Heading into the final weeks of the 2017 Community Campaign, United Way of Midland County is reporting pledges of $3,756,512. These pledges represent 78% of the overall campaign goal, but United Way is counting on the community to help reach this year’s bold goal of $4,800,000.

“We’re blessed to live and work in a community that so generously rises to these challenges,” shared Diane Postler-Slattery, 2017 Campaign Chair. “However, we still have work to do to reach our goal and help everyone reach their full potential.”

Many local organizations reported excellent progress this week.

Midland County Public Schools have pledged a total of $38,257 and counting, as pledges are continuing to roll in. Through penny wars, donut incentives and morning impact announcements, our local schools have fun while staying focused on how lives are impacted through United Way.

Ieuter Insurance focused on how everyone can make a difference, and that no donation is too small. Thanks to their employees’ generosity, Ieuter Insurance has already exceeded their goal and reached 100% staff participation. Ieuter continues to host special events for United Way, such as a Massage Day and Jeans Days, and they also created an incentive for employees who increased their donation by 10% to be eligible to win a free vacation day.

Additionally, a number of small businesses and nonprofits have reported great increases in their campaigns through innovative fundraising events. For example, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan is inviting the community to take part in their “Give Change. For Change” fundraiser benefiting United Way on October 26th from 8am – 6pm. Grab that old mason jar, check between the sofa cushions, gather up your loose change and stop by Disability Network at 1705 S. Saginaw Rd. to drop off your donation.

“Our local businesses, schools and non-profits are tremendous community advocates. They live here, work here and are integral to our community’s success,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “Their commitment to our community is inspiring.”

Every single one of us has something to offer to make our community a better place. Many give generously of their finances to 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.

“Thank you to everyone who is working so tirelessly to support our community through United Way,” shared Ann Fillmore. “Real lives are changed each and every day because of your generous support.”

The 2017 Community Campaign will continue through October 30. For more information on how you can change lives for the better in Midland County, visit unitedwaymidland.org.