Our Neighbors Need Our Help

When our neighbors face challenges, they look to one another as a beacon of hope. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to live in a community that cares so deeply for one another and acts so selflessly to provide that hope and support.  I have seen this first-hand as I’ve served as the campaign chair for this year’s United Way of Midland County campaign.

Our community is unique and filled with people who give generously of their time, treasure and talent to ensure there are vital resources available. We are so thankful for the individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and non-profits that have supported the campaign thus far.

At the end of week ten, we are reporting pledges of $4,328,844, or 92% of our $4.7 million goal. While that is such an incredible feat, there is still work to be done and time to join in.

I encourage you to take the time to learn about the challenges our community faces. I have had a chance to better understand the work of United Way and their partner agencies. And it’s incredible. The way these organizations show up is not only vital to the success of our community but also inspiring.

They create an inspiring ecosystem of support and solutions, working together, playing to strengths and creating a vast safety net for neighbors in need. I also recognize that at any time that person could be us, our family, neighbors or coworkers.

Today, many parents are struggling to afford groceries to feed their families. Our youth are facing increased depression and anxiety. Many neighbors don’t have a safe place to call home. Young students are behind in reading competency and confidence.

Providing a safety net has never been more important for the people needing help. The beauty of supporting United Way is that your gift joins numerous others to support programs aligned with the top community needs and creates visible and measurable results each year.

Because of the support in United Way many neighbors have found help and hope last year:

  • 815 healthy meals were delivered to local seniors, including a friendly visit
  • 387,496 pounds of food was rescued and redistributed throughout Midland County
  • Over 1,500 people received vital mental health support
  • Nearly 100 students were connected with reading mentors
  • Nearly 700 families were provided with resources to maintain stable housing

These are just a few examples of how lives are changed when we come together.

If you have not had a chance to participate in this year’s campaign, please consider joining me by making your contribution today at unitedwaymidland.org. Every gift truly matters and helps create a ripple effect of change.

I celebrate your commitment to changing lives here in Midland County. Thank you for helping us provide hope for the future.

Lydia Watson, MD
President and CEO, MyMichigan Health and 2023 United Way Campaign Chair