United Way of Midland County has announced that it reached the $4 million milestone, reporting pledges of $4,355,029 for 91% of the overall campaign goal. With the campaign coming to a close, United Way is seeking the community’s help to reach the bold campaign goal of $4,800,000.

“We have experienced steady progress toward reaching our goal,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “But we still have more than a $400,000 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 $4,800,000 goal would greatly 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.

The Dow Chemical Company exceeded their employee goal of $1.7 million. In addition to surpassing their employee goal, they also saw a 2% increase in the number of employees giving and many departments reported 100% participation. Dow ambassadors led the way by coordinating a record number of presentations along with 12 Impact Bus Tours, giving their colleagues a first-hand look at the impact of their donations. Many employees increased their gift this year, and they were entered into a United Way vacation package raffle that was sponsored by Dow with generous support from Circle Travel.

With days to go in their campaign, MidMichigan Health has already surpassed their employee goal of $275,000. They’ve found great success with activities such as jeans days, United Way t-shirt sales and their annual basket auction. To top it off, all of the MidMichigan Health subsidiary Presidents, along with Diane Postler-Slattery, agreed to an American Ninja Warrior competition. This incentive was a great motivator to get MidMichigan employees involved in their campaign.

Many other generous organizations throughout the community continue to report strong campaign results. Trinseo, the 2017 Caring Company of the Year, has already exceeded their $46,000 goal by more than 6%. Midland Cogeneration has raised $20,000 through employee and corporate donations. SYM Financial Advisors are reporting a 16% increase in employee pledges this year. City of Midland’s Public Services division met their goal to increase giving by 5%.

“United Way helps so many people in ways that we can never fully appreciate,” stated Diane Postler-Slattery, 2017 Campaign Chair. “We’re counting on everyone’s support to push us over the finish line so we can continue to meet the needs of our community.”

There’s still time to support United Way’s 2017 campaign. 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 989-631-3670. You can also donate online at unitedwaymidland.org.