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Washtenaw United: United Way Of Washtenaw County Adapts, Evolves, And Looks Ahead To 2021

Bridget Herrmann
United Way of Washtenaw County
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uwwashtenaw.org

To say that 2020 was a challenging year would be an understatement.  The coronavirus pandemic combined with political unrest and reinvigorated calls for racial justice and equity proved difficult for everyone. The United Way of Washtenaw County had to adapt to new work restrictions, launch new fundraising programs, and adapt to changing and increasing needs in the community.  UWWC vice president for impact and advocacy Bridget Herrmann joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the year in review and a peek into what 2021 may bring. 

WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'

 

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ABOUT BRIDGET HERRMANN:

As the Vice President for Impact & Advocacy for United Way of Washtenaw County, Bridget is responsible for establishing, leading, and executing United Way’s community impact agenda of grant making, public policy advocacy, financial stability programs, and community partnerships.  She works to find the full expression of United Way's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in its work. Her employment with United Way has taken her from Florida to Washington and now, Michigan.  Originally from Miami, FL, she now calls herself a Michigander after surviving seven winters.

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United Way of Washtenaw County

UWWC STATEMENT:

United Way of Washtenaw County has a vision that, by 2030, your zip code will no longer predict your opportunity in life.  At present, it does. In our view, racism, poverty and trauma are the principal threats that stand in the way of our realizing this vision for our community.  We recognize that the strength and vitality of our entire community is tied to just and equitable access to resources and opportunities. Towards this end, we have much work to do.

Our mission for the past 99 years has been to connect people, organizations and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone.  2020 was a year which proved to us the relevance of this mission and the new roles United Way can and must play if we are to achieve our vision by 2030.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

 

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