United Way of Saginaw County believes transportation is a vital component in creating a community with members who are healthy, educated and financially stable. On January 28, United Way along with The New Ezekiel Project, Saginaw Community Foundation and other influential local partners brought the 2017 Great Lakes Bay Transportation Summit to action at Saginaw Valley State University.
Did you know that you can donate all or part of your state tax refund to the United Way Fund? This fund is set up to enable local families gain access to continued education, job training and other services that can help them build lasting financial independence and success.
Our local consortium of homless assistance providers (SC-CHAP) brings more than $2 million to Saginaw County each year to help end homelessness. United Way is proud to be a SC-CHAP partner. For more information on SC-CHAP, please visit our Project HOME page.
Qualifying nonprofits are encouraged to complete and submit a Stage One application for award funding. The Application link was made available on Monday, January 10 at 8 a.m. You can access the Application, Process Overview and more on our Community Impact Strategy page. Applications are due to United Way by Monday, February 6.
Did you know that when you shop on Amazon.com, your purchase can help raise money for United Way? Simply go to smile.amazon.com, chose United Way of Saginaw County and continue your online shopping (or you can click the link below). Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to United Way to benefit the community. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon - same products, same prices, same service - but you get to support your community even further!
Congratulations to Saginaw resident, Raquel Hernandez who had the winning ticket (#0116) for our 'Fly Away with United Way' raffle. The winning ticket was pulled by Saginaw Spirit mascot, Sammy Spirit, at our Annual Meeting on May 3, 2016. The raffle was another successful fundraiser, raising $7,005 for the Saginaw County community. The United Way team thanks all those who sold, promoted or purchased the raffle tickets. All 1,401 tickets were purchased this year!
View the video of Sammy pulling the winning ticket.
Our office will be closed at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 1) due to inclement weather. Our VITA free tax preparation site at Butman Fish Library has also closed early. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The safety of our volunteers and staff are our top priority.
Our office will be closing at 2 p.m. today (February 24) due to inclement weather. Our VITA free tax preparation site at PNC in Buena Vista will also be closing to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers. We plan to be open tomorrow morning but will be sure to update our website and social media pages with any changes.
Did you know that today (February 11) is National 2-1-1 Day? 2-1-1 provides a great resource for our community. If you have an issue or need (utility assistance, transportation, free tax preparation, food assistance, etc.) and are unsure where to turn, simply dial 2-1-1 and a trained professional will help you find the resources you need. The 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan Call Center's Comprehensive Information and Referral program is one of our affiliated programs helping us reach our health vision; individuals and families will live a healthy lifestyle.
At the Monday night Saginaw City Council meeting, Jeremy Reinert, United Way of Saginaw County Homeless Management Information System Administrator, presented a 5 year Point in Tome (PIT) trend report on homeless statistics in Saginaw County. Based on data collected, since 2011 the number of homeless individuals in Saginaw County fell 21 percent. Homeless prevention programs were credited for the reduction in numbers. This year's PIT count is scheduled for January 26. Thank you to all our community partners who play a key role in reducing homelessness in Saginaw County.