United Way of Midland County continues to press toward the finish line and has reached an encouraging milestone. The community has passed the $3.5 million-mark, reporting pledges totaling $3,556,212 or, 76% 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 $367,000 to support the communities they serve.
“MyMichigan Health has a long history of partnering with United Way to create healthy communities together,” shared Chuck Sherwin, President of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. “Our team is committed to providing 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 over $90,000. 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.
Sherwin continued to share how proud he is of the team at MyMichigan Health for exceeding their 2023 company-wide campaign goal.
“In a year where these dollars mean more than ever to those who need our support, we are so encouraged by the amazing and creative ways that employees and organizations are rising,” Miller continued.
Valley Electric is a longtime supporter of United Way. Earlier this week, they wrapped up their 2023 campaign, making a generous contribution through their corporate and individual employee pledges totaling $9,000. Other workplace campaigns continue to wrap up including Johnston Contracting, RCL Construction and GE Insulation.
Blasy Electric is not only engaged with the yearly campaign but also a generous sponsor of United Way’s upcoming Maid for this Moment Series, helping to raise awareness of community issues.
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. To help employees’ donations make a bigger impact, MFCU is offering a corporate match.
Campaigns are continuing to find fun ways to get engaged. Earlier this week, United Way staffers joined their partner agency, Hidden Harvest, for their annual chili cookoff and basket auction. Other businesses are kicking off their employee campaigns next week, including Garber and the Midland Business Alliance.
Huntington Bank is a dedicated supporter of United Way. In addition to their employee campaign, Huntington Bank awarded United Way with a $25,000 corporate grant to help support the vital programs and services funded through the campaign.
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 individuals and retirees are illustrations of our communities’ culture of caring and have contributed an impactful $586,586 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 join with other philanthropists from across the community and nation, demonstrating a 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 while providing 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 human service needs that create measurable change.
“As the 2023 campaign chair, I have had a chance to learn more about the work United Way and their partner agencies do to support our community. And it’s incredible,” shared Dr. Lydia Watson, United Way Campaign Chair. “The way these organizations show up for our vulnerable neighbors is not only vital to the success of our community but also inspiring. I encourage each of you to take the time to learn more about the needs in our community, and how your support of United Way helps to ensure that every person in our community can thrive.”
Everyone is invited to be a part of the 2023 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/2023campaign.