United Way of Washtenaw County invests $145,000 in Programs that Build Financial Stability

United Way of Washtenaw County invests $145,000 in Programs that Build Financial Stability


ANN ARBOR, MI (July 15, 2019) –United Way of Washtenaw County announced its grant investments of $145,000 to local agency programs that provide support to increase the financial stability of women, individuals and families with low incomes, and communities of color. This fund was augmented by $42,500 in proceeds from United Way’s annual Power of the Purse event.


"We're thrilled to receive United Way's support for our work helping individuals obtain expungements in Washtenaw County. Increased access to expungements means increased employability, financial independence, and equity for our community members,” said Ann Routt, Executive Director of Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP). “This work wouldn't be possible without our partnerships across multiple agencies and we're happy to add United Way to that collaborative list."


MAP's expungement work is a collaboration of the following partners: Michigan Legal Help, Michigan Works Southeast, Washtenaw Literacy, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Washtenaw, the Washtenaw County Public Defender, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.


Funded programs further the following goals of United Way’s Financial Stability Initiative:

  • Advance the economic well-being of individuals and families with low incomes.

  • Reduce reliance on predatory financial practices in Washtenaw County neighborhoods.

  • Improve the economic well-being of women who are Asset-Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE).


“We are proud to further expand our work and build a safety net of collaboration and support for our community”, shared Pam Smith, President, and CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County. “A special thank you to all of our donors who recognize that local dollars do change local lives.”


 More information about this year’s grantees and their work can be found at uwgive.org/grants.



Financial stability grants provide support for efforts that prioritize women, individuals and families with low incomes, communities of color, and historically and/or systematically marginalized groups. Funding is open to both new/pilot or existing programs, projects or initiatives. 



As part of our 98-year history, United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations, and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. We focus on Health, Education and Financial Stability, the building blocks for a good quality of life, 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 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.