Featured Impact Story

Ready to learn

We’re committed to making sure parents and caregivers — children’s first teachers — are equipped to support the children in their lives so that they can reach their full potential.

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Ready to learn

We’re committed to making sure parents and caregivers — children’s first teachers — are equipped to support the children in their lives so that they can reach their full potential.

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Getting a Great Start

We’re equipping child care providers with the tools they need to support the children in their lives.

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A home for the holidays

After being evicted from her home through no fault of her own, the 2015 holiday season was a rough one for Donni Johnson. But with the guidance of United Way for Southeastern Michigan and 2-1-1, the family has a new home for the holidays this year.

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Health care connection

Parents are connecting to pediatric services and improving care thanks to 2-1-1 and Children’s Healthcare Access Program.

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Controlled chaos

Bib to Backpack is helping parents and caregivers access free resources to prepare their children for greatness.

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FCA, United Way go the distance for community

United Way Partner FCA hits the pavement to raise funds for community.

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Labor Lives United

Whether its by giving, advocating, volunteering or a combination of the three, union members power United Way. Members of CWA Local 4009 proved that this summer by volunteering at two Meet Up and Eat Up block parties.

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Learning the value of giving back

Steve and Crystal Sinclair have been longtime supporters of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. But getting involved with Meet Up and Eat Up helped show them the real impact of their donations, and the long-lasting impact it can make on families’ lives.

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Preparing the future

Students across Detroit are gaining real-world skills outside of the classroom to prepare for life after graduation.

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Celebrating college success

Three students who have seen success in college spoke to soon-to-be college students during a panel discussion at the Detroit GradNation Summit.

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‘I can do this’

Through Linked Learning, students at Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy and all across the city of Detroit are learning real-world skills and being prepared for a successful life after graduation.

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All hands on deck

The GradNation Summit brought students, educators and the community together to solve Greater Detroit’s biggest education issues and put all kids on the pathway to college and careers.

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Opportunity in diversity

When Younis Al Barmaki arrived in America with his family from Yemen in 2014, he spoke no English. Now, the 16-year-old sophomore at Hamtramck High School is a straight-A student who also works after school. His goal: To go to college and become an engineer.

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Caring for a community

When Tommeia Brown moved back to her hometown of River Rouge, she made a plan to improve her financial situation, and give back to the community she loves.

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Empowering parents

Do you know at what age your child should be making eye contact, drawing a straight line or cutting with scissors? By taking the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, parents can catch developmental delays in their young children and help them get back on track so they are ready for success on their first day of school.

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Support local businesses, feed kids

By working with local vendors to supply Meet Up and Eat Up meals, United Way has seen Greater Detroit businesses benefit.

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A fresh approach to better nutrition

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is growing a vast network of partners to tackle childhood hunger.

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A partner in Living United

We love celebrating partners who Live United — partners like General Motors. Their GM Student Corps in our Turnaround High Schools allows students to work on community service projects while learning important life skills to prepare them for college and the job market.

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A Detroit homecoming story

Three years ago, we told you about Stepha’N, an Osborn graduate. Find out what he’s been up to and what he’s planning for next.

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Touring the future

We believe kids need rich learning experiences outside of the classroom. Find out how the Historical Black Colleges and University Tours taking place in our Turnaround High Schools are impacting students.

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An investment in independence

When Imad escaped war-torn Iraq and came to the U.S. as a refugee, everything changed. But with the help of a MicroGrant from United Way, Imad was able to purchase the inventory to start his own business and give his family a better future.

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Giving to Greater Detroit

Many families recognize the importance of financially saving for the future. United Way is saving for the community’s future with the help of donors like Eric Hespenheide and his wife, Judy Hicks.

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Family values

In this busy digital age, where do parents go for help and networking? Our Early Learning Communities are providing an answer by helping parents and caregivers access resources in a space where they can form relationships with one another. The Haase family is one of thousands that have benefitted from these supportive networks.

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Graduating despite the odds

Often, students define themselves by their surroundings, which is why mentors can make the difference between success and failure. Learn how one student serves as a leader in her Detroit community.

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A mother on a mission

Where do you learn the basics, like managing your household finances, when you lose your parent so early in life? Those are just some of the challenges that Renae faced when she lost her mother at 17. But she’s determined to make sure her children get the right start in life.

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Foreclosure hits home in Greater Detroit

How do you plan for the future when you don’t have a place to call home? Meet Ms. Jackson and find out how we’re supporting initiatives to save homes in Greater Detroit.

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