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May Days of Caring: Community Baby Shower

Help us give newborns a healthy start at life. The cost of basic needs is rising and many families struggle to make the decision between putting food on the table or purchasing diapers. Currently, over 22% of Washtenaw County children live under the poverty line. Your donations will go far in making in a difference.

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Reinhart is doing its part to help make sure babies have a healthy start by partnering with United Way of Washtenaw County. This year marks the 6th Annual Community Baby Shower from Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 29th.

This year in addition to being able to donate at any of our Reinhart offices locations, you can also donate at United Way of Washtenaw County, 2305 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor (between 8am-4:30pm), or Kapnick Insurance Group, 1201 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor (10am-5pm).

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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Community Baby Shower: Giving Babies a Healthy Start

Over 22% of Washtenaw County children live under the poverty line, and the cost of basic needs are rising. This puts families in a situation where they are struggling to provide for their babies. We can make a difference.

This year we are partnering with United Way of Washtenaw County in support of the 5th Annual Community Baby Shower from Thursday, May 1st through Friday, May 30th. By donating to the community baby shower you will be giving newborns a healthy start in life.

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Items collected will support Alpha House, Catholic Social Services, Child Care Network, Corner Health Center, Home of New Vision, Hope Clinic, and SOS Community Services.

Donations are being collected at all of the Reinhart Sales Offices.

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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Stuff the Bus to Support Washtenaw County Students

The United Way of Washtenaw County is starting the 6th annual Stuff the Bus event August 5.

A school bus will be parked at the Target on Carpenter this week from 8:30am to 5:00pm to collect donations of school supplies. Last year $10,000 worth of school supplies were donated during the Stuff the Bus event, benefiting thousands of children throughout Washtenaw County.

The following are suggested items for donations:

• Backpacks
• Crayons
• Rulers
• Calculators
• Construction Paper
• Erasers
• Folders
• Glue
• Highlighters
• Markers
• Notebooks
• Pencil Sharpeners
• Pencils
• Pens
• Ruled Paper
• Scissors

Details:
Stuff The Bus
August 5 – August 9
Target Parking Lot
3749 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti
8:30am – 5:00pm

Click here for more information

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Fourth Annual Community Baby Shower

We are honored to partner with United Way of Washtenaw County in support of the 4th Annual Community Baby Shower from today, Wednesday, May 1st through Thursday, May 30th.

As the cost of basic needs continues to rise, families are struggling to provide for their babies. Help newborns get a healthy start in life by supporting the United Way of Washtenaw County’s Community Baby Shower.

Community Baby Shower 2013

Items collected will support Alpha House, Catholic Social Services, Corner Health Center, Home of New Vision, Hope Clinic, and SOS Community Services.

Donations are being collected at all of the Reinhart Sales Offices.

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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Reinhart Kicks-off 2012 United Way Campaign

The Charles Reinhart Company kicked-off our 2012 United Way Campaign today at our All Company Meeting with a goal of mounting what we hope will be our most successful campaign ever.

United Way of Washtenaw County is working to make a difference in the lives of people in Washtenaw County. By mobilizing human and financial resources, United Way helps individuals and families build better lives. The United Way is helping 25% of residents in Washtenaw County with assistance in basic needs such as healthcare, food assistance, and shelter.

If you don’t give where you live, how can you expect things to get better?

Live United, Give United!

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Working and Still Broke

Each morning most Washtenaw residents roll over hit their alarm clock and get ready for work or school. With unemployment rates dropping below 10% last year and below 8% this past spring, many think people in our county are doing “just fine.”

The problem for folks in poverty is that many are currently working. With minimal wage below $8, making it by without assistance can be a great challenge. Here are a few facts to consider when thinking about people struggling to stay out of debt and pay their bills:

  • A person working 40 hours a week, making $9 an hour, will end up making just over $300 a week after taxes.
  • The vast majority of low-income workers monthly health-care premiums are around a week’s salary ranging from $150 to $288 a month.
  • The average cost for daycare in Washtenaw County is around $900 a month.
  • The average cost for a one bedroom apartment is around $650 in Washtenaw County and over $800 in Ann Arbor.
  • A lack of affordable housing is the number one reason for homelessness in the United States. Affordable housing is defined as paying 30% of your income.
  • With over 4,000 homeless including 2,000 homeless families the challenges of housing are great.

The United Way of Washtenaw County helped provide funding for programs and services that reached over 90,000 people last year. Services and Programs such as food for food pantries, daycare scholarships, free medical care, housing for the homeless, and relief for people struggling with utility bills are just some of the programs were believe in. Most of all we believe that everyone deserves a chance to get by, that people sometimes need help to support their families, and that neighbors helping each other make a strong and healthy community.

If you are interested in learning more check out the poverty simulator. Some folks in Durham, NC put together a “poverty simulator” for the Urban Ministries of Durham. Here is the link: http://www.playspent.org/ — let’s see if you can make it through a month.

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Help the United Way of Washtenaw County Stuff the Bus

The United Way of Washtenaw County kicked-off the 5th annual Stuff the Bus event today.

A school bus will be parked at the Target off Carpenter this week from 9:00am to 3:00pm to collect donations of school supplies.

Last year $8,500 worth of school supplies were donated during the Stuff the Bus event, benefiting thousands of children throughout Washtenaw County.

The following are suggested items for donations:

  • Backpacks
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Construction Paper
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Ruled Paper
  • Scissors

 

Details:
Stuff The Bus
July 30 – August 3
Target Parking Lot
3749 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti
9:00am – 3:00pm

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