The recent Community Colors 5k race kicked off the community campaign in a fun and colorful way. A record-breaking 2,200 people came to learn about the needs in Midland County and be inspired with ways they can help. The campaign is off to an strong start reporting pledges of $1,016,649, an encouraging 21% of the overall campaign goal of $4,900,000.

“What an incredible start to such a worthy endeavor,” shared 2014 United Way of Midland County Campaign Chair Cornell Boggs. “We have been so inspired by the many innovative and creative ways that people throughout the community are bringing the Live United message to life.”

Many Midland County companies are just beginning to kick-off their campaigns but are already reporting strong progress.

The employees of The Dow Chemical Company Michigan Operations hosted their sixth annual Chili Cook-off. Over 3,000 employees in attendance were treated to a free bowl of chili, bake sale items and a chance to dunk their favorite coworker in the dunk tank.

Dow Corning kicked their campaign off in a very sweet way, giving employees an opportunity to purchase a bag and take stroll through the United Way agency candy corridor. While filling their bags with their favorite candies, they filled their hearts with inspiration.

MidMichigan Health is driving change in our community by raffling off a 2-year lease on a new Chevy Cruze. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and all proceeds benefit United Way. Pick up your $25 raffle ticket at MidMichigan Health, Garber Chevrolet or United Way of Midland County.

“This year’s campaign illustrates the power that ONE person can have in impacting our community,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “Each of us helps by giving, advocating and volunteering. But together, we do something truly amazing—transform lives, our community and ourselves.”

United Way of Midland County works to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good life—Education, Health and Self-Sufficiency. They recruit the people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. We invite you to be a part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering.