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United Way Honors Businesses, Organizations, and Volunteers

At their 2019 Annual Celebration, United Way of the Lakeshore recognized those whose contribution made a significant impact in our community in the past year.

To build a community it takes a solid foundation, good people, and a strong investment. The Community Builder Awards go to organizations that participate in various philanthropic efforts and believe that by working together, we can change lives. Community Builders this year were the County of Muskegon, Raymond James & Associates, Sun Chemical, Hart Public Library, and Magna Mirrors.

The Spirit of the Lakeshore award is given to the organization that embodies the “spirit” of who United Way is and why we do what we do. It is awarded to an organization that sets an example for others by helping United Way of the Lakeshore continue its strong growth. Nichols continued support of our community in countless ways earned them this award.

The Legacy of Caring award recognizes a lifetime of incredible philanthropy, resulting in a lasting impact on the lives of so many in our community. United Way’s strength is built on the foundation of these caring leaders. Community leaders Brad and Janice Hilleary received this prestigious award this year.

Volunteers who gave of their time and talent were also honored. Awards went to: Steve Olsen, Lifetime Achievement Award; Rick and Nancy Peters, Mentors of the Year; Mildred Johnson, Senior of the Year; Jocelyn Hines, Youth Volunteer of the Year; Donielle Routt, Volunteer of the Year; and Anne and Alan Dake, Lifetime Humanitarian Award.

Choose Your Distance. Ride Your Bike. Benefit Your Community

Ride United along the Lakeshore on June 15.

Get your bike ready to ride for your health and your community at United Way of the Lakeshore’s eighth annual Ride United on June 15, 2019. Riders will bike 6, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes that begin and end at the corner of 3rd and Clay in downtown Muskegon, also the site of the annual Taste of Muskegon event. Ride United participants will receive 10 tickets to Taste of Muskegon with their registration, to celebrate with a delicious snack after their ride!

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Century riders will head off at 8:00 a.m. to bike a scenic 100 mile route along lakeshore roads and portions of the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, heading to Silver Lake before looping back to downtown Muskegon. The 25 mile route will take riders to Pioneer Park in North Muskegon, with 50 mile riders continuing on to the White Lake Chamber of Commerce depot. The six mile riders will follow the bike trail to North Muskegon and back; this is a great distance if you have kids who want to ride. The six, 25 and 50 mile routes leave at 9:00 a.m.

New this year: pick the United Way focus area that you want to raise funds to support! You can ride to raise funds for programs in Education, Income Stability, Health, or the new Bike Share program that United Way is establishing in partnership with the City of Muskegon, Muskegon County, and the Greater Muskegon Jaycees. Click here to learn more.

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To learn more and get registered, visit Base registration is $25, then you can choose to purchase a wicking shirt, a professional rider jersey, bike shorts, and a rider cap. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation, Nowak Machine Products and Meijer, along with ARCONIC, Mercy Health, Great Lakes Dental, and Smith, Haughey, Rice, & Roegge, will benefit programs that promote healthy, safe, and stable families in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.

Fill the Truck with Supplies for Our Littlest Community Members

Starting May 20, we’ll fill the truck with diapers and other baby products. Click here for drop off locations and a complete list of needs. Thank you to Two Men and a Truck for their continued support of this program!

Join us on June 21 at the Greater Muskegon Woman's Club to help sort, count and distribute baby products collected during this drive. Sign up to help anytime between 9:00 am and 4:30 p.m. We will also be hosting a Community Baby Shower that day for moms in need.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms in our community! We hope you have a great day celebrating you!

United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at (231) 722-3134. Learn more about United Way of the Lakeshore at, like the organization on Facebook and receive up to date information from Twitter at

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