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Mission and Purpose


United Way envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability, and healthy lives. A community where...

  • All children recieve a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow.
  • The cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends, and productive livelihoods begin for even the most disadvantaged.
  • Everyone has access to healthy food, physical activity, and quality health care that improves the quality of life.


United Way Montcalm – Ionia Counties envisions a community united to create better opportunities where everyone achieves their potential through quality education, financial stability, and healthy lifestyles.

Our Work

United Way Montcalm – Ionia County is committed to being a good steward of the community and to be a catalyst for change that mobilizes a caring community to improve people’s lives. 


LIVE UNITED. It's a credo. A mission. A goal. A constant reminder that when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.

Our Purpose

  • To conduct a fund raising campaign for contributions to health and human service programs for selected agencies and provide a surplus for emergencies.
  • To assist residents of Ionia and Montcalm Counties in making distributions to health, welfare and charitable organizations, and community services that make our counties a better place in which to live, work and do business.
  • To operate a volunteer center that will assist persons and local organizations in finding and utilizing volunteer services.
  • To promote cooperation among organizations striving for a UNITED appeal.
  • To serve as a community-wide forum for identifying the needs for human services.
  • To provide an effective voice for ensuring that these services are performed according to the high standards of quality, efficiency, and economy.
  • To act as a central instrument through which the whole community can both support and make use of the agencies that perform these services.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties is committed to being a good steward of the community resources that are entrusted to our care. 

United Way is an inclusive organization that fights for everyone in our community. We work towards equity in schools, jobs and health care to ensure that the basic rights and freedoms of everyone are protected.

Our Focus

Basic Needs 

Being able to meet basic needs like safe housing, adequate food, and healthcare enables individuals and families to move from day-to-day existence toward the capacity to look to the future. Such a future could hold a steady job, a place to call their own - less time spent on the almost impossible decisions of a warm coat for a child, filling a prescription, something nutritious for supper.

In our communities, 43 percent of households struggle with these types of decisions every day.


Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.


Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Financial Stability

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits.  For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.


     10260 S. Sheridan Rd
     P.O Box 87
     Fenwick, MI 48834-0087
     Phone:  616.794.9840
     Fax:  616.794.9828