The United Way of Midland County community campaign continues to gain momentum, reporting pledges totaling $1,312,265 at the end of week two. This represents a promising 27% of the $4,900,000 they hope to raise this year.

“It is so touching to see the incredible support of our community,” shared 2015 Campaign Chair Jim Nigro. “United Way provides an incredible opportunity for each and every one of us to step up and lend a hand to our neighbors and friends.”

Many organization campaigns are off and running, and are reporting great results.

Chemical Bank employees kicked off this week with an encore performance of the Chemical Bank Dance Team. All employees came together at the Center for the Arts for a colorful dance rendition of “Shake It Off” and celebrated Chemical Bank’s commitment to community and United Way.

Wolverine Bank had an inspirational kick-off, learning more about the new Community-Level Goals and ways they can make a difference. They are hosting a baby picture competition, putting together bowling teams for impact and have many fun and engaging activities planned. They have set a bold goal of 100% participation.

The leadership team at Comerica Bank completed an ice bucket challenge to get their campaign started. Local employees hosted a breakfast kick-off and plan to host a silent auction, potlucks and numerous Jean’s Days. They also set a bold goal to have 100% participation this year.

Many organizations are incorporating United Way into their new-hire events.  Dow Chemical recently held a regional event that included United Way and their partner agencies as a way to help educate and inspire their new staff to get engaged.

A key message for many new employees is exploring Young Leaders United as a way to engage the community. Young Leaders United encourages the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among emerging community leaders in their 20s and 30s. Members donate $250 or more each year and commit to at least 15 volunteer hours.

“We have an exciting event coming up,” shared YLU Executive Council Chair Brian Marinik. “Join us on Friday, October 16th at Whichcraft Taproom from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. for an evening of inspiration and networking. Everyone is invited and one dollar of each pint purchased will be donated to support the work of United Way.”