Grant Expands WCC Parkridge Programming
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation has awarded the WCC Foundation $13,350 to help address the unique needs of residents in Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Community Center neighborhood.
The grant will allow WCC, in collaboration with the City of Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University, and a host of other partners, to fund a part-time community center supervisor to oversee expanded programming and provide direct service on a day-to-day basis. The grant also will help fund scholarships for low-income teens and pre-teens who cannot afford to pay for the College’s popular non-credit youth classes held at the center. And area seniors will now have a place to learn how to make clothes with the purchase of sewing machines for use at the Parkridge facility.
“The Community Foundation values the role that Parkridge Community Center plays in the community,” said Phil D’Anieri, AAACF program director. “We are pleased to help WCC and the volunteers who work so hard on the center to help it reach its full potential.”
“This support from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation means a great deal to the communities we serve through the Parkridge Center,” said Anthony Williamson, supervisor of the WCC Harriet Street Center, an active partner in the Parkridge Community Center. “Making a positive difference in people's lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services is our mission and our purpose for programs like this.”
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation has awarded $10,350 to the WCC Foundation in the past three years to support three separate programs: a student success seminar for African-American students enrolled at WCC, a youth outreach program at the Harriet Street Center in Ypsilanti, and Camp Compute, a summer technology camp aimed at underserved and at-risk youth. WCC youth programs are open to young people throughout Washtenaw County. For more information, contact the WCC Harriet Street Center at 734-480-9950.