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News & Updates

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS ANNOUNCED
The Livingston County United Way is more involved than ever before in collaborative efforts that bring lasting change. The recently approved budget designates 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

DAY OF CARING IS AUGUST 19, 2015
You are invited to be part of the largest one-day community service event in Livingston County! Join us Wednesday, August 19 for the 14th Annual Day of Caring. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to take part to make a huge impact on many peoples’ lives in Livingston County.

Our Day of Caring has a grown over the last 14 years to include over 1,000 volunteers engaged in 110+ projects in a single day benefiting area seniors, residents with special needs and nonprofits. You can help make big-time results in all corners of the county!

Worksite request forms and volunteer applications are now available online at lcdayofcaring.org.

SUMMER LUNCH BUNCH
Summer is a challenging time for kids’ and teens’ academic and physical development. For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months also can be stressful and stretch family food budgets. To attend Summer Lunch Bunch, please use this form to register your family. Registrations will be accepted through through July 31. Share the information flyer with others.

Direct question to The Salvation Army at (517) 546-4750 x107 or email liz_welch@usc.salvationarmy.org.  

HOWELL, BRIGHTON FARMERS MARKETS
ACCEPTING SNAP BRIDGE CARDS THIS SUMMER

Everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. A cooperative initiative between the Livingston County Hunger Council and the Howell and Brighton farmers markets will allow SNAP Bridge Card holders to utilize their benefits at the markets.

Benefits on one’s Bridge Card will be exchanged for tokens which are treated as cash in the market. The Howell Sunday Farmers Market (Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) will begin accepting the Bridge Card on June 7. The market is located on State Street and Clinton Street, adjacent to the historic Livingston County Courthouse in the heart of downtown Howell. For more information contact the Howell Farmers Market at farmersmarket@howell.org or call 517-546-3920.

The Brighton Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8a.m.-1p.m.) will begin accepting Bridge Cards July 11. The market is located in the First Street parking lot in Downtown Brighton. For more information contact the Brighton Chamber of Commerce at 810-227-5086 or visit http://brightoncoc.org.

Livingston County Hunger Council is a coalition of individuals, businesses, and organizations, including Livingston County United Way, committed to building a community-based food system where all can thrive.

SNAPSHOT LOOK AT COUNTY
As our Community Investment panels review funding requests for the upcoming fiscal year, they focus on supporting programs and initiatives that affect the root causes and create an environment for lasting change. Our 2015-2016 investments will be announced soon. In the meantime, the fact sheets (below) demonstrate the state of our county and the specific needs we aim to address..

Fact Sheets*

Early Childhood Needs in Livingston County
Financial Stability in Livingston County
Hunger in Livingston County
Older Adults Aging in Place in Livingston County
Prescription Drugs and Opiates 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.

FREE QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP
Livingston County nonprofits are invited to an intermediate skill level QuickBooks workshop on Wednesday, July 29 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm., hosted by Livingston County United Way, 2980 Dorr Rd., Brighton, MI 48116. RSVP by July 20 to Mary Nye, mnye@lcunitedway.org or 810-494-3000.

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

The resource guide includes local resources for youth in the areas of nutrition, mental health, substance abuse, sports, activities and safety. It will be updated twice yearly (February and August). Click on the link above 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.

FOWLERVILLE STUDENTS WIN ANNUAL VIDEO COMPETITION
Forty-six videos submitted from area high school students competed to become the Livingston County United Way’s annual video. The video tells our story to the community at local presentations, on our website, in social media and more. A selection committee awarded the top honors to a team from Amanda Tomassi’s broadcasting class at Fowlerville High School for their exceptional video, “Grow Your Community.” Congratulations to Connor Collins, Tyler Burkhardt and David McDougall.

Fowerville teacher Nicole Naimo had a team of students whose video was recognized as a finalist: Hannah Brock, Gabby Sturos, Janiah Mather, Katie Dotson, Cora Nickerson.

Finalists from Hartland High School were also commended, including Nathan Oake’s students: Autumn Clark, Haley Tester, Gabrielle Smith; and Noah Marshall, Kyle Cavanaugh, Beth Biernacki; as well as Jamie Riley’s students: Maeve Grace, Megan Grech, Danielle Porath.

The new video will premier in early August. Stay tuned!

COMMUNITY GARDENS ENRICH LOCAL PANTRIES

One way the Livingston County Hunger Council helps local families connect with nutritious food is to coordinate community gardens. There are several ways you can help enrich local food pantries in the growing season. Contact ksimmons@gcfb.org to volunteer your time, garden space or produce.

Click here to see Hunger Council’s nutrition newsletter.

2015 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Your company can have extensive county-wide exposure while making a great impact in the community. The Livingston County United Way offers several unique sponsorship opportunities. Click here for more information.

HOWELL ROTARY’S TOUR DE LIVINGSTON

The 7th Annual Howell Rotary Club’s Tour de Livingston scenic fall bike tour through Livingston County was a phenomenal success, raising $41,258.57!! The event grows each year and now includes more than 750 riders participating. Since its start the Tour de Livingston has raised over $179,000 for the Livingston County United Way basic needs programs. To learn more visit tourdelivingston.org.

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS 2014
Four individuals and two organizations were recognized at the Livingston County United Way’s annual meeting for their outstanding contributions to the community. Congratulations to:
Young Person of Distinction * John Moraitis
Youth Organization of the Year * Hartland High School Optimist Club
Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year * Kevin Brennan
Donald Epley Lifetime Service Award * Greg Clum and Sandie Cortez
Randy Rudisill Business-of-the-Year * Chem Trend LP

COMMUNITY CONNECT
The 8th Annual Livingston County Community Connect held at Parker Middle School (Howell) February 7, 2015 hosted over 800 guests. The popular free event involved more than 400 volunteers and a record 68 exhibitor organizations; provided 137 haircuts, 1,000 medical/dental screenings; and distributed 900 books, 950 bags of clothing, 600 personal care bags. “Thank you” to everyone involved!

Community Connect is a free, one-day event to help Livingston County residents in need connect with services in a friendly, easy-to-access location. To get involved, contact dgehringer@lcunitedway.org.
Click here
to download the final report.

FILLING WISHES TO HELP LOCAL NONPROFITS & CLIENTS
Looking for ways to support to the agencies in Livingston County? The ever-popular Livingston County United Way's 21st Annual “Filling Wishes” booklet is now available. The booklet suggests items that will assist area non-profit organizations to better serve their clients.
Contact Tracy Dudansky, tdudansky@lcunitedway.org.
Click here to download your copy.

FOUR-STAR RATING
We're proud to share your Livingston County United Way received a 4-Star rating with Charity Navigator. Our donors can remain confident their investments are making strategic and significant changes in Livingston County!

13TH ANNUAL DAY OF CARING MAKES INCREDIBLE IMPACT
Over 1,425 volunteer shifts tackled 110 projects during the Livingston County United Way’s 13th Annual Day of Caring Aug. 20. Based on IRS guidelines for the State of Michigan, the total investment in volunteer hours in the community exceeds $110,500 for this one-day event!

The Day of Caring invites local companies and residents to come together on one day and volunteer at work sites across the county. This year’s volunteers accomplished a variety of jobs at 65 local homes – everything from yard work to power washing. Twenty-five area nonprofits also got much needed assistance with painting, yard work and weeding at agencies, community gardens and schools. A few bigger projects included two fences and two wheel-chair ramps. Other record-breaking statistics include:
• Over 150 businesses and organizations participated
• Over 500 high school youth accepted the Citizens Insurance Day of Caring Challenge – an increase of 300 students!
Thank you to all who participated! Click here to see our Photo Wrap-Up!

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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