United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways. We're improving lives and empowering every family to succeed by uniting around education, economic prosperity and health - the cornerstones of a strong, equitable community.
College and Career PathwaysWe're transforming the high school experience to ensure that every student graduates prepared to successfully navigate life in both college and a career field via our College and Career Pathways work. In FY 2016-17, we worked in 16 Detroit Public Schools Community District schools with 8,500 students, giving them hands-on experience in fields like firefighting, science and medicine, information technology and media, coupled with rigorous academics to prepare them for college. As part of this work, we launched a series of career fairs in 2016-17, one of which connected 350 students with paid summer internships.Bib to BackpackWe're also working to make sure young children get the best care possible during the most important time in their development. Our Bib to Backpack work is grounded within our network of Early Learning Communities (ELCs), which serve more than 12,000 people each year. ELCs are operated by funded partners and offer classes in child care and development, along with other supports such as lending libraries, networking opportunities, and play and learn groups.Along with select partners, we're working to design and test ways to help families set and meet goals that help support their children's well-being. We're trusted stewards of this money, and work funded by our first SIF grant helped more than 25,000 children improve their literacy, learn about the importance of nutrition and more.With 37,000 Ages and Stages Questionnaire developmental screenings completed last year, we can learn how many children we're helping and how many need additional resources to get back on track. By analyzing this information, we can continue to close the developmental readiness gap.
ECONOMIC PROSPERITYIn FY 2016-17, we joined the city of Detroit and Accounting Aid Society to make sure eligible Detroiters filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit - an effective anti-poverty measure to help working families with low to moderate incomes. As a result, an additional 18,150 Detroit households received the credit for their 2016 tax year, recouping a total of $74 million. On average, that's an extra $4,000 in combined state and federal returns per family. With our partners at Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metro, we helped 19,035 people in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties file their taxes for free.
HEALTHIn FY 2016-17, our Meet Up and Eat Up work helped our partners serve more than 1.5 million free, healthy summer meals to children throughout Southeastern Michigan. We also launched alternative breakfast models in 16 schools. One of these models is a grab-and-go food cart at Hazel Park High School. Three months after its launch there, an average of 354 students got a quick, healthy breakfast for free each school day - a significant increase from the 105 students per day who were eating under the old breakfast model.More than 234,000 people reached out to our 2-1-1 service for assistance for utilities, food, shelter and more.We screened more than 6,000 families to determine if they were eligible for health care assistance and connected 1,627 to the Children's Healthcare Access Program as a result of those screenings.Advocates from across our community took action in support of the causes they are passionate about, sending 1,409 letters to lawmakers for two health care campaigns alone - one to preserve health care protections provided by the Affordable Care Act and another to preserve funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.