UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

To join the fight - through giving, advocacy, and volunteering - contact us at info@uwsm.org.

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Dine United

United Way of Southwest Michigan is launching it’s first ever Dine United in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties! Starting in October, and running 8 consecutive Thursdays throughout Southwest Michigan, we are partnering with local restaurants for a Dine United giveback night. A different area will be featured each week - which provides all of us in Southwest Michigan the opportunity to support our local communities.

See the area schedule here!


Attention Harbor Country parents!

With a special generous grant from The Pokagon Fund, United Way of Southwest Michigan is expanding Dolly Parton Imagination Library enrollment in Southwest Michigan’s Harbor Country. More kids under the age of 5 living in Harbert, Lakeside, New Buffalo, Sawyer, Three Oaks, and Union Pier will get a jump-start on school-readiness with books mailed each month to their homes.

If you live in Harbor Country, enroll your child HERE!


Attention Van Buren parents!

After bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to preschool children in the Paw Paw Public School District in 2018, the Paw Paw Area Rotary Club has now partnered with United Way of Southwest Michigan to expand this program beyond the school district to children throughout all of Van Buren County.

If you live in Van Buren County, enroll your child HERE!


Everything was at risk.

Angelica Hatchew was having trouble making ends meet while she was on early maternity leave for health reasons from her job at Lyons Industries in Dowagiac. Five months pregnant and with two other children, she was afraid of losing her home. “Everything was at risk,” Angelica says. “I was at the bottom of the bottom.” That’s when she met Nancy Miller, a success coach at The LINK, a program at United Way-funded partner Kinexus. “She was my backbone,” Angelica says. Nancy counseled and reassured Angelica, evaluated her situation and informed her of her options. She helped Angelica connect to disability assistance and utility bill extensions. She directed her to mobile food pantries and ways to get her kids school clothes. After Angelica’s son was born, Nancy saw to it that the newborn received medical insurance.



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.

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