The United Way of Midland County community campaign continues its steady progress toward reaching the $4,900,000 goal. Just three weeks into the campaign, our community has raised an impressive $2,213,802 representing 45% of the 2014 goal.

“Where else can you make a single donation that will impact the lives of so many?” shared 2014 Campaign Chair Cornell Boggs. “This year’s campaign focuses on how each one of us can make a difference by giving, advocating and volunteering. It also shows that together we can do something amazing—transform lives, our community and even ourselves.”

United Way and its twenty-seven partner agencies understand first-hand the needs in Midland County. They reach out a compassionate hand to others every day, and also run an impressive campaign.

Family and Children’s Services hosted a “United Foods” potluck that featuring united foods like: chips and dip; mac and cheese; and peanut butter and jelly. They had many fun ways to keep the competition high, including earning points for wearing Live United gear and playing “The $25,000 United Way Pyramid.”

The employees at West Midland Family Center just wrapped up a stellar campaign, reporting pledges of $12,181, an impressive 15% increase over last year’s giving with 100% participation. Employees were inspired by a presentation by Executive Director Greg Dorrien.

“It is important for our employees and community to understand where we would be without the support of United Way,” shared Greg. “West Midland would have had a short run of seven years. Over 30 years ago, community centers were closing. And that’s where we would be today without United Way of Midland County — CLOSED.”

Competitive fun is also driving results with our local dental practices. Dr. Klomparens recently declared a Penny War with Dr. Kim Hale, Dr. John Carter and the Jefferson Group. Each office is trying to collect the most pennies to benefit United Way, but can sabotage the competition by depositing silver coins or paper money in their penny jars.

The 2014 campaign has already seen many new donors contributing at the Leadership Circle and Tocqueville Society levels. These generous community leaders show their commitment by contributing $1,000 or more in support of United Way. The Tocqueville Society celebrates legacy-minded donors who contribute $10,000 or more.

“A new innovative step-up program was unveiled this year,” shared Ann Fillmore, Executive Director of United Way of Midland County. “Current Gold or Silver donors enjoy all of the benefits of membership by committing to donating at the Tocqueville Society level in the next 2 or 3 years.”

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation continues their generous support of our community by offering a challenge grant again this year. The grant offers a $500 match for individuals and couples who are new Leadership Circle donors or those that increase their gift by $500 or more. They also offer a $5,000 match for new or step-up donors in the Tocqueville Society.

Young Leaders United is a group of compassionate and generous people in their 20s and 30s dedicated to philanthropy and volunteerism. These emerging leaders donate a minimum of $250 each year, and commit to 15 hours of volunteer service. Donors are encouraged to self-identify by checking the “Young Leaders United” box when pledging.

If you would like to learn more about Young Leaders, join them at their Fall Meet & Greet at Whichcraft Taproom on October 30th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. A dollar from each pint purchased will be donated to support the campaign.