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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...

We're very exited to share that the United Way of Washtenaw County's VolunteerWashtenaw and the University of Michigan Ginsberg Center's Connect to Community volunteer portals are now connected! Below, we've included some further details on what this means for agencies and some resources to support you through the merge of our two systems:   What does this mean? The volunteer user experience will not change at all. Both sites' outward-facing appearance and functionality will remain the same. Your experience with both systems has been simplified: all agency profiles and volunteer...

Our beloved Volunteer Center turns 2 years old this month! So we're celebrating with a Happy Birthday Contest!

If you missed our staff playing ukulele and singing "Happy Birthday" at our Campaign Kick-Off this month, you can still get in on the fun. Enter to win a $50 Zingerman's Gift Card or other prizes!

Enter to win:

Like our Happy Birthday contest FB post Comment on the Happy Birthday post with your favorite place to volunteer Add your name and email to our mailing list to receive our short monthly email of volunteer opportunities. 

You'll be given one entry per...

Our Women's Leadership Initiative invests in programs that support women's path to self-sufficiency. This is one of our favorite stories worth telling:

Betty had bounced along through life trying to get a foothold on a long-term job. She’d never been successful in traditional educational environments. Yet, she had a goal: get her GED!

Services provided through Washtenaw Community College offered help, but Betty needed still extra support. Through Washtenaw Literacy’s one-on-one tutoring, Betty found herself and developed learning strategies and study skills that will serve...

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting down and working with my first client as a Financial Empowerment Coach. The first thing I noticed when my client sat down was how tired she seemed. Not tired in the “I didn’t get enough sleep last...

“The first few years of a child’s life make a world of difference, shaping who he or she will become, what he or she will achieve and how he or she will contribute to society as an adult.” -Kelly Stupple, Child Health Advocate

Washtenaw County is blessed with a high standard of living, tremendous educational opportunities, world-class health care and a richly diverse population. For Kelly Stupple, Child Health Advocate at Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative, those virtues also come with a host of challenges, especially for the county’s most underserved residents. One of...

Molly Dobson. Her name is synonymous with philanthropy, leadership and commitment to community. She is a real dynamo, an interesting and interested nonagenarian whose lifelong quest has been to be engaged in, and to support, Washtenaw...

In early December I attended an after-school program at a local Elementary in Washtenaw County. Every Thursday the after school program has its club sessions, which are designed to expose youth to a wide and diverse range of topics, including music, art, dance, reading, math, languages, business and more. On this particular night I was observing the business club with the goal of understanding how financial literacy and the FDIC Money Smart program could be included in the club’s content.   I entered the elementary school through one of the side doors. Children were excitedly hurrying in and...
Allan, 31, was a single father caring for his 5-year old daughter alone. His goal was to complete his education to better his financial situation and provide for his daughter, as well as set a good example for her. Due to mental health issues, the mother was unable to provide any financial or physical supports for him. As the relationship ended, Allan used the opportunity to move back to Ann Arbor, re-enroll at EMU and enroll his daughter in Community Day Care Center, a high quality and educational co-op. His daughter was in need of structure and stability.   Our partners at Child Care...

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