Where to Volunteer as a Family This Summer

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.

Q&A with Crystal Bui, President of Asian Community Outreach

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.

29 Years and 10 Months: Thank You, Gwen!

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.

How You Can Help ALICE in Kent County

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.

Leaders Reflect on Role Models, Perseverance on International Women’s Day

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.