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My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants
My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

  • American Red Cross (Grand Rapids North)
  • Arbor Circle Corporation  (Grand Rapids North) 
  • Baxter Community Center (Grand Rapids South)
  • Boy Scouts (Gerald R. Ford Council) (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Camp Blodgett (West Olive)
  • Camp Fire USA West Michigan 
  • Catholic Charities West Michigan (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Cherry Street Health Services (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Children’s Assessment Center (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Community Rebuilders (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Conductive Learning Center (Grand Rapids South)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kent County (Grand Rapids Central)
  • D.A. Blodgett/St. John’s  (Grand Rapids North)
  • Dwelling Place (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Family Futures (Grand Rapids North)
  • Family Outreach Center (Grand Rapids South, Wyoming)
  • Family Promise (Grand Rapids South, Muskegon)
  • Genesis Non-profit Housing Corporation (Grand Rapids West)
  • Girl Scouts 
  • Grand Rapids Urban League (Grand Rapids South)
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan (Grand Rapids West)
  • Home Repair Service (Grand Rapids South)
  • Hope Network Behavioral Health Services (Grand Rapids North)
  • Hope Network West Michigan (Grand Rapids North, Wyoming)
  • Kent Regional 4C (Grand Rapids Central)
  • Kent Intermediate School District (Grand Rapids Township)
  • Legal Aid of West Michigan (Grand Rapids Central, Muskegon)
  • North Kent Community Services (Rockford)
  • Salvation Army – Booth Services (Grand Rapids Central)
  • School-to-Career Progressions (Grand Rapids South)
  • Senior Meals (Grandville)
  • Senior Neighbors (Grand Rapids South, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta and Walker)
  • South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) (Grand Rapids South)
  • Steepletown Neighborhood Services (Grand Rapids West)
  • United Community Outreach Ministry (UCOM) (Wyoming)
  • United Methodist Community House (UMCH) (Grand Rapids South)
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services (Belding, Kentwood)
  • West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (Grand Rapids Central)
  • YMCA (Grand Rapids West, Lowell, Grandville, Wyoming, Forest Hills and Plainfield)
  • YWCA (Grand Rapids Central)

Seven groups of community volunteers examined each grant application.  Their recommendations were then reviewed by the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s finance team.  The organization’s board of directors made the final approval.  The grants, made possible by community donations, were awarded July 1.