The end is in sight—and it’s not too late to make a difference by investing in United Way. The organization is reporting pledges totaling $4,265,256 raised, or 91% of the overall community campaign goal of $4.7 million.
“At the start of the campaign we asked our community to rally together to support our neighbors,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “And once again, our community has answered that call. As we near the end of our campaign season, we cannot thank the numerous organizations, corporations, nonprofits, foundations and individuals that have come together to support our community enough. We need your help to ensure we can cross the finish line. There are so many people in our community counting on us.”
Many workplace campaigns are drawing to a close. Senior Services and Ace Hardware – strong advocates for United Way – met their goals, further highlighting their commitment to the community. Bolger and Battle wrapped up their campaign earlier in the season, adding momentum to the campaign as a whole.
The folks at the City of Midland ran a Change for Change campaign, encouraging folks to get involved and raise additional dollars for the community by donating their spare change. Mi Element Grains & Grounds celebrated their United Way campaign with special events this week. Young Leaders United hosted a strategic planning meeting at Mi Element, discussing ways to engage the group in meaningful work in 2023 and Happiest Hour was held this week, welcoming everyone from the community. Folks enjoyed live music, delicious treats and pints, all while supporting a good cause. For every pint sold 25 cents will be donated to United Way.
Many other organizations have wrapped up their United Way campaigns, showing incredible dedication and commitment to bettering our community. Midland County, Northwood University, Trinseo, Great Lakes Safety Training, Midland County ESA and Valley Electric all had great success with their employee campaigns. Others like Three Rivers, AMPM, Midland Business Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be wrapping up their campaigns soon.
In addition to raising dollars, many community members have shown up by volunteering their time and talents.
“Volunteers play such an important role in creating impact,” shared Megan Crockett, Impact Manager with United Way. “Sharing their expertise and time not only saves our nonprofits valuable resources, but demonstrates the caring heart of the community in action.”
There are many ways you can volunteer. United Way is spotlighting a unique virtual opportunity in partnership with Bullock Creek Public Schools and CricketTogether. Done completely online with great flexibility, mentors will not only support kids with reading and writing but also with building social and emotional skills! To learn more or sign up to volunteer visit unitedwaymidland.org/ementoring.
This is just one of the many opportunities available to lend your time as a volunteer. If you are looking for ways to match your interest and passions with volunteer opportunities, visit volunteerglbr.org.
“We work closely with the nonprofit community to help make connections with volunteer needs and those who are able and willing to help,” shared Miller. “As we head into the busy holiday season, consider lending your time to bring joy and support to others by serving as a volunteer. The life you transform could be your own.”
In one of United Way’s marketing materials, they pose the question “Have you ever felt anxiety take control?” Their hope is that no community members suffer from mental health issues, but know the reality is that some of our neighbors are overwhelmed by basic tasks, cancel social events last minute or miss days at work or school.
United Way believes that no one should have to struggle alone and that by rallying together we can provide hope.
Because of the community’s support, over 1,500 people received vital mental health support in Midland County last year. But there are others who still need our help.
Access to mental health care is one of 15 impact areas that funding from United Way supports. To learn more about all community needs they focus on, visit unitedwaymidland.org/what-we-do.
“There is still time to join us in creating lasting change here in Midland County,” shared Miller. “Whether that’s through a financial contribution, volunteering your time or lending your voice, each one of us can be a part of bettering the place we call home. I encourage you to learn more about the programs United Way funding supports and how when we join together we change lives.”
It’s not too late to join in. To learn more about community needs, how dollars are invested for change, read an impact story, or find help visit unitedwaymidland.org/2022campaign.