The Live United message is being brought to life throughout Midland County. It shows how each and every one of us can be a part of creating a stronger community. After the sixth week of the United Way campaign, our community has pledged $3,468,322, representing 77% of our overall $4,500,000 goal.
“I am encouraged to see our community’s response in rising to this challenge, but we need everyone’s help to reach our goal,” shared Campaign Chair Rich Wells. “The impact of your support of United Way can be seen each and every day in the multitude of ways that lives of our neighbors are transformed.”
Many organizations made significant progress this week.
“Our local businesses, schools and non-profits are huge community advocates. They live here, work here and are integral to our community’s success,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “Their commitment to our community is inspiring.”
Midland Daily News is a strong community partner, helping to educate our community about the needs, celebrate the impact taking place and keeping us connected to one another. In addition, they run a strong employee campaign, celebrating a 4% increase in pledges.
Bullock Creek Schools also saw a big jump in their support—over a 300% increase. Another strong community partner, they see the impact of the numerous school-based programs supported through United Way. Shawn Hale, Superintendent of Bullock Creek Schools rewarded each of the buildings with an early-morning donut delivery.
The generous folks from Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants inspired their employees at a breakfast that connected them with the impact of their support. Beyond their incredible advocacy and serving as community volunteers, they increased their support by an impressive 20%, raising $14,395 this year, including an exciting number of Young Leaders United members.
“Our friends at Yeo & Yeo continue to inspire us,” shared Ann Fillmore. “When local companies shared their limitations in participating through payroll deduction, Yeo & Yeo stepped in to offer assistance to numerous organizations to add that functionality—free of charge.”
Many organizations are engaging their employees with a unique opportunity to make a difference, while networking and having fun. Young Leaders United is a dedicated group of professionals in their 20s and 30s who are dedicated to philanthropy and volunteerism. Each commits to supporting United Way with a donation of $250, and invests a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer service each year.
“Thank you to everyone who is working so tirelessly to support our community through United Way,” shared Ann Fillmore. “Real lives are changed each and every day because of your generous support.”
Every single one of us has something to offer to make our community a better place. Many give generously of their finances to make a difference in the lives of others; thousands turn their passion into action by serving as a volunteer; and others speak in support of those who many not have a voice.
There is still time to be a part of the change. To find out more, contact United Way at 631-3670 or online at www.liveunitedmidland.org.