In our Region, nearly half of households struggle to meet their basic needs.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Southeastern Michigan, families in our community were struggling. Now, the situation is dire.

People are struggling to find jobs, or they’re working, but not making enough to provide for their families. Parents are forced to choose between feeding their children and paying the rent. Senior citizens have to go without prescriptions. Children struggle to keep up in school. College students have to go without health care.

This is a problem in every city in our region — and the problem is growing. This affects your neighbors, coworkers and friends. This is everyone’s problem.

Without stable households, children will never be able to thrive. And if children aren’t thriving now, they won’t be prepared to build stable households in the future — or a stable community.

Together, we can break the cycle.

Our Solution

At United Way, we work to advance equitable communities where households are stable and children thrive.

Equitable Communities

We are committed to deconstructing systemic racism and institutional bias while promoting diversity, equity and inclusion as a core value in every aspect of our work.

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Stable Households

We connect families to programs and services to help them meet their basic needs of food, housing, health care and family finances.
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Thriving Children

We work to ensure that starting at birth, families have the tools and support needed to make sure their children start school ready to learn and graduate prepared for success in life.
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How We’ll Do It – Together

We leverage a network of hundreds of community, corporate, government and nonprofit partners, and thousands of donors, volunteers and advocates, to create positive, measurable and sustainable change in our community. We make donor dollars go further by combining strategic grant investments with technical and logistical support. Our United Way network amplifies the voices of advocates to change policies in Michigan and Washington, D.C. And our volunteer portal makes it easy for volunteers to connect to the agencies and programs that most need their help.

When you give, advocate and volunteer with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, you’re changing your community for the better.


Every dollar matters. Your generosity funds work that makes positive, sustainable change possible.
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Your voice is powerful. Raise awareness about causes that affect critical public policies.
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Sharing your time is invaluable. Join the thousands of volunteers who use their talents to impact lives every day.
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Read our latest annual report to see how we’re making a difference together.

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