Why should I give to United Way?
United Way improves lives everyday. We are in the business of creating long-term results for residents in Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties, with a focus on helping kids succeed, meeting basic needs, strengthening families and promoting health and independence. We partner with other agencies in our community to problem-solve, and become more efficient and effective. It's not the bottom line number that matters – it's the results that matter – because everyone matters.
Why don't I just donate to an agency instead?
United Way works diligently year after year to determine where the need is greatest along the lakeshore. When you give to United Way, you are making a one-stop contribution that will be wisely spent where it is needed most in our community. We guarantee your contribution will be used in your community to help improve the quality of life there. When we pool our contributions together, we are far more successful at making a lasting impact.
Where does my contribution go?
Gifts to United Way will make a lasting impact on helping kids succeed, meeting basic needs, strengthening families, and promoting health and independence. We guarantee your contribution will be used in your community to help improve the quality of life there.
How much money do you raise and what is your administrative costs?
Nearly all the money contributed to United Way of the Lakeshore's annual campaign is directly invested in programs and services targeting our focus areas. With just 16% administrative expenses, you can rest assured your contribution is invested wisely where it is needed most. In 2013, we raised $2.7 million to invested in programs that help improve community conditions.
I would like to help, but I just can't afford it. What can I do?
Any amount helps provide results. While rising costs have made it difficult for most people in our community, our economic challenges pose an even greater difficulty for those who need help from United Way. A payroll deduction is the easiest and simplest way to make a generous contribution in manageable portions. Together we create real results. You can also volunteer your time. Call us at (231) 722-3134 for ways you can help!