Weekly Wrap Up: June 12, 2015

There's been lots of staff changes at the Association in the past month. Congratulations to all on our team during this transition!


MAUW is thrilled to announce that Laura Kilfoyle, former Director of Impact Partnerships, will now be serving as the Director of the Michigan Children's Health Access Program (MI-CHAP). Laura brings significant statewide project management expertise to the MI-CHAP project.  She holds a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Administration and is very excited to bring the Children’s Health Access model to scale statewide. You can still reach Laura at lkilfoyle@uwmich.org


As Laura transitions to the MI-CHAP Position, MAUW is excited to announce that Nicole Literacki, current SECC Fiscal Manager, will also be acting as the  Director for the AmeriCorps Financial Empowerment Coaching Corps program. Nicole will undoubtedly provide the members and site supervisors with a continued excellent AmeriCorps experience. You can contact Nicole at nliteracki@uwmich.org


Finally, MAUW is pleased to announced that Beth St. John, current MBA Integration Coach, will now be serving as the Michigan Benefits Access Coordinator . Beth is well prepared to handle all things MBA from her experience as an AmeriCorps Community Resource member and mini-grant Integration Coach.  As MBA Coordinator, Beth will supervise and schedule MBA trainings, manage the MBA website and lead the development of a strong MBA Community Partner network. To reach Beth, email bstjohn@uwmich.org

Marie Morrow, Executive Director of Plymouth Community United Way, was recently honored at the United Way Community Leaders Conference for her more than 30 years of service to Plymouth, Canton and Western Wayne County. Morrow was originally hired in 1983. “It’s been challenging over the years, taking it from a totally volunteer organization to the professional organization it is today,” said Morrow, Plymouth Community United Way president. “It’s a business. We’re in the business of helping people and helping make the community a vibrant place to live, work and raise a family. We’re making a difference in people’s lives.”


To read more about Marie's history with United Way, click here

The United Way of Northwest Michigan kicks of their Days of Action on June 15 with a focus on literacy. 

Ranae McCauley, United Way's executive director, said the Days of Action aim to promote reading during the summer months to prevent any learning loss between grade levels. "That's a huge challenge. We want to give kids every advantage they can have when they start the new school year in the fall," she said. "While it sounds early to be talking about this, this is the time to make sure the seeds are planted."


Read more about their upcoming plan to prevent the "summer slide" in this article


You can also see more from United Way of Northwest Michigan's recent blog for MAUW on their plan for boosting literacy in their communities. 

Is there a story from your local United Way that you'd like to share? Email Kaitlynn at kcolbert@uwmich.org