Hundreds of community members came together last night for the unveiling of the United Way of Midland County campaign results at the November Chamber Connection. At 6:20 p.m., the background music faded and everyone’s attention turned to the screen. After a lively video showcasing the impact of the Community Colors 5k race, Campaign Chair Greg Rogers took the stage.
“This yearly celebration is often crafted around a number. Numbers are an important part of change in our community. They help us measure where we started and demonstrate that we are making progress,” shared Greg Rogers. “I have some incredible numbers to share with you.”
Greg went on to share examples of the incredible impacts taking place because of the investment our community makes in United Way.
- 27,000 free books provided to area kids under 5.
- 400,000 pounds of food was rescued and redistributed.
- 22,000 volunteer hours were logged through United Way.
- 200 young kids were provided with free preschool.
- People saved over $195,000 on their prescription drugs.
- 2-1-1 received over 7,200 calls for help—77% for basic needs.
- 6,200 days of detox and residential care for folks in recovery.
- 760 folks with disabilities were equipped with the skills to live and work independently.
- 2,100 local kids built self-worth through a caring mentor
- 8,400 gift requests through United Way’s Sharing Tree program.
- 600 rides to area seniors and those battling cancer.
- Over 5,700 nights of shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
“We have a long history of coming together for change,” shared Greg. “The numbers help to tell the story of a generous community committed to the Live United message.”
The campaign was supported by over 7,200 donors and 196 local corporations and businesses. During the two week extension, our community rallied in an unprecedented way. With a long way to go, donors stepped up to “give a little” more, conduct “Take 5 Give 5” and other creative ways to make an impact.
“I am very pleased and proud with the effort from our staff, volunteers and community.
I think we all worked harder this year for the $4.8 million than the past 3 years for $5 million,” shared Executive Director Ann Fillmore. “That’s what community is all about—people coming together to do whatever you can to help us serve our neighbors. It’s people helping people.”