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News & Updates

 

APRIL IS DIAPER DRIVE MONTH
The Great Start Livingston Parent Coalition is hosting a month-long, county-wide diaper drive. Diapers, one of the most basic necessities for infants and toddlers in Livingston County, are not covered by assistance programs. An adequate supply of diapers costs about $75 a month—simply out of reach for many families. Last year’s diaper drive collected over 32,000 diapers which were distributed in less than two months! Your help is greatly appreciated!

You can drop off diapers at these Livingston County locations:
Edward Jones, Heart of the Shepherd (Howell), LACASA, Livingston County Libraries,
St. George Lutheran (Brighton), PNC Banks, Sylvan Learning Center (Brighton), Willowbrook
Rehabilitation (Brighton), 7-Eleven (Brighton Twp, Howell).

SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL MEETING
Three outstanding individuals were recognized March 13 for their volunteerism and contributions to Livingston County.

John Moyer of Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. received the Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year Award for 2013. This award is reserved for an individual whose commitment to the Livingston County United Way and the health and human service needs of our community goes far “above and beyond“ normal volunteerism. He is a leader within the LCUW and many service organizations, and he encourages others in Asahi Kasei to participate community service.



Patricia Claffey
received the Donald Epley Lifetime Community Service Award, which recognizes an individual who embraces volunteerism and service to the community as a way of life. She has served as a volunteer and on the Board of Directors for over 25 years and continues to serve others in many ways.






Kaitlynn Cortez
received the Young Person of Distinction Award for her outstanding service and leadership to the community. She is a high-school senior who logs over 400 hours of community service a year through the Howell Interact Club, music lessons for special needs children, running fund raisers for various organizations and more.

 



Citizens Insurance Company received the Randy Rudisill Business-of-the-Year Award for its strong commitment to community, reflecting a commitment to continuous improvement, people, hard work, customers, ethics, and profit. Through all levels of the company, Citizens Insurance is a hands-on supporter of the Livingston County United Way, the Day of Caring, Community Connect, the Howell Rotary’s Tour de Livingston, and so much more.
    




These recipients were nominated by the community and chosen by a committee as extra special volunteers who make a significant impact.

ANNUAL MEETING CELEBRATES THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Compelling success stories celebrating the “Power of Community” were the focus of this year’s Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. Outgoing President Kevin Brennan, of Brennan Investment Services, shared with the audience that people all across Livingston County -- nonprofits, businesses, residents, churches, government and schools -- are working through United Way to make our community better. 

More fresh produce is being distributed to area food pantries; preschoolers are attending a pilot program to give them the extra boost they need; improved systems are helping families connect to much-needed resources.  Over 1,300 volunteers stepped up to help out on the Day of Caring, nearly 900 families were assisted at Community Connect, people are helping people through Volunteer Livingston, and they’re getting connected with resources when they need them through 2-1-1.

Livingston County has been recognized by the State of Michigan as the first county to have 100% food security in the state!  This has been done through the collective work of many partners, volunteers, businesses and an engaged community. Moving forward, a long-term plan for ensuring food access is being developed.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR

The 13th Annual Community Resource Fair takes place Friday evening, March 21 through Sunday afternoon, March 23 at the Howell High School Fieldhouse, in conjunction with the Livingston County Home & Garden Show. Hosted by the Livingston County United Way, the Community Resource Fair showcases local resources and volunteer opportunities available to all Livingston County residents.

E-mail tdudansky@lcunitedway.org to learn more.
 

HELP SET MICHIGAN’S AGENDA
This is your chance to bend the ear of policy makers! Join us April 3 at 5:30 p.m. for a community conversation: “Citizen’s Agenda for 2014.” At Livingston County United Way office and sponsored by the Center for Michigan. RSVP to lcuw@lcunitedway.org.

LOCAL JOB FAIR CONNECTS PEOPLE TO JOBS
The 2014 Livingston Regional Job Fair will be held Wednesday, April 16 at Crystal Gardens in Howell. To learn more about exhibiting or seeking a job at the fair, sponsored by Livingston County Michigan Works!, visit the official website.
Volunteers are needed to act as hosts. If you have time available, contact lcuw@lcunitedway.org.
 

COMMUNITY CONNECT
The 7th Annual Livingston County Community Connect hosted 800 guests February 1, 2014, for a free event to help Livingston County residents in need connect with services in a friendly, easy-to-access location. The event featured over 50 organizations offering information and services such as housing assistance, health screenings, legal consultation, food services, haircuts, massages, clothing and other personal need items. Click here to see a complete report of the event.

The Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee (HCCC) created this one-day event in 2008 to assist individuals and families in navigating the many social services available.

TRIPLE MONEY MONDAY

The community joined together to donate over $130,000 to the Livingston County United Way’s Triple Money Monday (December 16, 2013). Residents and businesses alike shared in the collective success of the day, through donations given at drop-off locations, online and by telephone. Donations collected on Triple Money Monday are designated specifically to provide basic-needs support for local families and individuals. Additionally, all donations stay local to provide assistance to Livingston County residents.

Match support for Triple Money Monday was provided by an anonymous donor, the Howell Rotary’s Tour de Livingston, Citizens Insurance Co., DTE Energy Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI. “Without the support of these great partners, Triple Money Monday wouldn’t have been possible this year,” shared Nancy Rosso, Executive Director of the Livingston County United Way. “We are grateful for their strong belief in the solid work that’s being done through collective efforts in the community.”


HUNGER SECURITY IS TRULY A REALITY!

Livingston County was honored November 12 as the first county in Michigan to achieve 100 percent food security. State Representative Cindy Denby presented the Livingston County Hunger Council with a Tribute from the State of Michigan signed by Governor Rick Snyder, Senator Joe Hune, Representative Bill Rogers, and Denby. “We’ve closed the hunger gap in Livingston County over the last few years through hard work and innovative efforts from many partnering organizations,” said Jerry Olinik, chairperson of the Hunger Council. “While we celebrate that food security is a reality here, our job is not over."

The Hunger Council is now focused on future strategies for connecting people with nutritious food now and for generations to come. There is plenty of space at the table for anyone interested in being a part. To learn more, visit the Hunger Council’s website, contact the Livingston County United Way at 810-494-3000 or lcuw@lcunitedway.org

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 20th 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 for a printable copy.

MICHIGAN STUDENT SERVICE AWARD
Livingston County high school students who volunteer 400 hours over four years can apply for the Michigan Student Service Award Program through Volunteer Livingston, a program of the Livingston County United Way. The award includes:

• A Medallion of Distinction to wear with the graduation cap and gown
• A Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service from Volunteer Livingston signed by the Governor of Michigan.

  Volunteer Livingston helps register students, assist them in finding volunteer opportunities, and make an official permanent record of their hours. To register for the program, or to learn more about how to qualify, visit http://volunteerlivingston.com/mssa. Volunteer opportunities are listed year-round at volunteerlivingston.com.

$1 = OVER $2!!!

The Livingston County United Way Board of Directors and staff share GREAT news - for every $1 donation received, over $2 is directly returned in much-needed services to residents of Livingston County! Through grants and matching funds, the Livingston County United Way leverages all donations to maximize community investment. In the area of Basic Needs, dollars are matched on a five to one basis! Contact Nancy Rosso, Executive Director, at nrosso@lcunitedway.org for more information.


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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UPCOMING EVENTS!
13th Annual Community Resource Fair 
Fri.-Sun., March 21-23, 2014 
Howell High School Field House, Howell, MI
Held in conjunction with the Livingston County Home & Garden Show, area nonprofit organizations are invited to host a display. Contact lcuw@lcunitedway.org to participate or to get more information.

Community Conversation: Agenda for Michigan
Thursday, April 3, 2014
LCUW Office, 2980 Dorr Road, Brighton, MI
5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Center for Michigan

• 2014 Livingston Regional Job Fair

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Crystal Gardens Banquet Center,  5768 E. Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by Livingston County Michigan Works! 

• 13th Annual Day of Caring 
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Contact lcuw@lcunitedway.org for volunteer or work-site sign-up information.









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