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Welcome to CivCity's latest news and updates!

Coming Soon:

We're working hard to build a knock-your-socks-off voter resource focused on local candidates and ballot proposals. will be launching next month – stay tuned! 

A peek at the still-under-construction
Special thanks to The Buhr Foundation for helping fund this effort!


Welcome, Meghan!

We're thrilled that Meghan Cuneo, a senior at the University of Michigan, is CivCity's first intern. 

She's already working on several projects: 1) a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" brochure for new residents, with a focus on civic information; 2) an Adopt-A-Poll pilot project for the Aug. 2 election, to show how Election Day can be a celebration; and 3) a strategic plan for promoting local civic engagement within the university's Greek community, in partnership with the UM Ginsberg Center.

Meghan studies political science, women's studies and marketing. Please say hello if you see her around town!

Meghan Cuneo (left) helps out at CivCity's table during the Glacier Highlands neighborhood Memorial Day parade. Ingrid Sheldon and Linh Song, who also serve on CivCity's board, helped organize this terrific community event that drew about 700 people!

Registration Deadline: July 5

July 5 is the deadline to register for the Aug. 2 primary. In addition to candidates for local office, the ballot for Ann Arbor voters will include two tax proposals: A city sidewalk and street millage, and the general operating millage for Washtenaw Community College.
To find out if you're registered or to download a registration form, check out the Michigan Votes website. Please ask your friends, family and colleagues to do the same!

How Can You Help CivCity?

Contribute to CivCity today with a one-time or monthly online donation. It's tax deductible! 
Or you can send a check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

CivCity also accepts stock donations through our broker, the local office of Wells Fargo Advisors. Contact Mary Morgan at for details.

Bonus points if you're still reading! How about sharing this newsletter with your friends, family & colleagues to add a little civic sauce to their day? We'd appreciate it!
I'm a big fan of this quote that's attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." 

I'm generally skeptical of quotes attributed to famous people – especially when I can't track down the original source – but I'd like to believe Lincoln actually said it. As we careen toward elections this summer and fall, I certainly share the sentiment.

Let's not be defeated by cynicism and apathy – now more than ever. 

– Mary Morgan, CivCity Founder & Executive Director


Support CivCity

CivCity is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit focused on increasing awareness of how local government works and motivating residents to get involved in civic life. Please support our work by sending donations to: 
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

You can also donate online by clicking this link – it's easy!

You'll get our heartfelt thanks written by hand (let's hear it for old school!) on a notecard featuring local public art or civic infrastructure. How cool is that?

This image is a detail from the mosaics at the Fourth & Washington parking structure.
CivCity Board of Directors
Devon Akmon
Paul Courant
Mary Morgan
Ingrid Sheldon
Linh Song

Special thanks for generous support from the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, the Buhr Foundation, United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, and the Mosaic Foundation of Rita and Peter Heydon!

CivCity Online

Find more information – including CivCity's five-year strategic plan – on our website at
Be sure to join CivCity on Facebook, where we regularly post items of community interest.
On Twitter, you can follow us at @A2CivCity and get details about local public meetings and other civic-related info. 


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