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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program - Volunteers Needed

Once again, United Way is hard at work planning for the 2014 VITA tax season. This program aims to help families avoid high tax preparation fees, access all credits they are eligible for and connect families to services and programs that will help them increase their financial stability. Our VITA program has been very successful for many years thanks to the help of our dedicated volunteers. With your help, this program could be even more successful! We have a critical need for individuals to serve as volunteer tax preparers.

Holiday Wish List Program UPDATE

Our Holiday Wish List program had successfully helped families have a brighter holiday season since 1985. We cannot say thank you enough to our donors and advocates who made the program such a success throughout the years. As our organization continues to grow and expand, and as we focus on our community-driven goals in the areas of health, education and financial stability, we continually evaluate the programs we faciliatate.

Project Independence Thank You!

This afternoon we received the sweetest thank you from one of our Project Independence recipients:

"Lillian H. and family would like to extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude in helping make it possible for the ramp to be built. We never dreamed it would be so nice as we sure had some very fabulously skilled workers from Nexteer Automotive and UAW Local 699!

Please know it means the world to all of us. Thanks, Steve for all of your time spent getting in contact with the right people!

Home Depot Volunteers Give Back


Home Depot believes strongly in volunteering to give back to their community. On May 6, more than 70 Home Depot volunteers showed Saginaw County what it means to LIVE UNITED.

After finding a local veteran homeowner, United Way Community Impact Assistant, Henrietta Watson, filed for a grant for this project and offered to help coordinate. After the grant was processed, the project began by assessing what the veteran homeowner needed to fully enjoy/utilize his home.

One Week One Street


The residents of Harold Street were pleased to see a collaboration of groups working together to clean up and fix homes in their area. "One Week One Street" is a week-long project hosted in June, designed to help residents in the city of Saginaw.

Between the areas of Genesee Avenue and Bagley Street, Harold Street was busy with hundreds of volunteers giving back and LIVING UNITED. The homes were impacted by the efforts of volunteers through painting, cleaning debris and minor repairs.

Spring Into Service 2014

More than 160 high school students came to represent 12 Saginaw County high schools to brighten their community during the annual Spring Into Service Day. The event kicked off at the Saginaw YMCA where students were mixed into groups with other students from different schools. 

Strengthening Our Communities Initiative

The Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation and United Way recently aligned together to create a new Strengthening Our Communities Initiative. The new initiative will focus on youth services and neighborhood development, as well as working together to create a safer community.

Sheilda Braddock has been hired as Advisor to the Wickes Foundation/Community Liaision. Braddock's position will be housed at United Way of Saginaw County and funded through the H.R. Wickes Foundation.

Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE) Information

This has been an extremely cold winter for Saginaw County residents. If you find yourself needing assistance with winter heating bills, make sure to check this great program out. Enrollment has been extended until February 28, 2014.


Don't forget - you can also call 2-1-1 to find resources available to help you with heating assistance as well as many other helpful resources.

Project HOME Open

Our Project HOME program has reopen and is accepting calls again. This program provides short term assistance to prevent homelessness and quickly re-house people who have become homeless. Household income limits have recently been updated. Please visit our Project HOME page for more information.