Char-Em Region
United Way
In 2021, Char-Em United Way became part of United Way
of Northwest Michigan.

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United Way of Northwest Michigan has been hard at work in the Char-Em Region. In addition to ongoing fundraising efforts for needs in the community, we collaborated with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District on a substantial grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Their Board of Directors recently approved the request for $500,000 to support the program “Whole Child Nutrition Policy, Infrastructure, Food Literacy” in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties.

This grant allows for nutritional education programming, health information surveys, and school kitchen improvement stipends over the next two years. The Whole Child Nutrition Grant will serve as a pilot program to incorporate healthy diets and nutritional awareness throughout Char-Em ISD, and to build schoolwide cultures of health.

Please reach out with any questions to Seth Johnson, CEO/President of United Way of Northwest Michigan, at

So, what does this change mean?

For starters, a volunteer platform has been established for Charlevoix and Emmet counties to connect volunteers with agencies that need help. This means less operational overhead, as some of the administrative tasks are rolled into the existing ones at UWNWMI. Families can now benefit from regional programs that are already a part of UWNWMI, such as Bright by Text and 211, at no added cost to the organization.

Where will the dollars go?

Donations raised in the Charlevoix and Emmet region will be reinvested in those two counties. The decisions regarding where those funds will be allocated will be made by an advisory board comprised of residents of these two counties. The advisory board will be guided by reports from 211, an information and referral line funded by United Way, and connections to agencies serving the most vulnerable in our region.


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Greater Grand Traverse Region Office
4075 Copper Ridge Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
CharEm Region Office 
1691 US 131 South
Petoskey, MI 49770
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421 S Mitchell St
Cadillac, MI 49601
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4075 Copper Ridge Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: 231-947-3200

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