INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY
2017 - 2018 Annual Report
At Heart of West Michigan United Way, we unite community resources to invest in solutions that reduce poverty in West Michigan. Our staff, volunteers, donors, and agency partners are committed to creating lasting, sustainable changes that transform lives and build a thriving community for us all.
Last year, our Community Grant Fund supported 46 programs at 51 organizations and collaborations.
TOTAL COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
GOAL: STABLE, AFFORDABLE, AND SAFE HOUSING.
Homelessness Prevention Assistance
Permanent Supportive Housing Supports
Affordable Housing Solutions
11,156 individuals or households
82% kept or gained stable, affordable, and safe housing
90% provided with housing solutions maintained stable/permanent housing for 12+ months
12,358 stays in emergency shelter
29 new homeowners
GOAL: SUFFICIENT, EQUITABLE ACCESS TO SAFE, AFFORDABLE, AND NUTRITIOUSLY DIVERSE FOOD.
Meals for Homebound Seniors
Pantry Markets that Utilize Local Food Sources
Low-Cost Grocery Store Membership Models
Education on Gardening and Food Preservation
1,041,880 pounds of food
25+ local farms provided fresh produce
88% increase in access to fresh produce through low-cost grocery memberships
GOAL: ACCESS TO SERVICES ADDRESSING FAMILY VIOLENCE.
Medical Services for Victims
Diversion, Intervention, and Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
Outreach to Vulnerable Populations
Family Counseling, Advocacy, and Education
Adoptive Family Support Services
8,403 therapy sessions for survivors of abuse
4,907 hours supporting children in the court system
50 foster children found stable homes
61 children received medical exams after being sexually abused
13 were under the age of six
GOAL: INCREASED ACCESS TO QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
Intervention for At-Risk Youth
Low-Cost, Direct Service Targeting the Uninsured
Expanding Access to Mental Health Services
247 received help from a mental/behavioral health coach
87% of youth assessed showed an improvement in well-being
1,459 counseling sessions for at-risk youth and their families
82 people trained in opioid prevention
GOAL: OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREATER ECONOMIC STABILITY.
Transportation to Employment
Tax Preparation and Financial Literacy
Soft Skills (resume preparations, interviewing skills, etc.)
Training and Credentialing
GED and Job-Skills Development
94% seeking employment got a new job
101 worked toward a health care credential
36 earned their GED
224 maintained their employment through transportation services. 13% were third-shift workers.
GOAL: IMPROVE SEVENTH GRADE SCIENCE AND EIGHTH GRADE MATH SCORES.
Summer STEM Programming
Teacher-Training/Professional Development in STEM subjects
55 teachers and educational staff
2,016 middle school students
76% improved their grades in STEM subjects
96% increased their self-confidence in STEM subjects
89% learned new math skills through in-school enrichment
Women United brings together women philanthropists who are dedicated to reducing poverty in West Michigan and empowering the lives of women and girls of color by equipping them with confidence, resources, and skills to achieve their goals. In doing so, Women United is making an impact in our community by strengthening the leadership, power, and voices of women of color in Grand Rapids.
YOUNG LEADERS SOCIETY
Young Leaders Society (YLS) is changing the story in West Michigan. Through YLS, young professionals of all backgrounds unite to take on the most pressing issues in our community. YLS is an opportunity to volunteer, build relationships, and invest in West Michigan. This group is open to any young professional who wants to give back and help build a thriving community for all.
We are committed to ensuring that your gift is invested in the most effective way possible.
Our operating budget is audited by an independent accounting firm and is carefully reviewed by the members of the United Way Finance and Audit Committee and Board of Directors.
Leadership Circle donors have a deep commitment to helping people. The collective giving of Leadership Circle donors makes for a stronger nonprofit community, that in turn, is better able to serve people in Kent County. A Leadership gift of $1,000 or more given annually to Heart of West Michigan United Way connects members with other community-minded individuals who are working together to create lasting change.
LEADERSHIP CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
$2,099,160 total giving
Tocqueville Society members are local philanthropic leaders who generously commit to gifts of $10,000 or more annually. They have proven to be highly effective and highly esteemed United Way partners who play a critical role in our important work. We are fortunate to have 97 individuals and couples in West Michigan who demonstrate their commitment to our community in such a profound way. Last year, their gifts provided a solid foundation for United Way fundraising campaigns, leading the way in gift-giving and influencing others to give as well.
$2,062,272 total giving