2-1-1: We answer the call

2-1-1: We answer the call

Crisis doesn’t adhere to a convenient schedule. That’s why our 2-1-1 helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help...

November 19, 2018

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Volunteer Spotlight: EY Detroit staff give 1,300 hours for annual Connect Day

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: EY Detroit staff give 1,300 hours for annual Connect Day

Will Love begins his day surrounded by clothing and shoes. One by one, he arranges the items by size – suit jackets to the left, button-down shirts...

October 26, 2018

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Ford leads United Way marathon team of 260 runners, 100 volunteers

Living United

Ford leads United Way marathon team of 260 runners, 100 volunteers

Runners in the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon take to the streets, including hundreds supporting United Way through our Run United team. On October 20-21,...

October 12, 2018

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More Than A Comeback

Living United

More Than A Comeback

Our new campaign video, once again starring Detroit poet Mahogany Jones, details what it means to Live United. Check it out to learn about the...

October 1, 2018

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Volunteer Spotlight: Building brighter futures with Oakland Family Services

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Building brighter futures with Oakland Family Services

Sometimes families face challenges they cannot resolve on their own. Fortunately, help is available. United Way for Southeastern Michigan works with nonprofit partners across the...

September 28, 2018

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Volunteers make Meet Up and Eat Up a summer success

Health, Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers make Meet Up and Eat Up a summer success

In neighborhoods across the state, block parties are synonymous with summer. The sound of music playing coupled with the promise of food, friends, and fun is...

August 29, 2018

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

Living United

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

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

August 29, 2018

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United Way app improves Meet Up and Eat Up summer meal sites

Health

United Way app improves Meet Up and Eat Up summer meal sites

For many kids in our community, summer break can be a time of uncertainty when they no longer have access to free and reduced school...

August 28, 2018

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Christine Trice named staff volunteer of the year

Volunteer Spotlight

Christine Trice named staff volunteer of the year

A little bit of time and effort makes a big difference. Just ask Christine Trice, 2-1-1 Community Care Specialist at United Way for Southeastern Michigan....

August 22, 2018

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United Way’s Dr. Driver convenes nonprofit CEOs to discuss region’s progress

Thought Leaders United

United Way’s Dr. Driver convenes nonprofit CEOs to discuss region’s progress

Detroit’s recovery continues to make headlines—from Ford Motor Company’s expansion into Corktown to the Hudson’s site skyscraper. But to truly move the city and our region forward, progress must...

August 13, 2018

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United Way, Red Cross combine efforts to save lives

Living United, Volunteer Spotlight

United Way, Red Cross combine efforts to save lives

This June, a Southeastern Michigan family stepped out of their house for a few minutes while dinner was cooking. They returned to find smoke billowing out...

July 30, 2018

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Sergio Marchionne, friend of Detroit, United Way, remembered as humanitarian

Living United

Sergio Marchionne, friend of Detroit, United Way, remembered as humanitarian

Today, the world mourns the loss of automotive magnate and philanthropist Sergio Marchionne, who died at age 66. His passion and commitment to our Greater...

July 25, 2018

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United Way block parties serve up fun and food to hundreds

Health

United Way block parties serve up fun and food to hundreds

Ashley Pruitt was shopping for groceries in her Southwest Detroit neighborhood when she saw a flier for an event that she thought her children—Aydinn, Athena...

July 19, 2018

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Five questions with Dr. Darienne Driver: A glimpse into her leadership style and the future of United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Living United

Five questions with Dr. Darienne Driver: A glimpse into her leadership style and the future of United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Dr. Darienne Driver will undoubtedly bring new perspectives as a former superintendent and educator, and as the first woman and woman of color to lead...

July 11, 2018

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Tips for building healthy family mealtime habits

Health

Tips for building healthy family mealtime habits

Editor's Note: This blog post originally ran in Metro Parent Magazine. Summer can be a tough time to get kids to eat a well-balanced diet. School's out, schedules...

July 11, 2018

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This summer, try these recipes with your family

Health

This summer, try these recipes with your family

Summertime is a great season to try new foods with your family. School's out, schedules are looser and many fruits and vegetables are in season....

July 9, 2018

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Volunteer Spotlight: Quicken Loans

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Quicken Loans

Being prepared for your first job takes more than good grades. For some local high schoolers, it’s never too early to gain experience and prepare...

June 28, 2018

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How to find books that encourage your child to read

Education

How to find books that encourage your child to read

Most parents know the importance of reading with their children daily. But many don’t have the time or choose to spend leisure time on other...

June 26, 2018

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Give with your kids this summer using United Way’s volunteer portal

Volunteer Spotlight

Give with your kids this summer using United Way’s volunteer portal

Struggling to get your kids to step away from the screen and volunteer this summer? It's as simple as dusting off your own work gloves....

June 25, 2018

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Start summer right with Meet Up and Eat Up!

Health

Start summer right with Meet Up and Eat Up!

Start your summer right with Meet Up and Eat Up! Our Meet Up and Eat Up program provides free meals to everyone 18 and younger....

June 20, 2018

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Five things to look for in a quality child care program

Education

Five things to look for in a quality child care program

Learning starts long before kindergarten, and quality child care and preschool programs can help kids succeed in school, work and life. GreatStartToQuality.org makes it easy for families...

June 19, 2018

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Top Tips to Find Kids Summer Programming in Detroit

Education

Top Tips to Find Kids Summer Programming in Detroit

Are you tired of watching your kid fritter away three months of the year every summer? You have good reason. They aren’t just losing time...

June 14, 2018

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Forty percent of children start school unprepared to learn — here’s how you can help

Education

Forty percent of children start school unprepared to learn — here’s how you can help

We’ve all had a few moments in life where we’ve felt woefully unprepared. Waking up on the day of a big test, knowing that you...

June 14, 2018

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Eight activities to encourage learning with your toddler

Education

Eight activities to encourage learning with your toddler

Learning starts long before a child straps on a backpack and enters a classroom. At United Way for Southeastern Michigan, we want to help children reach their fullest potential, which is why...

June 14, 2018

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Gov. Snyder: Veto Medicaid work requirements

Health

Gov. Snyder: Veto Medicaid work requirements

Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30113 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: Thanks to your leadership, the Healthy Michigan program made it possible for our...

June 7, 2018

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Basic needs partners help United Way build a stronger safety net

Living United

Basic needs partners help United Way build a stronger safety net

Forty percent of Americans struggle to afford basic needs like housing, child care, food, health care and transportation. For many, one minor financial setback can...

June 1, 2018

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Time to Care

Health

Time to Care

Today, 1.6 million Michiganders have no access to paid sick time at work. This puts the health and economic stability of families and children at...

May 29, 2018

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ABCmouse: Now available for check out at Detroit libraries

Education

ABCmouse: Now available for check out at Detroit libraries

In her 47 years of working at Detroit Public Library, there wasn’t much that could surprise a seasoned veteran like Lurine Carter —until they started...

May 25, 2018

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Summer Spark helps kids stay sharp outside the classroom

Education

Summer Spark helps kids stay sharp outside the classroom

As summer vacation approaches, children living in-low income homes are at greater risk of succumbing to summer slide — the tendency for students to lose some...

May 25, 2018

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Uniting through data, discussion and collaboration

Living United

Uniting through data, discussion and collaboration

While Southeastern Michigan unemployment numbers continue to drop, wages have stagnated. The median household incomes for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have fallen 22 percent...

May 17, 2018

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Career Connections: Students set for second annual career fair

Education

Career Connections: Students set for second annual career fair

V’Niecia Dupree had just started attending Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine when her grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. The news was devastating,...

May 2, 2018

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‘A community effort’: Hundreds give back for National Volunteer Week

Volunteer Spotlight

‘A community effort’: Hundreds give back for National Volunteer Week

Not even a mid-April snow shower could keep hundreds of volunteers from showing up throughout Southeastern Michigan for this year’s National Volunteer Week — Detroit...

April 23, 2018

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Volunteer Partner Spotlight: CARE House of Oakland County

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Partner Spotlight: CARE House of Oakland County

When children who have suffered trauma and abuse come to CARE House of Oakland County, the first thing they do is pick out a stuffed...

April 20, 2018

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Nearly 1,000 volunteers set to join United Way for National Volunteer Week

Volunteer Spotlight

Nearly 1,000 volunteers set to join United Way for National Volunteer Week

In preparation for this year’s National Volunteer Week, we only had to look across from our headquarters to our partner EY, who provided the inspiration...

April 12, 2018

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Tax preparation: Every dollar counts

Economic Prosperity

Tax preparation: Every dollar counts

Editor’s note: United Way partners Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metro offer free in-person tax preparation to families who made $54,000 or less in 2017...

April 2, 2018

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Lawmakers celebrate school breakfast success at Hazel Park High School

Health

Lawmakers celebrate school breakfast success at Hazel Park High School

It's been a long time since Michigan lawmakers had to wake up before the sun rose to make it to class in time for the first bell, but on March 9,...

March 14, 2018

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Encourage your children to read with these four tips

Education

Encourage your children to read with these four tips

For parents, watching a child master a new skill can feel like witnessing a small miracle. And when it comes to literacy skills, parents and...

March 12, 2018

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Women of Influence event generates more than $200,000 for children

Education

Women of Influence event generates more than $200,000 for children

When Sandra Ali isn't anchoring Local 4 newscasts, she's busy raising her four children. Like many busy moms, it makes you wonder: How does she...

March 8, 2018

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Honigman Academy prepares future attorneys for the courtroom

Education

Honigman Academy prepares future attorneys for the courtroom

A boardroom 22 stories above the city was alive with spirited debate on a recent snowy morning. Sixteen students — mostly sophomores — from the...

March 6, 2018

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United Way joins day of action to urge Congress to protect SNAP

Health

United Way joins day of action to urge Congress to protect SNAP

More than 40 million people in the United States are food insecure, according to the USDA, which means they don’t have access to the nutritious foods they need. In Southeastern Michigan, that's...

February 27, 2018

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Drop-and-go tax sites offer fast, free tax prep help

Economic Prosperity

Drop-and-go tax sites offer fast, free tax prep help

Busy families now have another way to get free tax preparation help through the new "drop-and-go taxes" program. Qualifying individuals can get their taxes done...

February 16, 2018

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Experienced accountant shares tax time message: If you earn, file a tax return

Economic Prosperity

Experienced accountant shares tax time message: If you earn, file a tax return

Last week, a woman with one child came into the Accounting Aid Society looking for help with filing her taxes. Her income for last year...

February 16, 2018

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United Way trains caregivers on car seat and sleep safety

Health

United Way trains caregivers on car seat and sleep safety

Shareece Williams felt helpless. A few years ago, her shift as an overnight nurse was winding down. She was looking forward to spending her birthday...

February 7, 2018

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Volunteer partner spotlight: International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer partner spotlight: International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

  Located on Kirby Street in Detroit’s ever-evolving midtown, the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit offers a global community for new immigrants and native Detroiters...

January 19, 2018

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File your taxes for free

Economic Prosperity

File your taxes for free

It’s tax time, and for many families, preparing and filing can be an unwanted chore. But for anyone who made less than $66,000 in 2017,...

January 18, 2018

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Possibilities beyond high school

Education

Possibilities beyond high school

A fire rekindled at a Detroit home and quickly became a giant blaze. Cortez Wilform was at the scene for the first time as a...

January 12, 2018

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ABCmouse offered free to Detroit families thanks to United Way, GM

Education

ABCmouse offered free to Detroit families thanks to United Way, GM

Light flooded inside the newly-opened Edison Branch of the Detroit Public Library on Thursday while children ran in and out of a castle playscape. Next...

December 14, 2017

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A fond farewell from our CEO Herman Gray

Living United

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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EY: Committed to building a stronger Detroit with United Way

Volunteer Spotlight

EY: Committed to building a stronger Detroit with United Way

We believe great things happen when we Live United. And our partners continue to prove that through employee giving campaigns and volunteerism. EY is one such...

December 1, 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

Living United

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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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

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

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

Thought Leaders United

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

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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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. And...

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

Living United

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

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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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."  At a...

August 1, 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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