Heart of West Michigan United Way
Our mission is to unite community resources to invest in solutions that reduce poverty in West Michigan.
About Heart of West Michigan United Way
United Way has been an integral part of Kent County for more than 100 years. We’ve always played a unique role in connecting community resources to pressing community needs through direct programming, community engagement, and partnerships with local nonprofit agencies, companies, donors, volunteers, and numerous collaborations.
A THRIVING COMMUNITY FOR ALL.
At Heart of West Michigan United Way, we’re pursuing a vision of a thriving community for all. We fight poverty in Kent County by uniting resources from donors, workplaces, and grant funders with the most effective programs that intervene in crisis and empower people to build toward self-sufficiency.
Heart of West Michigan United Way was originally founded in 1917 as a Community Chest. Today, we’re part of a network of more than 1,300 United Ways across the nation, each of which is autonomous and independently governed by its own local Board of Directors.
As a long-time community leader, we convene and collaborate with other organizations throughout West Michigan to advance the common good, direct change, and create opportunities for a good life for all who live and work here.
We have a foundation in the firm belief that all individuals should be treated with dignity and respect. We’re proud to be the first nonprofit organization to receive the highest level of assessment and credentialing from Partners for a Racism-Free Community.
We believe in the strength of diversity and the inherent worth of all individuals. We support this belief through policies, employment practices, program funding, volunteer recruitment, and partnerships with other diversity-driven organizations.
In all of our policies, practices, programs, business, and community relationships, Heart of West Michigan United Way seeks to be racism and discrimination-free, whereby all persons—regardless of skin color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual—feel welcomed and wanted in all places and treat others the same way. United Way will seek volunteers and personnel who reflect and acknowledge the importance and value of diversity in our community.