Stimulus checks: Making sure low income households receive an economic impact payment
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Stimulus checks: Making sure low income households receive an economic impact payment

By now you have probably heard that the federal government, as part of their Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, plans to disburse economic impact payments (sometimes referred to as stimulus checks) to provide financial relief to individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, requirements laid out by the federal government to receive...

AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events
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AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events

Across Michigan, 43% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care, and transportation. This data comes from the United Way’s ALICE Report, but CEDAM also hears this anecdotally from members around the state who are working hard to create affordable housing, increase child care options, and train...

Fundraising and more: VISTA member Amanda Leitch gets things done
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Fundraising and more: VISTA member Amanda Leitch gets things done

By Zach Miller, VISTA leader  Amanda Leitch, one of ten CEDAM AmeriCorps VISTA members, is “getting things done” at her host site organization Have Mercy in Greenville.  Have Mercy provides food and shelter to those in need in Montcalm and Ionia counties. Due to rising rents in Grand Rapids, both counties are seeing increased demand...

Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck
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Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck

By Elliott Zelenak, former Hamtramck community development fellow  I moved to Hamtramck last fall prior to the start of the community development fellowship. I grew up in a town less than 30 minutes away and attended college in nearby Detroit—so while Hamtramck has always been on my radar, I never spent much time here, nor...

Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions
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Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions

By Samantha Fabbri, West Branch community development fellow West Branch was fortunate to be chosen as one of the communities to participate in Round 2 of Project Rising Tide (PRT). Early on, childcare, or rather the lack thereof, was identified as an action item that needed to be addressed in our community. Through technical assistance...