ANN ARBOR, MI (December 20, 2018)- United Way of Washtenaw County awarded Saline Area Social Service (SASS) a $5,000 grant to support the basic needs of the individuals and families they serve.
In Washtenaw County, a gap persists between those who are financially secure and those who are living ‘on the brink.’ “Although one of the most affluent counties in Michigan—nearly one third of households report an annual income greater than $100,000-- over one third of households (33%) do not have sufficient liquid assets to subsist at the poverty level for three months in the absence of income,” said Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact.
The mission of SASS is to help people who are struggling within the Saline Area School District by providing them the extra aid, tools, and resources to help improve their lives. In doing so, the community is being connected to other resources and organizations to create a thriving community for everyone.
“Until everyone in our community is able to thrive and meet their needs, we will continue to provide grant funding for food, clothing, and shelter—the most basic needs,” stated Healy.
Funding for United Way’s Basic Needs Fund is generated annually through an income tax check-off campaign led by the Michigan Association of United Ways.
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