Five days devoted to one cause. On November 17-21, Lenawee United Way asked the entire community to come together to help our neighbors during LIVE UNITED Week. Each day during LIVE UNITED Week included a call to action:
Monday November 17
In September, Lenawee United Way introduced ALICE to the community. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races who get up each day and work like you and me, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night. Lenawee United Way partnered with South Central Michigan Works! and a local radio station and hosted a live broadcast to tell the community more about who ALICE is in our community, and how we can come together to help ALICE.
Tuesday November 18
According to a 2011 Lenawee County Health Assessment, 72% of Lenawee County adults are either overweight or obese; and 13% of county youth are obese. To help raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, Lenawee United Way hosted a Community Walk at the Adrian Mall. Local fitness facilities provided information and incentives; a local magician entertained the children; and prizes were awarded, generating excitement for over 75 community members who joined together, walked for 30 minutes, and learned some healthy tips!
Wednesday, November 19
LIVE UNITED reminds us that when we think outside of ourselves, we have the power to bring about positive change, lasting change. We improve people’s lives, we build strength in our neighborhoods, we bolster the health and outlook of our community. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day. During LIVE UNITED Week, community members took the opportunity to pay it forward by purchasing roses and delivering them to individuals who they believe LIVE UNITED. Close to $750 was raised thanks to a generous partnership with a local flower shop.
Thursday, November 20
The Lenawee United Way office became headquarters for another sponsored radio remote, and community members brought their coins in to help raise additional funds for the annual campaign.
Friday, November 21
Fourteen local companies hosted a Jeans Day and their employees wore Lenawee United Way stickers indicating their support for United Way! Our signature Celebrity Bagging event was also held. Over 30 local celebrities bagged groceries for tips for Lenawee United Way, helping to raise over $6,400.
Lenawee United Way’s first LIVE UNITED Week was a success to say the least, but we couldn’t have done it without the time, talent, and treasure of countless volunteers and community members.