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News & Updates

SUMMER LUNCH BUNCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Summer Lunch Bunch is a collaborative community meal program serving all of Livingston County during the summer. Through a diverse offering of one-time, daily and weekly meetings at various host sites, families with children are assured access to plentiful food all summer long. Most community residents are within 15 minutes of a Summer Lunch Bunch site. 

Although the primary purpose of the program is to alleviate summer meal gaps for children, the program is about much more than free food! Unique opportunities for free family fun happen all summer, alongside the meals. Fun, engaging programs focus on reading, physical education, nutrition, science, and art. 

All of this is 100% free to families. The program is a coordinated by The Salvation Army of Livingston County, is an initiative of the Livingston Hunger Council, and is supported through the Livingston County United Way, USDA Summer Food Service Program, and generous community donations.

Three Summer Lunch Bunch locations require completed applications to attend: 2|42 in Brighton, Venture in Hartland, and St. Agnes in Fowlerville. Please print and return this application for those sites ONLY.
All other locations are drop-in.

Our goal for 2016 is to serve 35,000 meals! 
Volunteers are needed! Please choose ONE of the following training sessions:
Wednesday, May 18    4:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, May 19        9 am-12 pm
Friday, May 27             9 am- 12 pm
Wednesday, June 1     9 am -12 pm

All training sessions held at:
The Salvation Army Corps Community Center
503 Lake Street, Howell.

For more information, or to reserve your spot:
Email liz_welch@usc.salvationarmy.org or call (517) 295-4347.

Summer Lunch Bunch flyer and 2016 Schedule 


SPIRIT OF THE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
United Way Volunteers, Community Impact Celebrated
Over 200 attendees celebrated how United Way engagement in a multitude of programs has made the difference in the lives of hundreds of Livingston County residents and families Dan Danosky, Livingston Educational Service Agency Superintendent and current United Way President, hosted the Livingston County United Way’s Spirit of the Community breakfast and introduced the winners of several signicant awards and recognized outgoing board members for their service.

Several individuals and area youth were recognized for their outstanding service to the community and United Way. The 2015 award recipients included:
Sarah Cortez, a senior at Howell High School, was the recipient of the Young Person of Distinction Award. The Fowlerville High School Interact Club was recognized as the Youth Organization of the Year.

The recipient of the Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year was Tom Lampert, of Howell.  Receiving the Donald Epley Lifetime Community Service award was Rich Perlberg, now-retired editor of the Livingston Daily Press & Argus. Additionally, the Randy Rudisill Business of the Year award was presented to Cobb-Hall Insurance of Howell. See more pictures on our Facebook page.

HEALTHY HABITS RESOURCE
The third edition of the Livingston County Healthy Habits for Youth Resource Guide is now available! Healthy Habits for Youth is Community workgroup under the Human Services Collaborative Body, of which the Livingston County United Way is an active member.

The guide includes local resources for youth in the areas of nutrition, mental health, substance abuse, sports, activities and safety. It is updated twice yearly (February and August). Click this link to download a copy. Contact Chelsea Moxlow, Health Promotion Coordinator, Livingston County Dept. of Public Health for more information, 517-552-6804, cmoxlow@livgov.com.

HUNGER COUNCIL SEEKS NEW FOOD SOURCES
With the closing of the Hartland Walmart in January due to corporate restructuring, Livingston County food pantries are looking to replace the loss of 250,000 pounds of food donations, annually. In Livingston County the food rescued from the Hartland Walmart alone accounted for 12% of food distributions.

The Livingston County Hunger Council is asking for the community’s help to make up for the large loss. “A food-secure community is not the responsibility of one business or social service agency; we all contribute to Livingston County’s ability to stay hunger-free” said LCHC Co-chair, Michelle Ounanian. 

When asked what the community can do to contribute she said, “Donate to the efforts of the Hunger Council by designating a gift through the Livingston County United Way, or bring fresh donations like eggs and milk right to Gleaners for quick distribution. You can even donate produce you’ve purchased or grown yourself."

The Livingston County Hunger Council is a coalition of diverse individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, municipalities, and non-profits (including the Livingston County United Way), committed to finding sustainable solutions for hunger in Livingston County, because all people deserve nutritious food for healthy, active lives. [press release]

COMMUNITY CONNECT HELPS HUNDREDS
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated and provided resources to the hundreds of guests at Community Connect 2016! We’re still crunching the numbers, but it was well-attended, well-organized and connected people with lots of good information, health screenings and free stuff. Community Connect is organized by the Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee and sponsored in part by the Livingston County United Way.

2016 Highlights: 800 guests – 40% of them first-timers; over 400 volunteers; 78 exhibitors; 275 exhibitor staff, and many churches. New this year . . . Freddy the Firetruck, children’s activity stations. See more in our Facebook album. 


ENERGIZING MID-YEAR UPDATES
Five local community coalitions reported their six-month results to the Livingston County United Way in January -- sharing how they're making strategic impact with United Way donor investments. The coalitions represented were Homeless Continuum of Care, Great Start Livingston, Utility Assistance Task Force, Livingston Promise and Livingston County Hunger Council.

"There was so much great energy and passion shared during the presentations; it was contagious!" shared Jeff Blagg, Vice Chairperson of the Community Investments Council. "So much is being accomplished by working together." 

Members of the United Way Board of Directors, Community Investments Council and community volunteers were inspired by the collective work taking place. Investments into community initiatives have gleaned very positive results. [more]

THANK YOU, LIVINGSTON COUNTY!

Single-day donations to the Livingston County United Way's Triple Money Monday (TMM) were an all-time high--over $163,000 was contributed from individuals, families, and businesses. What an incredible outpouring of generosity! 

The monies raised will strengthen the resources to help move struggling local families forward. Triple Money Monday funds are specifically invested in shelter and utility assistance, eviction diversion, nutritious food, early childhood programs, and many other proactive initiatives in our community.

A special thanks to our generous sponsors whose matching dollars helped to make the day possible:  Howell Rotary’s Tour de LivingstonTed & Jane Von Voigtlander FoundationSt. John Providence, anonymous donors,Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI, and General Motors Proving Ground. Thanks also to the collection sites: Brighton, Hartland and Howell Chambers of Commerce, county-wide FirstMerit Banks, Brighton Ford, Hartland Insurance Agency, Jonna's Market, and our media partners who helped to get the word out.

TMM, PART OF THE BIGGER PICTURE   
TMM is a vital part of our annual campaign drive--representing about 20% of our annual budget and program investments. As the year comes to a close, we want to thank our business partners and their employees who make an annual investment through payroll deduction. The continued energy and support from all sectors of our community is another validation of how people want to be part of long-term solutions that make Livingston County 
such a great place to live and work!

ADVOCATING FOR WORKING FAMILIES

On Dec. 21 the PATH Act was signed into federal law making permanent the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the child tax credit (CTC) that help working families keep more of what they earn to pay for things like child care, food and reliable transportation to get to their jobs.

This policy win prevents 16 million people across the country--including 8 million children--from falling into poverty or tumbling in deeper. The EITC & CTC provisions included in this package have been a major priority for United Way through the focus of an intense year-long advocacy campaign supported by local United Ways.


ANNUAL FILLING WISHES BOOKLET

Looking for ways to support nonprofit agencies in Livingston County? The Livingston County United Way's 22nd Annual "Filling Wishes” details the items requested by area organizations to better serve their clients.

• Click here to download booklet

DAY OF CARING BREAKS RECORDS!
1,700 volunteers joined together for the largest one-day community service event in Livingston County! The Livingston County United Way's 14th Annual Day of Caring was Wednesday, August 19 and involved over 115 worksites and 130 businesses and organizations. See more...

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS ANNOUNCED
The Livingston County United Way is more involved than ever before in collaborative efforts that bring lasting change. The 2015 budget designated 55 percent of investments to collective initiatives.

“We are light-years away from the old ‘funding programs’ model that United Ways used to use,” said Donna Gehringer, Community Investments Director. “The Livingston County United Way is at the table with our partners making great things happen for our families, children, seniors and youth.” Read more…

• List of 2015-2016 Community Investments click here
• Fact Sheets*
   Early Childhood Needs in Livingston County 
   Financial Stability in Livingston County
   Runaway and Homeless Youth in Livingston County
   Underage Alcohol Use in Livingston County

*Fact sheets produced by Livingston County Human Service Collaborative Body, in which the Livingston County United Way is an active participant.

VOLUNTEER LIVINGSTON – A GREAT RESOURCE 
Volunteer Livingston is a web-based, interactive program that serves as the ‘hub’ for local volunteer opportunities. Families, businesses, organizations, churches and youth groups can access Volunteer Livingston at www.volunteerlivingston.com to view current volunteer needs of area nonprofit organizations.  Local agencies can also access Volunteer Livingston to post their volunteer needs.

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