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News & Updates

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF IS SEPT 17
To celebrate its partners in the community, the Livingston County United Way will kick off its fall campaign drive at the brand-new Rex Materials Group facility in Howell on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4-7p.m.

Both organizations have a rich history in Livingston County and have evolved to better serve our customers, clients and community.

The United Way campaign includes hundreds of county businesses and offices who encourage their employees to donate to the community organization. 

“The Livingston County United Way has a long track record of investing in programs that result in more financially secure families, children ready to learn and excel, and healthier lives for our area seniors, families and children,” said Rick Scofield, Campaign Co-Chair with David Morse. 

Rex Materials Group is a world leader in heat containment solutions. Its new corporate headquarters is located at 1600 Brewer Road, Howell. Additional parking for the open will be available at the Citizens Insurance parking lot, with shuttle services provided by L.E.T.S.

RSVPs are requested to lcuw@lcunitedway.org or call 810-494-3000.

VOLUNTEER THANK-Q
Volunteer Livingston invites all local volunteers to a Thank-Q BBQ on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 4-7 p.m. at Cleary University Chrysler Building. The event is a FREE and was planned and sponsored by the community to thank volunteers and celebrate service with two special projects to benefit military service and home-bound seniors. Please RSVP online.

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! Read more...

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.

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
• 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.

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.

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. The 2015 event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11. To learn more visit tourdelivingston.org.

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!

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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