United Way of Washtenaw County’s Women United (WU) announced awards to four 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 Avalon Housing, Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley, HouseN2Home, and Trusted Advisors.
Pandemic-related public health concerns and government-mandated shutdowns have had a lasting and disproportionately negative economic impact on the careers and lives of women, who primarily bear the responsibility for caregiving, and particularly women of color," shared Bridget Herrman, VP of Impact and Advocacy. "This year's Power of the Purse grant recipients are working in various ways to address the essential needs of women and their families as they navigate returns to school, work, and greater home stability.
The annual Power of the Purse event was held on March 9th, 2022. The event honored Jimena Loveluck, Health Officer of the Washtenaw County Health Department, as the Woman of the Year. It also included a purse auction and special guests.
Women United is a United Way national network of some 70,000 members in 165 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 $362,000 through the Power of the Purse event to Washtenaw County human service organizations.
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