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United Way releases latest impact report

• Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Greater Ottawa County United Way recently announced that its 2015-16 Live United Impact Report is available to the community.

This report provides a review of the impact United Way had in Ottawa County during its fiscal year from April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016.

“The unique United Way impact model generated more than $8 million of community benefit last year, affecting more than 40,000 people in our local communities,” said Patrick Moran, president of the local United Way.

The report includes stories and statistics about United Way’s work in the areas of education, financial stability, health and basic needs. It recognizes the people, organizations and corporations that are investing in the future of Ottawa County.

“The impact process supplies our community with the knowledge needed to invest our resources wisely and with a focus on goals that can truly improve our community for all its residents,” United Way Board President Sarah Lilly said.

A few highlights from the report:

— United Way funds 59 programs run by 44 non-profit organizations in Ottawa County.

— Beginning with the new fiscal year, United Way will be funding the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s Tri-Cities College Access Network college advisor. This will provide opportunities for students to successfully navigate the college decision and application process.

— A total of 8,228 volunteers donated 373,612 volunteer hours.

— United Way’s Students Live United program provides high school students with support, mentoring, coaching and the tools they need to locate volunteer opportunities, log their experiences and participate in job partnering opportunities in the community.

Community members can view the Impact Report online at www.OttawaUnitedWay.org/impact-report. Request a copy of the report by calling 616-396-7811 or sending an email to [email protected]

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