Week 4 of the United Way of Midland County community campaign passes their halfway mark, and support remains strong. United Way is reporting pledges totaling $2,721,715, representing 58% of the overall campaign goal of $4.7 million.

This week, Team Dow celebrated not only meeting their goal, but exceeding their stretch goal of $1.25 million during their 125th anniversary! Throughout their campaign, they’ve hosted a variety of special events to engage their team including a virtual kickoff, breakfast presentations, a cooking demonstration with Chef Theo and a mixology event! They also offered their team an opportunity to learn more about the programs United Way funding supports through Impact Bus Tours. Nearly 200 Dow employees participated in 16 tours, visiting over 20 partner agencies.

“I’m incredibly proud of Team Dow for their dedication to serving the communities we live and work in,” shared Brendy Lange, Executive Chair of the Dow GLBR United Way Campaign. “We set out to Imagine Better for our neighbors by raising $1.2 million, and not only did we meet that goal, we exceeded it. But our campaign has never been about just meeting a goal, it’s about supporting our neighbors when they need our help. I’m humbled by the outpouring of support that comes from the folks I work with every day here at Dow and I’m excited to celebrate our campaign success and partnership with United Way.”

In addition to donations directly from employees and special events, they also have invested a generous donation from the Dow Company Foundation.

The Dow Company Foundation is a longtime supporter of United Way. Each year, they award grant dollars to numerous eligible charitable organizations to support programs to help build community resiliency. With community needs at an all-time high, the money donated through Dow’s efforts will help address many critical needs, including programs that focus on youth mentoring, mental health, overcoming loneliness and supporting the ALICE population.

“Dow is one of our most enduring and impactful partners. They play an integral role in supporting the communities we call home – from investing their volunteer time, expertise and financial resources,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “We couldn’t be more grateful for their commitment and partnership. True change is created through the investment of employees and retirees, along with the generous support from their Company foundation.”

DuPont’s employee campaign is seeing great engagement from their team, a true reflection of their commitment to giving back. In addition to their employee campaign and special events, DuPont supports our community through their generous corporate gift.  Combined, they’ve raised over $220,000 for the vital community programs United Way supports.

“I’m so proud of how DuPont employees show up for their neighbors in our community,” shared Heather Litle, Community Impact Manager at DuPont. “This year it has been especially fun returning to more in-person events.  Our employees have been showing off their cooking and baking skills all month long and it’s been so great coming together to enjoy lunch or an afternoon treat, all while supporting United Way.”

As part of their campaign, DuPont offered several baskets that employees could bid on. In addition to their basket auction, they hosted a chili cookoff event, giving their employees an opportunity to enjoy a meal together.

Corteva celebrated exceeding their goal, raising over $140,000 through their employee campaign, corporate gift and special events! Throughout their campaign, they offered fun ways for their team to get involved including a United Way swag drive and a 50/50 raffle. They also hosted Tom’s Coffee food truck at their site for their Coffee for Quarters event!

In addition to their special events, Chris Reischel, an inspired Corteva employee and United Way ambassador put his passion for running to use for a good cause and completed an ultra-marathon, running over 30 miles! Chris made laps around at Emerson Park where his team cheered him on, raising nearly $500 for their campaign.

“2022 was a great year for United Way fundraising for Corteva Michigan. The United Way team helped us coordinate a kickoff event to engage our team, leaving us energized and ready to participate,” shared Nick Hohler, Production Coordinator at Corteva. “We were able to incorporate fun incentives for employees and presented them with treats throughout the campaign to show that Corteva Leadership and United Way appreciate any and all of their donations. We know that the need is greater this year for our community, and we are so proud of Corteva employees who were generous with their giving!”

Workplace campaigns are continuing to kick off across the county including Midland Business Alliance, Feeney, Bolger & Battle, AMPM, City of Midland, Midland County and many more to come.

Grove Tea is partnering with United Way as their new Coffee and Conversations event location. Join the United Way team and other community members for a casual conversation about the needs in our community at the next event on October 19 from 8:00 – 9:30am or visit United Way’s Facebook page to learn more.

United Way’s staff kicked off their internal campaign earlier this fall and have exceeded their goal, raising nearly $10,000. This week, they held their annual campaign auction offering items like family photos, house cleaning services, gift baskets and more donated by local businesses and United Way staffers.

This week, Young Leaders United hosted a lunch and learn with speakers from United Way, 2-1-1, Michigan Association of United Ways and MichiganWorks! about ALICE in the workplace. Participants learned about the struggles our neighbors face every day and how organizations are collaborating to offer help.

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. Members also commit to volunteer each year.

The 2022 United Way campaign will continue through the fall and everyone is invited to be a part of it. To learn more about community needs, how dollars are invested for change, to read an impact story, or find help, you can visit unitedwaymidland.org/2022campaign.