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Heart of West Michigan United Way logo and United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties logo with a plus (+) symbol in the middle


Beginning this spring, Allegan, Kent, and Ottawa counties will be served by one United Way. Heart of West Michigan United Way and United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties are moving forward as a single regional nonprofit serving West Michigan.

Together our United Ways have proudly served these West Michigan counties for more than a century, uniting resources to reduce poverty and empower our neighbors to thrive. That work has always been collaborative. It's the heart of what we do — bringing people and organizations together to address our communities' most pressing needs.

Now, we can have the greatest impact by working together as one regional United Way.



What this means for...



Continued local impact. Your dollars remain in your community — and you’ll know they’re being used as efficiently as possible.



A closer connection with nonprofits pursuing similar missions across our region.



Access to Volunteer Center events and opportunities in the communities where you live, work, and play.

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Because we strive to create communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. After extensive discussion between the United Way leadership and governing boards, it was agreed that a stronger collaboration under one entity would lead to reduced expenses and increased operational efficiencies to continue pursuing our mission and enhance our collective impact. This will ensure partner agencies across the region continue to receive the funding they need to change outcomes.

Dollars raised through local businesses, individual contributors, and foundations in each county will continue to be allocated to the specific county or as directed by the donor's intent.

The organization will be known as Heart of West Michigan United Way and will serve Allegan, Kent, and Ottawa counties as a unified entity.

To ensure all communities are represented, the board will include members from all three counties.

Yes, our existing locations in each county will remain.

Heart of West Michigan United Way

650 Grand Street
Allegan, MI 49010

118 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

115 Clover St, Suite 301
Holland, MI 49423