United Way of Southwest Michigan celebrates a record 2018 campaign
At UWSM’s annual Celebration at Lake Michigan College, the organization revealed it raised $4,282,874 last year.
United Way of Southwest Michigan gathered with around 500 guests from the community at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on Thursday, March 14 for this year’s annual Celebration, reflecting on another successful campaign.
The event was hosted by Jonny Reinhardt of 98.3 The Coast and Matt Malone of 97.5 Y-Country—who made a surprising and entertaining entrance, after their “misadventures” getting to the venue, somewhat “late,” were captured on video for the audience to watch.
One of the highlights of the evening was the revealing of the 2018 campaign total of $4,282,874. In 2017, the nonprofit also had a historic campaign season, raising $4,261,541.
As the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in our local community, United Way of Southwest Michigan stewards millions of dollars and tens of thousands of volunteer hours every year. In 2018:
Almost 10,000 children were enrolled in high quality early childhood programs.
Almost 500 people received job skills training. And of those who got a job, 89% of them were still employed one year later.
Almost 6,000 people were given better access to healthcare services and supports. And 84% of them increased their mental or emotional health.
Almost 350,000 meals were provided, and close to 20,000 nights of shelter were provided.
Importantly, the many organizations and individuals who helped make the 2018 campaign a success were recognized with the following awards:
Best Campaign Growth Awards
City of Niles
Spectrum Health Lakeland
United Federal Credit Union
Watervliet Public Schools
Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network
Best Community Leadership Awards
Berrien County Cancer Service, Inc.
Gast Manufacturing, Inc.
St. Joseph Public Schools
Wolverine Pipe Line Co.
Best Year-Round Partnership Awards
Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (RESA)
1st Source Bank
Lake Michigan College
LOGAN Autism Learning Center
Pri Mar Petroleum, Inc.
Corporate Champion of the Year - Large Business
Corporate Champion of the Year - Medium Business
United Parcel Service
Corporate Champion of the Year - Small Business
Employee Campaign Chair of the Year - Large Business
Jeff Blake - United Federal Credit Union
Dalry Payne - Andrews University
Employee Campaign Chair of the Year - Medium Business
Nia Ammeson & Ivan Price - Martin's Super Market, Stevensville
Employee Campaign Chair of the Year - Small Business
Lorraine Day - Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Inspired Giving Award
Martin's Super Markets
Campaign Cabinet Choice Awards
Harbor Graphics Corporation
K&M Machine-Fabricating, Inc.
Niles Precision Company, Inc.
David J. Weichhand Award
Honor Credit Union
Whirlpool Community Commitment Award
Impact Cabinet Choice Award
Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
Excellence in Innovation Award
The LINK - Kinexus
Excellence in Impact Award
Berrien County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Department
Excellence in Collaboration Awards
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
LIVE UNITED Awards
Indiana Michigan Power Company, an AEP Company
Andy Janson 2017-2018 Board Chair
ABOUT UNITED WAY
United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in every community. We have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit and public partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing the root causes of our community's longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight—through giving, advocacy and volunteering—visit www.uwsm.org.