Weekly Wrap Up: March 20, 2015

Livingston County United Way hosted its 38th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. Several awards were given out including the Donald Epley LIfetime Community Service Award, Randy Rudisell Business of the Year Award, and Youth Organization of the Year. Boss Engineering was honored as a finalist in the Michigan Association of United Ways Spirit of Michigan Award.  Said Nancy Rosso, Executive Director of Livingston County United Way, "There are so many good things, but really celebrating the good work that is being done in the county makes this event possible". Check out the full recap of the event here

The United Way of Genesee County kicked off it's newest childhood literacy initiative - "A to Z Learn with Me" - this Thursday with the help of former Major League pitcher Jim Abbott. The initiative - which helps parents understand the importance of reading with their children - got a jumpstart from the General Motors Foundation with a donation of $70,000. "We had a big idea, sort of a big dream. Today is really the time that we're really bringing that to life, and that's really the rewarding part," said Jamie Gaskin, CEO of United Way of Genesee County. Read the full article here

United Way of Southwest Michigan hosted their annual Reading Day of Action this week. Over 150 volunteers visited nearly 300 classrooms to read to pre-K through fifth grade students in Berrien and Cass Counties. “United Way wants all our kids to be successful and something as simple as getting together to read helps bring awareness to the importance of reading,” said Doug Ferral of the United Way of Southwest Michigan. Learn more about the Reading Day of Action in this article.