MIDLAND, MI—United Way announced it will be extending the community giving campaign for two weeks. To date, they are reporting pledges of $4,290,689, representing 88% of the overall community goal.

“We have seen incredible generosity since mid-September,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “But we still have a $490,000 gap to overcome. We recognize that many organizations are wrapping-up their campaigns and we continue to receive pledges each day. Falling short of our $4,900,000 goal will drastically impact those we serve in our community.”

Many individuals and organizations are doing their part to ensure the vital programs and services continue to be there for people in need throughout Midland County.

“Please consider joining me in increasing your pledge, not because we want to make our goal, but because the residents of our community are truly in need and rely on us,” shared Rich Wells, Site Director for Michigan Operations at The Dow Chemical Company.

United Way recognizes that we face many economic and social challenges, both locally and globally. In spite of that, many individuals and organizations have already pledged their generous support.

Three Rivers Corporation is reporting great results, with support totaling $40,163, an increase of nearly 10%. Johnston Contracting also saw in increase, with pledges totaling $2,300. Great Lakes Bay Construction was up 6% and Brandle Roofing and Sheet Metal increased their support by 14%.

The employees at Midland Daily News are incredible advocates, helping to keep our community inspired and informed. They are celebrating an impressive 17% increase, pledging $7,231.

Yeo and Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants are true community advocates, lending their time and talent as volunteers throughout the year. They are reporting an incredible 24% increase, pledging $11,526. Gavin and Associates continue the tradition of a corporate match and also increased their support by 25%, raising $13,830.

Wolverine Bank ran an innovative and impactful campaign and is reporting an impressive 11% increase, raising $31,683. The employees of Midland County hit it out of the park this year, increasing their support by a whopping 65%, raising $21,265. This includes more than half of their departments reporting 100% participation.

“So many in our community are counting on our support,” shared Jim Nigro, 2015 Campaign Chair. “I’ve have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the impact of our community’s investment. When you look into their eyes and hear how their lives have been transformed, you realize that these are real people we are helping. They are friends and neighbors.”

Financial gifts can be dropped off or mailed to: United Way of Midland County, 220 W. Main Street, Suite 100, Midland, MI 48640. To make a donation by credit card or direct bill, call United Way at 631-3670. You can also donate online at unitedwaymidland.org.

SIDEBAR: What can I do to help?

Every donation counts, no matter the size.

  • Consider a first-time donation. Every donation makes an impact, no matter the size.
  • Give A Little More. Our generous citizens have gotten us this far. For those who have already lent their support, consider giving a little more.
  • Turn in your results! Many organizations are still actively campaigning. Drop off your results to United Way at 220 W. Main Street, Suite 100.
  • Spread the Word. Encourage your neighbors and your friends to lend their support.