ANN ARBOR, MI (November 23, 2020)- United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has invested a new round of grants focused on COVID-19 recovery efforts totaling $400,000 through funding received from the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. In addition to the $1,209,000 previously granted by UWWC for Recovery and Relief Fund efforts, this brings the overall total invested by UWWC in response to the pandemic to $1.6 million.
Funding from the Taskforce, totaling $500,000, is meant to provide ongoing support to local human service nonprofits, community groups as well as UWWC with a focus on addressing racial inequities exacerbated by the pandemic. This work, along with evaluation and outreach, includes meeting basic needs, focusing on financial stability, and supporting K-12 educational needs.
This additional round of funding was directed primarily to people-of-color led groups and nonprofits who were initial recipients of UWWC COVID-19 Relief Funds and include:
A Brighter Way, Ann Arbor YMCA, Buenos Vecinos, Community Family Life Center, Corner Health Center, Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO), the Family Empowerment Program, Friends In Deed, Joyful Treats Community Development Corp, Lincoln Consolidated School District, Mentor2Youth, Mexiquenses in Michigan, New West Willow Neighborhood Association, Peace Neighborhood Center, Power of Predestiny Ministries (P.O.P.), Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, Synod Community Services, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, Youth Justice Fund, and Ypsilanti Community Schools.
“We continue to prioritize response efforts that attend to the racialized impacts of the pandemic on communities of color,” shared Pam Smith, CEO of United Way. “We are grateful for the additional support to continue resourcing and fighting the effects of the pandemic."
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