The ALICE Report: A deeper look at Michigan's economic landscape

The updated ALICE report makes clear that Michigan is facing severe structural economic challenges. In the seventh year of a national economic expansion––and an even stronger rebound from near bankruptcy of the domestic auto industry––too many Michigan households are struggling. 


Learn more about the economic realities facing Michigan in this guest post by Lou Glazer, President of Michigan Future, Inc. 

Election Reflection

This week’s election highlights the need for us to find a way to come together, listen, engage, and strengthen communities for all people. Our commitment to ensure that opportunity can pass from one generation to the next could not be more important. Education, financial stability and health are the core components for all to thrive - this election accentuates the importance of United Way’s purpose.
While trust is low right now, it is good to know that diverse, determined leaders like you live and work across Michigan to inspire, innovate, and make a difference. We heard that people want change. One of the key lessons of this campaign year has been the importance of seeking out and listening to the voices of people in all parts of Michigan community by community. For our work, it is imperative. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state association supporting the reach that you have to bring people together. Please continue to let us know how we can support the important work that you do.


The MAUW Staff

Weekly Wrap Up: October 7, 2016

Just when we thought fall was here, we got a last breathe of summer! So while you were out (hopefully) enjoying a little bit of warmth and sunshine, we were collecting all the news that's fit to blog. Here's our wrap up for this week:

Congratulations AmeriCorps!


Today, AmeriCorps swears in its one millionth member! To all the men and women who have served or are serving our country through AmeriCorps, we are so grateful for the work you put in to make our country stronger! (And a super big thank you to all of the amazing AmeriCorps members at MAUW!)


To share an AmeriCorps story from your community, post on social media using the hashtag #1of1million!

Michigan Sugar partners with United Way of Bay County


Earlier this week, the Michigan Sugar Company hosted its annual “Sugar Food Pantry,” a joint project with the United Way of Bay County enabling regional food banks to pick up four-pound bags of sugar for use by local families. The donation, totaling approximately 15,000 pounds of sugar, assists food banks across the Michigan Sugar growing region in five Michigan counties.


To read more about the donation, click here

UWSEM Arms Parents and Caregivers with Free Early Child Resources


Nearly 40% of children in Greater Detroit enter Kindergarten unprepared for school. United Way for Southeastern Michigan has kicked off its 2016 Bib to Backpack initiative to arm Greater Detroit moms, dads, and caregivers with tried and true resources for children, ages 0 to 5, for kindergarten success, long before they set foot inside a classroom. Bib to Backpack encompasses all of our United Way’s Early Childhood. Among the resources available is a 10-minute Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), used to gauge if a child is developing appropriately for his or her age. 


To learn more about the program, click here

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