#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable gifting season when many people make holiday and year-end donations.
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Students from Grand Rapids Montessori gathered to recognize the sacrifices, courage, and patriotism of the men and women who have served our nation and learn about the challenges that some veterans in Kent County face every day.
Thank you to everyone who celebrated our 20th anniversary Day of Caring and helped us kick off our 99th annual fundraising campaign! Throughout the day, nearly 1400 individuals from 25 local companies completed more than 90 projects all around Kent County! Included in the day were opportunities for volunteers to mentor elementary students, renovate low-income homes, prepare healthy meals, beautify landscapes, and improve parks. In the last 20 years, United Way has mobilized more than 30,000 local volunteers through Day of Caring!
Workplace fundraising campaigns are starting, and we're excited! Whether you work at a small business, a major corporation, or even a non-profit organization, you can choose to show your commitment to social responsibility by participating in a campaign. Your gift, combined with the gifts of others, makes it possible for us to invest in community-wide issues that are crucial to helping families in West Michigan rise out of poverty. And, in return, we all benefit from a stronger and safer community.
Steelcase was recognized as one of the most community-minded companies in the nation as a part of the Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light. "Even though Steelcase is a global company, we believe it's important to be a good neighbor in the communities where we have a presence," said Deb Bailey, director of global corporate relations at Steelcase and former board president of Heart of West Michigan United Way.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at Food from the Heart for your hard work and positive energy! It certainly was a Day of Action: We packed the Van Andel Arena with 480 volunteers and packed food for 75,000 meals! The meals have been delivered to Feeding America West Michigan and will be distributed to local food pantries throughout the summer.
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity is having unreliable access to healthy food on a day-to-day basis. Food insecurity means skipping meals or buying cheaper, less nourishing food because it’s all you can afford. Heart of West Michigan United Way is committed to tackling our community’s most pressing issues like housing, education, violence prevention, workforce development, transportation, and food security.
Taking on the big picture is hard work. While we continue to support basic needs services like food, housing, utility assistance, and transportation, we are also working to identify the root causes of vulnerability, specific to our three critical areas: education, income, and health.
“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
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Thank you for making this year's MLK Day of Service a huge success!
Whether it was painting and insulating at Well House or organizing a basketball clinic with KSSN, hundreds of volunteers used our Volunteer Center to honor the day and find where they were needed.