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United Way Programs

Our Programs

Community Investment Fund

Sponsor A Classroom


Familywize-Prescription Savings Cards


Annual Coat Drive

Community Investment Fund

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties raises money to fund important charitable programs within our community. While total fundraising has been down because of the difficult economy - United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties still contributed a lot of money to support worthy programs in our area through the Community Investment grant process and other community projects. The grant process is competitive and many qualified organizations are funded, but some very worthy programs do not get grant funding because the amount of requests far exceeded the available funds.

Many people participate in the United Way program because we are all passionate about helping people and meeting the many charitable needs in Montcalm and Ionia Counties. If you are interested in participating in our funding process, please call Terri Legg at 616-794-9840 ext.7248 or click here to learn more and to apply now.
We have identified four action areas on which to focus community resources. These four areas:  Fullfilling Basic Human Needs, Building Vital and Safe Neighborhoods, Improving Peoples Health, and Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential serve as the framework for United Way grant allocations, form the basis of our Priority Areas, as well as directing the use of our human resources. United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties is currently in year one of a two year grant cycle.

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For $100, an individual or business can sponsor 1 classroom in Montcalm and/or Ionia counties. This $100 will be used by the teacher to purchase whatever they may need in their classroom. 100% of your donation goes to the school/classroom of your choice.

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Asset Limited Income Constrained Employeed

ALICE, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, childcare, healthcare, and transportation. Click HERE to learn more.

Prescription Savings Card

Cost should never prevent you from taking your medicines. FamilyWize and United Way are proud to bring precription savings to everyone by providing FamilyWize Prescription Savings Cards. Click HERE to learn more.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Click HERE to learn more.

Warming Homes and Hearts

This is our annual coat drive. Donate gently used or new coats to the United Way and they will be donated to our local partners to be distributed to the local community. Click HERE to learn more.