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United Way supports 211, a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply dial 2-1-1 or visit


Helen Wirt Lee Back to School Program provides new shoes, socks, shirts, pants and undergarments to school age children so that they have quality, weather appropriate apparel needed to return to school. By sending children to school prepared, they are more likely to be able to focus on school and succeed. Back to School shopping can be a financial strain on parents, especially those in the ALICE population. The United Way recognizes this need and is proud to offer a program to fill the gap that also provides a major boost in the local economy as it results in over $80,000 in local retail purchases each year.
The United Way of Bay County and The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) have collaborated together to provide both clothing and backpacks full of school supplies in effort to minimize forms, transportation, and pick-up for the families.
PreK- 12th Grade Bay County students who fall into the ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) threshold or below qualify. A separate application needs to be completed for each child.
2021 Applications have been extended to July 16.


United Way of Bay County designed a program to provide eligible elementary age (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5) children in Bay County with warm boots for the winter. This program is generously supported by Huntington Bank and other donors in our community. Families who fall into the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold or below qualify to apply. Deadline is October 15, 2021.

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Filing my taxes

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a FREE income tax return assistance program available to those in the ALICE population or below, senior citizens, disabled individuals or retired veterans. The program has been provided by United Way of Bay County for over 12 years and has proven to bring money back to the residents of Bay County through millions of dollars in tax credits and refunds.
Trained volunteers through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are happy to e-file tax returns by appointment or you can visit for a free tax filing service provided by the United Way.

    To learn more or to schedule an appointment to file your 2020 tax return, call 989.893.7508.

Home Maintenance

Tuesday Toolmen is a program created through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP and UW Community Services to perform minor home repair issues for ALICE families, senior citizens, disabled adults and veterans as well as active duty service families who are Bay County residents.
The objective of this program is not to do major extensive work, but to help with simple basic repairs to their homes to make it safer and easier to maintain. The client provides the materials and our retired volunteers handle the installation of the needed items.
To learn more, please call Archie at 989.893.7508.

Diaper Pantry

The United Way of Bay County now has a diaper pantry available on site in partnership with the Bay Arenac Diaper Bank.
This emergency service is available by appointment on Tuesdays from 10-1pm or Thursdays from 1-4pm.
To schedule, please call 989.893.7508.