At United Way for Southeastern Michigan, we know that financial literacy coaching, income supports and workforce training are the keys to financial success. When combining all three services, more than 50% of clients from the Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families have increased their financial well-being, according to three years worth of recent data.
Ensuring that our community members are financially stable is one of the tenets to making Greater Detroit a top 5 place to live and work by 2030. For Detroit resident DeAngelo S., the CWF has been life-changing.
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Microgrants -- keeping families and individuals financially stable, like Angel T. “When you don’t have something, a dollar is the same as a million dollars. And when these little emergencies fall, they just add up,” Angel said. “The repair on the car was so much more than just a way to get to work. It was a way for me to take care of my family.”
We're not about band-aid fixes at United Way. The investments you make in this organization are used to create real change.
See, Angel wasn't just given $1,000 - he earned the grant after completing months of financial coaching at one of our Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families (CWF). Learn More
Below is a message from Doug Strong and Phil Hanlon originally sent to the UM community via email on 12/10/12.
While many of us are caught up in preparations for the holidays, there are others in our community who are struggling with the challenges created by the economic downturn of the past few years. Though the economy has begun to improve, the human service demands have not diminished.
The ongoing need was highlighted in the November 28, 2012 edition of AnnArbor.com in a story noting that the record demand for affordable housing, food, medical care and everyday necessities, is "becoming the new normal."
We are short of our goal of $1.5 million for this year's U-M United Way Campaign and know this means there will be families with unmet needs this winter. We encourage you to make a pledge today. We know that every gift to United Way helps someone who is working to improve his or her circumstances.
We will be holding a special drawing for a $25 gas card, $10 Stucchi's gift certificate, 3-month membership to the WCC Fitness Club, and a UMHS backpack for those who contribute this week. At the end of the campaign, there will a grand prize drawing for a football signed by Brady Hoke. Everyone who has made a pledge to the campaign will be entered in the grand prize drawing.
You can complete an ePledge via Wolverine Access. It will be available until December 31, 2012. Hard Copy pledge forms are available for downloading on our website.
Please make a pledge now.
“Did you know that one in four residents in Washtenaw County receive a service provided by United Way Funding? Or that children make up 20% of the homeless population, and families with children is the fastest growing group of homeless? These aren’t just numbers, but our friends and neighbors who rely on United Way partner agencies for daycare assistance, food services, senior aid and much more. Our yearly campaign gives us an opportunity to come together for our community- to be there for those who are in need.”
- Doug Strong,
Chief Executive Officer,UM Hospitals & Health Centers
"When you make a gift to United Way each dollar is leveraged for additional state, federal and private funding which is used to aid individuals and families in our community. Every dollar counts and makes a difference to those in your own neighborhood who are struggling in this economy. We appreciate your help in keeping these important programs and services available."
- Phil Hanlon,
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arthur F. Thurnau and D.J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan
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