Applications open for Access for All

Economic Prosperity

Applications open for Access for All

A life-changing skilled trades career is a few clicks of a mouse away. Access for All, a free 13-week construction trades training program, is now...

December 18, 2017

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A fond farewell from our CEO Herman Gray

Dr. Gray in the Community

A fond farewell from our CEO Herman Gray

Nearly three years ago, I began an incredible journey as president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. We've been able to address social...

December 14, 2017

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5 ways to give back during the holiday season

Living United

5 ways to give back during the holiday season

The holiday season is a great time for giving—and not just gifts to your friends and family. Studies show that giving back is good for your...

December 7, 2017

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High school freshmen find their future at career fair

Education

High school freshmen find their future at career fair

The future became clearer Friday for 2,000 Detroit Public Schools Community District freshmen who learned about potential career paths at the Find Your Future: Career...

November 22, 2017

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Thanks for Giving

Dr. Gray in the Community

Thanks for Giving

This Thanksgiving, I hope you're able to celebrate the holiday with friends and family and a bountiful feast. Each year, my family takes a moment...

November 22, 2017

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Living United is a lifestyle

Living United

Living United is a lifestyle

Editor's note: United Way Brand Ambassador Mahogany Jones shares her volunteer experience at United Way's Find Your Future: Career Exploration Fair. Learn about more volunteer...

November 21, 2017

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Tips for being an educated, empowered voter

Living United

Tips for being an educated, empowered voter

Lacy Dawson of advocacy coalition Michigan Voice has a message for eligible voters: "It's not as difficult to vote as you think it is."  Dawson and panelists from the Michigan...

November 3, 2017

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Furniture Bank and United Way: Fresh paint and a lengthy partnership

Living United

Furniture Bank and United Way: Fresh paint and a lengthy partnership

If you take a peek inside the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan warehouse, you’ll find it to be more of a bright, beautiful and inviting...

November 1, 2017

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Run United team gives back through Detroit marathon

Living United

Run United team gives back through Detroit marathon

When Mike Hansen signed up with his wife and daughter to volunteer for the Detroit Free Press Marathon's 5K race on Oct. 14, he knew...

October 24, 2017

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HAVEN boosts volunteer network through United Way portal

Volunteer Spotlight

HAVEN boosts volunteer network through United Way portal

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and those looking to make a difference by volunteering to help survivors have plenty of options to do so...

October 9, 2017

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United Way and Merrill Palmer forge new partnership to put ‘Families First’

Education, Dr. Gray in the Community

United Way and Merrill Palmer forge new partnership to put ‘Families First’

For 100 years, United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute have been helping strengthen families and children in our community, and...

October 4, 2017

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ALICE report shows employed Michiganders struggle to afford necessities

Economic Prosperity, Dr. Gray in the Community

ALICE report shows employed Michiganders struggle to afford necessities

  Forty percent of Michigan households struggle to afford basic necessities, like housing, child care, food, health care and transportation — despite having a job...

October 3, 2017

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Dr. Herman Gray speaks at U of M Bicentennial Detroit Seminar

Dr. Gray in the Community

Dr. Herman Gray speaks at U of M Bicentennial Detroit Seminar

On any given Saturday when the University of Michigan football team takes to the field, Dr. Herman Gray wears his maize and blue in support...

October 2, 2017

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Earned Paid Sick Time

Health

Earned Paid Sick Time

For too many Michigan workers, an illness like the flu or a fever presents a difficult decision: take unpaid sick time to rest and seek...

September 19, 2017

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Five easy, healthy school lunch ideas

Health

Five easy, healthy school lunch ideas

Parents: You survived the first week of school. Congrats! With kids back in the school habit, making sure they have the fuel they need to...

September 8, 2017

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Training camp for teachers

Education, Dr. Gray in the Community

Training camp for teachers

Call it training camp for teachers. Educators at 16 United Way partner high schools are refreshed and reinvigorated for the start of the new year....

September 7, 2017

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Showing Spirit

Living United

Showing Spirit

With a recent costume change, the Spirit of Detroit has fine taste in fashion. The statue will wear a Live United shirt through Sept. 10....

September 6, 2017

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Access for All: A better life

Economic Prosperity

Access for All: A better life

.Editor's note: To learn more about how Access for All is helping Detroiters find good jobs, click here. Johnathan Elam knew that if he wanted...

September 6, 2017

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Labor and United Way: Standing together for more than 75 years

Economic Prosperity, Living United

Labor and United Way: Standing together for more than 75 years

For more than 75 years, United Way and labor have made a difference together in Southeastern Michigan. From feeding children to hosting school supply drives,...

September 1, 2017

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Building volunteer partnerships with Focus: HOPE

Volunteer Spotlight

Building volunteer partnerships with Focus: HOPE

With nearly 20,000 volunteers coming through their doors each year, the team at Focus: HOPE is skilled at recruiting help for its food delivery, neighborhood beautification and...

August 30, 2017

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Access for All: Powered by partners

Economic Prosperity

Access for All: Powered by partners

Editor’s note: United Way partners involved in Access for All include Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast...

August 29, 2017

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Access for All: Celebrating Labor

Economic Prosperity

Access for All: Celebrating Labor

The Labor movement led efforts for safer working conditions and better wages, as well as the 40-hour work week. #TGIF wouldn’t exist without Labor. As...

August 28, 2017

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Celebrating a Century of Living United

Living United

Celebrating a Century of Living United

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is 100! To celebrate our 100th anniversary, we hosted a birthday party at Campus Martius Park on Aug. 19. Joined...

August 28, 2017

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Volunteer spotlight: FCA US

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer spotlight: FCA US

When FCA US LLC put out the call for volunteers at United Way for Southeastern Michigan's Meet Up and Eat Up Community Block Parties, Trenton...

August 24, 2017

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Building bridges in Michigan and beyond

Dr. Gray in the Community

Building bridges in Michigan and beyond

It was an evening of Japanese cuisine, wine and sake, along with engaging conversation and bridge-building when United Way for Southeastern Michigan President and CEO Dr. Herman...

August 23, 2017

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Volunteer Spotlight: Pierce Ortlieb

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Pierce Ortlieb

Pierce Ortlieb is a Grand Valley State University student and a Grand Rapids resident. But this summer, he’s making sure people in Southeastern Michigan can...

August 21, 2017

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United Way Day at the ball game

Living United

United Way Day at the ball game

It was a sun-soaked afternoon of fun Aug. 10 during United Way Day at Comerica Park. A sea of students and supporters clad in Live...

August 18, 2017

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A Community Anthem

Living United

A Community Anthem

United Way for Southeastern Michigan has been serving the community for 100 years. To share our vision of the future, we created a new video. ...

August 17, 2017

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A community story

Behind The Scenes

A community story

Editor's note: To view the new video, "A Community Anthem," click here. To learn more about Mahogany Jones, click here. United Way has been part of...

August 15, 2017

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Delivering on the potential of students

Education

Delivering on the potential of students

When it comes to education in Detroit, says United Way for Southeastern Michigan President and CEO Dr. Herman Gray, "The stakes are high and failure...

August 11, 2017

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Mahogany Jones: On our way

Behind The Scenes

Mahogany Jones: On our way

Editor's note: To view the new video, "A Community Anthem," written and performed by Mahogany Jones, click here. To read more about the process of...

August 7, 2017

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United Way all-staff volunteer day

Living United, Volunteer Spotlight, Dr. Gray in the Community

United Way all-staff volunteer day

More than 130 United Way for Southeastern Michigan employees clad in orange Live United T-shirts fanned out across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to volunteer...

August 4, 2017

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Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Gamboa-Aguierre

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Gamboa-Aguierre

Before November 2016, Melissa Gamboa-Aguirre had never volunteered before in her life. But a passion for children led her to United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and we helped...

July 26, 2017

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Volunteer Partner Spotlight: Coalition For Temporary Shelter

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Partner Spotlight: Coalition For Temporary Shelter

At the Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS), parents and caregivers in need of housing for their family get much more than a roof over their heads—they receive assistance with finding permanent...

July 21, 2017

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Hazel Park Schools kick off Meet Up and Eat Up

Health, Living United

Hazel Park Schools kick off Meet Up and Eat Up

Families won't access free summer meals for their children if they don't know where to go, but Hazel Park Schools are making an impact. The...

June 20, 2017

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Labor Lives United

Health

Labor Lives United

To many, Labor Day means an extra day off in September. But union members know that without organized labor, workers might never get a day...

August 28, 2016

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FCA, United Way go the distance for community

Living United

FCA, United Way go the distance for community

In the early morning hours, Taylor Kachinski laces up her running shoes and hits the pavement to get her miles in before heading to work...

July 20, 2016

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GradNation: All hands on deck

Education

GradNation: All hands on deck

In Michigan, nearly one out of every five high school students doesn't graduate on time. On top of that, the National Center for Public Policy...

May 11, 2016

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Celebrating college success

Education

Celebrating college success

For some students, college is an obvious next step after graduation. But for others, the path to college success isn’t so clear. Many students in...

May 10, 2016

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