WEST MICHIGAN IS A GREAT PLACE, BUT THere'S More to THE STORY...
SECOND BEST DINING AND BEVERAGE DESTINATION
YET HUNGER THREATENS
1 IN 8 PEOPLE
World Food and Travel Association
Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study
BEST CITY TO RAISE
A FAMILY YET NEARLY 3,000 STUDENTS EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS LAST YEAR
FASTEST GROWING METRO ECONOMY YET THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 3X HIGHER FOR BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICANS
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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. These 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 more than 2,900 services in Kent County, 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.
GOAL: Middle school students improve achievement in STEM subjects
Math and Science Intervention
After-School and Summer STEM Programs
GOAL: Provide different pathways for people to improve their economic future
Training & Credentialing
WE ALL BENEFIT
FROM A STRONGER
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.