Week 4 of the United Way of Midland County community campaign marks its halfway point, and support remains strong. United Way is reporting pledges totaling $2,715,470, representing 60% of the overall campaign goal of $4.5 million.
DuPont’s employee campaign has reached 78% of their goal in two weeks: outstanding results that reflect DuPont’s collective commitment to giving back.
“We are thrilled with the ways our team is showing up this year,” said Kayley Lyons, DuPont community relations leader. “It’s our culture. It’s our people. It’s our passions that are making differences in our communities, and our team’s support of United Way reflects our commitment to the area where our employees live and work.”
As part of their campaign, DuPont is offering several baskets that employees can win. The baskets feature unique themes with related items, such as “Relax & Unwind” (complete with a fleece throw, candle, spa gift card, etc.), a “His & Her” basket (with Michigan-themed products) and more. They are also sponsoring a “Barrel of Cheer” drawing where employees who meet certain giving criteria are entered to win a barrel of spirits.
Local Target and Meijer stores in Midland are also running internal campaigns. They are advocating loud and proud to help spread the word. Target’s parking lot boasts multiple “We Will Rise Together” yard signs, while Meijer employees are proudly wearing their United Way face masks.
The face masks are a new addition to this year’s campaign. Royal blue in color with the United Way logo and “Live United” messaging, the masks also reflect the sign of the times, said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County.
“United Way face masks are certainly a first for the campaign, but we figured it is timely, appropriate and helpful,” said Miller. “The masks also reflect the value that United Way places on safety and heath.”
Workplace campaigns are continuing to kick off across the county including: Trinseo, Three Rivers, Midland County, Yeo & Yeo, and more to come.
The United Way partner agencies create change every day through their impactful programs and services. They also run impressive workplace campaigns, seeing firsthand the impact of their community’s investments.
This week, the Arnold Center also began their workplace campaign. Their goal is to get 100% staff participation. They are hosting special events this month to raise funds, including: bake sales, a silent auction, turkey dinner raffle with all the fixings and a chili cook-off. West Midland Family Center brought their team together as well, aiming at 100% participation.
“The theme for our 2020 Arnold Center United Way campaign is “Givers Always Gain!” said Tony Mediate, development & marketing director for the Arnold Center. “Giving makes our community stronger & happier, helps others, promotes social connections and spreads joy in ways not always realized. The Arnold Center is dedicated to giving this year so that everyone in the community will indeed gain.”
Many local retirees who supported United Way throughout their careers have continued to champion the cause. Creating a legacy of care through their ongoing generosity, local retires—including Dow, heritage Dow Corning and numerous others—have already pledged nearly $475,000 this year.
“Our amazing retirees inspire us with their genuine care and compassion for our community,” shared Miller. “They have created this legacy of care, and we are humbled by the continued generosity and support.”
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.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation provides a generous incentive matching grant of 50 cents for each each dollar invested by new, sustaining or growing donors. This innovative match provides an meaningful incentive to be a part of the change.
With just four weeks left, the campaign is scheduled to end on Friday, Oct. 30.