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August 04, 2016 News Update:



The Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry will be in Ishpeming today Thursday August 4th . The mobile food pantry will be located at the VFW located at 310 Bank Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849 at 10:00am. The food should serve up to 300 families, and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Please bring a bag or laundry basket if you can to carry some of the food.

As much as we do not want to think about it, winter is not to far away. Do not wait until it is too late, start thinking about heating assistance now! Community Action Alger-Marquette will have funding for propane from August 1st through August 31. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call our office at 906-228-6522.
PrePay Propane Flyer 7.28.16


The public is welcome to attend the Grandview Marquette groundbreaking at the former Holy Family Orphanage that is scheduled for Wednesday August 17th at 11:00am.





After a cold winter that seemed to drag on, warmer temperatures are here to stay…at least for a couple of months. Time to soak up the sun, enjoy the warmth and relax.

So why am I ruining everyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful summer weather with reminders of a distant cold? Well, because as someone familiar with Michigan’s Home Heating Credit, I know that far too many eligible taxpayers have not claimed their home heating credit, leaving millions of dollars floating in Lansing, instead of helping people to cover their utility expenses.


Michigan’s Home Heating Credit goes to help offset a lower-income taxpayer’s heating costs. To claim it, a person doesn’t have to file a state income tax return, but they must file a MI1040CR-7 by September 30, 2016.


Unfortunately, too many people don’t apply for the Michigan Home Heating Credit and therefore miss out on assistance that can either reimburse them for the money they spent on fuel, heating oil or wood last year during the colder months or go directly to their gas utility provider and reduce any current or future bill. Even though we have summer heat now, the credit will help provide a smoother path into colder weather this fall.

dollar-941246_640It is also important to note that while the Home Heating Credit pays for heating costs, access to other energy assistance programs and resources tend to dry up in the summer, making this valuable credit a critical year-round resource for eligible folks who need help with their utility bills. Even though you’re not heating your home now, you can access the credit now if you paid for heat this past winter and your total household income falls within the guidelines.

To apply, either go to the Michigan Department of Treasury’s website and type in “Home Heating Credit” to download the instructions and form, visit MichiganFreeTaxHelp.org, or dial 2-1-1 (if available) or 1-888-636-4211 and to see if there is a free site near you to help you file the credit for free. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Act now, get ALL the benefits available to you this summer and coast into fall.


Community Action Alger-Marquette, in partnership with Home Renewal Systems, LLC, has closed on the purchase of the former Holy Family Orphanage.

According to CAAM, the title will be filed with Marquette County this week with abatement beginning in earnest next week.

A groundbreaking is planned for mid-August, following removal of hazardous materials, including asbestos and lead paint. Tours will be offered at this time.

They still plan to covert the building to a 56-unit apartment complex for low income housing. CAAM will be putting up security cameras, and they ask that the public stay away from the property due to hazardous conditions.

Amy Lerlie, executive director for CAAM acknowledges her board members, the City of Marquette, Marquette County, the Brownfield Authority, service partners including Pathways, SAIL, Great Lakes Recovery, the Women’s Center and the Veterans Administration for their role in supporting the project.


6/2/16 – VFW Ishpeming 15k 10am — Mike to get volunteers for this one
6/2/16 – Salvation Army Thrift Store Sault Ste. Marie 15k 11am – Sponsored by Mike Trewhella
6/4/16 – Trinity UMC Iron Mountain 15k 8am

6/8/16 – Luce Co. Community Center Newberry 15k 2pm – Sponsored by Mike Trewhella
6/9/16 – Good Neighbors Manistique (MIFBAN) 20k 10am

6/15/16 – Curry Foundation St. Ignace UMC 15k 11am
6/16/16 – Abundant Life 15k 10am, Menominee
6/17/16 – Escanaba SDA for Veterans @ Fairgrounds 30k 10:30am — Nancy and Jane will be attending

6/22/16 – Chatham @Fairgrounds 15k 10am – Sponsored by Mike Trewhella

6/30/16 – Kens Mobile….Sault Ste. Marie Salvation Army 15k 10am


Around 30, three- to five-year-olds were getting dirty for a purpose at Greenwood Headstart.
Partridge Creek Farm is teaching kids how to plant and grow food for themselves. They donated two raised beds, soil, and seeds so the kids could get some hands-on experience in agriculture. They’ll eventually harvest the green beans and peas they planted.

“We want kids at a very young age to get the love of soil and the idea and wonder of growing food and plants in general,” said Dan Perkins, owner of Partridge Creek Farm. “Seeing them go from seeds to plants to something that they can use and that they did it themselves.”

Partridge Creek Farm also plants apple trees for the Headstart program so kids can recognize that they can grow their own delicious food.

Community Action Month Proclamation3

Commodities food delivery today Thursday May 12th and tomorrow Friday May 13th for Marquette and Alger Counties! If you are 60 years of age or older and are interested in receiving a commodity box next month – call our office and see if you qualify – 906-228-6522.

Next month, Feeding America West Michigan plans to distribute 137,500 pounds of food in the Upper Peninsula through its Mobile Food Pantry program.
Mobile Pantry Dates for May 2016:

May 4
Webster Elementary School, Escanaba, 1:30 p.m.

May 5
Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds, Good Neighbor Services, Manistique, 10 a.m.
VFW Post #4573, Ishpeming, 10 a.m.

May 6
Norway Community Food Pantry, Norway, 5 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Garden, 10 a.m.

May 12
Community Center, Hannahville Indian Community, 11 a.m.

May 25
Negaunee High School, Negaunee, 4:30 p.m.
Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, 10 a.m.

May 26
St. Ignace United Methodist Church, St. Ignace, 11 a.m.



Tickets are on sale now!

Our Early Childhood Education programs are having a Daddy Daughter Dance fundraiser in Munising on Friday May 20th. Tickets are available at the Alger Parks and Rec Office, or reserve and pay at the door by calling Community Action Alger-Marquette at (906)228-6522.


Congratulations to BARB KELLER who passed her Home Visiting CDA. Barb is the first home visitor in the UP to receive a Home Visiting CDA.


Several Mobile Food Pantries are taking place in the U.P. in April
• April 6: Webster Elementary School, Escanaba, 2 p.m.
• April 7: Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds, Good Neighbor Services, Manistique, 10 a.m.
• April 7: VFW Hall, Ishpeming, 10 a.m.
• April 8: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Garden, 10 a.m.
• April 12: Big Bear Arena, Sault Elder Meals Program, Sault Ste. Marie, 2 p.m.
• April 14: Community Center, Hannahville Indian Community, 10 a.m.
• April 21: Abundant Life Mission Center, Menominee, 10 a.m.

Feeding America is bringing the mobile food pantry to Gwinn/KI Sawyer on Friday April 22nd, 2016 at 10:00a.m. to the Victory Lutheran Church located at 315 Explorer Street, Gwinn, MI 49841. Recipients will be asked to sign a form stating that they are in need of the food.
There will be about 15,000 pounds of food available delivered in a refrigerated truck. The food should serve up to 300 families, and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Boxes and grocery bags will be available, but please bring a box or container to carry the food if you are able.
Yes for Our School Fact Sheet
Alger County residents please get out and vote Tuesday May 3rd 2016



Thursday April 7th, 2016 Ishpeming, Marquette, Gwinn and Munising Head Start Classes are cancelled due to the road conditions. All other head start services such as meetings, home visits and interviews are on schedule unless otherwise notified. If you have any questions or concerns please call the Main Office at 906-228-6522. Please allow extra time to get to your destination today and turn your headlights on.

Also, all MEALS ON WHEELS in MARQUETTE COUNTY are cancelled today April 7th, 2016 due to the road conditions.

5 Star Rating
Congratulations to all of the staff at our Country Lane Center and our staff in our classroom at Superior Central, they have just received a 5 STAR rating on Great Start to Quality Assessment!

Feeding America

Feeding America will be in Ishpeming at the VFW located at 310 Bank Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849 at 10:00am on Thursday April 7th. Recipients are asked to sign a form that states that they are in need of food. There will be about 15,000 pounds of food available delivered in a refrigerated truck. The food should serve up to 300 families, and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Boxes and grocery bags will be available, but please bring a box or container to carry the food if you are able.

Save The Date

Daddy Daughter Dance
Come support our Early Childhood Education Programs
Save the Date for DDD

Visit the ‘EMPLOYMENT’ tab to view current employment opportunities within our agency.

5 Star Rating
Congratulations to all of the staff at the Greenwood Head Start Center, they have just received a 5 STAR rating on Great Start to Quality Assessment!

Marquette Community Baby Shower

The Marquette County Community Baby Shower is for pregnant moms and those with babies younger than six months old. Visit booths and learn about services available in our community. This shower is only for Marquette County residents.
When: Friday, April 22, 2016
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. (Doors will not open early)
Doors close and shower begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Negaunee Township Hall
42 M-35, Negaunee (Just south of Hwy. 41 near the Health Department.)

Reservations are limited to the first 75 mothers.
Call Julie at 315-2607 or Mary Jo at 315-2658 to reserve your spot by April 8.

Because space at the hall is limited, each mom may bring only one adult guest.



Community Action Alger-Marquette 2015 Annual Report

Recently our agency published our 2015 Annual Report. Click on the link below to take a look at some of the things we have accomplished throughout the year.
2015 Annual Report



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5 Star Rating
Congratulations to all of the staff at the Jacobetti Head Start Center, they have received a 5 STAR rating on Great Start to Quality! Great Start to Quality, Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system, supports early childhood providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs. Great Job to all of our Head Start Centers! Visit the website below to find information about licensed centers, registered family homes, and licensed group homes in your area:
Great Start to Quality


Holy Family Orphanage

Holy Family Orphanage


Holy Family Orphanage to be renovated

There are plans to turn the building into an affordable-rent apartment complex called “GrandView Marquette.” The exterior will be restored to what it originally looked like, while the units themselves will be modernized. The chapel on the north side of the property will become a public space for events. The building is structurally sound, but still needs a lot of work.


Night of 5000 Dinners

AMCAB fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

The event took place at the Lost Creek Community Center on November 5th, 2015. The event’s goal was to raise enough money for 5,000 meals for homebound seniors in Marquette and Alger Counties. The dinner featured live entertainment and a pig roast. Other locally harvested foods were donated. The social hour featured the The Yooper Goddess serving appetizers. Entertainment was provided by Kirsten Gustafson Trio.

Screening Flyer 2016_All Areas

Preschool Screening

Please contact our office (906-228-6522) to register your child for FREE community developmental screening and talk to someone about our Early Childhood programs.


Members of Mrs. Tyner's 5th Grade Class with Senior Meal Program Members

Members of Mrs. Tyner’s 5th Grade Class with Senior Meal Program Members

Elementary students at Superior Central School raised $1,872.67 for Meals on Wheels through their Reindeer Dash Contest. Kindergarten through fifth grade students had five minutes each morning from December 7th and 11th to go to other classrooms for a penny war. Pennies in each jar counted for one point while silver and green subtracted from the pennies.

Mrs. Tyner’s fifth grade students were the winning class by raising $37.46. As the winners, they got to enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, and games with seniors in Chatham. Here at Community Action, we appreciate young members of our community serving others and helping those in need!!!

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