In celebration of our 100th year in West Michigan, city and county officials have declared today Live United Day! Let's all find ways to live united in service to one another. To learn more about our past, present, and future, visit www.hwmuw.org/100.
The Volunteer Center at Heart of West Michigan United Way launched a new website today! This upgrade will make it even easier for individuals and groups who want to volunteer to connect to local organizations that need help. You can search our database of current volunteer opportunities to find an opportunity that fits your passion, skills, and time constraints. Once you find an opportunity, you can sign-up, and track your service hours!
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"My name is Lena and I am 16 years old. I go to Innovation Central High School. Before I came to this program I was diagnosed with depression and spent most of my time by myself by choice. I thought that no one would understand me. But I started coming to this program and it helped me realize that I am not alone. I can spend time with the people...
For the first time in almost a year, extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills are in the forecast for today and Friday across Michigan. Children and the elderly are especially at risk of frostbite and hypothermia. It is important to know the difference between the two and to take steps to avoid both conditions.
Is your nonprofit organization looking for an office space to rent? Join us in the beautiful, historic Heystek Building on Commerce Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. The office space features a large entry, conference room, two small offices, one large office, men's and women's restrooms, a kitchen, and a large open office area.
#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.
Every day, thousands of people find the help they need free of charge because of Information & Referral services.
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.
In our giving community, the holiday marks a time to give back through volunteering, family sponsorship, and charitable donations. Check out our 2016 Holiday Giving & Volunteer Guide for details on dozens of ways to celebrate the holidays by sharing your time, talents, and treasures within your own community.
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.