Recent research clearly shows that problems such as not having enough food, living in a dilapidated or unheated apartment, or being unemployed and not having the means to support one’s family account for as much as 50 percent of poor health outcomes in the U.S.
Our community was ranked the “second best dining and beverage destination” by World Food and Travel Association, yet 1 in 5 children here are food insecure. To create a thriving community for all, we need to support emergency food programs and efforts that build toward long-term food security.
School is almost out, and many local children will be staying home full-time for the next few months. Here are some resources like volunteer activities, meal sites, and more to help parents, guardians, and caretakers transition into the summer.
Our 2-1-1 program is one of the best in the nation, so we're expanding it to help even more people in Michigan. Now, people in Ionia, Montcalm, Lake, Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta, and Osceola counties will be able to connect to local services like housing, food, utility assistance, transportation, childcare, and more through our call center.
Congratulations to our Student Service Award recipient, Ella Carr from Grand Rapids City High School. Ella completed more than 75 hours of volunteer service this year and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service.
Thank you for joining us last night for Celebrate United: The Next 100. Going into our next 100 years, we will continue to mobilize volunteers, advocate for ALICE families, and connect people to the resources they need.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. This year, we spent GYSD with more than 500 local student volunteers
Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Community Investment Fund is making it easier for middle school students across Kent County to stay on track and flourish in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Last month, 58 community members and five local leaders came together to share their experience, knowledge, and expertise on critical issues facing our community. This event was our first Community Conversation, and it gave community members a platform to tell us about their concerns and aspirations for Kent County. Read the results here.
With a particularly dangerous flu season in full swing, state and local healthcare experts and the "I Vaccinate" campaign are encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot as soon as possible.
In celebration of Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 101st anniversary, the 2nd annual LIVE UNITED Day will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018, throughout Kent County. Everyone is encouraged to get involved.
You have many options when it comes to your end-of-year giving, and we want you to give to the issues you care about. Our Community Investment Fund has a powerful impact on housing, food security, youth education, mental health, family crisis, and workforce development in West Michigan -- including Latrice.
Thank you to the 1,400 volunteers who showed our community that they care through on Friday. You made a big difference! From painting to meal prep and tree planting to shed building, you were part of a huge range of work that was completed this year on Day of Caring.
We have appointed our 2017-2018 board of directors. The board consists of 20 members who serve three-year terms. To sit on the board, we seek out community leaders who are committed to creating lasting, sustainable changes for Kent County and are passionate about building a thriving community.
This year, we are granting $1,270,000 from our Community Investment Fund to local programs that are working to ensure that families have homes and can afford to live in the neighborhoods they call home.
If you were at Food From the Heart, thank you for your hard work and positive energy! It certainly was a Day of Action: We packed the Van Andel Arena with 1,000 volunteers and packed food for 200,000 meals! The meals have been delivered to Feeding America West Michigan and will be distributed to local food pantries throughout the summer.
We are granting more than $4.7 million dollars from our Community Investment Fund to 46 local programs that are reducing poverty and social inequities in Kent County. These grants are made possible by the generosity of more than 15,000 people who donated to our Community Investment Fund last year.