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The United Way of Northeast Michigan serves Alcona, Alpena & Montmorency counties and we have received emergency grant donations to apply to those agencies and organizations responding to the unanticipated needs of people caused by this pandemic. If you are repsonding to the special needs in your community, i.e., homeless assistance, food needs, childcare support for essential workers, heating and utility assistance, transportation needs, etc. we encourage you to complete an application for consideration of our grant funding. You can fill out the grant application here.

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 of Northeast Michigan, Alpena Downtown Development Authority, and Who Is My Neighbor is pleased to present The Longest Table!-Alpena."  The free, public event welcomed 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. This event was open to adults and high school students who were willing to mix and mingle informally with people they meet that day.


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.

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.


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 September.

Organizations can apply for up to $1,000. The next Call for Mini Grant Application entries are due by 4 p.m. September 20, 2019 and April 1 2020. 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.