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Spotlight on Weatherization

Weatherization is just one of the many services OLHSA provides to its clients while working to empower them. Weatherization works to improve the energy efficiency of a client’s home and make their energy expenses more affordable.

Service provided varies but can range from more energy efficient light bulbs, CFLs, to new appliances and windows. These changes can make the difference of food on the table or going hungry for some families in the cold winter months.

As winter...

Earning the privilege of donations

A few things have become increasingly clear as we here at OLHSA have focused more on fundraising in the last few years...  Donations are hard to come by.  In a still-uncertain economy nonprofits have to work very hard to earn every dollar given.  Donors want to feel part of the cause they are giving to.  They want to know that their hard earned dollars are going far, and it’s our duty to prove that.  And despite economic challenges, people want to give. Though...

OLHSA and Transforming Pontiac Now provide hope for the city

While OLHSA continues to help our friends and neighbors, we realize that we can’t do it alone. That’s why there are other local organizations we partner with to achieve our mission of helping people and changing lives. These organizations are working just as hard to strengthen the community, and we would like to take the time to recognize one of them.

Transforming Pontiac Now (TPN) is a new non-profit making waves with their vision of creating a better, more efficient city. Formed in...

OLHSA's program structure: then and now

As we strive to help the local community, we embrace changes that lead to improvement and help our mission of empowering those in need. Recently we have changed the structure of our services. OLHSA has created eight service lines, each focusing on specific client needs. The service lines include:

Economic Security
Emergency Financial Programs
Emergency Housing

With the service lines came the...

Getting ready for back to school with Livingston Educational Service Agency

The community is getting ready for back to school! The 11th annual Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) Backpacks for Kids event was held last Thursday. Over a thousand people, including hundreds of children, lined up hours in advance buzzing with excitement to receive backpacks filled with supplies.

 LESA collected almost 1,300 backpacks filled with supplies in preparation for the event. The backpacks were organized...

History lives through new library in Livingston County

Big things are happening in one of our favorite Livingston County small towns.  The Village of Pinckney, which has charmed residents and passers-through alike since 1827, is getting a new, bigger, better library.


Since 1986 the Pinckney Public Library has operated out of a building too small to fit the lofty ambitions of students, book-lovers and community members.  Last summer, with visions of expansion and grand adventures dancing through their dreams,...

Community Action is a team effort

Community Action Agencies across Michigan are coming together and dedicating their efforts to helping people and changing lives, starting with spreading the word. Community Action is all about getting involved in your community, learning its needs and making it better.

Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA) creates a network for all CAAs in the state dedicated to the same mission. Watch the short video below to learn more about MCAAA’s vision for Community Action in...

The historic 196 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue

OLHSA’s central office in Pontiac on Cesar E. Chavez Ave. wasn’t always home to this Community Action Agency. Founded in 1964 as part President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, OLHSA was first located in the heart of Pontiac at 1 Lafayette Street, previously the Masonic Temple. It wasn’t until 1973 that OLHSA moved to its current Pontiac location, the historic 196 Cesar E. Chavez. The building is a Pontiac landmark that has been used for everything from manufacturing buggies and early...

The art of collaboration

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – Aristotle

What did this ancient philosopher know that modern day humans continue to prove? When united in a cause or goal, collaborating is powerful and effective.

OLHSA is proud to collaborate with over a hundred other nonprofit organizations, as well as businesses. Our unique blending brings together those with like goals and different resources. We partner daily to accomplish our mission of helping people and changing lives....

Walk for Warmth 2012 Summary: Thank you!

The communities we serve continue to amaze us. Though the tide is slowly turning in metro Detroit, many are still struggling. The neighbors and friends of those who are struggling showed unyielding support this year by participating in or sponsoring OLHSA’s Walk for Warmth events.

The events raised a combined $156,284 towards OLHSA’s Emergency Utility Assistance Program. The funds help those in Oakland and Livingston Counties who are facing heat shut-offs. A mild winter, believe it or...