At the beginning of the campaign, United Way posed a simple question – “whose life will you change?” They shared that once again, our community stepped up to answer that call in an inspiring way, showing their commitment to supporting one another, offering help and hope.
United Way is thrilled to announce they have exceeded their $4.7M goal, raising $4,726,939 or just over 100% of the campaign goal.
“We are so proud of how our community rallied to reach the campaign goal to raise the necessary dollars to support our partners,” shared Michael Gavin, United Way of Midland County Board Chair. “Every year, many folks invest in the campaign showing their trust and confidence in United Way. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we can’t thank our community enough for joining us in providing the resources to fund the vital programs and services.”
With a theme of “Have you ever..,” the community campaign was led by Dr. Lydia Watson, President and CEO of MyMichigan Health.
“When we kicked off the campaign in the fall, my hope was to inspire those around me to join in,” shared Dr. Watson, 2023 Campaign Chair. “I am honored to have led the campaign and am humbled by the way businesses, corporations, individuals, foundations and non-profits showed their support. The care this community has for each other is clear and, because of you, we’re able to ensure help is available to those that need it most.”
United Way reports that support poured in from every corner of the community. In total, nearly 125 organizations supported the United Way campaign through workplace campaigns, special events, sponsorships and volunteering.
The numbers speak to the heart of this community, said Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County.
“Every year I am astounded by the way folks in our community continue to show up,” shared Miller. “We are so grateful. Every gift matters and will be invested collectively to improve the lives of our neighbors. While each of us individually make an impact, when we come together true change happens and hope is offered to so many. This year’s campaign is just another reflection of how care and compassion fill the hearts of our community.”
The giving spirit of the community rang throughout Midland County. With a generous matching grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and a clear message of need, hundreds of new donors were inspired to give. Many United Way supporters gave generously by joining the esteemed Tocqueville Society, Leadership Circle and Young Leaders United, demonstrating their commitment to truly changing lives.
United Way measures success in how lives are changed, and they do not do this work alone. In addition to working with local corporations, businesses, nonprofits, foundations and individuals, they partner with 24 dedicated nonprofits and invest in 53 quality programs that show measurable outcomes every year. Together, they create new solutions to pressing problems and join with people from all walks of life to put those solutions into action.
“Our partner agencies continue to inspire us through the incredible work they do to support our neighbors in need of help,” shared Beth Sorenson Prince, United Way’s Director of Impact. “They are the champions of care in our community and have the most generous hearts. We are so grateful for them being a network of support for our community, families, friends and neighbors.”
United Way listens, asks questions and analyzes data to ensure that their issue areas are aligned with the most pressing needs. Dollars are invested in programs in the areas of Youth Success, Health and Household Stability because change is bigger than a single organization or program.
“One thing that many don’t realize is that a team of volunteers determine allocations each year,” shared Kim Stuhler, Associate Director of Community Impact. “Each year our volunteer panels devote over 20 hours each to reviewing applications, assessing outcomes and posing questions to our partners. Based on what they learn, they make funding recommendations to the United Way board.”
The allocation process is best-in-class and digs deep into the funded programs to ensure that there is a high level of accountability and that all investments demonstrate measurable impact in the community. United Way’s Community Impact Strategy Team also explores gaps in health and human service needs and makes suggestions for other impact projects and potential gap areas.
United Way of Midland County Partner Agencies
- 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan
- The Arc of Midland
- American Red Cross East Central Bay
- Arnold Center
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region
- Cancer Services
- Disability Network of Mid-Michigan
- Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network
- Family & Children’s Services
- Greater Midland Coleman Family Center
- Greater Midland Community Center
- Greater Midland North Family Center
- Hidden Harvest
- Home to Stay
- Legacy Center for Community Success
- Midland County ESA
- Midland County Habitat for Humanity
- The Rock Center for Youth Development
- Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center
- The Salvation Army
- Senior Services
- Ten16 Recovery Network
- West Midland Family Center
“Because of our community’s generosity, our partners and the programs they offer will be there to help our neighbors,” Miller said. “Each of us has the opportunity to step up and make a difference and this campaign we truly witnessed that happening. There are so many in our community counting on us, and I’m proud that together we are offering them hope. Lives will be changed and we cannot thank you enough.”