United Way of Midland County kicked off the 2018 Campaign on Monday, September 10 with the goal of raising $4,700,000. Results from the first week of the campaign were strong, with reported pledges of $1,182,795—representing over 25% of the overall goal.

“Anne Frank said ‘No one ever became poor by giving,’” shared Bridgette Gransden, 2018 United Way Campaign Chair. “This year may look like an uphill battle, but with generous supporters like all of you, I am confident Midland is up for the challenge.”

AT&T continued their long history of supporting United Way efforts. A team of AT&T employees delivered their annual contribution to United Way of Midland County this week, including David Lewis, President of AT&T Michigan.

“AT&T is proud to support United Way of Midland County’s effort to make positive and lasting change in the community,” said David Lewis, President of AT&T Michigan. “This organization does an incredible job of bringing individuals, businesses and communities together to create positive impact that changes lives for the better, and that’s certainly something worth championing.”

Joining the group of AT&T employees was State Senator Jim Stamas, who lauded their continued support of programs aimed at helping those in need. “United Way of Midland County has always done a great job of connecting those in need to those who are looking to offer a helping hand,” said Stamas. “It’s a critical community institution and I thank AT&T for recognizing the amazing work they do for the people of Midland County.”

Several additional companies, large and small, launched their campaigns this week under the guidance of countless volunteers, including the Campaign Cabinet, Loaned Executives, Division Chairs and Ambassadors.

“As we kick off this year’s campaign, we’d like to take an opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers dedicated to ensuring a successful campaign so the needs of our neighbors are met throughout the year,” stated Ann Fillmore, Executive Director at United Way of Midland County. “Thanks to them, this truly is a community campaign.”

The 2018 United Way Campaign will continue until October 31.