United Way of Midland County is honoring Angelica [...]
By Ashley Kring|2021-03-09T11:14:06-05:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19|Comments Off on United Way of Midland County Honors Angel Moore in Memoriam with The Charles J. Strosacker Award, Video Tribute
That’s been our strategy here at United Way when determining how and where to invest funds and resources in order to create the most measurable community impact.
Our mission is to unite the community to improve lives—that is our north star. We view ourselves as one of the key connectors. Whether we are linking volunteers with opportunities, donors with community impact, agencies with sustainable program funding and capacity building, convening around key human services issues or investing in innovative solutions–collaboration is in our DNA.
As we move forward in 2021, I want to paint the picture of how United Way has, and will continue to be, a connector in the community and a responsible steward of your gift. We do not create this impact alone and we never lose sight of whose dollars we are investing.
The flood and pandemic have widened gaps and increased needs like never before.
Last fall, we announced historic campaign results totaling over $5,034,114, which provides sustainable program funding aligned with our communities most pressing issues. These vital services are the backbone for meeting the growing needs of our community.
In addition, we launched the Rise Together Fund: a fund dedicated to meet the immediate challenges from the 2020 flooding and prepare for the long-term needs of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).
Our community lived its legacy of support, especially in times of high need. People like you joined with other individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations to raise an additional $3,941,309.
Being smart stewards of that investment is our priority. United Way has already invested $2.1 million to support flood survivors and their rebuilding efforts to date. But our work is far from over.
On July 15th, our region received the Federal Disaster Declaration, which made resources from FEMA available to thousands of people impacted by the 2020 dam failures. To date, over $48 million in federal dollars has been invested in Midland County alone through direct funds, rental assistance and low-interest SBA loans. These are dollars that we don’t need to raise or invest locally.
Leveraging In-kind Donations
Success lies in how we leverage and stretch resources. We are honored to provide leadership to the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group: a collaborative group leading recovery and rebuild efforts. Made up of a broad representation of philanthropy organizations, nonprofits, businesses, government, faith community, civic groups and schools, they are working together to chart a path forward.
As part of the Long-Term strategy, our team is working to ensure that all avenues of support have been explored and applied. This includes over $3 million of in-kind donations that have been coordinated and distributed to date, items like: food, water, household goods, muck-out kits along with construction materials like siding, drywall, insulation and more.
Collaboration is Key
During the early months of the pandemic, United Way and the Midland Area Community Foundation joined together to host a single Covid-19 Relief Fund and nonprofit grant process along with launching the Relief Midland site. Together, we’ve invested over $370,000 into nonprofit grants to keep agencies afloat and meet the increased demands.
When the dams broke, Team Dow worked alongside United Way to turn their hanger into an in-kind distribution hub, supporting over eight local distribution centers. Other corporations, nonprofit partners, foundations and individuals joined in to ensure needed items were accessible for months.
Recognizing another immediate need, United Way partnered with Home to Stay to provide short-term rental assistance and water restoration grants. To date, we have invested nearly $350,000 to help families remain in their homes and/or have a safe place to live as their homes are repaired.
We’ve also partnered with Whirlpool to host two discount appliance sales, saving local families over $500,000. The added benefit was having appliances in stock for immediate pick-up or delivery.
We’re stronger together. One great example is the United Way and Habitat for Humanity partnership. Building on a shared mission and vision, we are leveraging our strengths to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Two major home restorations are complete, with others in the pipeline.
The Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group is another example of collaboration in action. The group anticipates that the rebuild and restoration efforts will continue for at least another 18 months. Because of the leveraged approach we continue to stretch our local dollars to have the biggest impact.
Another key resource that creates impact? Volunteers.
Since the flood, over 5,681 volunteers have invested over 27,000 hours to support flood recovery. The value of their time is over $742,000. In addition, over 1,200 volunteers invested over 3,500 hours during the early days of the pandemic. All of this without a single reportable Covid-19 exposure.
I feel so humbled to be a witness to the generous hearts and hand raisers who show up when our neighbors need it most. Our priority is to be a strategic partner. We don’t want to just make a dent. We want to make intentional, lasting impact.
As Midland County continues to meet our challenges head on, I promise that United Way will continue to make it a priority to make smart, intentional decisions that create measurable impact.
We are so grateful to have you on this journey with us. Thank you.
It’s no secret that our schools and teachers have been put to the test over the last year.
To show our gratitude for their hard work, United Way Young Leaders United is partnering with Midland Business Alliance to provide lunch from local restaurants for all 1,325 staff members in the Midland, Bullock Creek, Meridian, and Coleman school districts.
This is a great way to pay it forward with your stimulus money. It’s a win-win: you’re supporting local business + the dedicated staff members of our local school systems
Click here to Adopt a full or half school as an individual, group, or company OR donate towards a single meal.
On Tuesday, March 23, the Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) is releasing a new report on the state’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. The report spotlights new data showing the magnitude of need of families across the state. It also helps us understand our collective role to help improve conditions for ALICE in Michigan.
“This is a population we know well—the many hardworking families who have an income below the ALICE Threshold,” said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “We are committed to understanding the need and investing in resources that support these individuals and families. This report provides insights and identifies ways we can advocate at a state and local level to fill in the gaps.”
The ALICE Project is the result of the collaboration between United Ways across Michigan, with help from the Consumers Energy Foundation and support from Michigan legislators. Updated every two years, this is the fourth ALICE report released to the public since 2015.
The data shines a light on many in our state who work hard at jobs that don’t cover what it costs to make ends meet. These residents have an income above the Federal Poverty Level, but still struggle to afford the basic household necessities: housing, child care, food, health care, technology, and transportation.
This year’s ALICE Report Launch Event will feature notable speakers, including:
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Senator Jim Stamas
Carolyn Bloodworth, Consumers Energy Foundation
Michiganders sharing their personal stories, including a community member from Midland
Sen. Stamas said United Way’s ALICE Project shines a light on the real problems facing real Michigan families.
“Thousands of people across our state—ALICE households—have been hit hard in the pandemic and the state’s ongoing restrictions,” Stamas said. “Many of these households are workers providing for their families and are critical to our state’s success. They should never have to choose between paying their childcare, healthcare, car insurance and putting food on the table. I am proud that we have continued focused investment in the state’s budget and in the Covid-19 relief efforts to support these families.”
Miller added that United Way places a high priority on serving as a voice and advocate for programs and people that serve ALICE.
“In the next coming weeks, follow our United Way of Midland County Facebook page and website as we share the new ALICE report with localized data, stories and statistics that help spotlight how United Way has—and will continue to—support ALICE,” she said.