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United Way’s Volunteer Center connects individuals and groups with impactful service opportunities at hundreds of local agencies that rely on volunteers to carry out their missions. Our Impact: By the Numbers Connecting People with Community Needs 226: Local agencies utilize the site by posting agency profiles and volunteer opportunities.   605: Unique volunteer opportunities shared on the site.   6,780: Referrals to volunteer opportunities   4060: Volunteers connected to opportunities   16,863: Volunteer hours   $403,000: Value of time and talent donated to local agencies through our...
Many of us can relate to the difficulties in filing taxes. This yearly demand requires a considerable amount of dedicated time and skill and many of us turn to hired professionals for assistance. However, many others are unable to obtain that assistance and are left behind, creating barriers to employment and long-term financial stability.   Though he was offered a full-time position at the Environmental Protection Agency, Willie Williams, a client of the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), was unable to secure the position due to unfiled taxes. The governmental agency insisted on an up-...

 

Our new Financial Stability Manager has a wealth of information for tax season. Andrew Johnson works hard to help taxpayers in our community find free and easy ways to get taxes filed before the deadline. Johnson manages the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program for those who qualify for free tax preparation. He also leads the training for the VITA volunteers....

 

The USDA reported 41 million Americans to be food insecure in 2016. Lack of access to enough food exists in every county in America, but Washtenaw County’s residents struggle with hunger at a rate higher than the national average. Currently, a staggering one in seven people struggle with food insecurity or hunger (source: Map The Food Gap).  

 

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Almost two years ago, Shonda Hamilton experienced what she calls a paradigm shift in her life and credits a program at United Way of Washtenaw County for helping her to reclaim her sense of power, personally and financially. 

Hamilton found the United Way of Washtenaw County’s Financial Stability Program through a counseling referral.  She was motivated to make some big life improvements for herself and her daughter.  Her focus was on balancing single parenting with nursing school and realized that expenses like rent, a used car, and other necessities were causing her to...

“The youth is the hope of the future.” --Jose Rizal.

If the youth are our future, we can take heart in knowing our future is in good hands with people like Zakiyyah and Sakinah Rahman.  Zakiyyah and Sakinah Rahman are twin sisters who graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 2017 and were recognized as the Young Citizens of the Year by Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.  They are just two of the many young people who benefit from your...

Laura, a graduate of Ann Arbor’s Huron High School, says volunteering isn’t always glamorous, but that she values the connections she makes with people both locally and globally.  She has volunteered giving tours to new students at her high school, as a group leader at her church, and has done mission work from Detroit to Costa Rica.  She explains that growing up with privilege has left her in debt to the world, and that in volunteering she feels like she is doing her part.   Laura is the 2017 recipient of the United Way Varsity Letter and Scholarship.  The varsity letter is available to all...
Managed locally by United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), VITA is a national IRS program providing free tax preparation for individuals and families making $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and those with limited English proficiency.   Trained volunteers and certified tax professionals work one-on-one with eligible taxpayers to: provide basic tax return preparation services and electronic filing; offer financial tips; and inform taxpayers about special tax credits they may qualify for such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the...

We're proud to host an AmeriCorps member each year at United Way of Washtenaw County, and currently have two AmeriCorps alumni and one current AmeriCorps member on our Mobile Financial Resource Team!

Craig Kissell shares why he's serving:

I chose to serve in the AmeriCorps at United Way of Washtenaw County because I wanted to give back to the community. I have learned a lot since joining the organization, such as volunteer management, tax preparation, and presentation skills. Being on the Mobile Financial Resource Team has helped connect me with many individuals in the...

Jewish Family Services' Immigrant Women's Path to Success Program helps women find a life they might not otherwise realize. A woman from Nepal came to the United States for humanitarian reasons – specifically, to obtain health care for her disabled daughter who suffers from a rare medical condition.  With help from this program, she obtained work as a teacher at a local school.  The supportive services provided by JFS helped her daughter finish her Bachelor’s degree and  she is now seeking work.

Another domestic violence survivor from Laos was unable to learn English because she had...

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