United Way of Midland County continues to press toward the finish line and has reached an encouraging milestone. The community has passed the $4 million mark, reporting pledges totaling $4,033,384 or, 86% of the overall campaign goal of $4.7 million.
“The investments made in United Way are 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 continues to open their minds and hearts as we press forward with confidence.”
Miller added that MyMichigan Health has showcased their employees’ hearts for the community. Their campaign has wrapped up raising over $325,000 to support the communities they serve.
“MyMichigan Health has a long history of partnering with United Way in order to create healthy communities together,” shared Ray Stover, Regional President, MyMichigan Medical Centers Gladwin and West Branch. “Our team is committed to excellent and compassionate care. Through our United Way campaign, we are able to extend that care to programs and services that are vital for the success of the members of the communities we serve.”
The team at MyMichigan saw a record-breaking year with dollars raised through special events, totaling nearly $85,000. Through t-shirt sales, jean days, cookie bake-offs, parking spot auctions and other creative ideas, their team embraced having fun, all while making an impact.
Stover continued to share how proud he is of the team at MyMichigan Health for exceeding their 2022 company-wide campaign goal.
“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.
Members First Credit Union (MFCU) kicked off their campaign with the spirit of learning by understanding the “how” behind the “why.” They invited United Way of Midland County and Heart of West Michigan United Way to present to their employees about the campaign and the impact their dollars make in the community. Carrie Iafrate, President and CEO at MFCU joined the presentation, sharing a personal story about how United Way made an impact on her family.
Gavin and Associates, LLC. are longtime supporters of United Way. Earlier this week, they wrapped up their 2022 campaign, making a generous contribution through their corporate and individual employee pledges totaling over $30,000. Other workplace campaigns continue to wrap up including Ace Hardware, G.E. Insulation, Great Lakes Bay Construction and RCL Construction.
Dow Credit Union took a creative approach, sharing the good work of United Way through their community organization spotlight video series. Through the video, staffers from United Way were able to talk about community impact, as well as offer a genuine thank you to their team for their efforts in supporting our community.
Many local businesses including Snow Makers, Inc., Sugar Construction, Yost Energy Inc., Judd’s Rental, Servinski Sod and Midland Ford Lincoln Mercury show their dedication through generous corporate gifts. Huntington Bank not only inspires their employees to be involved in the community, they also support the campaign through a generous corporate gift of $25,000.
In addition to workplace campaigns and corporate gifts, individual and retiree gifts are also bolstering the campaign, showcasing how every gift makes an impact. Local retirees are an illustration of our communities’ culture of caring and have contributed an impactful $624,454 so far, with additional gifts rolling in daily.
United Way recognizes generous donors at all levels. The Tocqueville Society honors legacy-minded donors who invest $10,000 or more each year. The Leadership Circle celebrates those who donate $1,000 and above and Young Leadership Circle honors those in their 20s and 30s who donate $500 or more.
“Members of the Tocqueville Society and Leadership Circle inspire us all,” shared Miller. “They represent the perpetuation of a culture of genuine care and commitment for people in our community. Their generous gifts are the embodiment of their desire to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live their best life and thrive. They provide hope for so many.”
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. And it’s incredible,” shared Michael and Claudia Goad, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs. “The way these organizations show up for our vulnerable neighbors is not only vital to the success of our community, 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. Everyone is invited to be a part of the 2022 United Way Campaign. To learn more about community needs, how dollars are invested for change, read an impact story, or find help, you can visit unitedwaymidland.org/2022campaign.