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As our nonprofits, partners, and community members strive to support those in need, we are working with them to support the Ypsilanti area. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, YACF is mobilizing grant funding and cross-sector conversations in support of our community, in partnership with AAACF.

Now, more than ever, our vision statement drives YACF’s work: Every family in the Ypsilanti area will thrive by gaining access to programs and services through collaborative partnerships across sectors that measurably increase health outcomes and educational attainment leading to economic well-being.

Despite the deep strength and resiliency of all our communities in Washtenaw County, ongoing health disparities are reflected locally, including a disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on communities of color. We are using local data to make well-informed decisions to maximize the impact of our grants. We’re also listening to community networks and volunteers to identify immediate and direct community-driven solutions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

YACF deployed $75,000 in 2020 to support nonprofits doing critical work in Ypsilanti, as part of the Community Foundation’s $1.5M+ pandemic response, the majority of which was deployed in the Ypsilanti area. Examples include:

  • Helping the Ypsilanti Public School District provide food security, learning tools (technology, internet access, classroom supplies for the home), family basic needs, and mental health support
  • Funding the Washtenaw County Public Health Department to provide resources to the Health Equity Community Voice groups that are lifting up community-generated responses to the crisis
  • Co-funding with AAACF to provide support for the We The People Opportunity Farm to offer fresh produce to residents of the Sugarbrook neighborhood
  • Supporting COVID-19 food & supply kits for seniors in the West Willow and Sugarbrook neighborhoods and Ypsilanti Township through the Journey of Faith Christian Church
  • Funding Community Action Network (CAN) after-school programming and Out-Of-School education check-in services for students of Brick Elementary in Lincoln Consolidated Schools

Click here for a complete list of 2020 YACF grants. Each of these was made with thoughtful consideration by the YACF Advisory Committee and AAACF staff in listening to the community needs. Collectively, the Community Foundation’s $1.5M+ COVID-19 response grants and short-term loans are working to address the critical issues our community is facing.

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