All donations stay in Shiawassee County to serve the people of Shiawassee County.
Improving The County
We address the root causes of poverty in Shiawassee County by funding programs at local agencies, administering the Hunger Network, offering the community the 2-1-1 help line, and working to help efficiently provide services to the people in our communities. It is envisioned that this combination of funding , collaborative efforts and intiatives will result in lasting, measurable change for people in Shiawassee County.
Working Together For Solutions
Shiawassee United Way works with government, non-profit, for profit organizations, and public schools to form collaborations and partnerships to avoid unnecessary duplications of service. This ensures that your dollars are used efficiently and effectively to address the root causes of poverty and advance the common good in our community
Michigan Association of United Ways ALICEProject
Did you know that 41% of all Shiawassee County households cannot afford even the basic needs? ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, are households that earn more than the U. S. poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county.
Learn more about the United Way ALICEProject and read the Michigan Report in ite entirety here.
Learn about "The New Face of Hunger" by reading this article..
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United Way Study Identifies Great Need
A recent Rutgers University study found that 41% of all households in Shiawassee County do not have enough financial resources to pay for the basic essentials of life. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families have jobs but still cannot afford heat, food, housing, etc. Shiawassee United Way has ensured that the programs and initiatives they fund address root causes of poverty and barriers experienced by working, yet income constrained, families.
Frank Fear, Shiawassee United Way Pacesetter Campaign Chair, shared how a former United Way giver needed help for a short time. “James was undergoing cancer treatments. His insurance co-pays left him without money to buy food despite the fact that he had a job and continued to work. He was glad that he had donated to Shiawassee United Way in the past so that there were food pantries close to his home where he could receive food assistance until his chemotherapy and radiation treatments were complete.”