United Way COVID-19 Community Relief Funding Reaches One Million Dollar Goal
ANN ARBOR, MI (April 22, 2020)- United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) announced its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Fund) has achieved its $1-million-dollar goal. The Fund’s goal of $1million was achieved with help from local foundations, individual donors and businesses. Lead gifts from the Song Foundation , Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and The Weiser Family in addition to numerous corporate and individual donors, pushed the Fund to its goal within five weeks of its launch. Additional support for the Fund came from the Bank of Ann Arbor, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Consumers Energy, DTE Foundation, Google, Huntington Bank, the James A. and Faith Knight Foundation, KeyBank, Laurie and Tim Wadhams, Meijer, NetScout, RTI, Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation, Toyota and The Weiser Family.**
Additional rounds of grant investment will continue until all funds raised are invested in support of local human service response efforts to COVID-19. After distributing $1 million in grants, UWWC will close the Fund and turn its focus to longer term recovery strategies in response to evolving community needs over the coming months. For a full list of organizations awarded funding visit www.uwwashtenaw.org/covid-19-response-and-impact
“We understand the work has just begun,” shared Pam Smith, President and CEO of UWWC. “United Way is grateful to the donors who responded quickly and generously to create significant, equitable and meaningful impact.”
The COVID-19 response from UWWC will now transition to the Community Recovery Fund. This second phase of funding will move from emergency crisis management to a strategic transition that will continue to support the waves of critical basic needs and will help provide financial navigation and stability services, workforce and education supports to stabilize individuals and families.
**Please note: We are pleased to recognize all of our corporate donors to the Community Relief Fund. Also recognized are individuals and donor-advised fundholders who gave $50,000 or more to this fund.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF WASHTENAW COUNTY
As part of our 99-year history, the United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations 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 Volunteer Center provides an easy online way for people to connect with nonprofits in the community and our 2-1-1 helpline refers more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.