Week 5 of the United Way of Midland County campaign continues to prove that there is strength in numbers. United Way is reporting pledges totaling $3,052,022, representing 65% of the overall campaign goal of $4.7 million.

Gavin and Associates, LLC. are longtime supporters of United Way. Earlier this week, they wrapped up their 2021 campaign, with a noteworthy increase in their corporate and individual employee pledges totaling over $30,000.

“Our team goes above and beyond to show their support for our community,” shared Michael Gavin, Managing Member of Gavin and Associates and United Way of Midland County Board Member.  “We believe in giving of our time and resources to help others. United Way makes it easy to give. They bring people together to make the greatest impact and invest the dollars raised in programs that show measurable outcomes.”

The folks at Midland County kicked off their workplace campaign earlier this week. Their employees are able to purchase a t-shirt sporting the Stronger Together logo, including some new sweatshirt options. Visitors to the site are treated to a fun video in true Mr. Rogers style, encouraging everyone to “Be a Good Neighbor.

IFF, International Flavors and Fragrances, also kicked off their workplace campaign with unique opportunities to encourage employee engagement. They are hosting a Root Beer Float station for make-and-take treats as a part of their kick-off event. Employees who donate above a certain threshold will also receive a custom IFF and United Way branded t-shirt as a thank you for their gift.

Trinseo also kicked off their workplace campaign with unique opportunities to encourage employee engagement in the campaign. This year, they are offering their employees a matching donation for the United Way pledges, making their dollars go further and create a greater impact.

“I’m so proud to work for a company that truly values community involvement,” shared Amy Gilstad, North American Plastics Procurement Manager at Trinseo. “Our company supports organizations employees are passionate about, encourages community involvement, and provides opportunities and funding for our employees to partner with United Way to complete projects for schools, shelters, and parks. It’s an honor to be a part of the Trinseo family.”

United Way recognizes generous donors at all levels. The Tocqueville Society recognizes legacy-minded donors who invest $10,000 or more each year. The Leadership Circle celebrates those who donate $1,000 and above. The Young Leadership Circle honors those in their 20s and 30s who donate $500 and above.

Individual and retiree gifts are also continuing to bolster the campaign and showcase how every gift makes an impact. Retirees show their ongoing support and have contributed an impactful $617,385 so far, with additional gifts rolling in daily.

The younger generation of donors are also lending their voices and raising their hands. Next week, Young Leaders United members are taking a bus tour to visit United Way partner agencies to learn more about the impact they make in our community. They are visiting three agencies; Senior Services, Greater Midland North Family Center and Home to Stay.

Young Leaders United encourages the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among emerging community leaders in their 20s and 30s. They are committed to their families, their careers, and their community. To become a Young Leaders United member, you must be a young professional who donates $250 or more annually to United Way as an individual or with a spouse and. Members also commit to volunteer each year. Those who donate $500+ are also recognized as Young Leadership Circle members. Initiatives that young leaders have championed include a community garden, March is Reading Month, community food distributions, Wellbeing signage and much more.

“As we get closer to the finish line of the 2021 community campaign, we’d like to thank all who have had a chance to support United Way and their partners so far,” shared Mary and Todd Draves, 2021 Community Campaign Chairs. “The outpouring of support is incredible, yet there is still work to be done. We encourage you to learn more about the impact your pledge will make for our friends, neighbors, and coworkers and to make the choice to join us in demonstrating what’s possible together.”

The campaign is now more than halfway done. These next few weeks will be crucial as the community strive towards meeting the goal. Every gift matters, as the needs are greater than ever before.