Community Investment

Our Impact!

United Way of Sagiaw County leads Saginaw County and our community partners through initiatives targeting critical needs among the most vulnerable in our community!

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Ways We Invest In Our Community

  • Community Impact Grants

    • United Way's Community Impact Funding Change Team is made of up of community members, community leaders, board members, non-profit staff, religious leaders and volunteers.  Every two years they read, review, and score grant submissions from non-profit agencies in the community that align with our impact model and mission.  Through this work funding is allocated to support community programs and services offered through affiliate agency partners in Saginaw County.


  • Multi-Year Grants

    • United Way of Saginaw invests in several multi-year grants to support Saginaw County.
      • Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Children from birth to age 5 can register to receive monthly books provided for through our investment.  Current annual investment into Saginaw County children $50,000
      • Lexia Learning.  Lexia provides personalized online learning on critical reading and language skills with real-time data.  We support several non-profit agencies programs through this investment along with many local Saginaw County classrooms; including classrooms in Frankenmuth, Bridgeport, and Saginaw Township.
      • VITA.  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.  United Way of Saginaw County has been supporting FREE tax preparation through out network of volunteers for over 15 years.  This program is supported to the community by a grant awarded to United Way of Saginaw County from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is made possible by a grant match provided directly from United Way of Saginaw County.  Over $2 million dollars is returned to our community residents earning less that $57,000 annually.  This work supports increasing financial capacity for our community members and having a significant impact on our local economy. 
      • Project Independence.  Annually, our partners in Labor proudly provide construction, materials and direction in collaboration with local business and volunteer networks to forever impact mobility and access to community for those that are homebound.  
      • Catchafire.  Capacity Building.  United Way of Saginaw County in partnership with other local and regional funders in the Great Lakes Bay Region, provided support to 200 non-profit partners and school districts.  Nine funders from the Great Lakes Bay Region including:  Saginaw (United Way of Saginaw and Saginaw Community Foundation), Bay (United Way of Bay County and Bay Area Community Foundation), Midland (United Way of Midland County and Midland Area Community Foundation), Mt. Pleasant (United Way of Gratiot Isabella Counties and Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation) and GreenLeaf Trust.  With the collaboration we were able to provide operational support to more than 200 nonprofit organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Through this partnership, invited nonprofits will have access to experts from across the country who volunteer their services to support operations with capacity building together.  This support will empower our nonprofit community to pivot within today's workplace and environment to assure they are meeting the expectations and needs of the communities they serve. 
        • About Catchafire:  Catchafire was founded in 2010 with the goal of driving positive world change through the giving of time and talent, for the benefit of the nonprofit community we serve.

          We are a community of individuals seeking to support and strengthen the social good sector. We do this by facilitating connections between professionals who want to donate their time and talent through virtual volunteering with nonprofits who need their skills.

          Our vision is to create a more empathetic, inclusive and loving world.

  • Community Impact Grant Allocations for 2020-2021-2022 and the Root Causes to Financial Instability that the Program is Addressing

    • Career Readiness - Adult

      • YWCA - Getting Ahead
    • Career Readiness - Youth

      • Saginaw County Youth Protection Council - Innerlink
      • Saginaw County Youth Protection Council - Teen Parent Services
      • READ Association - Raising Readers
      • READ Association - Youth Literacy Mentor 
      • First Ward Community Center - LACER
      • Boys and Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region - ALICE Academic Success Program
      • Houghton Jones Neighborhood Association - After School Program
    • Poor Employee Attendance - Addressing Mental Health & Trauma

      • Child & Family Services - Sexual Assault and Victim Support
      • Child & Family Services - Counseling Center
      • Underground Railroad - Counseling & Advocacy Center
    • Poor Employee Attendance - Transportation

      • PartnerShift Network - Project Independence
    • Lack of Financial Capacity - Addressing Immediate Needs

      • Hidden Harvest - Food Rescue and Distribution
    • Lack of Financial Capacity - Addressing Money Management

      • Saginaw Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity - Home Repair Program
      • Saginaw Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity - Financial Capabilities  
    • Connecting Access to Community Resources

      • 211 Northeast Michigan - 24/7 Community Resource Line


  • Donor Designated Gifts

    • United Way serves as a vehicle for charitable giving for those who live and work in Saginaw County.  Through donor designated gifts, United Way of Saginaw County provides an avenue for donor designated gifts to our affiliate agency partners and non-profits across the state.  As a result millions of dollars have been invested in our local communities for over 100 years.  


United Way Initiatives & Collaborations

  • Plates for People
  • Project Independence
  • Summer Stock-Up
  • Food Box Distributions
  • Christmas Wishlist
  • School Supply Support to Shelters