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News & Updates

 

NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR OUSTANDING YOUTH
Each year at our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Breakfast we celebrate a local Youth Organization of the Year and a Young Person of Distinction. Nominations are being accepted in both categories now through January 9, 2015. Criteria include volunteer activities and accomplishments and can include work with United Way-sponsored events and other activities. Click here for a nomination form.
 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN MAKIN’ LEMONADE ART CONTEST  Abigail Peterson and Steve Williams
Abigail Peterson, an eighth grader at Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, won first prize in our Makin’ Lemonade Creative Art Contest. Using the theme that Livingston County United Way helps our community make lemonade out of lemons, contestants created original works of art that were displayed on our Facebook page. Visitors to the page were invited to vote on the entries by “liking” their favorites. As the top vote getter, Abigail received a $100 gift certificate and a $100 donation made her name from EctoHR, Inc.

Runners-up also receiving gift cards and donations in their names are Kayla Everett of Hartland, Brittany Haubenstricker of Pinckney, and Ivy Muench of Brighton. The contest created a lot of buzz and educated people of all ages about the Livingston County United Way. Connect with us on Facebook to learn about community events and opportunities.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INVITED TO CREATE UNITED WAY VIDEOS
The Livingston County United Way’s annual video competition invites area students to make a creative commercial showcasing the nonprofit’s investment in building a stronger community. To learn more about this “real world” opportunity, visit Campaign Videos. Submissions are due April 1, 2015.

Students from Fowlerville High School took first-place in the 2014 Video Competition by capturing the unique role Livingston County United Way plays in the community. The upbeat music of “Thanks for the Lemonade,” by songwriter Chris Rice sets the tone and theme for the video that is featured on our website and YouTube channel. The video is an important piece of the local annual campaign that invites the community and corporate partners to contribute funding.

Over 60 entries were received from area high school students – a record for the five-year-old competition. The award-winning Fowlerville students of marketing teacher Nicole Naimo are Mikaela Cooper, Kody Korow, Devin Long, Josi Thierry, and Mackenzie Wilmot.

COMMUNITY CONNECT
The 8th Annual Livingston County Community Connect event at Parker Middle School (Howell) will be Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. 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. For more information call 2-1-1, the Livingston County United Way’s free helpline. To volunteer, contact Donna Gehringer, dgehringer@lcunitedway.org.
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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.

GET YOUR COMPANY INVOLVED AND GET NOTICED!
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.

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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