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Health & Financial Stability

Committed to Financial and Health Stability of All

Providing seniors with enriched independent living in their personal home improves their quality of life. Individuals who are given tools to succeed are able to increase assests improve their overall quality of life.

Community Condition:

  • The annual cost for private room nursing home care is $115,158. Most seniors are unable to pay this yearly fee, forcing them to live in shared rooms with people unfamiliar to them. 
  • 46% of household can't afford basic necessities  

    • 63% of Black households in Michigan are unable to afford basic household essentials in their communities. 

 2020/2021 Impact Grants:

  • Communication Access Center (Understand Clear)
  • Faith Founsation Resources (HYPE)
  • Family Service Agency of Mid Michigan (In-Home Eldercare & Representative Payee)
  • Jewish Community Services (Senior Caring Committee Outreach)
  • Local Initiative Support Coalition (Financial Opportunity Center)
  • MADE Institute (Life Skills)
  • Re-Connections Inc (Coaching, Education and Employment)
  • Valley Area Agency on Aging (KISS, Keeping Independent Seniors Safe)
  • Greater Flint Health Coalition (CHAP) 

UWGC Programs

In addition to providing grants to nonprofit organizations, the UWGC operates its own programs that promote healthy independent and financially stable lives:

  • Genesee County Tax Coalition: Low-to-Moderate income families in Genesee and Shiawassee County can file their taxes for free with an IRS-certified volunteer through United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  VITA is a volunteer run program in partnership with the IRS to help families access the EITC and other credits that can boost financial stability.  With tax season just around the corner, we are looking for volunteers to assist local residents with completing their 2019 tax returns. If you are interested in learning how to complete federal and state tax returns and volunteering to help in your community, please contact Mary Bishop at mbishop@unitedwaygenesee.og
    • Thanks to our many volunteers and host sites in 2018 our VITA Program processed: 

      • 686 Federal returns resulting in $533,975 in refunds to residents 

      • 204 Earned Income Tax Credit Federal returns resulting in $184,545 in refunds to residents 

      • 862 State returns resulting in an estimated $68,077 in refunds to residents  

      • For more information on VITA program locations and necessary paper work please click here

  • Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps AmeriCorps Program: Through the United Way of Genesee County and partner organizations, the Flint Recovery Corps/ Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps  AmeriCorps programs utilizes service members to provide programming related to crime prevention, food security and nutrition, behavioral and developmental health, early education, and medical management as strategies toward long-term recovery from the water crisis. For more information click here

  • Genesee County Opioid Abuse Prevention VISTA: Through the United Way of Genesee County and partner organizations the Corps builds the capacity of local nonprofits, law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and education systems to help combat this public health crisis.

  • UAW and United Way Ramp Program responds to requests from disabled and elderly citizens who need wheelchair accessibility for their home. At minimal costs to the resident, UAW/GM and United Way volunteers construct more residential ramps than any other organization in Genesee County.
  • The Bone Marrow Program began in 1992 to recruit life-saving volunteer donors to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Since this partnership began, over 17,000 donors from our community have been added to the NMDP.
  • Flint Kids Play is a partnership with Make an Impact Foundation, City of Flint, Miracle equipment, FOX66, and The Foundation for Flint to provide safe environments for kids to play by way of new playgrounds. Since its launch in 2016 the UWGC has built 11 playgrounds throughout the City.
  • Our Youth Recreation Initiative uses Community Development Block Grant dollars, administered by the City of Flint, to provide mini-grants to small neighborhood recreational programs. Organizations like Battle Cats Wrestling, FWC Berston Boxing, Flint Inner City Youth Hockey, New Direction Youth Program, Evergreen Community Development Youth Initiative and Flint Area United Soccer Program have all received grants up to $10,000 to purchase sports equipment for children of all ages.