Annual United Way campaign kicks off today

United Way volunteers line up to spell out 'Live United' on lawn.
GVSU faculty and staff have pledged more than $2.3 million to the United Way and its programs over the last 10 years.
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For more than 30 years, Grand Valley has partnered with the Heart of West Michigan United Way and provided support for its Community Grant Fund and programs, helping thousands throughout Kent County. 

This year’s annual GVSU campaign kicks off October 26 and continues until November 18.

Thanks to the generosity of Grand Valley faculty and staff, the Heart of West Michigan United Way has made tremendous progress in lifting people out of poverty. 

Thirty-five percent of Kent County residents struggle to meet their basic needs, with one in eight people experiencing food insecurity and one in seven Black children experiencing homelessness. 

For the past 10 years, faculty and staff have pledged more than $2.3 million to the United Way, funding a variety of programs aimed at helping those Kent County residents. 

The United Way’s family stability programs, like its food security initiative, have been the largest recipient of faculty and staff contributions with nearly $2 million of Grand Valley donations being invested. More than 34,000 people have benefited through the food security initiative. 

The Heart of West Michigan United Way also elevates residents out of poverty by partnering with more than 40 local nonprofits to build foundations of stability and security for families.

The Community Grant Fund ensures families have access to housing, food and family support services; ensures middle school students have the support they need to succeed; and ensures adults and young people have opportunities for training and employment. 

To contribute to this year’s virtual campaign, visit the Grand Valley’s United Way Community Impact website. One-time or recurring donations are accepted via payroll deduction or credit card. 

Visit Charity Navigator for details about the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s four-star rating and financial health.


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