COVID-19 Response and Impact

For almost a century, the United Way of Washtenaw County has served our community. Through triumphs and challenges, we mobilize the caring power of our region to help people in need. As we all face growing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), our mission and purpose remain the same.   

We are monitoring developments of this global pandemic for families in vulnerable communities in Washtenaw County.
 
We’re committed to doing all we can to help those who need it most.  
 
Grant Awards Made to Date:  In full transparency, UWWC will publish all awards made from the COVID-19 Relief Fund as investments are finalized.

COVID-19 Investments

COVID-19 Grant Investments Overview

To read about each individual fund, please see below.


COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

Active March 10 through June 16, 2020

In keeping with UWWC’s vision and mission, we prioritized organizations and groups:

  • Whose work benefits people with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized people (Here’s why)
  • Whose primary program participants or services are offered in 48197/98 and rural Washtenaw County 

 In addition to the above, we supported organizations and groups:

  • Whose primary program participants are high-risk for contracting COVID-19 (e.g. older adults and those with chronic health conditions)
     
  • Who have experienced a decrease in critical volunteer capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Who have experienced an increase in staffing demands as a result of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund

Closed as of 11/10/2020

UWWC has established the COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund to provide ongoing support to COVID-19 recovery efforts of local human service nonprofits, community groups and United Way of Washtenaw County.  Our goal?  Help providers return their operations to “steady state” and ensure continued support to populations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Funding Priorities: In keeping with UWWC’s vision and mission, we will continue to prioritize organizations and groups:

  • Whose work benefits people with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized people (Here’s why) (Here’s the local data)
     
  • Whose primary program participants or services are offered in 48197/98 and rural Washtenaw County 

 

 In addition to the above, the recovery fund is supporting organizations and groups:

  • Basic Needs: meeting the critical and emergent needs of populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
     
  • Nonprofit Staff Supports: meeting the emergent needs of essential workers employed by local nonprofits
     
  • Financial Stability for Individuals: supporting individuals who have experienced a loss in income and/or employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through financial navigation and workforce supports
     
  • K-12 Education Supports: ensuring continuity of community supports and services to children and youth
 

MPHI Grant

UWWC recieved funding from the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) Coronavirus Relief Fund Rapid Response Initiative which provided a continuation of funding provided to 20 local COVID-19 Relief organizations. Grants were awarded October 2020.

 

Latest News from UWWC: See all updates about UWWC's response to COVID-19.

WEMU Interview with CEO Pam Smith: Listen to interview about UWWC and the community's response to COVID-19.

Contributions Made To Date: We are deeply grateful to our donors that have committed funds to respond to the community's crisis. Click here to learn more.

Financial Coaching:  Our financial coaches are available to provide support those those financially affected by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.