United Way of Washtenaw County invests $400K to address racial disparities during pandemic

Funding received by Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

United Way of Washtenaw County's offices at 2305 Platt Rd. in Ann Arbor. (Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR – United Way of Washtenaw County has invested $400,000 of new grants in local organizations through funding from the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

The task force’s total funding of $500,000 is meant to support local community groups, human service nonprofits and UWWC to help address racial inequities intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The work includes meeting basic needs of community members, evaluation and outreach, supporting K-12 educational needs and focusing on financial stability.

This additional funding round aims to reach groups and nonprofits led by people of color and who initially received support from UWWC’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. These include:

A Brighter Way; Ann Arbor YMCA; Buenos Vecinos; Community Family Life Center; Corner Health Center; Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO); the Family Empowerment Program; Friends In Deed; Joyful Treats Community Development Corp; Lincoln Consolidated School District; Mentor2Youth; Mexiquenses in Michigan; New West Willow Neighborhood Association; Peace Neighborhood Center; Power of Predestiny Ministries (P.O.P.); Shelter Association of Washtenaw County; Synod Community Services; Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development; Youth Justice Fund; and Ypsilanti Community Schools.

“We continue to prioritize response efforts that attend to the racialized impacts of the pandemic on communities of color,” Pam Smith, CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County said in a statement. “We are grateful for the additional support to continue resourcing and fighting the effects of the pandemic.”

This new round of grants brings the total funds invested locally by UWWC to $1.6 million, in addition to the more than $1.2 million from its Recovery and Relief Fund.

For more information and to find resources near you, visit www.uwwashtenaw.org.

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