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United Way of Washtenaw County awarded 24 local students with a varsity letter from their local high school in recognition of outstanding community service during the school year at an awards ceremony held on June 2, 2017. The Varsity Letter in Community Service recognizes high school students for their outstanding volunteer work during the year by presenting them with a high school specific varsity letter in community service. Students...
Macro View of Nonprofits as BusinessesWhen: Thursday, May 11, 6-7:30pm This presentation will address the priorities of nonprofit organizations and their financial well-being, including staff and target populations. This session will seek to increase awareness and business sense in a financial lens. This workshop presented in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter. (1.5 Social Work CEU's available) Presenter...
We were pleased and proud to honor these outstanding individuals and companies that served United Way of Washtenaw County! They were honored in person at our Annual Celebration on April 12, 2017. See photos of all of our award winners online here. Guenzel AwardLori Pierce and Tony Denton The Robert Guenzel award recognizes someone who has made or is making a difference in Washtenaw County. Some of the traits and qualities that the award...
April 6, 2017 (Ann Arbor, MI) – In just a year since its inception, United Way of Washtenaw County’s Mobile Financial Resource Team (MFRT) has made award winning progress toward financial stability for Washtenaw County residents.  Michigan Works! selected MFRT as the “Outstanding Workforce Development Program” and will formally recognize their work at the upcoming Michigan Works! Impact Awards reception on April 7.   The Michigan Works! Impact...
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...

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