2021-22 United Way Partner Agencies

Alzheimer’s Association

Upper Peninsula Dementia Support Program: Over 1,300 Marquette County residents are living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s Association provides education, support groups, and other services for those living with dementia as well as their caregivers and families.

Bay Cliff Health Camp

Summer Therapy Camp: Children 3-17 living with disabilities gain independence and build community during Bay Cliff’s Summer Therapy Program, which provides therapy services from licensed physical, occupation, and speech therapists as well as numerous group camp activities, all free of charge.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Community and School Based Mentoring: The BBBS mentoring program provides one to one relationships, between an adult and a child, that are emotionally engaging through trust, empathy, and mutuality. These relationships provide social and emotional growth in young people, improving their overall well-being.

Cancer Care
of Marquette County

Cancer Patient Care Services: As an all volunteer organization, Cancer Care provides patient care services to cancer patients who are unable to respond to catastrophic health care costs created by the disease and its treatment. They also sponsor cancer prevention and detection programs.

Our vision is to end the national shortage of qualified in-home caregivers and improving the lives of the cared for by supporting caregivers. We hope to increase the number of in-home caregivers by providing cost free training and incentives for working in this field.

Catholic Social Services

Mental Health Counseling for Low-Income Residents: Catholic Social Services of the UP provides necessary counseling to those who cannot otherwise afford it. They empower people struggling with anxiety and depression with a safe, professional support system.

Child & Family Services

Child & Family Services of the UP aims to strengthen children and families by providing high-quality social service programs throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These programs nurture and empower children and families for a brighter future.

Community Action Alger Marquette

Meals on Wheels: Provides nutritious meals to homebound seniors. This program cost effectively allows frail, isolated seniors independent living options in their home environment. The added social support improves their quality of life and well-being.

Dial Help

Crisis and Suicide Intervention: Dial Help provides a dedicated crisis hotline throughout the UP via phone and texting. They provide information, referrals, web-based resources and suicide prevention and awareness activities to those experiencing crisis. 

Feeding America
West Michigan

Feeding America West Michigan’s mission is to gather and distribute food to relieve hunger and increase food security in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Food Start UP

To foster food entrepreneurship, living-wage jobs and increase food access across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Girl Scouts of the
Northwest Great Lakes

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Helps to eliminate any financial barriers to membership by providing scholarships to girls as well as training and support to troop leaders. The Girl Scout experience teaches girls to discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

Great Lakes Recovery Centers

Bridges Program: Addresses the needs of addicted adolescents to form healthy relationships with others. Youth are matched with elder adults who have mental or physical health issues. They work together to perform community service activities and relationship building.

Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging

Western Township Outreach Worker: Seniors residing in rural townships of Republic, Michigamme, Champion, and Humboldt receive services to live independently, safely, and with dignity in their own homes.

Janzen House

Basic Needs: Provides housing, food, support and guidance to meet the individual needs and goals of homeless people in Marquette County. This is all provided in a safe, alcohol and drug free environment.

Lake Superior
Life Care & Hospice

Bereavement and Community Grief Support: Lake Superior Hospice provides grief support groups at locations throughout Marquette County, allowing families to grieve leading up to and throughout the death of a loved one.

LSYV

Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center

After School & Summer Youth Program: Lake Superior Youth and Family Center provides a safe, enriching, and healthy alternative to unsupervised activities for children to attend after school, primarily for families living at Lake Superior Village.

Lakestate Industries

Lakestate Industries is dedicated to helping people recognize and maximize their abilities, overcome barriers, and support them in reaching their highest level of employment and community inclusion.

Lutheran Social Services

Welcome Home Program: Provides housing assistance and support services to homeless individuals and families including but not limited to rental assistance, transportation and access to basic needs.

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity

Construction Equipment: MCHFH creates affordable housing and completes home repair projects, as well as their donation based storefront. United Way provided funding for new equipment so funds would not be pulled from these valuable programs.

Negaunee Senior
Citizens Center

Bridging the Generational Gap: This program brings together seniors who need social interaction or services done and young people who need a safe haven and positive role model. The interaction allows a better understanding and appreciation for one another.

Propylon Nonprofit Housing

Independent Care Services: Provides supplemental funds for tenants to purchase chore services, personal care needs, transportation, and medical care cost assistance at a level which insures independent living for adults with disabilities.

RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program)

The RSVP non-emergency Medical Transportation and Heart to Heart Friendly Visiting programs provide access to medical services and social support for isolated seniors, allowing them to maintain independence at their own home.

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Room at the Inn

Room at the Inn’s goal is to provide food, shelter, and assistance to individuals transitioning out of homelessness. They provide 24/7 emergency shelter services and individualized care plans for 30+ individual adults.

The Salvation Army

The focus in Marquette County is primarily nutrition insecurity and helpting people with food pantries, lunch programs, thrift stores, seasonal support programs, financial support, and individualized casework.

Superiorwatershed

Superior Watershed Partnership

Superior Watershed Partnership promotes community actions that ensure a sustainable environment; this includes K-12 education and conservation programs for young adults.

STAR Children's Bereavement Services

Wonder Boxes: STAR aims to provide grieving children and their families a safe environment and support system within which to share experiences, learn together and understand that they are not alone in their grief. The Wonder Boxes program  sends children creative ways to channel and express their grief in healthy ways.

Teaching Family Homes

Homeless Youth: Teaching Family Homes provides housing options for youth who have been estranged from their family and are in need of stable housing, meals, and treatment for any conditions that impact their ability to function productively in society.

Trillium House

Trillium House Care Fund: Trillium House is a hospice house, serving guests at the end of their life, providing care for them and their families. The Care Fund ensures that no one is turned away due to their financial situation.

The Women's Center

The Women’s Center aims to provide programs that Protect, Educate, Advocate, Counsel, and Empower (PEACE). They provide free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as their families. 

YMCA

Strong Kids Scholarship Program: The YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The scholarship program ensures YMCA memberships and programs are available to all, regardless of their ability to pay.