The United Way community campaign continues to make progress, reporting pledges of $3,252,292—representing 72% of the overall $4.5 million goal.

“Investing in our community via United Way amplifies the impact of our individual contributions in ways that are literally life-changing for those who are helped,” stated 2019 Campaign Chair Jon Lynch. “Your commitment to our local United Way stays local, helping friends and neighbors with needs that are many times not visible to us.”

Competition seems to really be driving campaign results. The Arc of Midland and West Midland Family Center competed for the biggest percent increase this year. While the West Midland campaign continues, the Arc has set the bar extremely high. They are reporting donations of $12,000 an incredible increase of nearly 23%, including numerous Leadership Circle and Young Leadership Circle members.

Disability Network invites everyone to the inaugural Cornhole Classic at Dow Diamond on October 23. The cost to enter this $20 per person or $40 per team. All are welcome. Staying with that theme, Midland City and County employees have thrown down the gauntlet, challenging each other to a competitive game of cornhole to raise dollars for the community.

Greater Midland Community Center engaged staff with “Virtual Bingo” and “Popcorn Thursdays,” while also selling paper t-shirt sales to members. Family and Children’s Services celebrated Spirit Week, wearing sports gear from their favorite team and sold $5 Halloween Bingo cards.

MidMichigan Health is dedicated to supporting our community’s health and wellness. They run an amazing regional campaign and continue to engage their employees to cross the finish line. Their t-shirt sales and Jeans Day stickers this year set a new record, including a bonus “Jean Day” for all employees. The jersey-style gray and black t-shirts can be seen all around the community.

SYM Financial Advisors are strong community advocates who invest time volunteering. They are reporting an increase in their employee investment, raising nearly $4,400. Our friends at DCECU make giving a part of their culture, offering employees automatic pledging and have raised over $22,000.

Operation Polar Drop is an example of community collaboration at its finest. Stuart T. Wilson, CPA, PC partnered with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, United Way and Pepsico. They will be distributing winter apparel, food and much more at the Greater Midland Coleman Family Center on Saturday, October 19.

Trinseo kicked off their campaign this week by engaging their employees in impact bus tours and inspirational speaker coffee breaks. Trinseo was recently honored at the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards in the Corporate Community Leader category for their extensive employee engagement through their Volunteer Days and beyond. Recently, they hosted a supply drive for new moms that were also distributed at Operation Polar Drop on Saturday. They are off to a strong start.

The 2019 United Way campaign will continue until November 1st and everyone is invited to make a difference. For more information about how you can help improve lives in our community, visit