The United Way of Midland County community campaign continues its steady progress toward reaching the $5,050,000 goal. Just three weeks into the campaign, our community has raised an impressive $2,285,535 representing 45% of the 2013 goal.

“Each of us can make a difference in our community and every donation counts,” shared 2013 Campaign Chair Greg Rogers. “One of our key messages focuses on what $1 or $5 can do to change the life of a neighbor in need. Just $1 a week, the cost of a weekly candy bar, provides five rides for local seniors who can no longer drive.”

Change for Change has been a fun way for everyone to get involved. Numerous organizations are collecting change to support the work of United Way, with many departments and organizations competing to raise the most money. A few retail shops, like Coyer Candles are hosting Community Change for Change stations in their stores as well.

“We owe a big thank you to Members First Credit Union for their generosity in counting the containers full of coins during our Change for Change campaign,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County.

The Special Gifts division, which includes many area retirees, continues to demonstrate their strong commitment to the future. Many of these donors gave faithfully during their careers and continue their support in retirement. These legacy-minded individuals have already raised $230,952, over 45% of their goal

The 2013 campaign has seen many new donors contributing at the Leadership Circle level. These generous community leaders show their commitment by contributing $1,000 or more in support of United Way. A part of the Leadership Circle program, the Tocqueville Society celebrates legacy-minded donors who contribute $10,000 or more.

Young Leaders United is a group of compassionate and generous people in their 20s and 30s dedicated to philanthropy and volunteerism. These emerging leaders donate a minimum of $250 each year, and commit to 15 hours of volunteer service. Donors are encouraged to self-identify by checking the “Young Leaders United” box when pledging.

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation continues their generous support of our community by offering a challenge grant again in 2013. The grant offers a $500 match for individuals and couples who are new Leadership Circle donors or donors that increase their gift by $500 or more. They also offer a match for those donating at the Tocqueville level.

United Way of Midland County is working to advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all. They invite you to be a part of that change. For more information call 631-3670, or visit our website at