United Ways for Kent, Ottawa and Allegan combine to form one organization

WEST MICHIGAN — United Way organizations serving Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties are banding collectively to form one group serving West Michigan.

The United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties and the Heart of West Michigan United Way, which served Kent County, might be one organization shifting ahead, leaders introduced Tuesday, April 30. The mixed organization might be often known as the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Ottawa and Allegan mixed their very own operations over the previous few years.

President and CEO of Heart of West Michigan Michelle Van Dyke, and Board Chair of the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties Deborah Erickson addressed the transfer in a video announcement Tuesday.

“We know that community needs don’t stop at county lines, and neither does the collaboration needed to address them,” Van Dyke mentioned. “By working together, we can build thriving communities for all here in West Michigan.”

According to a post on the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties website, the collaboration is predicted to cut back prices and enhance working effectivity whereas persevering with the organization’s mission.

“This will ensure partner agencies across the region continue to receive the funding they need to change outcomes,” the put up reads.

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Money raised by means of native companies, foundations and particular person contributors in every county might be allotted inside that county, or as directed by the donor’s intent, in accordance to the web site.

Each of the three current bodily places, one every in Ottawa, Allegan and Kent, will stay. The organization’s board of administrators will embrace members from all three counties shifting ahead.

— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at [email protected].

This article initially appeared on The Holland Sentinel: United Ways for Kent, Ottawa, Allegan combine to form one organization

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