After week three of the campaign, United Way of Midland County is reporting pledges of $2,322,028. These pledges represent 51% of the overall $4.5 million goal, but there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure that vital community needs are met.
“Community is important because its members provide support to each other when facing struggles and inspire one another to grow, evolve, learn and prosper,” shared Jon Lynch, 2019 Campaign Chair. “Supporting United Way is an investment in our community, producing proven results and leading people to greater self-sufficiency.”
The Live United message illustrates the power of coming together for change. It recognizes that each of us can do something to build a stronger community. Some give generously, others advocate by lending their voice for change and many volunteer—sharing their time and talent. Organizations throughout Midland County demonstrate their commitment through their generosity and creative employee engagement and events.
The City of Midland has been motivating their employees to give back in many fun ways. In addition to popular jeans days and “Change for Change” competitions throughout their offices, the Midland Police Department introduced unique incentives to keep their teams engaged. By pledging, officers get to wear short sleeve uniform shirts, detectives can forgo the tie and office staff can wear jeans every Friday in 2020. It’s fun and all proceeds benefit United Way.
“The Midland Police Department is a strong supporter of United Way of Midland County’s campaign,” explained Midland Police Community Relations Sergeant Chris Wenzell. “On a very frequent basis, our officers collaborate with the many agencies who benefit from the generous donations to United Way and we will continue to support their efforts.”
Midland County employees kicked off their campaign Tuesday, incentivizing employees to pledge early to be part of a raffle. Those who participate week one can earn prizes like gift cards and merchandise from local businesses. Merging themes from two seasonal activities, employees can also “Bag ‘n Tag” a cookie for a coworker. For $5, they can send a personal message along with a “buck-sized” chocolate chip cookie to a colleague. New this year, they will also be offering custom t-shirts and an ice cream sundae bar.
“This isn’t the same United Way that your parents gave to. It’s better,” shared Tori Meyer, Finance Director at the County of Midland and Past President on the United Way Board of Directors. “United Way of Midland County, with its partner agencies, strives toward making measurable improvements to the citizens who need it most, and that makes our whole community a better place to live and work.”
Ieuter Insurance Group embodies the spirit of generosity. Each year, they strive to increase their support and are reporting success again this year by increasing their employee and corporate gifts. Ieuter was honored this year as the esteemed Caring Company of the Year at the Spirit of the Community celebration. Ieuter Insurance rose to the top as a leader in philanthropy, volunteerism and overall support of the community through United Way.
Many local retirees who supported United Way throughout the careers have continued to champion the cause throughout Midland County. Creating a legacy of care through their ongoing generosity, local retires have pledged nearly $200,000 this year.
United Way recognizes generous donors at all levels. The Tocqueville Society recognizes legacy-minded donors who invest $10,000 or more each year. The Leadership Circle celebrates those who donate $1,000 and above. The Young Leadership Circle honors those in their 20s and 30s who donate $500 and above.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation provides a generous challenge grant of $500 for new Leadership Circle donors or those that increase their gift by $500 or more. The grant also offers a $5,000 match for new Tocqueville donors as well as a $500 matching grant for new Young Leadership Circle Donors.
The 2019 United Way campaign will continue until November 1st and everyone is invited to make a difference. For more information about how you can help improve lives in our community, visit unitedwaymidland.org.
Attached photo: 2019 Campaign Chair Jon Lynch giving a campaign update during the Wake Up Midland Radio Show segment on Friday, October 4. (Photo: United Way of Midland County)