MIDLAND, MI—United Way announced they crossed the all-important $4 million mark, reporting pledges totaling $4,062,641, representing 90% of the overall community goal of $4,500,000

“We have experienced steady progress toward reaching our goal,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “But we still have a $500,000 gap to overcome. We recognize that many organizations are wrapping-up their campaigns and we continue to receive pledges each day. Falling short of our $4,500,000 goal would greatly impact those we serve in our community.”

Many individuals and organizations are doing their part to ensure the vital programs and services continue to be there for people in need throughout Midland County.

The generous employees from Dow Chemical and Dow Corning are leading the way, demonstrating that they are stronger together. With pledges and special event revenue still coming in, they are reporting donations representing 98% of their goal. Additionally, numerous departments are celebrating 100% employee participation.

“At Dow, we have a long history of supporting the communities where we live and work,” shared Rich Wells, 2016 Campaign Chair. “I am proud and heartened to see the way that our employees are bringing that commitment to life. I encourage everyone to follow my lead and consider giving a little more this year. Every donation, no matter the size, impacts so many in our community.”

The community-minded folks at Three Rivers Corporation pledged $40,515, driven in part by over 200 pounds of donuts and 500 miles driven to inspire employees. They are also reporting seven members of Young Leaders United.

Northwood University is also sharing strong results, with pledges of $16,786, an impressive 33% increase. Beyond their giving they are dedicated to a culture of volunteering. They recently hosted their Go MAD Day (Go Make A Difference), with students and staff volunteering nearly 3,000 hours in a single day.

Wolverine Bank added a high level of fun to their annual campaign, treating employees to a silent auction, candy guessing game, potlucks, jeans days and even a fun baby picture contest for a chance to earn an extra day off. They were proud to be named United Way’s Caring Company of the Year in 2016 and are excited to report nearly $18,000 in employee pledges alone.

Midland Cogeneration has raised $20,000 through employee and corporate donations, an increase from 2015. Garber Chevrolet also ran a strong campaign, increasing their support by nearly 40% in addition to helping inspire customers and the community about the impacts taking place.

Our local retirees have created a legacy of care for one another and a culture of giving back. They continue to demonstrate their commitment, raising nearly $500,000 in support of United Way.

“What a statement that makes about our local retirees,” shared Rich Wells. “They are truly an inspiration to us all.”

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 631-3670. You can also donate online at eportal.unitedwaymidland.org/give.