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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.


The Way of Northeast Michigan and Who Is My Neighbor is pleased to present The Longest Table!-Alpena."  The free, public event welcomes residents to sit down and “break bread” with people they might not know, to foster conversations, strengthen and build connections, and to share ideas about Alpena County. Open to adults and high school students who are willing to mix and mingle informally with people they meet that day. Sunday, August 25, Downtown Alpena 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. To help us prepare for you email us at,  or call (989) 354-2221.


Meaningful community solutions require more than money or programs or policies. The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and go where their time and talent is most needed. Join us to help create lasting solutions to local issues. Click here to learn about a few ways you can help change lives and communities. To register or to learn more, call (989) 354-2221.



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.   Formerly called the School Clothes Initiative.


Start a Back to School Supply Drive from July 1 to 26  at your workplace, business or place of worship to benefit underpriviledged children in Alcona, Alpena and Montmorency Counties.  Without your support, many go back to school with little of no supplies at all.  Make an online donation or drop your supplies off at our office in the APlex or call and we will come pick them up.

United Way Community Garden

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

THE ALICE REPORT: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

Across Michigan, 46 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.  Read the report.


Everyone in our area can help the United Way of Northeast Michigan “Sock it to Poverty” from Devember 3 to December 1, 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.


The United Way is seeking 200 Hero's to help us move closer to our fundraising goal. Here's how it works:  Donate $100 to the United Way through this website or stop by Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet, 1074 US 23 N in Alpena or the United Way office, 701 Woodward Ave.  Don't forget to get your photo taken so we can share your heroism on Facebook.  In adition, your name will appear in a full-page ad in the Alpena News in recognition of your strength and support.  Truly, you don't have to wear a cape and leap tall buildings to be a superhero. . . . just someone who lives the United Way. 


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 are due by 4 p.m. August 28, 2019 and April 1. Applications can be emailed or delivered to the United Way office. Email or drop off at our office in the APlex, 701 Woodward Ave. in Alpena.

When funding is available an announcement will be made through media sources, including the United Way web site ( and social media outlets. For more information, call (989) 354-2221.