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News & Updates

NOMINATE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS
The Livingston County United Way seeks nominations for extra special individuals, youth and youth organizations that make a significant impact in our community through their volunteer involvement.
Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards, with recipients to be recognized at the upcoming Livingston County United Way’s Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Breakfast:

 Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year Award
• Donald Epley Lifetime Community Service Award
• Young Person of Distinction Award 
• Youth Organization of the Year Award 
• Randy Rudisill Business-of-the-Year Award

• Nomination Form pdf
• Youth Nomination Form pdf
Return nominations by mail (2980 Dorr Road, Brighton MI 48116), fax  (810-494-3004) or email by January 29, 2016. 

COMMUNITY CONNECT, FEB. 6, 2016 
Community Connect is a one-day community-wide event connecting local families in need to free direct services. This year's event will be Saturday, February 6 at Parker Middle School in Howell. We are currently registering exhibitors for the 9th annual Community Connect. Contact arennie@livcmh.org for more information and to register as an exhibitor. 

 We'll need hundreds of volunteers to make this year's event the biggest and best yet. Use the forms below to register as a volunteer. Contact dgehringer@lcunitedway.org with volunteer questions.

Volunteer Registration Form pdf
Volunteer Release Form pdf
• Event Flyer pdf

COUNTY-WIDE STUDENT SURVEY 
Livingston Council for Youth’s guiding principle is that every child should feel loved, empowered, safe and happy. To help steer its work, the council will conduct a survey of 7th, 9th and 11th grade students in the 5 local school districts throughout the month of February. Here in Livingston County, parents, youth-serving organizations, educators, the faith-based community, and community at large share a common goal – to help youth succeed.  Good things are happening already, but there is a recognition that our community could do better by learning what our youth need and then working together to develop strategies that bring positive change.

The Livingston Council for Youth is facilitated by Dan Danosky, Superintendent of Livingston Educational Service Agency and Janet Sifferman, Superintendent of Hartland Consolidated Schools and composed of members from about 30 local organizations, including the Livingston County United Way. The costs of the survey will be covered by the Livings
ton County United Way. The Legacy Center from Midland will administer and interpret the survey. The Livingston Council for Youth is excited to see how this survey will positively impact youth programming in Livingston County for many years. [press release]

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]

FREE TAX PREP SITE FOR QUALIFIED FILERS
Livingston County United Way encourages eligible residents to file their taxes for free and claim full refunds. MyFreeTaxes.com offers a free, simple step-by-step process for filing federal and state tax taxes that includes telephone, email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists.
 
To qualify for the free online tool at MyFreeTaxes.com, individuals and families must have household incomes in 2015 of $62,000 or less. Most people have until Monday, April 18, 2016 to file federal and state income tax forms to get refunds or make a payment to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

MyFreeTaxes.com includes important and valuable information regarding tax preparation, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. It’s funded by a $4.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation and provided in partnership with United Way.
• MyFreeTaxes Flyer pdf

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 HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO COMPETITION ANNOUNCED
The Livingston County United Way’s annual campaign video plays a prominent part in sharing the story of what we do. The video is shown at partner businesses, featured on our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel. 

The purpose of the video competition, sponsored by Brennan Investment Services and Palmer Moving & Storage, is to engage local high school-aged youth in community awareness and give practical experience in marketing and video technology. See the video competition guidelines for more information. Submissions are due April 8.
Video Competition Guidelines
This Year's Video from Fowlerville High School students


ANNUAL CAMPAIGN UNDER WAY 

The annual United Way campaign includes hundreds of county businesses and offices that encourage their employees to invest in the community via the United Way. “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. This year's Pacesetter Partners have brought so much energy and excitement to the campaign -- we can't thank them enough!

To participate, contact your human resources department. Ask how you can give to the Livingston County United Way and if your company has a matching program. You can also donate directly online or by mail.  Learn more.

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.

HEALTHY HABITS RESOURCE
The second 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.

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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