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Expect EITC Delays in 2017

Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition (MEIC) ___________________________________________________ “Everyone can begin filing their taxes as soon as tax season begins; however, due to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act passed in December of 2015, the IRS must hold all refunds with either a EITC or ACTC claim...

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4 Great Tips for Nonprofit Social Media Pages

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern __________________________________________________ “[…] thinking about social media from a professional aspect can shift what or how you may want certain postings to look and feel. You may also want to find ways to stay relevant or get shares to spread the word.” __________________________________________________ In today’s world, using a variety of...

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A Review of Paul Ryan’s ‘A Better Way’ Plan: Part 1

Written by Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist This is part 1 of a 3 part series. ____________________________________ “The policy principles lay out how the House aims to tackle a wide rage of poverty-related issues, including welfare programs, education, food access, retirement services and access to banking and credit.” ____________________________________   On Tuesday, June 7, 2016,...

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Membership Spotlight: AmeriCorps at Lakeshore Resource Network

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern; In Collaboration with Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader In our newest additions to our Membership Spotlight series, CEDAM will be featuring organizations across the state where our AmeriCorps VISTA members are serving communities. The Lakeshore Resource Network _____________________________________ “The organization was designed by the community to help us all work...

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6 Reasons Why Organizations Should Invest in Online Video

Written by Paul Schmidt, Production Manager at UnoDeuce Multimedia ______________________________________ “If you plan to have a foothold in the social media space, then adding online video is the very next step and it should be part of your online persona.” ______________________________________ In today’s world, a relative majority of the population has access to the Internet....

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AmeriCorps: Those Who are Willing to Serve

Written by Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader ____________________________________ “I feel that these life changes that I am making would not be possible without AmeriCorps offering me this incredible opportunity.” ____________________________________ AmeriCorps has always been bigger than one person. Since John F. Kennedy proposed a national service corps in 1963, over one million members have chosen to...

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Michigan Cities Through the Eyes of NACEDA’s Executive Director

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern Michigan: a state that can display the growth and prominence of great times, as well as how to pull through and endure difficult circumstances. Certain cities continue to grow exponentially, while others are struggling to  draw citizens back in. Recently, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)...

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Food Forward MI: Farm to Institution: A Supply Chain Opportunity (Part 2)

This is part two of a two part series. To read part one, click here. Regional economic partnership can build a local, healthy food supply chain ______________________________________ “The challenge in expanding the local food systems is to match the cost and convenience of customary distributors.” ______________________________________ Across Michigan through partnership support from philanthropic, health, academic,...

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Food Forward MI: Farm to Institution: A Supply Chain Opportunity – Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series. How does local go mainstream? _____________________________________ “While some thought it was passing fancy, this movement is clearly not just for hipster foodies desiring an authentic experience.” _____________________________________ “Growing Community,” “Know Your Farmer,” “Taste the Local Difference” and many other tag lines are helping build public awareness by...

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Beyond the Public Meeting: Raising the Bar for Equitable Community Engagement

Written by Aaron Goodman, CDAD Community Engagement Manager Equitable Public Involvement _____________________________________________________________________________ “When engagement is treated as an add-on to the “real” decision making or something that is done only to minimally satisfy legal or community requirements it leads to decisions, plans and developments that likely don’t reflect the input of the whole community.” _____________________________________________________________________________ We’ve...