Amidst a challenging year for the community, United Way of Midland County’s annual campaign is more important than ever.

“Before the pandemic and flood, the needs in our community were great,” said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “But the gap has widened even more due to recent events. Our partner agencies have leaned in to provide key resources and support, but they are feeling the strain. Many in our community are asking for help for the first time. Our partnership with local family foundations and this generous matching grant provide much-needed hope and stability.”

The support from local family foundations highlights the generous spirit and commitment to the community especially during this year of hardships that have hit Midland County, Miller added.

The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation made a sizeable investment in the Rise Together Fund and provides vital campaign funding each year. The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation also invested in rebuilding our community and offers steadfast campaign funding.

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has a long history of providing matching grants to benefit the annual campaign and was instrumental in establishing the Rise Together Fund. To create extra incentive to meet the increasing needs during this challenging year, they are expanding their matching grant for this year’s campaign. A 50-cent match is being offered for every dollar invested by new donors and those who sustain or increase their support to United Way this year.

“This is a game changer for our community,” shared Jim Nigro, United Way of Midland County Board President. “We are so incredibly grateful for this generous match along with such strong support from our family foundations. They inspire and unite us around a common vision. We couldn’t do this without them.”

The generous matching grant celebrates the impact of every gift. It pulls us all together for a common purpose and helps us feel a part of reaching the goal of $4.5 million.

“Our trustees are honored to invest in the vision that United Way created to unite our community,” shared Dr. Ruth Alden Doan, President of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. “We are grateful to be able to sustain this vital work by providing matching dollars to support gifts made by donors that share that vision.”

To donate to this year’s campaign, click here.