• Why does EMU participate in United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s annual campaign? Expand dropdown
    • EMU has partnered with United Way for the past 40+ years to ensure that people in the greater Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor community have the tools they need to thrive. We are proud to be apart of a network of other local employers who Light the Way to a Brighter Future for our communities including Washtenaw Community College, the University of Michigan, Wastenaw County Government, and countless others. 
    • As part of our partnership, United Way has organized an annual United Way Workplace Campaign, encouraged our employees to take  part in their 21-Day Equity Challenge and received grants from United Way to support programs like Swoops Food Pantry and the Family Empowerment Program. 
    • United Way also supports other organizations that directly support our EMU community, including Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, Child Care Network, and A Brighter Way. There is little distance between the communities and people that United Way supports and serves and our own EMU community.
    • Throughout the campaign we will highlight EMU students and staff who have been impacted by the United Way.

In 2022, EMU employees and emeritus faculty gave generously to support our local United Way – final donations reached $27,216.20

Let’s build on that success in 2023 because your investment in our local United Way is CRITICALLY needed:

  • 12% of Washtenaw County residents live in poverty.
  • Right now, at least 39% of Washtenaw County residents struggle to afford their basic needs. 

Given the step increase in need across our region, and our strong history of collaboration, after 18 months of exploration and careful consideration, United Way of Washtenaw County and United for Southeastern Michigan have voted to merge into a single United Way for Southeastern Michigan serving Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.