United Way announced it will be extending the community giving campaign for two weeks. At the end of week seven, they are reporting pledges of $4,465,584, representing 91% of their overall goal.

“With only two weeks to go, we are reaching out to the community to help close the $430,000 gap,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “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 have a direct impact on those we serve in our community.”

In September, United Way brought us all together for the Community Colors 5k to kick-off the campaign. The goal was to rally the community around the needs and inspire each of us to get involved.

“This incredible community event didn’t focus on individual finish times, but celebrated the power of our community coming together for change,” shared Cornell Boggs, 2014 Campaign Chair. “As we near the campaign finish line, we need to ensure no one is left behind. For those who have not pledged your support, we ask you to give. For those who have already given, we’re asking you to consider giving a little more.”

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.

The Commercial Division includes our many small businesses that generously support the campaign. Absolute Therapeutic Massage and Body Works donate each year, and also raised $1,500 through the Massage with a Message campaign. Roth Cleaners gives generously, and advocated for United Way with inspirational ads in Midland Daily News. Eastman Party store made a corporate donation and also conducted a Change for Change campaign along with support from Opperman Consulting, QRP Printing and numerous others.

Members First Credit Union ran an incredible campaign, which included Jeans Day for United Way, a chili cook-off and bake sale and an all staff  “Make a Difference Day.” They are reporting pledges of $17,465.36, an increase of 20%, including the addition of seven new members to Young Leaders United.

“We are so grateful to Members First for their support,” shared Ann Fillmore. “They have been counting the hundreds of pounds of coins from the numerous organizations running Penny War and Change for Change competitions.”

MidMichigan Health celebrated surpassing their campaign goal, exceeding the $230,000 mark. Additionally, they drew the winning ticket for the car raffle benefitting United Way. Michael Bruzewski was both surprised and thrilled as he learned his $25 ticket earned him a 2-year lease on a brand new Chevy Cruze as well as a coveted parking spot.

“So many in our community are counting on our support,” shared Cornell Boggs. “I wish everyone could see first-hand the ways lives are transformed because of their support. We have a long history of coming together to meet challenges. Join me in doing all we can to ensure the needs continue to be met.”

SIDEBAR: What can I do?

Every donation counts, no matter the size.

  • Take 5 to Give $5! Whether you empty your piggy bank, return those cans in the garage, or empty out the change holder—you can make a difference.
  • 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.

Financial gifts can we 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.