Additional $60,000 in COVID-19 Recovery Funding Invested in Local Organizations from United Way of Washtenaw County

ANN ARBOR, MI (October 28 2020) - United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has invested a new round of grants totaling $69,000 through its COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund. In addition to the $90,000 previously granted this brings the overall total invested by UWWC in COVID-19 Relief and Recovery efforts to 1.2 million dollars. The Recovery Fund was launched after the close of United Way’s Community Relief Fund to continue meeting the critical and emergent needs of populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, support individuals who have experienced a loss in income and/or employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure continuity of K-12 education supports to children and youth.

Organizations that received funding are: Parkridge Community Center, Women’s Center of SE Michigan, Barrier Busters, Bottles and Backpacks, Avalon Housing/Gruner Consulting and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

“We continue to prioritize response efforts that attend to the racialized impacts of the pandemic on communities of color,” shared Pam Smith, CEO of United Way. “This round of grants prioritized K-12 education supports to ensure continuity of learning for local children, financial stability for people that identify as women, and providing support to local nonprofit leaders who are delivering essential services at this time. ”

These grants complement a recent State grant award of $500,000 that United Way of Washtenaw County received from the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to build upon the successful deployment of the UWWC’s COVID Relief and Recovery funds. Funding will provide ongoing support through additional grants to local human service nonprofits, community groups and UWWC.


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