Dear Neighbor,

Happy Black History and American Heart Month! I am honored to serve as the state representative for the 29th House District and proud to be a strong advocate in Lansing for our community. Please encourage your friends and family to stay connected and subscribe to this e-newsletter. It will keep you up to date on legislation and policies coming from the Capitol, as well as my coffee hours and other virtual and in-person community events.

In Service,

State Rep. Brenda Carter, 29th House District

In this Issue:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Free COVID-19 Tests
  • First Responder Training and Recruitment Grants

Upcoming Events

Coffee Hour (Hybrid)

  • Feb. 14 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Goldner Walsh Garden and Home, 559 Orchard Lake in Pontiac or on Facebook with special guests Tim Travis, owner of Goldner Walsh, and Rick David, president of the Pontiac Rotary Club.

Coffee Hour (Hybrid)

  • Feb. 14 from 10-11 a.m. at Haus of Brunch, 3315 Auburn Road in Auburn Hills or on Facebook with special guest Ron Moniz, former Auburn Hills city councilman.

Valentine’s Day Townhall (Virtual)

  • Feb. 14 from 2-3 p.m. via Zoom or Facebook with special guest Beverly Thomas, a certified marriage counselor.

Property Tax Foreclosure Resource Fair

  • Feb. 18 from 2-5 p.m. at the Bowens Senior Citizens Center, 52 Bagley St. in Pontiac or on Facebook with special guests from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Office of the Oakland County Treasurer, Lakeshore Legal Aid and Area Agency on Aging Region 1-B.

Legends and Trailblazers in Black History

  • Feb. 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. via Facebook and YouTube, co-hosted by the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation and Pontiac ACES.

Youth Roundtable (Hybrid)

  • March 14 from 4-6 p.m. at the Oakland Center Gold Rooms A-C (first floor), 312 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester, via Zoom or on Facebook.
  • Panelists include:
    • David Dulio, professor of the Political Science Department and director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University.
    • Glenn MacIntosh, senior vice president for student affairs & chief diversity officer.
    • Kaino Phillips, president/CEO of the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation.
    • Courtney Lackey, president of the Omicron Zeta Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Free COVID-19 Tests

Great news! The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with Project Act and the Roosevelt Foundation to offer free COVID-19 tests to qualifying ZIP codes in our area. Each household may request one kit containing five tests. Click this link to request your tests today!

First Responder Training and Recruitment Grants

Grant alert! The Michigan Department of Treasury has announced first responder training, and recruitment grants are now available. Interested cities, villages, townships, counties and/or fire authorities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 15. More information about these grants can be found at this link.