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March 14,2017 | United Way of Washtenaw County's Mobile Financial Resource Team (MFRT) provides free one-on-one financial empowerment coaching to build and sustain foundation-level asset building.  This mobile program uses the FDIC’s “Your Money Your Goals” curriculum, and services are provided on a rotating basis at local neighborhood nonprofit agencies. Unlike other providers of financial education services in Washtenaw County, the only...
Protect Health Care The proposal released by Congress contains many changes that are likely to harm Michigan families.     We support any effort that improves the quality and affordability of health care, but the reality of this proposal is that it will do the opposite. The plan dramatically reduces health care funding for those who need it most, putting 400,000 Michigan residents at risk and shifting higher costs onto seniors. This issue is...
This year the United Way of Washtenaw County is encouraging Michigan residents to “check off” for the United Way Fund on Michigan tax returns. Tax form 4642 (Voluntary Contributions Schedule) will allow people to donate all or part of their 2016 Michigan tax return to the United Way Basic Needs Fund, a fund that helps individuals and families meet basic needs. By donating all or part of your state tax refund to the United Way Fund, you are...
Financial Stability focus addresses poverty and economic justice in Washtenaw County  November 15, 2016 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)–  United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) awarded $70,000 in new grant funding to local organizations focused on financial stability and economic justice.   “Poverty is a killer of opportunity.  There is growing evidence that it negatively alters the life chances of children and extends across generations.” shared Karen Bantel...
November 14, 2016 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – University of Michigan Vice President for Government Relations, Cynthia Wilbanks, has been selected by Women United (formerly the Women’s Leadership Initiative) of the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) as the 2017 Woman of the Year.  Ms. Wilbanks will be honored at the UWWC’s “Power of the Purse” event on March 15, 2017, at the UM North Campus Research Complex.   “Cynthia is a quiet hero in our...
August 3, 2016 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)– The United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) is introducing $75,000 in new grant funding to local non-profit programs focusing on financial stability and education.   “Statistics from the ALICE report show that 39% of Washtenaw County struggle to meet the basic cost of living expenses,” shared Karen Bantel, Board Chair, “Financial stability initiatives will complement and enhance our Health and Education...
August 1, 2016 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) United Way of Washtenaw County and FamilyWize announced today that local community members have saved $388,061 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results were revealed in the annual Health Impact Report, a compendium of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country.   Over 1,000...
In addition to our five focus areas and as part of our commitment to addressing key community issues, United Way of Washtenaw County is now working to positively impact the financial stability of our citizens. Our Goals Advance the economic well-being of low-income working individuals and families. Reduce predatory financial practices in Washtenaw County neighborhoods. Ensure that low-income working individuals and families are aware of...
  June 22, 2016 (Ann Arbor, MI) Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, a consortium of public and private funders, awarded $4.586 million for Human Services Program/Operations to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable for the next two years.  Funding was awarded in four priority areas:  Aging, Housing & Homelessness, Safety-Net Health & Nutrition, and Cradle to Career–Early Childhood & School-Age Youth for both Program Operations...
Across Michigan, 40 percent of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.   That's why United Ways across Michigan, with help from the Consumers Energy Foundation, have come together to bring you the ALICE Project. Standing for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed - ALICE represents those in our communities who are working yet still struggling to make ends meet.    The...

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