Week 5 of the United Way of Midland County campaign continues to prove that there is strength in numbers. United Way is reporting pledges totaling $2,977,864, representing 63% of the overall campaign goal of $4.7 million.

“The next few weeks will be crucial as we head towards the final stretch of our campaign,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “Each contribution will be invested in vital programs that are life-changing for so many of our neighbors. How we unite as individuals now will help strengthen Midland County today and for years to come.”

United Way partner agency, Greater Midland, kicked off their campaign this week with a variety of ways for their team to get involved including a soup and chili cookoff, silent auction and raffles for employees to win fun prizes. They’re also giving back to other United Way partner agencies by offering free month fitness membership to those who participate in the campaign. Employees from Greater Midland also showed their support by volunteering at United Way’s Fall Days of Action event, helping to sort clothing and donations at Shelterhouse Resale Shop.

Other United Way partner agencies are supporting the campaign as well. The ARC of Midland is participating in Jean Days for United Way, offering extended lunch passes as a fun prize and hosting an internal penny war.

Bierlein Companies, Inc. is showing their support with a generous corporate donation this year.

“It has always been important to Bierlein Companies that the donations we make support the kids and families of the Great Lakes Bay Region,” shared Emma Bierlein-Stadler, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Bierlein Companies, Inc. “By partnering with United Way, we know that our donation is going directly to members of the Midland community through numerous programs that they are involved with such as Big Brothers Big Sisters’ LunchBox Learners, Cancer Services’ counseling and support groups, and many more. United Way has given us a great way to support youth success, health, and household stability in our community.”

Trinseo is kicking off its campaign next week with a goal of raising $35,000 for our community. In addition to the generous support from their employees, Trinseo supports the campaign by offering a dollar-for-dollar corporate contribution match to help their employees’ pledges make an even bigger impact.

At this week’s noon Rotary lunch, Holly Miller presented alongside Dr. Lydia Watson, 2023 Campaign Chair, and several partner agencies about the impact United Way makes in our community. Kathryn Tate from The Legacy Center, Kevin Heye from Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center, Joe Blewett from Family and Children’s Services, Greg Dorrien from West Midland Family Center, Sam Price from Ten16, Jennifer Chappel from Habitat for Humanity, Nicki Smith from Salvation Army, Scott Litle from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sam McKenzie from Hidden Harvest, Andrea Secrease from Greater Midland Community Center and Bev Wenzel from The ROCK all spoke about how dollars raised during the United Way campaign are vital for the programs they offer.

United Way measures success in how lives are changed, and they do not do this work alone. They partner with 26 dedicated nonprofits and invest in quality programs that show measurable outcomes every year. Together, they create new solutions to old problems and join with people from all walks of life to put those solutions into action.

United Way listens, asks questions and analyzes data to ensure that top issues are aligned with the most pressing needs. Dollars are invested in programs in the areas of Youth Success, Health and Household Stability because change is bigger than a single organization or program.

“You may not realize that volunteers determine how the community’s investment will be allocated,” shared Kim Stuhler, Associate Director of Community Impact at United Way. “Each year our volunteer panels devote nearly 30 hours reviewing applications, looking at outcomes, posing questions and hearing from our partners. Based on what they learn, these volunteers make funding recommendations to the United Way board.”

This process ensures that there is a high level of accountability and demonstrates the impactful ways that lives are being changed by the community’s investment.

“As we get closer to reaching our goal for the 2023 community campaign, we’d like to thank all who have had a chance to support United Way and their partners so far,” shared Dr. Lydia Watson, 2023 Campaign Chair. “The outpouring of support is incredible, yet there is still work to be done. We encourage you to engage in creating change in our community by pledging today, advocating for those who don’t have a voice, or lending your time as a volunteer.”

The 2023 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, read an impact story, or find help, you can visit unitedwaymidland.org/2023campaign.