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Celebrating 100 Years of Caring with 100 Days of Giving


Get ready for our 100 Year Campaign, kicking off on September 10th for 100 Days of Giving! There are lots of ways to give of your time, talent and treasure as we celebrate a century of caring for our community.

Does your company plan to run a workplace campaign this year? Running a United Way Workplace Campaign is one of the best ways local companies can get involved in improving conditions in our community. From support staff to laborers to executives, every contribution matters!

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Muskegon Community College employees took some fun pictures at their workplace campaign event.

Another way to get involved with campaign is to become a United Way of the Lakeshore Loaned Executive. This unique professional development opportunity is a great way for new and emerging leaders to gain enhanced leadership qualities, improved team building skills, project management skills, and exposure to the community's top businesses and professional leadership. If you are enthusiastic, organized, a self-starter, and a positive, community-minded person we would love to have your help! For more information, download a brochure here.

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Pictured above, Loaned Executives at training before the 2017 Campaign.

To find out more about running a workplace campaign or becoming a Loaned Executive, contact Kara Zielinski, Resource Development Director, at (231) 332-4003 or

For more ways to become involved with United Way of the Lakeshore, visit our website at or check out our Facebook page. You'll find ways to donate, volunteer, and advocate as we work together to inspire change and build thriving communities!

Partnerships: Community Building with Neighborhoods and Youth

United Way of the Lakeshore was proud to be part of Light Up The City, a collaborative effort of government, private entities, and community organizations that engaged residents in promoting practices that encourage safe neighborhoods. Funded by Consumers Energy, the initiative also included the City of Muskegon Heights, Consumers Energy, Michigan State Police, and the Muskegon Urban Safety Corps AmeriCorps as Community Partners. Check out videos and pictures from the events on the Light Up the City Facebook Page here.

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Pictured above, the Light Up the City group.

The DTE Summer Youth Employment program provides an opportunity for young adults to experience the reality of a work environment and to gain some perspective as they embark on their college and/or career pathway. Their service learning day is an opportunity for students to be exposed to situations where they are working with people who are different than them – whether it is a difference in skills, creative thinking, or experiences. This summer the youth held an "International Games Day" with the kids from No More Sidelines – a fun afternoon filled with all kinds of active games.

The DTE Energy Foundation, United Way of the Lakeshore, and Michigan Works partnered to bring the Summer Youth Employment program to Muskegon for its sixth year in 2018 – we're grateful to DTE for continuing to support great programs like this in our community. See a video of the fun day below!

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Pictured above, International Fun with the youth from the DTE Summer Youth Employment program and the kids from No More Sidelines at the DTE Youth summer service learning project.

Fill the Truck with Two Men & A Truck and United Way of the Lakeshore

Our next Fill the Truck drive focuses on school supplies – supplies can be donated through September 6.

See what classrooms need the most and find drop off locations for supply donations here.

Why support the school supply drive?

• 43% of Michigan's population struggle to meet their basic needs.

• In Michigan, the average cost of back to school shopping is $638. That's almost the same as the average mortgage rate!

• 95.7 % of teachers in Michigan pay at least $500 a year out of their own pocket for supplies for classrooms.

• One in 10 of these teachers pays over $1,000 a year.

Let’s help kids and teachers get off to a great start this school year!

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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