Get the Facts

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” It’s a well-worn phrase. The reality is not everyone starts in the same places or faces the same barriers. Race, parents’ income, school district – even the neighborhood you grew up in – all factor into where you’ll end up.

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IN KENT COUNTY, UNEMPLOYMENT IS TWICE AS HIGH FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AS IT IS FOR WHITES.

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WOMEN STILL EARN 80 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR EARNED BY MEN.

And having a job on its own isn’t enough. In fact, 28% of Kent County households are working yet struggling to meet their basic needs. The good news is, together we can do something about it.


 
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TOGETHER, WE FIGHT FOR THOUSANDS LIKE JASMINE.

Total population struggling to afford basic needs in Kent County

 

When Jasmine Succeeds, Our Community Thrives.

At Heart of West Michigan United Way, we are champions for ALICE, the thousands of people who, like Jasmine, are working yet still struggling to meet their basic needs. From housing to food security to job training and much more, your gift to United Way funds grants to our partner agencies who work to ensure that all families in Kent County have what they need to succeed.

 
 
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$1/WEEK
PROVIDES FOOD

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$3/WEEK PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION

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$5/WEEK PROVIDES CONNECTIONS THROUGH 2-1-1

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$15/WEEK
PROVIDES HOUSING

 

COMMUNITY GRANT FUND

When you give to United Way, your gift supports the Community Grant Fund, powering life-changing programs at 47 local agencies in six major issue areas here in Kent County.

 
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HOUSINg

Stable, Affordable, Safe

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FINANCIAL SeCURITY

Opportunities for Economic Advancement

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YOUTH EDUCATION

Improved Science and Math Performance

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FOOD SECURITY

Sufficient, Equitable, Nutritious

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FAMILY CRISIS

Violence Prevention, Diversion, Intervention

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Mental/ Behavioral Health

Access to Quality Services

 

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88 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR GOES DIRECTLY INTO THE COMMUNITY.

AGENCY PARTNERS

Access of West Michigan
Arbor Circle
Bethany Christian Services
Camp Blodgett
Catholic Charities West Michigan
Cherry Health
Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County
Community Food Club with Home Repair Services
Community Rebuilders
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kent County
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s
Disability Advocates of Kent County
Dwelling Place
Expanded Learning Opportunities Network (Our Community’s Children)
Family Promise of Grand Rapids
Genesis Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Hope Network
Ingenium Coach
Inner City Christian Federation
Jubilee Jobs
Kent County Tax Credit Coalition
Kent Intermediate School District

Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Literacy Center of West Michigan
Meals on Wheels Western Michigan
Mel Trotter Ministries
Migrant Legal Aid
North Kent Connect
Our Kitchen Table
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
SECOM Resource Center
Senior Neighbors
Steepletown Neighborhood Services
The Other Way Ministries
The Pantry
The Refugee Education Center
The Salvation Army Social Services of Kent County
United Church Outreach Ministry
Urban League of West Michigan
Well House
West Michigan Asian American Association
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology
Women’s Resource Center
YWCA West Central Michigan