The United Way of Midland County community campaign continues its steady progress toward reaching the $4,900,000 goal. Just three weeks into the campaign, our community has raised an impressive $2,290,189 representing 47% of the 2015 goal.

This little town of ours has a very big heart, shared Campaign Chair Jim Nigro.  “Midland cares about helping others; Midland knows the importance of giving back.  For 95 years now, United Way of Midland County has been a catalyst for that care and giving.”

Competitive fun is driving results with our local dental practices. Dr. Klomparens and Dr. Ford from Advantage Orthodontics are challenging others. They have a life-size John Wayne that is making its way through Midland dentist offices. Once John arrives, you can make a donation to move him to a new office, or for $5, you can buy John Wayne insurance. The first stop for “The Duke” was Davis and Davis Orthodontics. Be on the lookout for the next John Wayne sighting.

Many in the community are declaring a Penny War or holding Change for Change competitions to help our community. Recently the employees of the City of Midland and Midland County began a Change for Change competition.

“At the end of week one, the County employees are in the lead,” shared Holly Miller, Vice President of United Way of Midland County. “It will be anyone’s game as they continue the challenge over the next two weeks. What a great way to bring the Live United message to life.”

Northwood University is also getting in on the fun. The students with Delta Zeta are planning to conduct a Change 4 Change competition during Alcohol Awareness week.

The 2014 campaign has already seen many new donors contributing at the Leadership Circle and Tocqueville Society levels. These generous community leaders show their commitment by contributing $1,000 or more in support of United Way. The Tocqueville Society celebrates legacy-minded donors who contribute $10,000 or more.

“An innovative Tocqueville step-up program is in its second year,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “Current Gold or Silver donors enjoy all of the benefits of membership by committing to donating at the Tocqueville Society level in the next 2 or 3 years.”

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation continues their generous support of our community by offering a challenge grant again this year. The grant offers a $500 match for individuals and couples who are new Leadership Circle donors or those that increase their gift by $500 or more. New for 2015, they are also offering a matching grant for new Young Leadership Circle Donors, those under 40 who donate $500 or more. In recognition of United Way’s 95th anniversary, the foundation is providing a $5,000 match for new donors in the Tocqueville Society.

Bob Hansen, President and CEO of Dow Corning shared why he is a member of the Tocqueville Society. “It’s simple, we benefit from having a stronger and healthier community.  As a past UW campaign chair and a current member of the UW Board, I have first-hand knowledge of United Way’s impact in our community.  I have seen both the passion of the people who serve as well as the impact it has on those in need.  That’s what it means to Live United and that’s why I am committed to give back!”