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GUEST VIEW: United Way Montcalm and Ionia Counties helps everyone rebuild

What are the cornerstones of a good life? Health, education, and financial stability. 

With these parts of life securely in place, it is easier for everyone to recover from a setback, rebuild a stronger life and reimagine what’s possible for the future.

United Way distributes computers, internet hotspots to ALICE families

From keyboards and monitors to computers and internet hotspots, more than 100 families were grateful to receive technology last week that otherwise would be absent in the home.

On Thursday, United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties held a drive-thru distribution event, in which 100 packages of refurbished computers, complete with a variety of accessories, were handed out to Ionia County families who fell into the category of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), meaning a family in which the household income falls between $35,000 and $60,000.

MCC partners with United Way for community service project

Montcalm Community College is giving back to the community one project at a time.

MCC recently partnered with United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties to decorate lunch bags for the organization’s IM Kids 3rd Meal program, which provides more than 700 brown bag meals for home to local elementary children every school day who are food insecure.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia launches Summer Stock Up food drive for local pantries

Every year, food pantries across Montcalm and Ionia counties are fully stocked in the winter months thanks to generous holiday donations, but when summer comes, donations drop considerably, and pantry shelves become sparse. This can leave low-income, hard-working families with limited options during this time of year.

MSHDA rolls out tool for COVID Emergency Rental Assistance

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties, in partnership with EightCap Inc. and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has launched an online tool to help streamline the application process for renters and landlords seeking COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA).

MSHDA currently has federal funds available to help tenants avoid eviction and landlords recoup owed rent. Renters making 80% of the area median income or less are eligible. For other eligibility criteria and a link to the secure online application site, visit Michigan.gov/CERA to apply.  Landlords or tenants can fill out the CERA application and upload required documents.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties launches Financial Literacy Video Contest for students

Looking to break down barriers that have left many Michiganders stuck in a zone on the cusp of poverty, one local organization is working toward educating the youth to help guide them toward a better financial future. 

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties, which fights for the health, education and financial stability of all members of the two counties, has announced a Financial Literacy Video Contest targeted toward high school teenagers. 

Online UWMI Volunteer Center matches nonprofits with volunteers eager to help

Terri Legg, executive director of United Way-Montcalm/Ionia Counties, believes that the community her agency serves is among the most giving there are. When there is a need, people step up — when they know about the need, that is.

Thanks to a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation, and a longtime partnership between the two organizations, Legg announced the opening on April 2 of the online UWMI Volunteer Center, which will match organizational need with volunteer interest.

New ALICE project data brings attention to large percentage of residents struggling with basic needs

For those who find themselves not quite in poverty, but still struggling to break free of financial woes, the effort to move upward can sometimes be blocked by a single hardship.

From choosing to buy groceries over making a car insurance payment to foregoing preemptive health care to instead pay for child care, millions of residents throughout Michigan make difficult choices such as these daily just to ensure they can provide for their families.