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 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.
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.
This year, we are granting $1,270,000 from our Community Investment Fund to local programs that are working to ensure that families have homes and can afford to live in the neighborhoods they call home.
Every year, more than 400 local businesses and organizations choose to show their commitment to social responsibility through workplace fundraising campaigns and volunteering. We're honored to recognize a few companies that have been outstanding community partners this year.
Recent research clearly shows that problems such as not having enough food, living in a dilapidated or unheated apartment, or being unemployed and not having the means to support one’s family account for as much as 50 percent of poor health outcomes in the U.S.
Our community was ranked the “second best dining and beverage destination” by World Food and Travel Association, yet 1 in 5 children here are food insecure. To create a thriving community for all, we need to support emergency food programs and efforts that build toward long-term food security.
School is almost out, and many local children will be staying home full-time for the next few months. Here are some resources like volunteer activities, meal sites, and more to help parents, guardians, and caretakers transition into the summer.
Our 2-1-1 program is one of the best in the nation, so we're expanding it to help even more people in Michigan. Now, people in Ionia, Montcalm, Lake, Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta, and Osceola counties will be able to connect to local services like housing, food, utility assistance, transportation, childcare, and more through our call center.
Congratulations to our Student Service Award recipient, Ella Carr from Grand Rapids City High School. Ella completed more than 75 hours of volunteer service this year and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service.