighborhoods and the organizations working in them help to tell their story and make the case for community-based...

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Asset & Property Management: A Complementary Relationship

Mary Manuel, Asset Manager for Cinnaire (formerly Great Lakes Capital Fund) Nonprofit organizations across Michigan (and the country) are helping to create vibrant and sustainable communities. Through a variety of neighborhood programs, opportunities for disadvantaged populations enhance their quality of life through access to safe and affordable housing and other supportive services. However, real estate development is complicated...

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3 Reasons To Be Excited About Destination: Vibrant Communities

Written by Brian McGrain, Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer of CEDAM As the Associate Director of a nonprofit community development organization in Michigan, its not often that I get access to training directly relevant to what I do on a day-to-day basis. Aside from the Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC) held in Lansing every Spring,...

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Michigan Benefits Access Overview

Written by Beth St. John, Coordinator, Michigan Benefits Access Michigan Benefits Access (MBA) exists to increase economic stability for Michigan families by connecting them to multiple public benefits through the MI Bridges website and Community Partners. The Michigan Association of United Ways collaborates closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) through MBA...

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Children’s Savings Accounts to Kickstart Education

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist Financial empowerment is a game changer. From adults struggling to get ahead to children just beginning to save, financial capability programs can help people of all ages reach greater self-sufficiency and the freedom to live rather than simply survive. Growing implications. Lack of financial capability is widespread in...

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#Comebackcity: How Clean Energy can Revitalize a City, State

This blog is a guest blog written by Ariana Gonzalez with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It was originally posted here.  Go ahead. Call it a comeback. Governor Snyder and others have been touting how Michigan cities like Detroit are surging forward like never before. The recent grand opening of the new Outdoor Adventure Center in...

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Welcome Home

By Lisa Assenmacher, Communications & Training Specialist 522. This is the number of families in the Detroit area that have fallen into homelessness and have since found furnished housing since 2009 with the assistance of Humble Design, a nonprofit organization based in Pontiac. I listened to Treger Strasberg, one of the founders, talk about her work...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Betsy Quakenbush

Though my AmeriCorps time has been full of file keeping and database entry activities, the things I will remember more are the life stories I have heard; I have a whole file cabinet in the corner of my brain with the label “Crazy life stories.” This cabinet has slowly been filling up with the stories...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Rene Halberg

  Beep! Beep! Beep! My alarm is waking me; I want to stay in bed. After all it’s cold and rainy, good day for staying in bed. I slowly move out of bed and gather my thoughts. Today is my Russ Mawby Service project; it’s an outside project, YUCK!! Really, does it have to rain?...

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Better Than A Webinar

We thought we solved the problem of people not being able to make it to in-person trainings with the invention of the webinar. Maybe with a webinar they wouldn’t feel the need to pull out their cellphone or laptop and answer emails during the presentation. If you’ve hosted a webinar, you know this to not...