United Way of Midland County continues to press towards the finish line and has reached an encouraging milestone. The community has passed the $4 million mark, reporting pledges totaling $4,142,571 raised, or 88% of the overall campaign goal of $4.7 million.

“The investment in United Way from our supporters is invested right back into our community to tackle our biggest challenges,” said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “We are humbled and thrilled with the progress. Our community is continuing to open their minds and hearts as we press forth with confidence.”

Last week, United Way shared that the community campaign would continue throughout November to help widen the window of opportunities for participation, accommodating many workplace campaigns that are kicking off or still running.

Miller added that MidMichigan Health has showcased their employees’ hearts for community. Throughout their campaign they hosted t-shirt sales, a pumpkin carving contest, candy gram sales and many other creative ways to engage their team in the campaign. Their campaign has wrapped up, and they report not only meeting their goal – but exceeding it.

“In a year where these dollars mean more than ever, we are so encouraged by the amazing and creative ways that employees and organizations are rising,” Miller continued

United Way partner agencies continue to show their support of the 2021 community campaign. Disability Network and Home to Stay encouraged teams to get involved through special events and raffles – and both exceeded their campaign goals. Senior Services, Ten Sixteen, Family and Children’s Services and Greater Midland Community Center all wrapped up their campaigns, each bringing in significant amounts to support the community.

West Midland Family Center also added their voices to the collective cheer of impact. They not only see first-hand the impact of these investment, but also exceeded their workplace giving goals – reporting pledges over $18,000.

“Our partner agencies continue to inspire us not only through their support of the campaign, but through the incredible work they do to support our neighbors in need of help,” shared Nancy Money, United Way’s Director of Community Impact. “They are the champions of care in our community, and have the most generous hearts. We are so grateful for their commitment to raising dollars for the campaign, but more so for being a network of support for families, friends and neighbors.”

Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union joined Dendritech, Inc. in running workplace campaigns with the spirit of learning and understanding the “how” behind the “why.” They invited United Way to present to their employees about the campaign, United Way’s mission and the impact their dollars make in the community.

Trinseo wrapped up their workplace campaign exceeding their 2021 goal. As a generous corporate show of support, they are matching employee’s donations to maximize. As a surprise at the end of their very successful workplace campaign, International Flavors and Fragrances is has also made the commitment to offer a matching grant to help ensure the needs in the community are met.

Companies are continuing to kick off their workplace campaigns throughout November. Midland Cogeneration Venture has joined Wildfire Credit Union in engaging their employees in making a difference here in Midland County. Others, like Ayre-Rhinehart and Midland County wrapped up their campaigns this week, reporting pledges exceeding their goals.

With the support of workplace campaigns, corporate gifts, foundation grants and individual pledges, United Way is able to invest the dollars raised in non-profit programs aligned with the top needs that create measurable change.

“As campaign co-chairs, we’ve had a chance to learn more about the work United Way and their partner agencies do on a daily basis to support our community,” shared Todd and Mary Draves, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs. “And it’s incredible. The way these organizations show up for the people in our community who need help is not only critical, but also inspiring. We encourage each of you to take the time to learn more about the needs in our community, and how your support of United Way and their partners helps to ensure that every person in our community can thrive.”

It’s not too late. For more information about how you can help improve lives in our community, visit unitedwaymidland.org.