CEDAM is Celebrating 10 Years of AmeriCorps
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CEDAM is Celebrating 10 Years of AmeriCorps

We’re excited to announce that CEDAM is celebrating 10 years of hosting AmeriCorps programs! Throughout the year, we’ll be interviewing alumni, highlighting current members, and sharing the impact our members have on their communities. To kick things off, check out these 10 fun facts about CEDAM’s AmeriCorps programs: More than 250 Michiganders have served with...

Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation
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Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2019 Contact: Ross H. Yednock, Program Director, MEIC Yednock@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 Michigan’s Free Tax Filing Programs Get Boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation $200,000 grant will help train volunteers to prepare taxes and ensure tens of thousands of Michigan taxpayers receive free income tax assistance services  LANSING – Thanks to...

AmeriCorps Feature: Put the Volunteer in VITA
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AmeriCorps Feature: Put the Volunteer in VITA

By Nick Miller, CEDAM AmeriCorps member at Capital Area United Way For the past year I’ve been a CEDAM AmeriCorps member serving at Capital Area United Way (CAUW), assisting with their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Being able to help in the field of financial stability was something that appealed to me, though it...

Member Spotlight: Lake Trust Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Scholarships for Community Impact and Skilled Trades
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Member Spotlight: Lake Trust Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Scholarships for Community Impact and Skilled Trades

The Lake Trust Foundation, a CEDAM member, awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to Michigan residents during its annual scholarship award celebration on September 4, 2019. Lake Trust Foundation President David Snodgrass presented LaToya Wright of Muskegon with a Community Impact Scholarship that rewards an aspiring community-oriented entrepreneur who wishes to run a business with...

Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges
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Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges

By Luke Forrest, executive director This week marks the official start date of Michigan’s newest state agency, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). It’s not an event that seems to have garnered much attention, which maybe isn’t surprising given that it’s August—it’s been more than two months since the department was first announced,...

Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative
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Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative

      Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lapeer County, Michigan – The Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF) is pleased to announce the Lapeer County Education Attainment Fund (LEAF). Beginning this fall, every kindergartener in the county will have an education savings account at ELGA Credit Union. The...

Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community
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Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the South Lansing Capitol District Library, Dr. John Aerni-Flessner stood in front of a packed room of Lansing community members. The MSU Residential College for the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) assistant professor was there to present the early findings from a research project...

CEDAM’s AmeriCorps Members Get Things Done—Here’s Why you Should be a Host Site
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CEDAM’s AmeriCorps Members Get Things Done—Here’s Why you Should be a Host Site

By Chris Wardell, Administrative Assistant CEDAM members provide critical resources, implement innovative programs and make our communities stronger. You do a lot with a little, and, impressively, you continuously strive to accomplish even more—whether it’s serve more clients, raise more money or offer a new program, you’re working to make it happen.   What if...

HB 4251 Would Cap Rates on Triple-digit Interest Predatory Loans in Michigan
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HB 4251 Would Cap Rates on Triple-digit Interest Predatory Loans in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               February 27, 2019 Contact: Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist, CEDAM                 acmoody@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 HB 4251 Would Cap Rates on Triple-digit Interest Predatory Loans in Michigan Lawmakers should pass 36% rate cap to stop the payday lending debt trap LANSING, MI...

Federal Tax Changes: What Should You Do If You Owe More Than Expected?
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Federal Tax Changes: What Should You Do If You Owe More Than Expected?

By Ross Yednock, MEIC Program Director There have been significant federal tax changes during the past few years that will impact hard working taxpayers across Michigan. One of those changes resulted in the delay of some refunds, while the most recent appears to yield smaller refunds. Changes as a result of the Tax Cuts and...