Facing a variety of community challenges, Midland County’s culture of caring was once again on full display throughout this year’s United Way campaign. Our community rallied together to not only meet, but exceed the bold $4,800,000 campaign goal. With donations continuing to come in, United Way of Midland County is reporting pledges of $4,814,517 that will help meet the needs of local residents.

“This is a great day for our United Way agencies, families and all those that showed their support for this year’s campaign,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., President and CEO, MidMichigan Health and 2017 Campaign Chair. “Reaching this milestone could not have been possible without the generous support of all our local companies and individual donors who helped make this year’s campaign goal a reality.”

This year’s campaign was supported by over 7,200 donors and 230 local corporations and businesses. The success of the campaign is highly dependent on the hundreds of volunteers that help to raise these funds while educating and inspiring the community. United Way was able to surpass the community goal because of the diligence, creativity and passion of its volunteers. Generous support came from every corner of the community, from the major corporate supporters and retirees to local schools, municipalities, foundations and small businesses.

Leading by example as the campaign neared the finish line, multiple United Way partner agency Executive Directors increased their pledges to ensure community needs were met.

“We faced many challenges during this year‘s campaign, including the devastating flood in June and the economic uncertainties in our community,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “We’re proud to live in a generous community that rallies together to ensure the needs of our neighbors are met.”

“The true value of United Way lies not in the amount of money we raise, but in the impact in our community. Our goal is to bring the people, organizations, and resources together to create impact,” added Fillmore.

United Way of Midland County will continue to accept campaign pledges. To learn more about the impacts taking place because of our community’s generous support, visit www.unitedwaymidland.org.