Speak Up. Your Voice Matters!

Please join the SSA Negotiation team at 1 of our 3 “Speak Up” information sessions to share your contract suggestions/concerns. In addition, you may ask us any question(s) you may have regarding the current contract and the negotiation process.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 2:00 pm | Berry L-115

Friday, February 7, 2020 | 6:00 am | Berry L-115

Friday, February 7, 2020 | 8:00 pm | Berry L-115

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Social Committee – Soul Food Luncheon

The Support Staff Association (SSA) is planning a soul food luncheon in honor of Black History Month. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 20th from 12 noon – 2 PM in the East Community Room. Carryout trays will be provided for those who need to make their plate to go. The tentative menu consists of:

  • Fried and Baked Chicken
  • Collard Greens
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Candied Yams
  • Rolls
  • Peach Cobbler Egg Rolls
  • Lemonade or fruit punch and bottled water

The cost per person is $12.00. If you would like to attend, please send me a message stating that you plan on attending the event then submit your payment on or before Friday, February 14th to:

Angela Kotsoyianis: EXT 6404
Joyce Stukel: EXT 1735
Leslie Windless: EXT 6446

In closing, there will be a quiz and the prize will be a copy of “Becoming” by former First Lady Michelle Obama. In addition, there will be a separate raffle (auto-entry with purchase) for the book “We’re Going to Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union.

Hope to see everyone there!

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9 | Various Shifts
Arts & Scraps at Winter Blast at Campus Martius


We are looking for volunteers to join us on February 8th and 9th at Winter Blast at Campus Martius! Check out the posting below to sign up and learn more about this exciting, family friendly volunteering opportunity!



Saturday, February 22 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
HFC Volunteer Day – First Step

Karen Wilson Smithbauer Family Center
4400 Venoy
Wayne MI 48184

The February volunteer project will support First Step at their Karen Wilson Smithbauer Family Center in Wayne on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The exact project will be determined closer to the volunteer date depending on what the organization’s needs are.  Projects could include cleaning, organizing and maintenance at the center.

The mission of First Step is to eliminate both domestic and sexual violence and to provide comprehensive services to individuals and families impacted by these crimes.

Prior registration is required. If you are interested in participating in this volunteer project please contact Mandy Earl at mlearl1@hfcc.edu or 313.317.1756.


Wednesday, March 4 | 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Literacy Day at Salina Elementary in Dearborn

Communities In Schools of Michigan is hosting this large Literacy Day at Salina Elementary in the Dearborn Public Schools, and we are looking for members of the community to be volunteer readers. Each volunteer would read one-on-one with a student for about one hour. The event occurs on March 4th, with registration opening at 7:30 am and reading with the students at 8:15 am. You can find out more on our Eventbrite page.

If you are interested you can reach register on the Dearborn Leaders and Literacy Day Eventbrite page. Contact us if you have questions at events@cismichigan.org or by phone (517) 295-3503.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Julia Cawvey | Director of Network Development and Partnerships

Communities In Schools of Michigan 
721 N. Capitol Ave, Suite 1, Lansing, Michigan 48906
517.295.3503, julia@cismichigan.org


Saturday, March 7 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
HFC Volunteer Day – Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners Detroit Distribution Center
2131 Beaufait Street
Detroit, MI 48207

The March volunteer project will support Gleaners Community Food Bank at their Detroit Distribution Center on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am.  Volunteers will assist in sorting food and packing food boxes to be delivered to local pantries.

Gleaners mission is to provide households with access to sufficient, nutritious food, and related resources. We accomplish this through collaboration, efficient operations, education, and innovative solutions to achieve a hunger-free community in southeast Michigan.

Prior registration is required. If you are interested in participating in this volunteer project please contact Mandy Earl at mlearl1@hfcc.edu or 313.317.1756.


The Dearborn Historical Museum’s Pioneer School Program is coming up soon, and we are still looking for volunteers to help us make this year a success!

Here are the program details: The Pioneer Program runs Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, March through May. Training is available for all new and returning volunteers! There is no minimum time requirement for volunteers. Even volunteering for one program helps us out! If you are a part of a group who would like to volunteer together, please contact the museum so we can schedule a date that works for everyone.

If you are interested in partnering with us for this program, or have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Dearborn Historical Museum at Museum@ci.dearborn.mi.us or (313) 565-3000!

Loren Harvey
Museum Assistant
Dearborn Historical Museum

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Nomination and Election for Vice President of Facilities

Attention SSA Facilities Members only:

Due to a recent vacancy, the election committee is accepting nominations for Vice President of FacilitiesAny facilities member who is interested in filling the position should review the guidelines from the SSA By-laws and constitution that are attached to this email above.

This is not a general election, which mean if you are not a facilities member you can neither be nominated, nor vote for this election.

Eligible to participate in this election:

  • Building Operator(s)
  • Custodial Leader(s)
  • Grounds Leader(s)
  • Electrician(s)
  •  Facilities Associate(s)
  • Logistics Associate(s)
  • Mechanic(s)
  • Shipping & Receiving Associate(s)
  • Skilled Facilities Associate(s)
  • Logistics Associate(s)

Please submit your biography for the position no later than January 21, 2020 to Cynthia Brown cmbrown8@hfcc.edu. All nominees biographies will be emailed to the membership by January 22, 2020.

The election will take place during the SSA general membership meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 4:45 in the Rosenau A and B conference room. Only facilities members in good standing are eligible to vote.

If you have any questions, please contact anyone on the election committee.

Thank you,
SSA Election Committee Members
Cynthia Brown (Chair)
Jill Sestok

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Professional Development Fund Fall 2019
Reimbursement Request Form.
Due January 15, 2020.

Application Form – Click to Download

Some of you have already began to submit your application and official transcripts to me but I wanted to send out a remainder to SSA members.

Per the SSA collective bargaining agreement, a Professional Development Fund has been established to pay for expenses for SSA members for:

  • External conferences/seminars
  • Travel related to off-site conferences/seminars
  • Tuition/fees associated with certifications/licenses
  • Tuitions/fees reimbursement for courses successfully completed (“C” or better) in an accredited four (4) year degree program.

The committee, which consists of three (3) SSA members and an administrator from HR, meets three (3) times a year and will be meeting to review applications for reimbursement for expenses incurred during the 2019 Fall Semester

If you have not already done so, please submit your application to the Office of Human Resources by Wednesday, January 15, 2019

Let me know if you have any questions.

Tiffany Webster, MBA
HR Generalist

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