Now that we’re approaching mid-July, you might be looking for suggestions for what to do with all that time. That’s where the Volunteer Center’s 2019 Youth and Family Volunteering Guide comes in. The guide is full of fun ideas for how kids, youth, and parents – of various ages, abilities, and interests – can make a difference in our community together.
On Tuesday, Heart of West Michigan United Way announced mini-grants to 19 Kent County agencies to support Census outreach in historically undercounted communities. The mini-grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 for a total of $216,500.
Last night, the Trump administration announced that it would begin printing 2020 Census forms without the controversial “citizenship question.” “This is the outcome we were hoping for,” said Robert McKown, senior director of evaluation and accountability at Heart of West Michigan United Way.
In honor of Asian-American and Pacific-American Heritage Month, Heart of West Michigan United Way spoke with Crystal Bui, a Grand Rapids lawyer and president of Asian Community Outreach. Together with the West Michigan Asian American Association, Bui’s organization facilitates a United Way-funded program called Connecting Communities, aimed at helping members of the local Asian-American community improve their financial security and employment prospects.
On Friday, May 17, more than 300 volunteers came together for one purpose: to serve local veterans.
Heart of West Michigan United Way recruited 318 volunteers for Operation United, a day of outdoor landscaping, repair projects, and construction at the homes of 23 Kent County veterans and their families.
If you step into our office and hear laughter, odds are the source is Gwen Goodson. Likewise, if you join United Way staff members on a volunteer project or at a Halloween party, Gwen will be there in full regalia. Gwen is our project and process coordinator, and this Friday she’ll be retiring after 29 years and 10 months at Heart of West Michigan United Way.
Earlier this week the Michigan Association of United Ways released a new ALICE report. It showed that ALICE households – those who are working yet still struggling to meet their basic needs – are a large and growing percentage of our population in Kent County. 37% of households in Kent County are now living below the ALICE threshold. Here’s how you can help.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked Access of West Michigan’s Emma Garcia to reflect on the women leaders who have inspired her, the signs of progress she sees in our community, and the systemic change that still needs to take place here in West Michigan.
For Women’s History Month, we asked YWCA CEO Charisse Mitchell to reflect on her personal experiences and the signs of progress she sees for women in West Michigan.
For International Women’s Day, Heart of West Michigan United Way asked local leaders including Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and our own president and CEO, Michelle Van Dyke, to reflect on the progress women have made in leadership, what makes them hopeful for the future, and the challenges that remain.
Maria Robinson has built her career in the health insurance and pharmacy benefit management industry. As a Women United core team member, Maria is a leader here at United Way and in her community. In honor of Black History Month, we asked her to reflect on the role models in her life and the importance of Black leadership in philanthropy.
Local agencies have received a wave of donations thanks to a certain popular Netflix show. Maybe you’ve been inspired to donate your unneeded items but you’re wondering what you should donate and who you should give it to. Here are 10 tips to help you “spark joy” for others when you donate.
The following resources are available for those affected by the ice storms and power outages. If your need is not addressed below, call 2-1-1 or speak with a team member via livechat at http://www.hwmuw.org/211.
In January, Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Young Leaders Society announced they would be awarding a $10,000 “pop-up” grant to Migrant Legal Aid. YLS members share their thoughts on the grant allocation process and why this issue spoke to them.
The impact of the shutdown goes beyond the 800,000 federal workers who missed their second paycheck today. It’s also causing concern among those who receive food or housing assistance from the federal government.
Community members came together to share their experience, knowledge, and expertise on critical issues facing our community. Read the results here.
We’re jumping into 2019 with energy and a sense of hopefulness, in no small part because of the generosity of the donors and volunteers who stepped up in a big way during the holidays.
You can still sign up to give or volunteer this holiday season. In fact, Bethany Christian Services and Arbor Circle have a critical need for holiday sponsors for their families.
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.