Behind every changed life is someone who made it happen.
When you give to United Way, that someone is YOU.
You should be proud. Your gift, combined with the gifts of others, makes it possible for us to help families rise out of poverty and thrive in our community.
We are continuously working to build stronger partnerships with the champions of our community and find ways to work better together – and we are so proud to be a part of this collaborative community work with you.
From all of us at Heart of West Michigan United Way, thank you for all you do to make West Michigan a great place to live and work!
Michelle Van Dyke
President/CEO, Heart of West Michigan United Way
Impact Highlights from 2015-2016
Helping people get and keep affordable housing and increasing access to assistance for those experiencing homelessness.
16,389 RESIDENTS ACCESSED HOUSING SERVICES
36% worked to keep or get housing. 64% sought to make their housing sustainable for their families.
3,615 PEOPLE SUCCEEDED
in obtaining or maintaining housing, preventing them from becoming homeless.
210 homeless youths obtained
SAFE, VIABLE SHELTER.
Helping children and young adults develop and thrive.
36,327 CHILDREN RECEIVED EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT.
94% OF THOSE CHILDREN ACHIEVED
their learning outcomes in United Way-funded programming.
expanded their education through safe after-school or summer programming.
Preventing, reducing, or eliminating physical violence, sexual assault, abuse, and neglect.
IMMEDIATE MEDICAL SUPPORT
and counseling were given to 95 child victims of sexual abuse.
24,420 PEOPLE RECEIVED
physical or sexual violence prevention services.
73 SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
or sexual violence received free legal services.
Helping children, families, and caregivers access quality mental health services.
531 FAMILIES RECEIVED COUNSELING
for trauma, grief, defiance, anxiety, or depression.
who have parents or guardians with a mental illness received the support they needed.
414 PEOPLE RECEIVED PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES
clinical case management, or psycho-educational group services.
Helping people receive essential, nutritious meals and gain greater food security.
40,325 PEOPLE WERE FED
through United Way-funded food pantries.
6,641 SENIORS RECEIVED CONGREGATE MEALS.
410 PEOPLE RECEIVED EMERGENCY FOOD
and shelter after their homes were lost to fire.
Helping people increase their employability and work skills.
7,588 PEOPLE ACCESSED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.
73% OF WORKERS
who started permanent employment maintained their jobs for 90+ days.
were prevented from losing their job due to lack of transportation.
Community Investment Fund
Community Investment Grants: $5,750,123
Total Community Investment: $9,585,854
All financial gifts made to Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Community Investment Fund stay here in Kent County and support the work of more than 55 local nonprofit organizations. Collectively, these organizations serve 1 in 4 people in Kent County, giving donors the opportunity to make an impact on many people’s lives through a single donation.
In addition to the 72 local programs supported by the Community Investment Fund, we also allocated funds to 2-1-1 ($465,552), Schools of Hope ($53,989), Kent County Tax Credit Coalition ($102,500), Essential Needs Task Force ($12,000), ELO Network ($60,176), “Circles” Metro Ministries ($20,000), Lowell Community Fund ($5,000), and Direct Donor Designations ($3,213,420) for a total community investment of $9,585,854.
Data shown is from agency funding from July 2015 through June 2016.
% of Kent County Residents Served by United Way-Funded Programs