With the end of the 2019 community campaign in sight, United Way is reporting pledges of $3,614,848, representing 80% of the $4.5 million goal.

Many people in the community depend on their programs and services, which is why United Way is seeking to close the gap to show their neighbors they’re there for them.

“It can be hard to know how one person can make a difference in the life of a person in need. When each of us does our part, amazing things can happen,” said Holly Miller, Executive Director at United Way of Midland County. “Our neighbors are waiting on each of us to make a difference. Remember, every donation counts—no matter the size.”

United Way invests the community’s donations in three impact areas: Youth Success, Health and Household Stability. These areas are aligned to the most pressing issues facing the community.

Program investment recommendations are made by volunteers, not United Way. A group of more than 40 volunteers from all walks of life come together every fall to ensure that investment decisions are aligned with the community’s greatest needs. Panels meet to review applications and listen to presentations from partner agencies. The application and review process creates a high level of accountability, as programs must show measurable change each and every year.

“Our roles and responsibilities for the Community Investment Panels are to listen, learn and ultimately help make decisions that will drive long-lasting positive impacts for the residents of Midland County,” explained Michael Smith Jr., Panel volunteer and Global Thermal Product Manager at DuPont. “Alongside our partners at United Way, we are entrusted with the responsibility to help make decisions that will ensure pivotal organizations in our community have the financial means to provide life-saving services to our fellow community members.”

With a week remaining in their first-ever campaign, DuPont employees have already exceeded their campaign goal, but continue to push forward. This week, they hosted “Crockpot Cook-offs” at their seven Michigan sites with all proceeds benefiting United Way. These events fostered great conversation, engagement and some amazing food.

 Local labor councils continued their long history of supporting United Way by exceeding their goal with nearly $5,000 in contributions. In addition to the generous support from the councils, many union employees donate through workplace campaigns and volunteer their time and talent throughout the community.

AT&T once again showed their commitment with a generous donation. AT&T’s Gavin Goetz was joined by State Representative Annette Glenn for the check presentation, where they both voiced their support for the vital community programs supported by United Way.

“Over the years, United Way of Midland County has made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many of our friends and neighbors, who all have very different needs,” shared State Rep. Annette Glenn of Midland. “They are a blessing to our community and the support they have received so far is wonderful—let’s keep it going through November 1st and beyond!”

While the 2019 community campaign officially wraps up this week, many organizations are still actively campaigning. Please drop off your results or mail your contributions to the main office at: United Way of Midland County, 115 Jerome Street, Midland, MI 48640.

For more information about how you can help improve lives in our community, visit unitedwaymidland.org.