United Way of Midland County kicked off the 2021 Campaign on Monday, September 13 with a goal of bringing our community together to raise $4.7 million. They are excited to announce pledges totaling $1,258,144, representing 27% of the overall goal.

“After our first official week of Campaign, we are thrilled with the way our community is stepping up to support United Way and our neighbors who need our help,” shared Todd and Mary Draves, 2021 Campaign Co-chairs. “While the needs are changing and continuing to escalate, it’s our goal to help educate and inspire people to join in – whether that’s through participating in the campaign or lending their time as a volunteer.”

After a successful pacesetter start, Dow employees kicked off their campaign this week with an inspiring launch. They have already reached 65% of their employee goal and continue to show steady progress.

Team Dow is leading with way with creative ways to support the campaign. Dow and United Way collaborated to co-host a webcast, which engaged nearly 300 participants across the region. Team members shared inspiring stories about how United Way and their partner agencies have supported them at a time in their life when they needed it most. Campaign ambassadors are going above and beyond with fun ways for employees to participate, including virtual events like trivia, yoga, and presentations from motivational speakers.

MidMichigan Health also kicked off their employee campaign with a strong start. Thanks to overwhelming response, their annual campaign t-shirts sold out completely. Keep an eye out for the unique blue tie-dye Live United shirts in the community.

Fisher Contracting completed their campaign earlier this year, exceeding last year’s results. Many other companies will be kicking off their campaigns in the coming days and weeks, but others have already joined in. Corteva co-hosted a virtual kickoff event with United Way to help inspire and educate their team members about community issues and how their support creates real and lasting change. They also spotlighted their volunteer impact and shared an update on their collaborative work around food security.

“The combination of a global pandemic and devastating 500-year flood have taken their toll,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “The response from our community to lend a hand through those emergencies has been inspiring. But like any disaster, we are just now seeing the long-term impact. The needs in our community are on the rise and we are working collaboratively to ensure we create stability, hope and a path forward.”

United Way focuses on three key pillars that are the building blocks for a good life: Youth Success, Health and Household Stability. They partner with non-profits and invest in the top health and human service issues identified by the community.

United Way shared that one in three in Midland County are food insecure. Through programs offered by their partner agencies, over 700 seniors received healthy delivered meals and over 440,000 pounds of food was rescued and redistributed.

Every community member has a story to share…but we often don’t see behind the scenes to truly understand how our neighbors, friends and family members struggle.

A local senior was trying her best to care for her sick husband, but just couldn’t do it all. When she started receiving hot, nutritious meals each day, her health and well-being improved. That support helped her to focus on healing him and herself.

Click here to read the full story of impact or view “Dear Neighbor” videos. They show how your support makes a difference for our friends, families, coworkers and neighbors.

The 2021 United Way campaign will continue until October 29 and everyone is invited to be a part of it.