United Way Logo


United by Purpose, Driven by Community

Our Mission

At the heart of the United Way of Northeast Michigan lies a simple yet powerful mission: to mobilize the caring power of our communities to advance the common good. We strive to ensure that every individual and family in Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency counties can achieve their potential through education, financial stability, and healthy living. Our mission guides our actions, fuels our passion, and shapes our strategies as we work to create lasting change in the lives of those we serve.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all individuals and families have the opportunities and resources to live healthy, productive lives. A community where every child has a chance to succeed, every adult has the opportunity to achieve economic prosperity, and everyone enjoys a healthy and fulfilling life. Our vision inspires us to challenge the status quo, innovate solutions, and push boundaries to make our community a place of opportunity for all.

Our Movement: A Journey Through Time

The United Way of Northeast Michigan’s story began on September 14, 1955, when local leaders, motivated by a shared commitment to community well-being, founded what was then known as the United Fund of Alpena. This collaborative effort marked the start of a movement aimed at bringing together resources, volunteers, and visionaries to address the pressing needs of our community.

Through decades of growth, change, and challenges, our movement has evolved. In the late ’60s, we transitioned to the Alpena County United Way, and in 1986, we adopted our current name, reflecting our expanded reach and deepened impact across Northeast Michigan. Each phase of our journey has been driven by our core values of compassion, integrity, and community partnership.

Milestones of Impact

Our history is rich with milestones that reflect our community’s resilience and generosity. From our first campaign, which raised $52,692, to the establishment of groundbreaking programs and services, every achievement has been a step toward a better future for our neighbors. We’ve responded to emergent needs, from natural disasters to economic downturns, with unwavering commitment and innovative approaches.

The Power of Collaboration

Central to our movement is the belief that we are stronger together. Partnerships with local businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and volunteers have been instrumental in amplifying our impact. These collaborations have enabled us to extend our reach, enhance our services, and more effectively address the complex challenges facing our community.

Looking Ahead: Our Continued Commitment

As we move forward, our commitment to our mission, vision, and values remains steadfast. We continue to adapt, innovate, and engage with our community to meet changing needs and seize new opportunities for impact. Together, with your support, we will continue to drive positive change and build a stronger, more vibrant Northeast Michigan for generations to come.



Your involvement is crucial to our mission. Whether through volunteering, donating, or advocating, your contribution can make a real difference. Join us in this important work, and be a part of a movement that transforms lives and strengthens our community.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact us.