Help United Way’s Campaign Cross the Finish Line.

Nearing the conclusion of the 2017 Community Campaign, United Way of Midland County is reporting pledges of $4,545,693. These pledges represent 95% of the overall $4,800,000 campaign goal. While United Way continues to receive pledges daily as many organizations wrap up their respective campaigns, we’re looking for the community to help us close the $254,000 gap.

“We’ve seen such incredible generosity since mid-September,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “However, with 1 in 3 Midland County residents struggling to make ends meet, falling short of our $4.8 million goal will impact the most vulnerable in our community.”

With many organizations wrapping up their individual campaign efforts, we continue to see amazing results from throughout the community.

Three Rivers Corporation recently completed their campaign, with reported pledges of $40,843. With locations throughout the community, employees have logged over 600 miles making sure that all employees could be a part of the change through their campaign. They’ve also motivated employees with over 400 donuts. In addition to their generous contributions, Three Rivers Corporation continues be a strong community advocate with nine Leadership Circle members, seven members of Young Leaders United and several campaign volunteers.

Northwood University’s support goes beyond their generous donations of $15,543, as they are truly dedicated to a culture of volunteering. They recently hosted their annual Go MAD (Make A Difference) Day with 813 registered volunteers and an impressive 34% increase in participation. On that day, more than 45 volunteer projects were completed, benefiting 40 nonprofit agencies and 12 elementary school classes.

United Steelworkers Local 12075 continues to be an integral community partner not only with their annual financial donation, but also through volunteering its resources, time and talent.

“Organized labor has always supported the United Way as it is a great way to bring everything together to have the greatest impact,” stated Kent Holsing, USW Local 2017 President. “Having been involved personally along with many of our members, the United Way has proven to be one of the most effective ways to deliver that broad range of health and human care services to those that require it.”

“The need is and always will be there, and USW Local 12075 will support the United Way to address those needs,” he added.

Local foundations continue to be the legacy of our community and pave the path into the future. These generous philanthropic contributors and longtime supporters are vital partners in driving impact throughout Midland County.

What can you do to help? Every donation counts, no matter the size.
 Consider a first-time donation. Every donation makes an impact and every dollar makes a difference.
 Renew your support. Our generous neighbors have gotten us this far. If you’ve supported United Way in the past, there is still time to make an impact in our 2017 campaign.
 Turn in your results! Many organizations are still actively campaigning. Drop off your results to United Way at 220 W. Main Street, Suite 100.
 Spread the Word. Encourage your neighbors and your friends to lend their support.

“Please consider donating. Not because we simply want to reach our goal, but because members of our community are truly in need,” stated Diane Postler-Slattery, 2017 Campaign Chair. “United Way helps so many people in ways that we can never fully appreciate.”

There’s still time to support United Way’s 2017 campaign. Financial gifts can be dropped off or mailed to: United Way of Midland County, 220 W. Main Street, Suite 100, Midland, MI 48640. To make a donation by credit card or direct bill, call United Way at 989-631-3670. You can also donate online at unitedwaymidland.org.