The  community campaign continues to gain momentum, reporting pledges totaling $1,821,057 at the end of week two. This represents an incredible 36% of the $5,050,000 they hope to raise this year.

Many organization campaigns are off and running, and are reporting great results. Dow Corning Corporation is off to a strong start. They kicked off their annual campaign with an employee meeting, inspired by the story of a young man served by The Arc of Midland. Their annual United Way auction also raised an impressive $7,847.

Wolverine Bank had an inspirational kick-off, including a presentation by a staff member impacted by United Way. They are also hosting a friendly Feed the Pig competition, collecting change in Piggybanks. They report pig kidnappings between the teams, with a $15 donation ensuring his safe return.

“This year people are really showing their creative spirit,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “It’s been wonderful to see how organizations are finding new ways to spread the Live United message.”

United Way and its twenty-seven partner agencies understand first-hand the needs in Midland County. They reach out a compassionate hand to others every day, and also run an impressive campaign. This year, campers and summer employees held a field day and raised over $500 in change alone. The Midland Community Center has a very visible campaign, with a sea of Live United paper T-shirts greeting you at the door.

The Arnold Center was inspired by the Community Colors 5k and is hosting a “Lifesaving—life changing color fest” with their employees. From colorful pumpkin decorating contests and bags filled with color lifesavers, they are focused on how their support offers help and hope to so many.

Many organizations have rallied around the Feed the Need food drive, sponsored by RE/MAX of Midland and The Dow Chemical Company. On Saturday, September 28th, Target is hosting a Super Saturday event. Consider adding a few items to your weekly shopping trip and drop them off in the Target parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“There are huge needs for food in our community right now,” shared Wayne Crosby of RE/MAX of Midland. “Many of our neighbors have to made decision each day between feeding their families and paying their bills. We need to make sure food is there when they walk through the doors of local pantries.”