Poverty, racism and trauma solutions targeted by $1.38M from Washtenaw County United Way
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - This year, the United Way of Washtenaw County will direct $1.38 million to 51 local nonprofits and community organizations fighting poverty, racism and trauma by providing housing services, food pantries, child care, education and a slew of other programs. Just under two thirds of the supported nonprofits through that program are led by people who are Black, Indigenous or people of color, United Way officials said. The collaboration ended in 2021 as several private funders, the United Way included, made a decision to work independently. “We’re proud of the support that we’ve been able to provide consistently, especially at United Way, for over a hundred years. To view the full list of groups receiving funding from the United Way of Washtenaw County, click here.mlive.com
Working with long COVID pushed one Michigan woman to quit. She’s not alone.
As COVID case counts and hospitalizations wane and back-to-work plans resume, COVID long haulers are still stuck in limbo. The businesses Harris consults are dealing with long COVID accommodations on a case-by-case basis, he said. As data gets better, he expects that companies will adopt policies to address COVID long haulers in the workforce. The road map has a section dedicated to long COVID remedies that could take place within existing systems like Social Security. More on MLive:Two years into COVID pandemic, these myths still persistThe COVID pandemic isn’t over.mlive.com
‘We’re an anti-racist, anti-poverty organization,’ United Way of Washtenaw County CEO says
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Pam Smith has noticed a shift since taking over as president and CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County. “In the last ten years, I’ve been able to see a transformation within the agency,” she said. “We’re an anti-racist, anti-poverty organization and years ago you might not have heard us say that. It’s really exciting to make a difference,” said Smith.mlive.com
4-star rating for finance, accountability, transparency goes to United Way of Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI — The United Way of Washtenaw County has been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator, for the fourth year in a row. The United Way’s 4-star rating is based on the organization’s financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, according to a news release. “We are an organization that’s for the community, by the community,” said Pam Smith, United Way of Washtenaw County president/CEO. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating, according to the release. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating.mlive.com
Free tax preparation help being offered by United Way of Washtenaw County
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — The United Way of Washtenaw County is offering free tax preparation services to residents of all economic backgrounds. “It’s an important economic driver as last year we brought back $1.5 million to the community,” said Pam Smith, CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County. All United Way volunteers go through IRS certification before beginning to help members of the public, Smith said. Normally, the United Way provides tax preparation services in person, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization is assisting Washtenaw County residents virtually. See who made the most‘Light at the end of tunnel’ visible for Washtenaw County, health leaders say after one year of COVIDmlive.com
4,000 donated face masks being distributed to Washtenaw County residents in need
ANN ARBOR, MI — The United Way of Washtenaw County is preparing to distribute around 4,000 disposable face masks to residents, nonprofits and other groups. The United Way received the masks from Amcor, which donated them as a result of unused extra masks, officials said. “We are grateful for Amcor’s support as the need to mask-up continues,” United Way of Washtenaw County CEO Pam Smith said. Those who need masks will get a box of 15 pre-packaged disposable masks, Smith said. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor-area coaches experience ‘euphoria’ with return of winter sportsDetroit Cookie Company opens Ann Arbor bakeryAnn Arbor approves $1.2 million contract increase for water service line replacementChipotle to open restaurant on Ann Arbor’s west sidemlive.com
Song Foundation donates $100K to United Way of Washtenaw County for year-end match program
ANN ARBOR – The Song Foundation has donated $100,000 to maximize impact in local COVID-19 relief efforts, announced United Way of Washtenaw County on Monday. The gift was made as a match program so that any year-end gift to UWWC’s Community Impact Fund will be matched. In March, the Song Foundation committed $1 million to the Office of Community and Economic Development of Washtenaw County to establish an emergency relief fund for small local businesses. Needs of the local community have surged since the pandemic began, putting pressure on nonprofit agencies. “We encourage employees making Community Impact Fund gifts to see whether it qualifies under their company’s matching gift program.”For more information or to make a donation, visit www.uwwashtenaw.org.
United Way of Washtenaw County awards over $192,000 in final round of funding
ANN ARBOR, Mich. United Way of Washtenaw County has awarded $192,545 to 13 nonprofit organizations and groups around Washtenaw County from its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. The fifth and final round of funding brings the total grants investments from UWWC up to $1,050,000. Since April, it has given grant investments ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to 64 organizations and agencies in Washtenaw County. In May, the 48197/98 zip codes had a high rate of COVID-19 inflections and were considered a prioritized area by the Washtenaw County Health Department. For a full list of organizations that have received funding by United Way of Washtenaw County, visit uwwashtenaw.org/covid-19-response-and-impact.
Farmington Hills City Council candidate removed from ballot for missing words on paperwork
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - A council member in Farmington Hills who was running for reelection is off the ballot because words were missing on paperwork. Theresa Rich received a letter in April saying she was qualified to run, but was sent a letter a few week ago saying she's off the ballot. Rich wrote "city" under the office title section of her affidavit, not "city council member." It just said, 'City,' not 'mayor' or 'city,'" City Clerk Pam Smith said. Smith said the wording is used in election law language, so it was determined Rich shouldn't be on the ballot.