Throughout our history, United Way has done extraordinary work to improve people’s lives and build strong communities. With our focus on community impact, United Way has a key role to play in advocating for good public policy.
Education is the key to breaking the circle of poverty. Your United Way is committed to helping every child learn to read before entering school. Starting school ready to learn will change our future by providing the tools to create a home grown, skilled workforce.
To be financially stable, working families need housing that is affordable. Today, more than 4 million working families spend more than half of their income for rent and/or mortgages, leaving them particularly vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure if their income is interrupted.
Nationally, two-thirds of students are not reading on grade level by 4th grade. That proportion rises to four-fifths for children from low-wage families. Our work in the area of early grade literacy will enable us to identify, fuel and replicate best practices in our local schools.
Following the United Way Kick-off breakfast, employees from Mercantile Bank, FifthThird Bank, Great Start Collaborative and Munson HC - Cadillac Hospital celebrated the 2nd Annual Day of Caring by volunteering at several local non-profit agencies. Thank you all.