United Way announced it will be extending the community giving campaign for two weeks. At the end of week seven, they are reporting pledges of $3,904,686, representing 77% of their overall goal.

“Current pledges are significantly down compared to last year,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “If this trend continues, it will have a direct impact on those we serve in our community.”

In September, United Way brought us all together for the first Community Colors 5k to kick-off the campaign. The goal was to rally the community around the needs and inspire each of us to get involved.

“This exciting new event didn’t just focus on individual finish times, but celebrated the power of our community coming together for change,” shared Greg Rogers, 2013 Campaign Chair. “As we near the  campaign finish line, we need to ensure no one is left behind. For those who have not pledged your support, we ask you to give. For those who have already given, we’re asking you to consider giving a little more.”

United Way recognizes that we face many economic and social challenges, both locally and globally. In spite of that, many individuals and organizations have already pledged their generous support. Even local middle school students are making a difference.

“We are so proud of our Jefferson Middle School students,” shared Paul Schroll, Assistant Principal. “We rallied the students with a Change for Change competition, offering a pizza party for the winner from each grade. They surpassed all expectations, with the winning classes donating over $30 per student to help those in need.”

Every donation counts and everyone can be part of building a stronger community.  Ten dollars can provide a month’s worth of food for an unemployed neighbor. Just $20 provides two rides for a local senior who can no longer drive and $75 provides a week of before-and after-school care for a child.

“So many in our community are counting on our support,” shared Greg Rogers. “I have witnessed first-hand the needs of our friends and neighbors in Midland County . We have a long history of coming together to meet challenges. Join me in doing all we can to ensure the needs continue to be met.”

What can I do?

Every donation counts, no matter the size.

  • Take 5 to Give $5! Whether you empty your piggy bank, return those cans in the garage, or empty out the change holder—you can make a difference.
  • Give A Little More. Our generous citizens have gotten us this far. For those who have already lent their support, consider giving a little more.
  • Turn in your results! Many organizations are still actively campaigning. Drop off your results to United Way at 220 W. Main Street, Suite 100.
  • Spread the Word. Encourage your neighbors and your friends to lend their support.

Financial gifts can we dropped off or mailed to: United Way of Midland County, 220 W. Main Street, Suite 100, Midland, MI 48640. To make an donation by credit card or direct bill, call United Way at 631-3670.