United Way of Washtenaw Launches COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

Updated March 15, 2020-Ann Arbor, MI – United Way of Washtenaw County has launched an emergency relief fund to raise funds for the emerging and critical needs of the community due to the coronavirus pandemic.  With initial support from the Song Family Foundation, this fund’s goal is to raise more than $250,000 to offer emergency relief and ensure resources are available in Washtenaw County.

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.

ANN ARBOR, MI (March 13, 2020)- United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) announces a COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has been established for people that want to donate to help meet emerging and critical needs in the community related the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that additional resources will be necessary to meet the growing needs caused by the outbreak.,” shared Pam Smith, President and CEO of UWWC. “100% of the funds raised will be used to help non-profits meet the needs of the community.  Because this situation is rapidly unfolding we expect we may have to be flexible with these funds to meet emerging needs.”

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 they 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


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.