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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...

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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...

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A Service for All

211 connects counties to plethora of resources

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Kids Day Expo participants enjoy activities at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

By Meghan Nelson | on July 01, 2017

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Heat and humidity couldn’t stop families from making a trip to Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds to enjoy Friday’s Kids Day Expo. Read More...

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Agencies Fill the Gap Left by 2-1-1 in Ionia And Montcalm Counties

October 20, 2016

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need. The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016. According to meeting minutes, the coalition “does not support the continued diversion of local funds for 2-1-1 and recommends that the service be suspended until a sustainable source of funding can be found.” Read More...

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