About the CCWC

Background and History

Washtenaw County has a long history of collaboration among its human service agencies, law enforcement, judicial branch and local units of government and business.  This first originated nearly 30 years ago in 1978 with the creation of the Coordinating Council for Children and the Social Justice Team.  In late1994, members of several collaborative groups began discussing a need for a single collaborative council which later led to the creation the Family Services Council. More recently, the Human Services Community Collaborative (HSCC) was established in early 2002, evolving from the Family Service Collaborative Council.

One of 76 such state recognized bodies in Michigan, the Community Collaborative of Washtenaw County (CCWC) officially began in 2006 and fulfills the mandate that each Michigan community have a multi-purpose collaborative body (MPCB).  Members of the Collaborative bring years of experience, as well as a broad spectrum of perspective and expertise to provide solutions to the pressing issues facing Washtenaw County. 


The vision of the Community Collaborative of Washtenaw County is to create a community of dignity and respect where all people can live to their maximum potential. 


The mission of the CCWC is to provide leadership, coordinate policy, leverage resources, build assets, and foster partnerships which promote healthy growth, learning and development for everyone in our community. 


To ensure effective coordination of programs which enhance community health and well-being, identify opportunities to change systems and break barriers to effective service delivery, and advocate for systems change and effective resource allocation. 

Structure of the Community Collaborative

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