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2020 applications for agency funding available January 22.

APPLICATIONS  DUE BY 4 P.M. March 4, 2019

United Way thanks our local agency/program providers for continuing to create a community that models giving, advocating and volunteering at their individual agencies. We are proud to be a partner with them and continue to provide funding, resources and grants for our local agencies. to apply to be a 2020 united way agency and make a Community Impact.  To request an application, Click Here.
For questions about the application process, contact the uniteD way at (989) 354-2221

Sock it to poverty (Holiday sock drive)

Everyone in our area can help the United Way of Northeast Michigan “Sock it to Poverty” from Devember 3  to December 13, 2019 by setting up a donation site at your workplace, church, organization or school to collect new socks, mittens, hats, or cash for people in our community who don’t have much. All items and donations will be distributed to local nonprofits and schools before the holidays.

To participate or make a donation, visit You may also email to request an optional promotional poster and collection tally sheet for your sock drive from the United Way.  You can also call (989) 354-2221 for information.  Participants can send photos of your collection to the United Way so they can share them and promote your efforts through its social media platforms.

Once you have collected your donations, simply drop them off at the United Way office before Friday, Dec. 16 or call for a pickup.  Socks can be purchased for all ages and genders from infant through adult.

2-1-1 Help Line

Contact United Way 2-1-1-, which is available 24/7, and provides information about health and human service resources available for Alcona, Alpena and Montgomery County residents.

Whether you are looking for medical help, foreclosure prevention programs, utility assistance, help with food or clothing, or any other challenge facing your family, a call to Michigan 2-1-1 may provide the answer you are looking for.  Dial 9-1-1- for Police and Medical emergencies.

United Way School Clothes Initiative

Provides gift cards for back-to-school clothes, school supplies and personal hygene items for quaifying low-income jr. high -high school youth.  Children are screened by school administrators for the program. To volunteer or support this program call (989) 354-2221 or email us. 

United Way Community Garden

Garden project that donates it's harvest to local soup kitchens.

Coming in 2019 ~ Community Reading Initiative

A reading initiative for young children.

Mini Grants

United Way of Northeast Michigan accepts applications for mini grants, from any 501c3 non-profit health and human care organizations twice a year, in March and August.

Organizations can apply for up to $1,000. The next Call for Mini Grant Application entries will take place in March 2019. An announcement will be made through media sources, including the United Way web site ( and social media outlets.

THE ALICE REPORT: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

Across Michigan, 40 percent of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health, health care and transportation.

While United Ways across the state are working to address these disparities through programming and services, state lawmakers will have to work together to create polices that support working families. That’s why we shared these findings from the report, named ALICE —which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed—with state lawmakers during a joint forum with our partners, the Michigan League of Public Policy, who also released their Kids Count report.