By Kelsey Hammon - Leader Publications
Last month, Tim Douglas, a volunteer coordinator for the Niles Salvation Army, received a phone call from the United Way of Southwest Michigan.
The nonprofit called to say they were doing a summer food drive and the Niles food pantry was to be one of 22 donation recipients across Berrien and Cass counties.
The United Way of Southwest Michigan has released it's quarterly Newsletter. Click below to see the impact that UWSM had in Misty's life, a way to create a healthier work environment, new board members, and some of our upcoming events. It's all right here.
By TONY WITTKOWSKI - HP Staff Writer
Over the next two days, 15 bikers will ride 240 miles from Benton Harbor to Clyde, Ohio.
The intention is to raise money for the two United Way organizations prevalent in each city. While some of the bikers work in Ohio and others work in Benton Harbor, they all come from the same home appliance maker.
Thursday night's United Way of Southwest Michigan Annual Celebration proved that the community is in good hands. The non-profit organization set a lofty campaign goal of $4 million last year, and the work put in by Berrien and Cass county donors, volunteers and community members paid off. United Way set another record, attaining a historic $4,186,203 in 2016.
United Way of Southwest Michigan is providing free tax preparation for low-income working families in Berrien or Cass counties.
Winter in Michigan can be brutal.
It will not be long before snow starts flying but, before that, this is yard work to be done. Many seniors in southwest Michigan need a helping hand when prepping for winter, and that is where United Way volunteers rise to the challenge.
You don't have to look terribly far beyond the headlines to realize that in many regards, the world is a troubled place. Stress levels seem to be at an all time high as we all race headlong through every day inundated with stories, images and anecdotes about people in crisis the world over. The good news is that while there are many people who simply point at the problems and the trouble-makers and scream "somebody should do something about that," there are others in our midst who recognize the problems that exist in our own communities who are focused on creating solutions. They are the United Way of Southwest Michigan Team and their myriad volunteers.
Gast Manufacturing has been a key cog in the manufacturing arena in Berrien County for decades, but tonight might well be one of their proudest moments as a member of not only the business community, but the community at large. Tonight, they were presented the Governor's Service Award in the category of Corporate Community Leader by Governor Rick Snyder himself.
Before you cast aspersions on the role model selected by the United Way team for their cardboard boat in this Saturday's "Rock the Boat" Cardboard Boat Races just off shore at the Inn at Harbor Shores, keep in mind that some of the more amazing moments in history have been launched in somebody's garage. Clearly, the small slice of corporate espionage (shown here) that was shared with me earlier today is evidence that United Way's yachtsmen (and yachtswomen, if that's a word) are crafting their cardboard vessel inside somebody's garage.
United Way of Southwest Michigan is helping to ensure children enter school ready to learn by providing 1,000 free backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies to low-income families in Cass County.
The ninth annual Cass County School Supply Spectacular will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Brookside Learning Center (61682 Daily Rd., Cassopolis) and Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Marcellus United Methodist Church (197 West Main St., Marcellus).
The United Way of Southwest Michigan has released it's August Newsletter. Click below for details on the 2016 Campaign Goal and Pacesetters, Volunteer Recognition Event, Miss Lattie's secret for a happy and long life, volunteer opportunity, coming soon and the story of our most recent Business of the Month: Honor Credit Union. It's all right here.
By: Pat Moody
Bertha Carson-King has done amazing work in the community of Michigan's Great Southwest, and now she's a King who reigns supreme over the world of volunteerism in our region as the 34th Annual winner of the Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership Award presented tonight in St. Joseph.
Pledging to boldly go where no campaign has ever gone before, 2016 United Way Campaign Chair Ann Cardon announced the Community Fundraising Goal for the new campaign year today, and when achieved it will establish a new record for the local United Way of Southwest Michigan.
The ever-increasing excitement, participation, success and notoriety of the United Way of Southwest Michigan's Girls on the Run 5k event continues to surpass the wildest imaginations of organizers and fans everywhere. In fact, the finish line at last night's event saw a record number of runners pass by.
There is far more to the United Way of Southwest Michigan's Girls on the Run program than the race itself. In fact, the race is really the end point of the program, and largely celebratory in nature. Nevertheless, shoes for the more than 900 participants involved in the 5K on race day are a pretty crucial part of the equation.
The United Way of Southwest Michigan has released it's April Newsletter. Click below for details on the 2015 Annual Celebration, how to register for Girls on the Run 5K, how your dollars have impacted the life of Antonio from the Boys and Girls Club and the story of our most recent Business of the Month: Gast Manufacturing. It's all right here.
They were certainly in a celebratory mood tonight at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center and for good reason. Not only was the night peppered with children's art and compelling video storylines of people touched by the reach of the United Way of Southwest Michigan -- a contingent of high school students took to the stage to reveal another record performance year for the agency to wild cheering and applause.
When Autocam decided to let each individual plant coordinate their own United Way campaign, the Dowagiac employees were excited to seize the opportunity. The company’s campaigns in Dowagiac, Marshall and Kentwood, MI have now turned into a fun yearly competition with each plant trying to out-do the other in participation, dollars raised, and special events. For the employees at Autocam, however, it is about so much more.
The United Way of Southwest Michigan has released it's first Newsletter of 2016. Click below to find out how you can file your taxes for FREE, sign up to be a Girls on the Run coach this spring, and learn how UWSM and NASA have more in common than you think. It's all right here.
Whirlpool Corporation surpassed its highest donation total to the United Way of Southwest Michigan by handing over $2.5 million in 2015.
Anybody who has ever come into contact with Anna Murphy's team at United Way of Southwest Michigan is immediately infused with the fervor they bring to the workplace. The camaraderie, verve and genuine joy for life that they share with everyone they come into contact with goes far beyond the work they are charged with.
BENTON HARBOR - The Men's Shelter at the Benton Harbor Salvation Army got some much-needed renovations Saturday, when almost 20 volunteers from Gast Manufacturing in Benton Harbor Township and their family members fixed up the shelter's kitchen and community room.
NILES - With several volunteers working in unison, it did not take long to remove all the leaves from a yard on Huron Street in Niles - about 45 minutes.
You certainly can't accuse the upper echelon at Whirlpool Corporation of taking the easy route. When company organizers were plotting strategy for the company's United Way campaign in recent weeks, they were focused on ways to dial up the "fun factor" this year.
The goal for the 2015 campaign for the United Way of Southwest Michigan is an ambitious $3.85 million. President Anna Murphy says the fundraising campaign will start on September 14.