Our Work

Mission and Movement of the United Way of Northeast Michigan

Our mission...
United Way of Northeast Michigan serves the region by directing charitable resources to meet human need.

What is the United Way?
United Way of Northeast Michigan fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person living in Alcona, Alpena and Montmorency county's.

We win by Living United! By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community's most daunting social crises.

How is this done and who is doing it?
Through a single community-wide campaign, held in the fall of the year, volunteers raise funds to support local, state and national human care agencies. Volunteers carry out the great majority of United Way activities.

Who gives to the United Way?
Anyone! Funding comes from many different areas through out the community. Contributions are received through corporate and employee contributions from major firms and small business/commercial entities, educational institutions, professional people, community service agencies and individuals.

How are the funds raised distributed?
Funds raised during the annual campaign are distributed effectively, based on the community’s needs, by volunteers who represent diverse segments of the community. Prior to allocating funds raised, the volunteers assess the community needs and determine how to distribute funds so that donors know their money is battling the most pressing community issues and reaching the people who are most in need. The local United Way has a Board of Directors and along with the Allocations Committee they have the task of allocating funds raised to the member agencies.

Can you designate a gift to a specific agency?
Community wide care is the most powerful way to invest a contribution. This gift will help all community partner agency programs. We also honor specific designations to partner agencies as well as any outside organizations that are 501c3 tax exempt human care entities. There is a 5% charge for designation loss on payroll deduction and direct bill donations and there is a 10% administrative charge on organizations outside of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. There is no charge on designations made to other United Way’s. The United Way also offers impact area designations to Basic Human Needs, Education, Health & Income Services. Partner agencies are categorized under these impact areas and donations designated to these areas are split between the agencies.

Who receives the benefits of the dollars raised?
Thousands of people receive assistance from the United Way partner agencies on an annual basis. They reach out to persons from infancy through senior citizens. Dollars raised assist agencies that provide disaster relief, emergency food and shelter, crisis intervention, day care, youth development, and much, much more.

Does the United Way offer assistance other than through the annual campaign?
The United Way is involved with the Emergency Food & Shelter Program and has been for 35 phases. This program awards grants to civil jurisdictions that are in the greatest need of help. Programs assist with food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, food banks, rent/mortgage payments and utility assistance. Dollars used for this program come directly from the federal government.
Information and referral is another service provided. The United Way worked with other local organizations for many years in bringing 2-1-1 to the coverage area; which has achieved and became a reality in 2012. The United Way continues to financially support this service.
The United Way collaborates with local and state organizations in building a stronger, healthier, more compassionate community.
We are the fiduciary for the Great Start Collaborative for Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle (COP) counties. And for the Wash a Coat Program.
The “School Clothes Initiative” has allowed nearly 100 youth from 6th – 12th grade to receive a $125 to $200 gifts card to shop with an adult volunteer and pick out new clothes, school supplies and personal hygiene products. Partnering by Meijer, the program is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan and Grace Lutheran Church of Alpena.