Food Pantries Continue to be Stressed by Demand

April 15, 2014 by Heart of West Michigan United Way

The 211 Call Center for the United Way is the first place most local people turn to when they don't know where their next meal is coming from. And more calls keep coming in.

According to Maureen Noe, the President /CEO of the Heart of West Michigan United Way, there are more than 100,000 people in Kent County who are considered "food insecure." For the second half of 2013,...

Schools of Hope Play a Role in School's Improvement

April 04, 2014 by Heart of West Michigan United Way

Dustin Dwyer, a reporter with Michigan Radio, spent several weeks following third-graders from GRPS Congress Elementary students as they prepared to take the MEAP test.   Congress Elementary is a school that historically has had comparatively low test scores. Most of the kids come from families who have low incomes.  However, when MEAP scores were released in March, results showed...

Show Me the Money

February 16, 2014 by Heart of West Michigan United Way

Participants braved the snow and cold temperatures to attend the 2014 Show Me The Money Day on February 1. Attendees learned how they can become financially empowered by attending sessions on budgeting, homeownership, credit, and much more. Thank you to ICCF Inner City Christian Federation for hosting the event. Also a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, and vendors.

KCTCC and Steelcase Community Day Offers Free Tax Prep

February 15, 2014 by Heart of West Michigan United Way

United Way’s Kent County Tax Credit Coalition partners with Steelcase’s Finance Department to host a Community Day offering free tax prep and e-filing. No prior appointment is needed. Walk-ins are welcome. For information on qualifications for free tax services and the resources for tax preparation please call United Way’s 2-1-1.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 31, 2014 by Heart of West Michigan United Way

This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, over 220 volunteers from Kent County participated in a Day of Service. Heart of West Michigan United Way Volunteer Center organized projects for employees of Spectrum Health, Miller Johnson, and Cooley. Over twenty-five nonprofit organizations hosted service projects.  

This event was part of a nationwide...