Connect. Impact. Lead.

Who We Are

Heart of West Michigan United Way Young Leaders Society is open to all young professionals who are interested in learning, growing, and participating as philanthropists to invest in solutions that reduce poverty in West Michigan.

What We Do

We come from all sorts of backgrounds to learn about the most pressing issues facing people in West Michigan, and we invite you to join us to change the story. Young Leaders Society is the next generation of professionals who volunteer, donate, and build relationships to reduce poverty in our community.

Learn about the pop-up grant we allocated to Migrant Legal Aid.

Join Us

Sign up for our email list to receive our monthly newsletter and event invitations; like our page on Facebook, and check out our Instagram feed, to learn more about us and get involved. We’d love to have you on board!


Pop Up Volunteer Projects

Pop Up Community-Building Lunches

August: Sort-a-Bus

October: Pop Up Giving

November: Affinity Group Holiday Party

December: Unite with Youth

February: Art + Community Engagement Show

March: Sort-a-Social

April: Brushes with Benefits

2018 Campaign Core Team

Dana Van Diggelen, Co-Chair
International Brand Manager
Wolverine Worldwide

Brittney Hesse, Co-Chair
Product Marketing, Sr. Specialist

Charlotte Korson, Chair of Diversity + Inclusion
Associate Advisor, Talent Acquisition
Kellogg’s GBS

DaiLynn Dietz, Chair of Philanthropy
Associate Application Engineer

Amy Baker
Personal Lines Senior Underwriter
Foremost Property Underwriting

Erika Makarewicz
Administrative Assistant
Spectrum Health Hospital Group

James Nutter
Financial Adviser
MassMutual MidMichigan

Laura Urzola Rivas
Talent Acquisition Supervisor
Gordon Food Service

Steve Kik
Mortgage Origination Specialist
Lake Michigan Credit Union

Emily Trevor
, Staff Liason
Account Manager
Heart of West Michigan United Way