MIDLAND, MI–The United Way of Midland County community campaign saw progress during week five of the campaign. Pledges totaling $2,787,831 have been reported, representing 62% of the overall goal of $4,500,000.

“With just a few more weeks left in the community campaign, we are counting on your support,” shared Rich Wells, 2016 United Way Campaign Chair. “I have seen the impact first hand from the folks who are counting on our support. Your investment in United Way, no matter the size, changes lives.”

So why invest in United Way?

As a community, we rise and fall together. Everyone benefits when a child succeeds in school, when people have all of the resources they need to provide for their family and when everyone can achieve and maintain good health.

United Way works to ensure everyone reaches their full potential by focusing on the building blocks of a good life—Education, Health and Self-Sufficiency.

“We bring the people, organizations and resources together to create change,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “Where else can you make a single donation that will impact so many?”

The employees of McKay Press are generous supporters and also lend their expertise donating the printing of campaign materials and other projects throughout the year. They have a number of fun ways to get their employees engaged, including Ice Cream Floats, a Ping Pong Tournament and Raffles.

“Jim Nigro has set a bold challenge to get more than 25 folks committed to donating at least $50, shared Ann. “If they meet their goal, Jim has agreed to shave his head. That’s commitment!”

Bolger + Battle also believes in making community change fun with one of their favorite traditions: beer cart Friday to support United Way.

The creative folks at Advantage Orthodontics are featuring a fun and engaging way to impact our community, hosting a bake sale and selling unique “spirit fingers” to support your favorite school. All proceeds generously benefit the campaign.

The employees of Trinseo are very engaged all year, serving as community volunteers, sponsors and advocates for our community. They run an engaging campaign that includes connecting their employees with the impact of their donation. They are hosting an Impact Bus Tour and inviting guest presenters at coffee breaks in the plant.

“We are humbled by the many individuals and organizations, both large and small who are working to ensure all individuals and families thrive,” shared Ann Fillmore. “That’s at the heart of Living United—bringing our community together for change.”


Everyone in our community can be a part of making it a better place. To find out how you can get involved, contact United Way at 631-3670 or online at www.liveunitedmidland.org.