Heart of Shiawassee - United Way

Helen Keller once said “Alone we can do so little together we can do so much.” At Heart of Shiawassee United Way, we believe in working together. We utilize our donor’s generous gifts to feed families. We provide shelter assistance to local agencies, who in turn help families with housing and finally, United Way works closing with 2-1-1 to provide information referral when families have questions regarding program and services within our county.

We believe “To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect you just have to care.” – Author Unknown

Heart of Shiawassee United Way cares about our community.

To achieve the ambitious vision of addressing the root causes of poverty in Shiawassee County, Heart of Shiawassee United Way (HoSUW) offers many services to the community that had not existed previously. The organization serves as the administrator of the Shiawassee Hunger Network, which is an alliance of 11 food and personal needs pantries located throughout the county. They collaborate to better serve the many neighbors in need in the county. In 2014, the Shiawassee Hunger Network pantries distributed 361,524 complete meals to 24,553 persons. Of the people served, 58% were either under the age of 18 or over the age of 60.

SUW is offering financial support in the form of grants to 12 programs at 9 other non-profit agencies throughout the county in 2016-2017. Programs funded by Heart of Shiawassee United Way donations must demonstrate measurable results. Site visits are made to ensure that services are delivered in the community in an efficient and effective manner. This comprehensive approach ensures accountability to donors. It also ensures that the root causes of poverty are being addressed.

Heart of Shiawassee United Way provided the 2-1-1 Human Service and Disaster Information line toll free to every person in Shiawassee County. Approximately 2,000 calls were placed to 2-1-1 by people in Shiawassee County in 2014.

You can be a vital part of the safety net to all who live and work in Shiawassee County. Please give generously by accessing the secure donation link on this website. Join our Facebook community to learn more about your Heart of Shiawassee United Way. Thank you.