With the holidays approaching, children and families are eagerly awaiting celebrations, gifts, and time spent together. Heart of West Michigan United Way’s annual Holiday Giving & Volunteering Guide makes it easy for Kent County residents to contribute to local programs.
For many families in Kent County, Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 2-1-1 makes it easier to find help for themselves, a neighbor, or a loved one. Now, the service has expanded into even more counties in Michigan, covering parts of Northern Michigan and Mid-Michigan.
Together, we collected 74,416 SCHOOL SUPPLIES for students and teachers at 20 schools in Grand Rapids, Sparta, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kenowa Hills, and Cedar Springs.
Every year, more than 400 local businesses and organizations choose to show their commitment to social responsibility through workplace fundraising campaigns and volunteering. We're honored to recognize a few companies that have been outstanding community partners this year.
Heart of West Michigan United Way is granting $4.6 million from their Community Investment Fund to 45 local programs that are reducing poverty and social inequities in Kent County.
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.
Do you need help with a past-due Consumers Energy bill? Do you have consistent income but still find it hard to make ends meet? If your answer is yes to both questions, act now! Enrollment is limited.
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).
Thank you to everyone who coordinated and donated to our Fill the Cart Collection Drive. Each item will support local families and the impactful work of nine agencies in our community.
Thanks to the support of Heart of West Michigan United Way, Grand Rapids Public Schools is investing in a new, comprehensive curriculum resource to support middle school science instruction.
In celebration of 2-1-1 Day, we sat down with Sherri Vainavicz, director of 2-1-1 at Heart of West Michigan United Way, for a quick Q&A.
If you're not sure how to file your taxes, worried about getting all of your refunds, or just have better ways to spend $200 than getting your taxes prepared, let us help!
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.