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Agency Releases RFP for Pre Demolition Investigation & Survey of Hazardous Materials


Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) requests proposals from qualified firms for Investigation and Survey of Asbestos/Hazardous Materials to be performed as part of a Blight Elimination Program in the Cities of Ecorse and River Rouge, Wayne County, Michigan. Investigation and Survey activities will include single- and multi-family residential buildings.

Bidders are invited to review this Request for Proposals and, if interested, return one original, single-sided, fastened with a binder clip plus one on a flash drive (pdf format) of the complete Proposal.

Pre Demolition Investigation & Survey of Asbestos and Hazardous Materials RFP

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
2121 Biddle Avenue, Suite 102
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Attn: John Carmody

Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:00 P.M.


Agency Hosts Open House at Recently Completed NSP Home in River Rouge

 On Thursday, March 6, Wayne Metro celebrated the completion of a home rehabilitation project in River Rouge. The agency hosted an Open House for community partners and neighbors to see the complete transformation to the property.

City Commissioner, Patty Campbell cut the ribbon on the recently completed home during the Open House. Wayne Metro and Excellent Construction received great feedback on the project and many inquiries regarding the purchase of the home. 

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The recently completed project, located on Coolidge St, recevied a complete interior demolition. Updates included new walls, floors, windows, roof, electrical, plumbing, venting and furnance. The outside of the home also received many updates including a new parking pad, 6 ft. privacy fence and landscaping. 

RR NSP Before and After Front

RR NSP Before and After Backyard



2014 Community Garden Application Available for Local Organizations


Wayne Metro's Community Gardening Program has coordinated the planting and harvesting of more than 40 gardens throughout our service area. These gardens are planted and cared for by non-profit and civic organizations, schools, community, social and religious groups. Last year, these gardens yielded an estimated 40,000 pounds of fresh produce that helped to feed countless people in need.

Through the Community Garden Program, Wayne Metro provides community organizations with plants and seeds for the garden as well as the expertise of a Master Gardener (as needed) and garden supplies (as available).

Community Gardeners are required to give the produce yielded from the garden to local food pantries to support low-income families.

Wayne Metro's Community Gardens vary in size and types of produce grown. However, all community gardens must have adequate space, soil and access to water to ensure that plants will thrive. Community Gardens must also have a volunteer base that will regularly care for and harvest the gardens.

2014 Community Garden Application Information:

Garden Application 2014

2014 Community Garden Order Form

Organizations interested in hosting a garden in 2014 must complete an application no later than Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Applications may be mailed. faxed or e-mailed to:

Wayne Metrpolitan Community Action Agency
Community Garden Program
Attn: Amy Kelly
2121 Biddle, Ste. 102
Wayndotte, MI 48192
Fax: (734) 246-2288
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (313) 463-5523

Please note that submission of a Community Garden application does not guarantee an award. Garden awards will be based on funding availability. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Agency Releases RFP to Become an AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site

Wayne Metro is seeking organizations interested in becoming a Host Site for an AmeriCorps *VISTA member and joining our AmeriCorps VISTA Collaborative Project. 

AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a full-time national service program for men and women ages 18 and older interested in developing lasting solutions to the problems of poverty in America. AmeriCorps*VISTA members address the problems of poverty in a particular community and mobilize community resources while increasing the capacity of the low-income community to solve its own problems. The *VISTA program is a Federal program and differs from AmeriCorps State programs. *VISTAs commit to a year of service, working full-time on a specific project and do not provide direct service. Instead, their projects focus on capacity building for the organization.

All application pieces should be attached to an e-mail no later than 11:59 pm on April 4, 2014.  All submissions must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and should include the subject line, VISTA Proposal 2014-2015. Any applications received after Friday April 4, 2014 will not be considered.

AmeriCorps *VISTA Host Site RFP 



March 14, 2014: RFP Available

April 4, 2014: Proposals Due

April 25, 2014: Awarded Host Sites will be notified

2014 Community Baby Shower Registration Open

Wayne Metro is hosting the 17th Annual Community Baby Shower on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Wayne County Community College - Downriver District in Taylor. This event is to help low-income expectant and new parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. 

The Community Baby Shower includes several educational presentations. Topics vary by year, but have included

  • Breastfeeding
  • Parenting Styles & Roles
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Family Literacy
  • Safety in the Home/Safe Sleep
  • Brain Development 
Gifts and Prizes

The Community Baby Shower is an opportunity for parents to receive much needed items and resources to help welcome their new baby. Wayne Metro works with many generous community partners and donors to collect new baby items that expectant Parents attending the Shower are eligible to receive gifts during the event. 

To be eligible, parents must: 
  • Be low-income
  • Reside in Wayne County
  • Currently be pregnant or have a child under 3 months of age (as of May 8, 2014)

The Community Baby Shower also provides a variety of community resources that are available to families with babies and young children. There is a small cost to host a table at the event. Please click here for the Baby Shower Vendor Form

Frequently Asked Questions: 
Q. Do I have to be married to attend?
A. No. Both single and married mothers and fathers are welcome to attend.

Q. If the father is unable to attend, can I bring a grandparent-to-be, aunt, uncle, etc?
A. No. The shower is especially designed for mothers and fathers. Pregnant mothers 18 years and under will be allowed to bring either the father of the baby OR 1 grandparent-to-be (not both). The mother's identification will be required.

Q. My baby is older than 3 months, can I still attend?
A. No. The Commnunity Baby Shower is designed for parents that are expecting or whose children are 3 months old or younger.


Agency Releases RFP for Seeding Detroit Mini Grants

Objective: To support Detroit–based organizations in the implementation of service projects that meet the needs of low-income city residents. To provide this support utilizing members of the agency advisory committee who have direct knowledge of and involvement in city neighborhoods, available services, and resident needs. Seeding Detroit logo

Available Funds: The Detroit Division Advisory Committee (DDAC) will have $100,000 to award in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014). Grants typically range from $2,000 to $5,000. It is expected that up to, but not exceeding, 20 mini-grants will be awarded under this funding. Funds may be used only for direct services/program operation. Funds will not support general agency overhead. All funds must be expended for services between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. All receipts must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2014.

Eligible Entities: 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) fiduciary 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 Detroit Division Director. Applications will be accepted from local organizations whose primary service area is in the city of Detroit. Please see attached DDAC service area map. Only one application per 501(c)(3) organization will be accepted.

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014. Late submittals will not be accepted.

Mail or Deliver to:

Johnathan Shearrod, Grants Manager
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency Detroit Division
7310 Woodward Avenue, Ste. 400
Detroit, MI 48202

Telephone Number: 313-463-5457


Seeding Detroit Mini Grant Guidelines

Seeding Detroit Mini Grant Application

Seeding Detroit: Poverty Chart

Seeding Detroit: Zip Code Map



April 22, 2014 - April 28, 2014: Initial Application Review
The Grants Manager will contact all new applicant organizations with any questions needed to clarify the application.

April 29, 2014: DDAC Review of Applications

May 15, 2014- May 19, 2014: Site Visits and/or Conference Calls (if necessary).
Applicants preliminarily recommended for funding in June will have a site visit or conference call conducted by a minimum of two DDAC members and one staff member assigned by the agency. Agency staff will be assigned based on familiarity with the proposed program area.

May 20, 2014: Final Review and Final VotingMay 23, 2014: Successful Applicants will be notified.

May 26, 2014: Orientation 2:00 pm at Detroit office.


2014 Walk for Warmth Raises $150,000

 Wayne Metro's 18th Annual Walk for Warmth was a tremendous success! Over 700 walkers participated in the event  on Saturday, February 15th. The Walk included a lap around the concourse of Ford Field, several on-field activities, mini locker room tours, a 50/50 drawing, children's area and more. Walk for warmth logo

Nearly $150,000 was raised to support Wayne County families facing heat related emergencies this winter. "Walk for Warmth funds are extremely important because they are unrestricted dollars that allow our agency to assist families in crisis situations that may not meet specific guidelines for other funding" explained Louis Piszker, Wayne Metro CEO.

Wayne County Executive, Robert Ficano and Keenan Smith, Meteorologist from Channel 7 WXYZ-TV helped kick off the Walk as Co-Chairs of the event. John Quankenbush, Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission as well as Mark Stiers, President and Chief Operating Officer of DTE Gas, State Representatives Thomas Stallworth and Andrew Kandrevas as well as William Wild, Mayor of the City of Westland also were onhand to lead off the Walk. 

As a result of this past winter's record cold temperatures and snow fall, the demand for assistance is at an all-time high. Wayne Metro's Call Center began receiving up to 2,000 calls a week requesting assistance.

The Walk for Warmth is Wayne Metro's largest fundraiser and all proceeds support the agency's Emergency Utility Assistance Program. As one of rthe 29 Community Action Agencies in Michigan, Wayne Metro provides Wayne County residents with a wide-range of services from energy and emergency utility assitance to financial services and healthcare enrollment services. Since May 2013, the Agency has assisted over 16,000 clients. 

"There was a lot of excitement for this year's Walk for Warmth and everyone had a great time!" said Piszker. "We really appreciate the support of all of our event sponsors, volunteers, participants and donors!" 


More than One-Third of Michigan Households Are One Crisis Away from Financial Devastation

State Ranks 27th Overall in Financial Security of Residents, 22nd in Policies Adopted to Help Struggling Families

Despite an improving national economy, 38.8% of Michigan households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to a report released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s 40.2% level. The report also found that state policies are doing little to improve the financial security of Michigan residents.

CFED’s 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard defines these financially insecure residents as “liquid asset poor,” which means they lack adequate savings to cover basic expenses at the federal poverty level for even three months in the event of an emergency such as a job loss or health crisis. Included among Michigan’s “liquid asset poor” are a majority of those who live below the official income poverty line of $23,550 for a family of four, as well as many who would consider themselves middle class. Fully 25% of households earning between $54,001 and $86,028 annually have less than three months of savings (i.e., less than $5,887 for a family of four).

The Scorecard provides rankings for the 50 states and District of Columbia on both the ability of residents to achieve financial security and, for the first time, policies designed to help them get there. On both measures, Michigan ranks near the middle, with an outcome ranking of 27 and an overall policy ranking of 22.


February 15th Walk for Warmth at Ford Field Seeks to Raise $100,000 to Keep Wayne County Warm


Today, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency announces its goal to raise $100,000 to keep Wayne County residents warm this winter. With support from corporate sponsors, civic and religious organizations, schools and concerned citizens, the Agency tasked with alleviating the causes and conditions of area poverty is attempting to double what it has raised in years past through this annual fundraising event.

The recent frigid weather conditions combined with the high demand for emergency utility and housing assistance has tripled the call volume coming into the Agency’s client call center. As a result Agency leadership is putting a call out for donations big and small to bring aid to the County’s most vulnerable citizens.

“As a human service organization, it is heartbreaking to have to turn people in need away,” said Mia Cupp, Director of Development and Communications, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. “The Walk funds are unrestricted and act as a safety net for those who would otherwise fall through the cracks.”

Through generous donations and support from partners like DTE, Channel 7, Daly Merritt, Inc., O’Brien Construction, Fifth Third Bank, Plante Moran, LB Painting and more, Walk donations have already exceeded 2013 totals.

“We have been experiencing unprecedented call volumes – 400 to 500 calls is now a typical day for us,” Cupp says. “Walk donations will help take thousands who are in crisis and give them the supports they need to move forward to long-term stability.”

One of 29 Community Action Agencies in Michigan, Wayne Metro provides Wayne County residents with a wide-range of services from energy and emergency utility assistance to financial and healthcare enrollment services. Since May of 2013, the Agency has engaged with 16,000 new clients – those who have never reached out to Wayne Metro for help before.

“Emergency services are often the first point of contact we have with clients,” says Cupp. Once we resolve that initial crisis, we can help navigate them through a progressive system of programs. The client becomes invested in a self-generated action plan designed with goals and milestones that can be achieved over time. We believe this personalized approach is the key to long-term success.”

This non-competitive walk around the Ford Field concourse will include a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in special on-field activities including a helmet bounce, field goal kick, target toss, a slide and mini locker room tours. Team awards will also be given. Registration is $15 per person and special event rate parking located in the Ford Field Parking Structure on St. Antoine Street for just $4 per car. Participants must enter the arena through Gate G. The first 500 walkers to register will receive an official Walk for Warmth t-shirt and event bag.

Event Schedule:

Registration: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am

Walk Kick-off: 9:45 am

On-Field Activities: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Awards and Prizes: 11:45 am

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DTE Energy donates $5 million to THAW and MCAAA to help keep Michigan families warm


January 21 -Today, DTE Energy announced it is donating a total of $5 million to The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and the Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA), in an effort to help vulnerable Michigan families stay warm this winter.

The contribution is DTE shareholders’ response to the recent record-setting frigid temperatures.

“We want to ensure our most vulnerable low-income customers have timely access to the assistance they require,” said Mark Stiers, president and chief operating officer, DTE Gas Company. “This contribution to THAW and MCAAA is our most effective means of accomplishing that goal.”

THAW will receive $4 million and MCAAA will receive $1 million. The donations are the single largest private gifts either organization has received. THAW and MCAAA will match DTE’s donation with public resources and other funds. Ultimately, up to 10,000 households could benefit.

“This generous gift from DTE Energy is coming at a time when many families are desperate for help,” said Susan Sherer, CEO, THAW. “The recent bitter cold temperatures have made this a challenging winter for everyone, but it hits those in need especially hard. The funds provided by DTE will help us stabilize thousands of vulnerable families during this very cold Michigan winter.”

“We are exceptionally grateful to DTE for the contribution of $1 million,” said Kate Birnbryer White, executive director, Michigan Community Action Agency Association. “Our 29 Community Action Agencies will be able to make critical investments in the homes of low-income families to help them to be warm and energy efficient this winter.”

“We are pleased to be able to contribute to not only one, but two worthwhile organizations,” said Stiers. “We know THAW and MCAAA will deliver the much needed assistance in a timely, efficient and compassionate way.”