The Live United message is very visible throughout Midland County. It demonstrates that each and every one of us can be a part of creating a stronger community. After the sixth week of the campaign, our community has raised $3,619,509, which represents 72% of our overall $5,050,000 goal.

“We need your help,” shared Campaign Chair Greg Rogers. “Our community is counting on us to ensure the vital programs and services continue to be there for those in need. We’re in the home stretch. Help us reach the finish line.”

Many divisions made significant progress this week. The F.I.R.E. division is made up of companies from the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate market and have surpassed the halfway mark to their goal. Chemical Bank and their employees ran an impactful campaign, reporting total gifts of $99,074, an increase of 2% over 2012. Wolverine Bank ran a very visible and creative campaign and have raised $34,485, an increase of over 10%.

The Public Service Division is comprised of City and County government as well as schools and universities. Many in this division are wrapping up their campaigns. The employees of the Educational Service Agency (ESA), saw a 10% increase, donating $5,295. Coleman Community Schools also reported an increase of nearly 5% in employee giving.

In the Professional Division, Yeo & Yeo reported another strong year. They have pledged $9,065, an increase of 4% from 2012. They are also celebrating 100% participation amongst their employees.

West Midland Family Center, a United Way partner agency, ran an incredible campaign. They started by engaging summer campers and staff through a Change for Change campaign and invested time educating and inspiring all staff about the impact of United Way. They increased their pledges by an astounding 85%, reporting donations of $10,265.

A big goal deserves an equally big celebration. On Wednesday, November 20th, United Way will be announcing the results of the 2013 community campaign at Chamber Connections. Join them from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of Midland. The surprise unveiling of our community’s generosity will be the talk of the town for weeks to come. You won’t want to miss it!

Every single one of us has something to offer to make our community a better place. Many give generously of their finances to help make a difference in the lives of others; thousands turn their passion into action by serving as a volunteer; and others speak in support of those who many not have a voice. That’s what it means to be a part of this community what Living United is all about. To find out more, contact United Way at 631-3670 or online at