United Way of Midland County is calling on you to join them in changing lives. As we near the end of 2023, United Way encourages each of us to consider how we can make a difference by investing in vital community programs in the areas of Youth Success, Health and Household Stability.

“Giving should never be an obligation, but an aspiration of hope for a better tomorrow,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “Midland County has a spirit of generosity and incredible care for the people who call this community home. We are asking neighbors to help us cross the finish line of our 2023 annual campaign, offering hope and ensuring sustainability for those who need it most.”

The 2023 campaign launched earlier this fall with a goal of raising $4.7 million. At the end of week thirteen, United Way is reporting pledges totaling $4,504,802 or 96% of their goal.

United Way shared that most workplace campaigns have wrapped up, with a few continuing through the end of the year. Members First Credit Union recently wrapped up their campaign, raising over $11,000 in employee pledges, as well contributing a dollar-for-dollar corporate match to help their team’s donations make a greater impact. The Great Lakes Loons campaign saw great success, raising over $20,000 to impact the community. Three Rivers Corporation had a successful employee campaign, as well as contributed $15,000 as their corporation contribution.

Three Bridges Distillery is engaging their customers by offering a tap pull fundraiser on December 14th. To make an even bigger impact, they’ve partnered with local businesses including Members First Credit Union, Trilogy Salon and Broderick/Larson Farm Bureau Insurance to match what’s raised. For every beer sold that evening, $4 will be donated back to United Way of Midland County.

In addition to individuals, retirees, local businesses, corporations and nonprofits, United Way receives generous support from local foundations as well.

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation awarded United Way of Midland County a grant of $1,000,000 that matches 50¢ for each dollar invested for first-time donors or those who sustain or increase their gift to United Way of Midland County during the 2023 and 2024 annual fundraising campaigns.

“Our Trustees are honored to continue their investment in the vision that United Way created to unite our community,” shared Dr. Ruth Alden Doan, president and trustee of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. “We are grateful to be able to sustain this vital work by providing matching dollars to support gifts made by donors that share that vision.”

The Foundation was established by Grace A. Dow, in memory of her husband Dr. Herbert H. Dow, “for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes for the public benefaction of the inhabitants of the said City of Midland and of the people of the State of Michigan.”

“We celebrate our partnership with the Foundation along with their generosity and trust,” shared Holly Miller, President & CEO of Midland County. “As a key partner in our work, their generous yearly support is vital to sustaining the programs and services offered by our non-profit partners. Because of their matching contribution, our donors’ dollars will go further, creating a ripple effect of impact within the community. We are so grateful.”

While United Way has made great progress with their annual campaign, they are calling on the community to help them cross the finish line and ensure vital programs and services are available for neighbors who need help.

“To everyone who has given generously to this year’s campaign, we say thank you,” shared 2023 Campaign Chair, Dr. Lydia Watson. “United Way cannot do this work alone and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received so far. But we need our community to rally with us now to fill the gap.”

United Way shared that our neighbors are counting on us. Supporting the annual campaign helps ensure individuals and families have healthy meals, reliable and affordable childcare, safe housing, access to mental health care, job skills assistance, reading tutoring and many other health and human service needs.

Now is the time to make a personal commitment to join United Way in changing lives. To help donor dollars make a greater impact, the Board of Directors is offering a matching gift of $20,000. Donations now through the end of the year will be matched dollar-for-dollar, while the matching funds are available.

  • Consider a first-time donation. Every gift makes an impact, no donation is too small.
  • Renew or increase your support. Visit unitedwaymidland.org/make-an-impact to make your pledge today.
    • Donations can also be mailed to:
      • United Way of Midland County
      • 115 Jerome St
      • Midland, MI 48640
  • Spread the Word. Encourage your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to get involved and give back.