Helping People, Changing Lives at Mid Michigan Community Action

Community Action Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country. CAAs are a robust state and local force, reaching individuals and families in 99% of US counties with life-changing services and creating pathways to prosperity.

As part of the CAA network, the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (Mid Michigan CAA) serves Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland, Muskegon, Oceana, and Osceola counties. Over the past year, our communities have faced unprecedented challenges, including a pandemic and a 500-year flood. In the face of these obstacles, Mid Michigan CAA adapted to serve its customers through largely virtual means while continuing to administer all programs and even adding additional services as new and increased needs arose.

Last year, Mid Michigan CAA distributed 48,441 boxes of food or 750 tons of food. In response to increased food insecurity due to the pandemic, they were able to distribute 55 tons more food than the previous year.

Despite rapid program changes, Mid Michigan CAA’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs served 533 children last year. These programs provide support to children and families. They use a curriculum that supports school readiness and coordinate with area public schools to facilitate a smooth transition for each child.

During the 2019 income tax season, Mid Michigan CAA processed returns for 440 households, reporting $478,566 in returns in Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Last year, Mid Michigan CAA weatherized 44 homes through the Weatherization Assistance Program. 23 additional households received support for roof repairs through the Housing Preservation Grant. These services make homes safer, healthier, more comfortable and more affordable for residents.

In 2020, Mid Michigan CAA administered the Eviction Diversion program, helping residents of 180 households stay in their homes.

“Last year brought changes and challenges that we could never have imagined. In response, we have been able to expand our services and add new programs to meet the needs of our communities. We are thrilled to be asked to serve our communities in a way we have never done before,” said Jill Sutton, executive director of Mid Michigan Community Action. “And while there is still work to be done, we are proud to continue to ‘help people, change lives’.”

Mid Michigan Community Action guides local residents on the path to self-sufficiency through empowerment, education, and community enrichment. Connect with us online at for more information about our programs and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube @MidMichiganCommunityAction for news and updates.