Women United Awards $50,500 in Grants to Local Organizations

ANN ARBOR, MI (June 10, 2021 )-  United Way of Washtenaw County’s Women United (WU) announced awards to eight local organizations who are helping women and families maintain their financial stability and strengthen their communities. 


The proceeds of the event fund grants made to local organizations which focus on women’s issues. Recipients included Buenos Vecinos, Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach, Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley, Kekere Freedom School, Safehouse, Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and Women’s Center for Southeast Michigan.


“....this grant will go toward supporting women in entrepreneurship, and those who identify as women, with a special focus on those from the eastern side of our county, many of whom are from groups that traditionally and systemically have been inadequately funded for entrepreneurial endeavors,” shared Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center director Kristin Gapske.


The WU’s annual Power of the Purse event was held on March 10th, 2021. The event includes a silent purse auction, individual and corporate donations, and honors a Woman of the Year. This year, Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers, received the Woman of the Year award. 


“Power of the Purse had to go virtual this year and we appreciate the outpouring of support we received,’ shared Pam Smith, CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County. “ Women United is a powerful movement dedicated to building stronger communities and accelerating change.”

Click here to access a detailed overview of this year’s grantees. 

Women United is a United Way national network of some 55,000 members in 137 U.S. communities, and the most successful women-oriented philanthropic effort of its kind. Locally, since its inception the UWWC Women United has granted over $315,000 through the Power of the Purse event to Washtenaw County human service organizations. 


About United Way of Washtenaw County

As part of our 100-year history, the United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, agencies and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. Our focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability provide the building blocks to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our virtual Volunteer Center is an easy, online way for people to connect with nonprofits in the community and our 2-1-1 helpline connects more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.