ANN ARBOR, MI (March 19, 2020)- United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) announced a collaborative effort with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) to maximize the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Fund). The balance of the Fund, established on 3/10/20, has grown significantly after an infusion of $77,000 from AAACF. The Foundation encouraged all of its donors to support the Community Relief Fund and its donor-advised fund holders collectively engaged so that AAACF could streamline support.
The Fund is to help meet emerging and critical needs in the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund has grown to more than $250,000 with the support of the Song Foundation, individual donors and businesses.
“This funding collaboration is just another example of Washtenaw County’s long-standing tradition of active collaboration by local philanthropic institutions for the greater good of our community. AAACF and UWWC have a long history of working together,” shared Neel Hajra, CEO of AAACF.
Nonprofit agencies anticipate a surge in neighborhood needs, unchartered service requests and increased staff capacity needs and operating reserve needs. 100% of the funds raised will be used to help non-profits meet the needs of the vulnerable populations including those needing food, children, families facing loss of income due to business closures, health issues and those experiencing housing crisis.
“We encourage employees making Community Relief Fund gifts to see if it qualifies under their company’s matching gift programs.,” shared Pam Smith, President and CEO of UWWC. “The need grows every day and every gift is an important one.”
For almost a century the United Way of Washtenaw County has been here for our community. Our agency will remain open to meet the needs of our County, to support our nonprofit partners and to share information about how you can help!
IF you need HELP
Call 2-1-1 Our 24/7 hotline that can connect you to services in our community
IF you want to know more about the virus
Washtenaw County Public Health Department is the designated source for information on the Coronavirus, visit the dedicated website They update their website regularly as the receive new information.
IF you want to GIVE
Visit uwgive.org to donate to the Community COIVD-19 Relief Fund. 100% of your gift will be used in our community to meet the emerging and critical needs in our community by our non-profit partners.
IF you want to ADVOCATE
Share the official messages regarding public health and safety to your friends and family.
IF you want to VOLUNTEER
Visit VOLUNTEERWASHTENAW.org Help is needed in the community and there is a special Washtenaw County Coronavirus Volunteer response team – Medical and Non-medical people needed.
IF you need Food
For a full list of food distribution options, please Click Here
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF WASHTENAW COUNTY
As part of our 99-year history, the United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. Our focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability provide the building blocks 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 in the community 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.