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Mark your calendars! Monday, January 21 is MLK Day of Service. Make it a day ON, not a day off - and help your community.

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Get help with your taxes!

If you made less than $54,000 in 2018 and need assistance in preparing your basic tax return, schedule a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) appointment by calling 2-1-1 or 800-563-5432. Beginning January 22, 2019. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


POP UP GIVING is back! Pick the winners at our second event at Silver Harbor!

United Way of Southwest Michigan invites you to attend our second “Pop Up Giving” event on Thursday, January 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. (pitches start at 5:30) at Silver Harbor Brewing Company in St. Joseph. We want to give YOU the opportunity to help decide where funds are distributed. Have fun AND give back!


You can Win a Car!

To help incentivize this year’s campaign, United Way partnered with Tyler Automotive to provide a car challenge. Donors who gave $156 (or $3 per week) were automatically entered into a drawing to win a two-year lease on a sub-compact vehicle from Tyler Automotive. For every additional $100 contributed, donors received an additional entry into the drawing.

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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.