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Wayne Metro's Community Funding Initiative Program provides support to community organizations (with budgets less than $250,000) with the implementation of service projects that meet the needs of low-income individuals. Wayne Metro has 5 Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) that represent different areas of the agency's service area. Proposals are reviewed and voted on by RAC members who have direct knowledgeof and involvement in local communities, available services and needs.
Local 501(c)(3) organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000. In extenuating circumstances small organizations that use the 501(c)(3) status of a larger agency may be considered eligible entities. The final decision on the inclusion of these organizations will be made by Wayne Metro’s Director of Program Operations. Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization may be submitted. Applications will be accepted from local organizations whose primary service area encompasses the RAC they are applying to. Please see attached RAC service area map. Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization will be accepted.
Each Regional Advisory Council will have $4,000 to award in fiscal year 2014 (October 2013 - September 2014). Grants typically range from $500 to $1,500. Funds may be used only for direct services/program operations.
Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014.
There are important changes to Michigan's Energy Assistance Programs that are administered by the Michigan Department of Human Servicces this year. Most notably, the programs are moving to a prevention based strategy that focuses on helping at-risk families before the power is shut-off. As a result of these changes, there have been shifts in the dates that energey assistance will be available for families in need.
The Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm and it's partner members are working to ensure that low-income families are aware of these changes. Energy assistance funds to help low-income households will not be available from DHS until November 1, and the majority of outside/non-profit agency funding will be unavailable until December 1. In the past, funds have been available beginning October 1.
It is important to note that these delays are related to the changes being implemented in our state energy assistance programs, and are not a result of the recent federal government shutdown.
Cold weather has already arrived in Michigan and households that are currently behind in their utility paymnets should take the following steps:
How You Can Help!
Wayne Metro accepts donations for utlity assistance all year long to assist families in need in Wayne County. The agency will host our 18th Annual Walk for Warmth event on Saturday, February 15th at Ford Field in Detroit. The Walk is the agency's largest fundrasier and proceeds from that event will support families in need of emergency utility assistance.
Those interested in participating in the Walk and raising money should contact Erin Southward at (313) 463-5460 for more information.
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency invites interested parties to submit a proposal to provide sub-contracted youth education and employability programmatic services, including direct client assistance in the form of education and work supports, to youth ages 14-24 in the City of Detroit.
October 28, 2013 - RFP released. Links to RFP Insructions and Application and Budget template may be downloaded at www.waynemetro.org
November 5, 2013- Submitted questions and answers will be posted to Wayne Metro website, www.waynemetro.org
November 8, 2013- RFP proposals due by 5:00 P.M. Hard copy submissions only.
Detroit Division Director
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
7310 Woodward Avenue, Ste. 400
Detroit, Michigan 48202
November 11, 2013- RFP review by committee
November 15, 2013- Selected applicant will be notified.
Wayne Metro recently announced the new appointments of Wayne County Commissioner Richard LeBlanc (District 12) and Westland Mayor William Wild to the agency’s Board of Directors.
Commissioner LeBlanc was elected to the Wayne County Commission in November 2012. Previously, he served three terms as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, three terms on the Westland City Council and one term as a member of the Wayne/Westland Board of Education. In addition to his service in elected positions, Commissioner LeBlanc has been deeply involved in the community, holding membership in more than two dozen boards, commissions and civic organizations over the past 25 years.
Prior to his career in public service, Commissioner LeBlanc was employed with the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Advanced Driving Academy and the Canton Police Department. The longtime Westland resident has two sons and is the proud grandfather to two granddaughters.
“It is a high honor to be appointed to the Board of Directors,” LeBlanc said. “Throughout my years in public service, I have witnessed firsthand the positive influence Wayne Metro has had in our local communities. I look forward to contributing to this effort and to the mission of the organization.”
A leader on neighborhood issues, Mayor Wild believes that government is about helping people. Elected in 2007 as Mayor of Westland, he has spent many years working on improving Westland for residents and businesses. Prior to his election, Mayor Wild established a track record of leadership serving 2 years on the Westland Planning Commission and 5 years as a member (and President for one year) of the Westland City Council. Since elected, Wild has consistently promoted a policy that Westland is open for business. Today, the city is recognized as a regional leader in economic development with a flourishing shopping, dining and entertainment district that continues to grow. Under the mayor’s leadership the city has attracted hundreds of new businesses, creating thousands jobs as a result.
Mayor Wild and his wife Sherri, a 6th grade science teacher, are longtime residents of Westland and the proud parents of three children.
“I am honored to be selected to serve on the Wayne Metro Board of Directors,” Wild said. ”Wayne Metro has been a great partner to the City of Westland, serving our citizens though the Family Self Sufficiency program, supporting the Norwayne Community Citizens Council, as well as the many other programs offered by the agency. I look forward to collaborating with the Board of Directors on programs that can benefit the entire Wayne Metro region.”
Wayne Metro is currently accepting proposals of Weatherization Contractors.
Prospective contractors may request a bid package to be mailed to them by contacting Laura Mann at (313) 463-5444 or may pick up a package at Wayne Metro's Region I Office (138 Cortland) in Highland Park. Bid materials can also be found below:
An optional Pre-Bid Conference will be held at Wayne Metro's Region I Office (138 Cortland) in Highland Park on November 12, 2013 at 10:00 am in which all questions submitted in writing and those asked in person will be answered.
Bid Packages Due: November 21, 2013 by 4:30 pm.
Deliver or mail sealed bids to: Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency 138 Cortland Highland Park, MI 48203 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Clearly mark on the envelope: Weatherization Contractor Proposal and your Company's Name.
Bids may be delivered or mailed but must arrive by November 21st at 4:30 pm. No faxes or e-mails will be accepted.
On Thursday, October 17th, Wayne Metro shared the agency's programmatic and financial accomplishments over the past year with over 250 community partners and staff members during the agency's Annual Meeting at Lovett Hall at The Henry Ford. The theme of the meeting was "Live The Mission" and included an overview video on how the agency is living our mission, our mission for the future and how we empower over 15,000 clients each year to live their mission.
The agency also recognized three Clients of the Year for living their mission and accomplishing their goals. Makenzie Cornell was recognized for overcoming the challenges of homelessness to support herself and help her siblings. Makenzie worked hard to stay in school and graduate from high school in order to be a role model to her siblings. She is now enrolled in college and working to become a Psychologist.
Mire Rrapi was honored as a Client of the Year for her perseverance in learning English in order to be a better parent and help her sons with their homework. She is now working towards completing her GED and has dreams of becoming a teacher.
Qiana Stovall was also recognized as a Client of the Year for her hard work and perseverance to become a homeowner. Qiana participated in many Wayne Metro programs to learn how to improve her financial situation, save towards a home and purchase a home for her family. She recently moved into her new home and is working to get settled while also teaching her daughters the importance of saving money and proper financial management.
Deborah Johnson was recognized as Wayne Metro's Volunteer of the Year for her extraordinary support and advocacy of the agency's Head Start Program. Deborah started volunteering at her grandchildren's Head Start site two years ago, helping in any way she could, often spending her entire week at the site (staff and students often forgot she was only a volunteer!). She also took on a leadership role through the Head Start Policy Committee and although her grandchildren have gone on to kindergarten, Deborah is still an active and dedicated volunteer for the program.
The agency also recongized several community partners for their outstanding support of the agency and our clients to help us live our mission of empowering low-income families and strengthening communities:
For more information on Wayne Metro's Annual Meeting, please contact Erin Southward at (313) 463-5460.
On Wednesday, October 9th, the agency participated in Chrysler's United Way Kick-off at their world headquarters in Auburn Hills. Nearly 4,000 Chrysler employees were present at the event. Chrylser CEO, Sergio Marchionne, as well United Way CEO, Michael Brennen spoke of the importance of the United Way Campaign and its impact on communities in southeast Michigan.
Wayne Metro was one of just six organizations invited to be on-site at the kick-off event. Through the United Way Campaign, employees are able to designate a local organization that they would like to support through payroll deductions. Agency representatives were on hand to speak to Chrysler employees about Wayne Metro's Youth and Family Programs as well as how their donations could impact the agency.
In addition, nearly 150 Chrysler employees participated in a service project while at the event. Volunteers stuffed items into hygiene kits for low-income individuals. Volunteers stuffed 10,000 hygiene kits to be distributed to agencies in southeast Michigan. Wayne Metro and the Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition was proud to be selected as one of the organizations to receive these valuable donations. Kits will be distributed through the Homeless Coalition's member agencies.
Wayne Metro recently completed rehabbing two dilapidated homes on Union Street in Ecorse through the Wayne County Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The homes at 35 Union Street and 42 Union Street were completely transformed inside and out!
Many community partners, elected officials, Wayne Metro staff and neighbors attended the agency's Open House to tour these homes on Thursday, September 26th. Wayne Metro and Excellent Construction received a ton of positive feedback and accolades for a job well done!
Wayne Metro invites interested parties to submit a proposal to provide sub-contracted supportive services to veteran families in Washtenaw County. Proposals are due by 12:00 pm on Friday, September 20th. For more information, please click here.