Pure Michigan. Michiganders know what this means, especially in the fall. Cool evenings, warm days, Friday night lights and of course, Saturday afternoon college football. For those of us who work in the health and human services or the nonprofit arena, it usually means the giving season. There are many nonprofits whose giving season is all year long, but for some of us, it’s this time of year – fall. Our community never ceases to amaze. When our fellow neighbors, co-workers, friends, and even family members are in need, the community answers the call. Capital Area United Way’s fall campaign is underway, and the needs of the community are staggering. Having recently received the results of a financial data analysis of the tri-county area, the United Way ALICE Report showed us that over 40% of Michigan households don’t earn enough to afford the basic necessities. In the tri-county area, Clinton, Eaton and Ingham, it’s 33%, 33% and 45% respectively. That means nearly half of the households in Ingham County alone don’t earn enough to pay for housing, transportation, food, health care and food. The thought can be overwhelming – but then we remember, our community cares. Our community cares especially for those in need. Because of the annual fall campaign, United Way is able to help fund programs that provide much need services as a result from the generosity of our community. Donor dollars raised from this fall’s campaign will ensure that much need services will be there for those in need. Words of appreciation don’t seem enough for the thousands of donors who give of their treasures and/or time to make sure everyone can get the help they need.
This fall, as we roll out United Way workplace campaigns across the state, please remember a gift to United Way means students will graduate; residents will stay health; and families will become financially independent. A gift to United Way will make a difference in someone’s life, perhaps even a difference in someone’s life that you know. Visit www.micauw.org for more information on the work United Way is doing in our community.