WEST MICHIGAN IS A GREAT PLACE, BUT THere'S More to THE STORY...

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BEST HOUSING MARKET IN THE NATION

YET 1  IN 5 HOUSEHOLDS SPEND MORE THAN 35% OF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING

World Trulia
American Community Survey

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ONE OF THE BEST METROS IN THE U.S. FOR STEM PROFESSIONALS

YET ONLY 25% OF 7TH GRADERS ARE PROFICIENT IN SCIENCE

WalletHub
Kent ISD

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FASTEST-GROWING ECONOMY IN THE U.S.

YET THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 3x HIGHER FOR BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICANS

U.S. Forbes, Headlight Data
American Community Survey

WE ENVISION A THRIVING COMMUNITY FOR ALL.

Our mission is to unite community resources to invest in solutions that reduce poverty in West Michigan.

WE ARE CHAMPIONS FOR ALICE.

Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

We know that at least 25 percent of households in Kent County are working but still struggling paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. We call these families ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE families are usually only one crisis, away from falling into extreme poverty.

2-1-1 is here to help

Thousands of Services. One Call.

United Way's 2-1-1 connects people to services including food, shelter, elder care, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more. Whoever you are, whatever your needs, 2-1-1 makes it easy to find help for yourself, a neighbor, or a loved one.

Where the money goes: Our Community Investment Fund

Every dollar donated to our Community Investment Fund stays here in Kent County to fight poverty.

FAMILY STABILITY

GOAL: Individuals and families can meet their basic needs
 

Emergency & Permanent Housing
Food Security
HELP FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE
Mental Health Services

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YOUTH EDUCATION

GOAL: Middle school students improve achievement in STEM subjects

Math and Science Intervention
After-School and Summer STEM Programs
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

FINANCIAL SECURITY

GOAL: Provide different pathways for people to improve their economic future

Job Skills
Transportation
Training & Credentialing

WE ALL BENEFIT
FROM A STRONGER
COMMUNITY.

Be a part of something bigger.

Give to the issues you care about by investing all or a portion of your donation into the Community Investment Fund.

TOGETHER, WE CAN:
IDENTIFY our community’s most pressing issues.
HELP people meet their immediate needs.
FIND sustainable solutions.
BUILD a better community.
LIVE united.

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