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Adopt a Family program still seeking sponsors for 17 families

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Looking to spread a little friendship and cheer to fellow Grand Rapidians in need this holiday? Consider adopting one of the families still waiting to be adopted through United Way's Adopt a Family program.
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The Adopt a Family program is sponsored by Head Start and Heart of West Michigan United Way's 2-1-1. All families have been selected by caseworkers based on income and need requirements.

There is still time left to spread a little hope and cheer this season through Heart of West Michigan United Way's holiday Adopt a Family program. Groups, companies, and families are still needed to "adopt" a local low-income family. 

Currently, there are still 17 families in need on the waiting list.

Each family has at least one child in the Head Start program and has been nominated by a caseworker who is familiar with the family's needs. Gifts of food, clothing, and toys can make a huge impact on the family, especially the children, and show them that they live in a community that cares.

If your group is able to make this holiday truly special for a family, please contact Sherri Vainavicz at 616-752-8641. 

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Question: are the families on this list requesting and *then* from that list they are selected, or are they selected and then told they are on the list? Or do they have no idea what's coming? I'm so curious about the family's involvement in this process.

Thanks for asking, Holly!  I checked with Sherri Vainavicz in United Way's 2-1-1 and she informed me that the families do not request to be a part of the program.  The Head Start caseworkers determine who they feel are most in need of assistance and then they notify the family.  I guess you could say they don't know it's coming -- at least at first.  ~ Jessica (Volunteer Center)