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Dollar$ and $en$e Financial Opportunity Expo

 Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is collaborating with Fifth Third Bank to connect community members with valuable information and resources.  The DOLLAR$ & $EN$E Expo is a family friendly event, featuring the Fifth Third eBus, a variety of classes, workshops and fun games for the whole family.   

This event will include sessions on employability skills, financial literacy, and wellness. Free credit reports, tax preparation, homebuyer education, resume writing, foreclosure prevention and financial coaching will be featured at the DOLLAR$ & $EN$E Expo.  Additionally, there will be legal workshops and health screenings available.  An Individual Development Account (IDA) orientation is planned, which is a matched saving account to help individuals make a down payment on a first home, provide funds for a micro-business or pay college tuition. 

The event will be held on two dates in August: 

  • Thursday, August 7th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  at Wayne County Community College, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor
  • Thursday, August 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit

Register for the DOLLAR$ & $EN$E Expo today to save your spot!  www.waynemetro.org/events or by calling (734)284-6999 or (313) 388-9799.

 

Agency Holds Youth Believe and Achieve Event

On Thursday, May 29th Wayne Metro hosted it's Youth Believe and Achieve event in honor of those students participating in Wayne Metro programs whose spirit and determination have helped mold them into young leaders and achieve their goals.  This year's event was held at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center and honored 20 outstanding youth.  For more information regarding our youth programming click here!

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Wayne Metro Sponsors Summer Food Service Program for Children

 

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Wayne Metro Community Action Agency announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children.  Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.  The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Site Name

Address

Meal Times

Coach Mac Summer Program

16111 John R, Highland Park, MI 48203

Breakfast- 8:00 AM

Lunch-11:30 AM

Marsh Creek

25010 Marsh Creek Blvd., Woodhaven, MI 48183

Lunch-12:00 PM

George Washington Carver Academy

14510 Second Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203

Lunch-12:00 PM

Samuel B. Ware

29124 Eaton St., Westland, MI 48186

Breakfast- 9:00 AM

Lunch-11:45 AM

Wayne Metro

26650 Eureka, Taylor MI 48180

Lunch-12:00 PM

Wyandotte Recreation – FOP Park

601 8th Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Lunch-11:30 AM

Wyandotte Recreation – Jaycee Park

2306 4th Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Lunch-11:45 AM

Wyandotte Recreation – Pulaski Park

2304 12th Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Lunch-12:00 PM

 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

New Homebuyer Club Certification Seminars

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency's Homebuyer Assistance Program is helping people all across Wayne County to qualify for up to $10,000 in down payment assistance.  In order to participate you must complete an eight-hour Homebuyer Club Certification Seminar.  An orientation session is required prior to registering for the July seminar.  Participants much meet income requirements and provide all necessary documentation.  

June seminars will be held at the Wayne County Community College, 21000 Northline Rd. Taylor on June 18th and 25th from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

July seminars will be held at Wayne Metro Early Childhood Center, 12031 Mitchell, Hamtramck on July 10th and 17th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Register online here or call 734-284-6999 or 313-388-9799 for more information.

17th Annual Community Baby Shower Brings Resources and Gifts to Expecting Parents!

 

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On Thursday, May 8, 2014 the agency hosted it’s 17th Annual Community Baby Shower. This event provides low-income, expectant and new parents with educational presentations, gifts and resources to prepare for the new addition to their family.

This year, more than 100 expectant or new mothers and fathers attended the event at Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus. Parents participated in three educational presentations throughout the event - Gerrylynn McNeal, Program Instructor for MSU Extension discussed the importance of breastfeeding; Kelly Kreis from Wayne County’s Safe Sleep Matters Program discussed tips on keeping babies safe while they sleep; and Theresa Barr, a Wayne Metro Family Literacy Teacher, discussed information and resources for parents to help develop literacy skills in young children.

Baby Shower participants had the opportunity to visit with a number of community organizations that were on hand to provide valuable resources and information, as well as the chance to try out a free Prenatal Yoga Session. Baby Shower participants were eligible to win great door prizes during the event including a breast pump and stroller system. In addition to these great resources, every mother that attended the event received a gift bag of new baby items that included a $25 gift card redeemable at Babies R Us to be used toward a new car safety seat made possible through a $5,000 grant from the Colina Foundation.   

Special thanks to Sacred Heart Grosse Ile’s Elizabeth Ministry who organized a Baby Shower Benefit on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in which parishioners brought gifts to donate while also enjoying a potluck breakfast. In addition, Peace Lutheran of Southgate also hosted a Baby Shower Benefit at their church in late April and was able to collect many great items for the expectant mothers.

Additional partners included:Soroptimist International: Trenton Area Chapter, Medela, Inc.,NuPath Credit Union, St. Philip Lutheran Yarn Ministry, Yoga 4 Peace, Joyce Antal, Babies R Us, Teresa Distelrath, Nakeeta’s Sweets, World Medical Relief, Wayne County WIC, Generation II Generation, The Information Center, Michigan Enrolls, The Going Green Foundation, Starfish Family Services, Development Centers, The Guidance Center, Hegira, We Can Help – Moms & Babies, and First Beat MIHP.

Wayne Metro's Community Baby Shower is held once a year. The event is open to low-income, expectant or new (must have a child under 3 months of age as of the date of the shower) parents that live in Wayne County. For more information or to make an in-kind donation, please contact (734) 246-2280. We collect donations for our Community Baby Shower year round; in order to help us with this great event, please click on the donate button.

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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. 

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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.

 

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.

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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 the 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!" 

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