United Way celebrated the incredible impact of our local corporations and businesses, both large and small, through the “Companies That Care” awards.

“Companies That Care” are not only characterized by the financial commitment they and their employees make, but their impact through community advocacy and volunteerism. They serve as the foundation for real change and continue the strong legacy of compassion for those in need.

Many that were recognized have long supported the mission of United Way, while others are fairly new to the family. Some are large corporations, while others are small family-run businesses. The common thread that runs throughout each of this year’s honorees is the promise to be an integral part of our future.

Beyond their commitment to successful employee and corporate campaigns, these organizations and their employees serve as campaign volunteers, loaned executives, Leadership Circle members, Young Leaders, and community volunteers. They sponsor local events, and find innovative ways to help reach out and engage our community. They are the soil in which seeds of growth are planted.

Twenty-three local organizations were honored, including: Ayre-Rhinehart, Chemical Bank, City of Midland, Consumers Energy, Deloitte, The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Fisher Contracting, Gavin & Associates LLC, The Great Lakes Loons, Ieuter Insurance Group, Jacobs Field Services North America, Members First Credit Union, Midland County, Midland Daily News, MidMichigan, Northwood University, RE/MAX of Midland, Styron, Three Rivers Corporation, Wolverine Bank, and Yeo & Yeo.

Each year, one organization from the Companies That Care is honored as the Caring Company of the Year. We are proud to announce that the 2013 Caring Company of the Year was awarded to Chemical Bank.

Chemical Bank has a long history of supporting United Way. They encourage their employees to help build a stronger community whether it’s through their financial contributions, volunteering, or sharing their talents and skills.

Last year, Chemical Bank made the transition to electronic pledging and had a phenomenal campaign, raising over $60,000 in Midland County alone. That’s an impressive 20% increase in one year.

Employees were rewarded for their efforts with a popular “Jean Day for United Way,” where employees were allowed to wear jeans to show their community support. Their commitment, however, goes beyond the dollars donated.

“You see the results of their compassion in the eyes of those they serve, and in the many ways they have helped to shape our community, shared Ann Fillmore. “They serve as a foundation for who we are today, and will continue to nurture who we become tomorrow.”