Nominations are now being accepted for United Way of Midland County’s ninth annual Spirit of the Community Awards celebration to be held on April 24 at The Great Hall. This event recognizes those who are giving, advocating and volunteering to build a stronger community.

Please take a moment to recognize a local hero by nominating them for one of the prestigious awards below. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 2.

CHARLES J. STROSACKER AWARD Recognizes an individual from a United Way partner agency for their contribution and leadership in promoting the well-being of Midland County residents.

HEART OF THE COMMUNITY Recognizes a group or an individual who has demonstrated a passion for serving our community through volunteering.

SHINING STAR AWARD Honors either an individual or group that is advocating to improve lives and conditions of those in need.

TORCH BEARER AWARD Honors a United Way of Midland County campaign volunteer who demonstrates a true passion for sharing the Live United message.

YOUNG LEADER AWARD Recognizes a member of United Way’s Young Leaders United who encourages the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism.

OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD Recognizes a local student who lives united and encourages the spirit of volunteerism within their school and community.

NEW! OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY COLLABORATION AWARD Recognizes individuals and/or organizations that live and work United and collaborate for the greater good. These individuals/organizations encourage the spirit of collaboration within their organizations and community.

Award nomination forms can be found at All award recipients will be announced in April and will be honored at the Spirit of the Community Celebration on April 24.

We will also be recognizing organizations who demonstrate their commitment to strengthening our community as Companies That Care. One stand out organization from that pool will be honored as the Caring Company of the Year.

Tickets will be available in March. Contact United Way of Midland County at (989) 631-3670 or visit for more details.