At this Community Forum, Heart of West Michigan United Way will present the key findings from the latest ALICE report, including the ways that rising cost of living and stagnant wages have pushed some families who were previously self-sufficient below the ALICE threshold. The forum is also an opportunity for leaders from business, government, and nonprofit sectors to discuss solutions to the challenges facing ALICE families in our community.
Operation United will mobilize teams of volunteers to complete landscaping and outdoor home repair projects for twenty local military veterans or current service members. To serve those who served our country, Heart of West Michigan United Way will facilitate projects including stair and ramp building and repair, house painting, refuse removal, mulching, tree planting, and lawn mowing.
At Food from the Heart, 600 volunteers will work together to create healthy meal packages. Partnering with Feeding America West Michigan, the meals will be distributed to dozens of food pantries and nonprofit agencies that will get them into the hands of families in need here in Kent County. Food from the Heart is sponsored by Kellogg’s.
Join Legal Aid of Western Michigan at Heart of West Michigan United Way for donuts, coffee, and a presentation that will provide an overview of private and federal student loans and options available to reduce the burden of student loan debt, including information about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-based repayment programs.
A CHANGE IS HAPPENING IN KENT COUNTY.
CAN YOU FEEL IT?
From helping more than 11,100 families find stable housing to getting 5,872 workers into new jobs and empowering 2,016 middle schoolers to improve performance in STEM, our partners are forever changing our community.
Last year, Heart of West Michigan United Way funded 45 programs to tackle our community’s most pressing issues. As we cross the halfway point in our grant cycle, their impact is unmistakable.
Fridays are about to get even better! Bring a teams of 10 volunteers for a half-day education and service. Volunteers will connect with United Way staff, help out at a local nonprofit, and strengthen relationships with members of their workplace team. Sign-up your team today! Space is limited.
Enjoy a fast, fun, impactful evening, and choose who you think should win some extra cash for their work. Each organization will get three minutes to explain who they are, what they do, and how they would use the extra money. At the end of it all, YOU decide who wins.
Join Heart of West Michigan United Way for a thought-provoking community conversation on our focus area of Family Stability, which includes issues related to housing, food security, mental/behavioral health, and family crisis.
Wolverine Worldwide's annual shoe sale is our largest single-day fundraiser. Shoppers can expect to find their favorite Wolverine Worldwide footwear and apparel in various sizes and styles, with discounts up to 70% off suggested retail price.
Qualifying individuals and families with a household income of $55,000 or less can get their taxes prepped and filed for free. Appointments are not needed for this special Community Day. Clients must bring all required tax documents. Visit hwmuw.org/myfreetaxes or call 2-1-1 for more information.
Join us at Sietsema Orchards from 5 - 7 pm where you'll hear from our Community Impact team about some of the most pressing issues facing our community and learn how we can come together to support the effort to reduce poverty. Feel free to bring your dog along, because we have the entire orchard to ourselves! (Thanks, Sietsema!)
Wolverine Worldwide is hosting their annual United Way Super Mega Tent Sale for the West Michigan community. Shoppers can expect to find their favorite Wolverine Worldwide footwear and apparel in various sizes and styles, with discounts up to 70% off suggested retail price.
Join our Young Leaders Society for an evening of baseball, food, friends, and family. Step up to the plate, and help us achieve our goal of reducing poverty by buying a ticket for the evening – 100% of which will go directly to Heart of West Michigan United Way! Your ticket includes entrance to the game, your spot on the Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Deck, and a food buffet