United Ways across Michigan help children and youth achieve their potential by making certain they enter school ready to learn, achieve age-appropriate benchmarks, complete high school and make a successful transition to post secondary education and/or vocational training.


pre-k and early childhoold programs

When ALICE’s children lack access to quality care and education before they go to kindergarten, they can fall behind, and some children who fall behind early never catch up. Early investment can help prevent future burden on the education system and other social services. Make a donation that helps children 0 - 3 gain access to quality programs before they enter elementary school.

high quality k-12 education

Kids from ALICE households cannot prepare for a successful career and life without a quality education. ALICE student achievement and reading by third grade depends upon support for high standards, improved teacher quality, and excellent schools. Put your dollar to work making sure these young people have access to programs that support their in-school learning. 

post secondary education & workforce development

Without opportunities for post-secondary education or training, members of ALICE households become trapped in minimum wage jobs. Adults who cannot make a good living cannot significantly contribute to Michigan’s economy. The Michigan Association of United Ways helps to fund programs that encourage these opportunities across the state.