ANN ARBOR, MI (February 25, 2019)- To meet the emergent, unmet community need in the Lincoln Consolidated School District, United Way of Washtenaw County awarded Community Action Network (CAN) a $15,000 grant to expand its after-school programming, which includes education and housing stabilization, to students and families at Brick Elementary.
"United Way of Washtenaw County has been an incredible partner over the years and this expansion to Brick Elementary School is no exception. Their financial support has allowed us to open up a brand new community center in just a few short months which will support the Lincoln Consolidated School District with education, basic needs, and community building programs and services," says Derrick Miller, CAN’s Executive Director.
CAN has been providing free after-school programs and educational summer camps in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti neighborhoods with low incomes and schools for 30 years. CAN’s mission is to partner with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.
“CAN has been offering high-quality services to youth and families for decades, with strong outcomes. We recognized the value of this deep partnership and expansion to serve people who do not currently benefit from their services,” explains Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact.
United Way of Washtenaw County recognizes that the strength and vitality of an entire community is tied to just and equitable access to resources and opportunities. Education is the broadest avenue to opportunity and the most influential factor in ensuring that children will grow up to do as well or better than their parents. We fund programs that intervene and support economically-disadvantaged youth with a focus on tutoring, attendance, educational advocacy and more.
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