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Welcome to the Heart of Community Transformation

At the United Way of Northeast Michigan, we are driven by a single goal: to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around our region. Founded on the belief that we are stronger together, our organization serves as a cornerstone for change, supporting Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency counties through initiatives that address basic needs, foster education, and promote health and well-being for all. As you explore our story, you’ll discover not just who we are, but how we envision a future where every individual and family thrives, supported by a network of generosity and collaboration that spans across Northeast Michigan. Join us in this journey, and see how together, we’re making a difference every day.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to unite people and resources to solve pressing community problems and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in Northeast Michigan. Through collaboration, compassion, and dedicated action, we strive to create meaningful change in our community.

Our vision is a community where all individuals and families achieve their full potential through education, financial stability, and healthy living. We envision a Northeast Michigan enriched by vibrant neighborhoods, engaged citizens, and an unwavering spirit of generosity and mutual support.

How Our Mission and Vision Guide Us

Join us on this transformative journey. Together, we can turn our vision into reality, creating a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve. Discover how you can make a difference in Northeast Michigan.

Guided by our mission and vision, every initiative we undertake is aimed at bringing us closer to a community of opportunity for all. From supporting educational programs that pave the way for future success to addressing immediate needs such as food, shelter, and healthcare, our mission and vision are the beacons that direct our efforts.

A Legacy of Community Support

Explore Our Journey and Achievements: Since our inception in 1955, the United Way of Northeast Michigan has been at the forefront of community transformation, addressing pressing needs and fostering a resilient spirit across Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency counties. Our history is rich with milestones that reflect our commitment and impact. From our first campaign to our recent initiatives, discover how we’ve grown and the profound effects of our collective efforts. Learn more about our history and impact.


Empowering Change Together

Meet the People Behind the Mission: At the heart of our success are the dedicated individuals who bring their passion and expertise to our cause every day. From our Executive Director, Joe Gentry, to the dynamic members of our Board of Directors, including President Terry King, our team is united in driving positive change. Get to know the faces behind the United Way of Northeast Michigan and learn about their roles in crafting our community’s future. 

Equity and Inclusion Statement

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion: In every aspect of our work, the United Way of Northeast Michigan strives to embody and promote equity, recognizing it as fundamental to our mission. We believe in creating a community where everyone can thrive, regardless of their background. Read our full Equity and Inclusion Statement to understand our dedication to fairness, diversity, and ensuring every voice is heard and valued.

Financial Transparency

Your Trust, Our Accountability: Transparency is at the core of everything we do. We are committed to ensuring that every dollar contributed is used efficiently to support our community. Dive into our financial reports to see how your donations make a difference and how we uphold our promise of accountability.Explore our financial transparency.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Stronger Together Through Partnership: Our impact is amplified through strategic partnerships and collaborations with local agencies, organizations, and community groups. These alliances are pivotal in extending our reach and enhancing our programs. Learn more about the partners who stand with us and how these collaborations are pivotal to our community’s well-being. Discover our partnerships and collaborations.