UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit and public partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing the root causes of our community’s longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight - through giving, advocacy and volunteering - contact us at

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United Way’s Pop Up Giving is back!

YOU pick the nonprofit with the winning pitch to get the donation pot. 

Fast. Fun. Instant impact.

United Way of Southwest Michigan invites the public to attend its THIRD “Pop Up Giving” event on Thursday, May 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Lehman's Orchard Brewery & Farmhouse in Buchanan. This event gives the community the chance to decide where funds go.

Individual tickets are $20 and include one free drink and light appetizers provided by Lehman’s. Doors open at 5 p.m. Presentations begin at 6 p.m.


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Every year, across Southwest Michigan, food pantries see themselves fully stocked in the winter months and holiday season. However, when summer hits, food donations go down and their shelves are harder to keep stocked. This can leave low-income, hard-working families with very few options. We are asking local businesses to help us stock the local food pantries with items (IN GROUPS OF 100) to help them through the summer months.

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Honor Credit Union’s “Leadercast Live” to benefit UWSM

Honor Credit Union is bringing Leadercast Live, the largest one-day leadership event in the world, to Southwest Michigan on May 10. This simulcast event will be hosted at The Shadowland Ballroom in downtown St. Joseph from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit United Way of Southwest Michigan.

Broadcasting live each year from Atlanta to hundreds of host sites around the world, Leadercast Live assembles globally respected leadership experts on one stage to share knowledge and insights from their leadership journeys. The event and networking opportunity will center around the topic of “Leading Healthy Teams,” and attendees will hear from experts in organizational health to gain the tools to become leaders worth following.

Members of the public and area businesses may attend by purchasing tickets through Honor’s Facebook page or Eventbrite.


Are you ready to ROCK THE BOAT?!? Registration is Open!

Whirlpool Corporation’s 4th Annual Rock the Boat Cardboard Boat Races takes place on Thurday, July 18th at The Inn at Harbor Shores. 64 boats competed in 2018 and the goal for this summer’s event is 75 boats. Register now!

Register Here →


We fight for Jacob.

BEING BLIND IS NOT A BARRIER. To Jacob, it’s simply an inconvenience.  Jacob has proven that no inconvenience will stop him from achieving great things.  Thanks to the help of United Way funded partner, GateWay Services, Jacob received the training and life skills support to help him thrive in a work setting.  Jacob’s focus is computers, and as he puts it, there’s no stopping him from discovering his maxibility.  


United We Win.

WHY ME?  It’s natural for people to ask when their lives and livelihoods hang in the balance. There’s no single answer to that question. But United Way does everything humanly possible to provide responses and solutions that protect, improve and empower lives around Southwest Michigan.  Whether it's through volunteerism, our strong nonprofit sector, or community-wide initiatives, change is happening in a big way.    

We may be wrapping up our 75th year serving Southwest Michigan, but we’re excited to to begin the next 75.  Without the support from our community, we couldn't do the work that we do.  But, there is still so much work to be done.  Please join the fight.  Because change doesn’t happen alone.  Hope isn’t a one man band.  And there’s no such thing as self-taught or self-made. 

We have one life.  To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.