The United Way of Midland County community campaign continues to gain momentum, reporting pledges totaling $1,542,877 at the end of week two. This represents a promising 32% of the $4,900,000 they hope to raise this year.

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

Chemical Bank employees kicked off this week with an innovative dance rendition of “Thriller” including lyrics that demonstrate Chemical Bank’s commitment to community and United Way. Nearly 30 employees invested hours of rehearsal time to perform their unique dance on the small stage at Center for the Arts.

“There was a huge round of applause for the dancers and when David Ramacker announced that the following day would be a coveted Jeans Day for United Way day,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “What an exhilarating and fun way to get employees engaged in building a stronger community.”

Wolverine Bank had an inspirational kick-off, including presentations from Hidden Harvest and Senior Services. The Wolverine “pigs” are making an encore appearance to shine a spotlight on volunteerism as they travel around the community lending their time (along with their staff).  They have set a bold goal of 100% participation and will be collecting change in piggybanks as well as hints of “pig-napping’s” to raise money for United Way.

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. And Dow Chemical Employees Credit Union also invited recently hired employees to learn more about United Way and ways they can make a difference.

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. They have opportunities all year to explore community needs, attend exclusive events, connect with other young professionals and learn from community leaders.

“Young Leaders provides a meaningful way to both learn about the needs in Midland County as well as have an impact on them,” shared YLU Executive Council Chair Jenn Holzinger.