United Way of Washtenaw County’s Women United (WU) announced awards to six local organizations who are helping women and families maintain their financial stability and meet their basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WU annually hosts an event, “Power of the Purse,” which honors a woman of the year. This year’s honoree was Molly Dobson. The proceeds of the event fund grants made to local organizations which focus on women’s issues.
“We believe in women helping women and funding programs that increase women’s financial stability” said Marjorie Dixon, Chairwoman of the 2020 event. “This year’s grantees are organizations all led by women of color who are focused on women and families on the east side of Washtenaw County.”
Women United is a United Way national network of some 55,000 members in 137 U.S. communities, and the most successful women-oriented philanthropic effort of its kind. Locally, since its inception the UWWC Women United has granted over $265,000 through the Power of the Purse event to Washtenaw County human service organizations.
About United Way of Washtenaw County
As part of our 99-year history, 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, the building blocks for a good quality of life, strengthen 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.