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United Way Conference Focuses on Affordable Housing Options
The United Way Sponsors West MI Classrooms
By EightWest Staff on July 11, 2019
As most teachers will tell you, there never seems to be enough money in the budget to fully outfit a classroom. Many Teachers make up this difference out of their own pockets. For the last few years teachers in Ionia and Montcalm Counties have received help from The United Way’s Sponsor a Classroom Program. Click here to watch video...
Life Long Literacy and Education Advocate
From the desk of Terri Legg, Executive Director -
I am sad to share that Jon passed this morning.
Jon's was much more than a businessman, husband, and father. He was a man of character that believed in service above self. His life can be defined by his passion for volunteerism and commitment to many organizations in and around the community. Read More...
The ALICE Project Report 2019 Update
49% Percent of Montcalm County and 43% of Ionia County Households Fail to Make Ends Meet, United Way’s ALICE Report Shows
The Michigan Association of United Ways Finds Low Wages, Reduced Work Hours and Depleted Savings among Challenges for Michigan’s Working Families
Fenwick, Mich. – United Way Montcalm – Ionia Counties joined the Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) in releasing a study on the condition of Michigan’s working families, which it has dubbed ALICE households—those that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Read More...
A Service for All
By Meghan Nelson |Daily News on February 11, 2019
When 211 was reinstated in Ionia and Montcalm counties last summer, it once again provided a way to connect residents to essential services.
United Way Executive Director Terri Legg has been trying to debunk misconceptions about the service since 211 was brought back online. She is trying to spread the message 211 is for all people, regardless of their background. Read More...
Agencies Offering Active Shooter Preparedness Training for Non-profits
By Evan Sasiela on February 2, 2019
United Way, Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, are offering an active shooter preparedness training session for non-profits. Read More...
2018 Sponsor a Classroom Thank You
From the front desk of Terri Legg, Executive Director
As any educator can tell you, there never seems to be enough money to adequately outfit a classroom. Many teachers make up this disparity out of their own pockets.
Fortunately, for the past couple years teachers in Ionia and Montcalm counties have had a little help in the form of The United Way’s Sponsor a Classroom program. According to local United Way Executive Director Terri Legg, the organization recognized the need and then researched the most effective way it could help. Read More...
Child Poverty is Down, but Michigan Children are Still Suffering
By Jeremy Wahr, Capital News Service on November 2, 2018
LANSING — Childhood poverty in Michigan has decreased in recent years, but people living near the poverty line still face many hardships. About 444,100 children, or 20 percent of the children in Michigan, still live in poverty, according to the Kids Count in Michigan 2018 Data Book. The numbers are down from 2010, when 537,003 children lived in poverty. Read more...
Isabella Bank Closing Monday for Service Projects
Isabella Bank is closing on Monday to allow their employees to partake in service projects.
The closure is a part of their "Compassion for Action" event, which encourages 400 of their employees to spend time volunteering in their communities, according to a press release sent out by the bank on Tuesday. Read More...
Helping Teachers Help Kids
By Mitchell Boatman 616-546-4209
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at 1:01 PM
FENWICK - Running a classroom can be a difficult - and expensive - task for teachers. Luckily for early elementary school teachers in Ionia and Montcalm counties, United Way is here to help. The "Sponsor a Classroom" program is nearing the end Read More...
Sponsor A Classroom Initiative Underway in Ionia, Montcalm Counties
By Mike Taylor | on July 21, 2018
IONIA — There’s an old saying among teachers, one you can find on posters hung in faculty lounges across the country. It reads: “It’ll be a great day when schools have all the supplies they need and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy a new fighter jet.” Read More...
211 Returns to Ionia and Montcalm Counties
Phone service offers resources to those struggling to pay bills
By Meghan Nelson | on May 24, 2018
From a young age, children are taught to dial 911 in case of an emergency.
But for those who are facing a crisis regarding day-to-day needs, another three-digit phone number can be a lifesaving hotline. Read More...
2-1-1 Service Expanding to Seven More Counties
Heart of West Michigan United Way's 2-1-1 Program Expanding
May 29, 2018
Heart of West Michigan United Way's 2-1-1 program is one of the best in the nation, so we're expanding it to help even more people in Michigan. Now, people in Ionia, Montcalm, Lake, Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta, and Osceola counties will be able to connect to local services like housing, food, utility assistance, transportation, childcare, and more through our call center. Read More...