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Owosso, MI (2017) - It is with heavy hearts that we, the Heart of Shiawassee United Way Board of Trustees, make the following announcement to you, the people of Shiawassee County.

After many months of serious and heartfelt deliberation we have determined that it is necessary for HSUW to end operations effective December 31, 2017. Among the reasons for this difficult decision are donor fatigue, high operational costs, and redundancy of services provided by other non-profit organizations in the region. We are proud of our 40 years of service to Shiawassee County providing much needed food, shelter, referral services, and funding to other local non-profit organizations.

A program that we are especially concerned about is The Hunger Network. The Hunger Network is a consortium of nine local food pantries located in communities throughout the county which provided 180,000 meals in 2016. Without these meals, many families would have to decide between a warm house and a hot meal.

In order to honor our commitment to providing regular meals, we are transferring financial oversight to the Shiawassee Community Foundation to ensure that The Hunger Network is funded into the future. The Shiawassee Community Foundation’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Shiawassee County region by building sustainable funds from a wide range of donors to fund emerging community needs. They have a stellar reputation for managing and growing the funds entrusted to them. We expect that this transition will result in greater community benefit for years to come.

As you know, each year Shiawassee County non-profit organizations request funds for certain of their programs through the allocations program. Those funds will be allocated to those organizations according to our normal operating procedures for 2017 on or before December 31, 2017. Our commitment has always been to keep your donations in Shiawassee County so all of our funds will be distributed in our community prior to our closing date.

Finally to the many faithful donors of HSUW, we want to thank you for your trust and commitment over our 40 years to helping your friends and neighbors in Shiawassee County. Without your generous gifts we would not have been able to provide the 180,000 meals in 2016 or any of the support that we’ve provided to other non-profits in our community. We hope that you will continue to support The Hunger Network and other local non-profit agencies through your kind donations.

Our work

We address the root causes of poverty in Shiawassee County by funding programs at local agencies, administering the Hunger Network, offering the community the 2-1-1 help line, and working to help efficiently provide services to the people in our communities. It is envisioned that this combination of funding, collaborative efforts and intiatives will result in lasting, measurable change for people in Shiawassee County.

Heart of Shiawassee United Way works with government, non-profit, for profit organizations, and public schools to form collaborations and partnerships to avoid unnecessary duplications of service. This ensures that your dollars are used efficiently and effectively to address the root causes of poverty and advance the common good in our community.