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News & Updates

 

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.

DAY OF CARING AUG. 20
The Livingston County United Way’s 13th annual Day of Caring will be held Wednesday, August 20, and chaired by Piet Lindhout of Lindhout Associates Architects. The event is one of the largest single-day volunteerism events in Livingston County.

Volunteers and those who want to request work sites, can visit the event’s new web site www.lcdayofcaring.org. Local companies and service organizations are encouraged to create work teams to tackle bigger projects/sites. Sponsors and donations for special project materials are still needed. For more information contact lcuw@lcunitedway.org.

Citizens Insurance has again challenged local youth to engage in volunteerism through Day of Caring. $500 grants will be awarded to outstanding teams based on percentage of participation, effort and impact as described by recipients, or other factors as determined by Citizens Insurance and Day of Caring leadership. Multiple grants will be awarded. Questions related to the Citizens Challenge should be directed to Community Relations Manager Becky Best at 517-540-4290 or bbest@hanover.com.

DRIVE DRAWS IN DIAPERS
Over 19,200 diapers were collected through the month-long, county-wide diaper drive by the Great Start Livingston Parent Coalition. Diaper need is a silent crisis – one of the most basic necessities for infants and toddlers in Livingston County – not covered by assistance programs. An adequate supply of diapers costs about $75 a month—simply out of reach for many families.

The diapers will be distributed through Gleaners and some of their partner agencies. Diaper donations throughout the year are needed and appreciated.

Thanks are extended to community members who donated diapers and to area businesses and partners who hosted collection bins at their place of business including: PNC Bank, Citizens Insurance, Edward Jones, Sylvan Learning Center, St. George’s Church, Willowbrook Rehabilitation, Shepherd of the Lakes Girl Scouts, 7-Eleven, IHA Livingston County Pediatrics, Southwest Elementary, Horning Elementary, Raymond James Financial Services, Howell Carnegie District Library, Brighton District Library, LACASA, Hartland Rotary, Livingston Educational Services Agency (LESA), and Heart of the Shepherd.

Also, “thank you” to the Howell businesses who partnered with Great Start Livingston to host a diaper collection event at their locations including Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings and Castaway Café. Livingston County United Way is pleased to be a partner with Great Start Livingston.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SUCCESS

Child Connect for Family Success celebrates 29 candidates for Child Development Associate credentials and recognizes their achievement in early childhood education. The candidates spent the last year attending classes, building a portfolio, preparing for site observations and volunteering in the community, while working at least 20 hours a week in an early childhood setting.

Funds from Livingston County United Way were allocated to serve 15 program participants, and leveraged funding brought the total up to 29, with a waiting list of eight. “The success they have achieved will build the kindergarten readiness success of young children in our communities,” stated Linda Herbert, executive director for Child Connect for Family Success.

SUMMER LUNCH BUNCH 2014
The Salvation Army of Livingston County and Livingston County Hunger Council have partnered again to present the Summer Lunch Bunch Program. Summer Lunch Bunch is a free summer food service program for Livingston County families who might be struggling to meet their children’s food needs.

Registered participants meet in one of five communities one day a week (Hamburg/Pinckney, Brighton, Fowlerville, Howell and Hartland). After sharing a group meal and participating in fun and educational programming, the children can take home a pantry pack of food.  Each location meets 7-8 times throughout the summer. The program kicks off June 16 and ends August 8.
Summer Lunch Bunch Application pdf

COMMUNITY GARDENS FIGHT HUNGER
Livingston County community gardens work to increase the amount of fresh produce available for free to people who need it.  The community garden network includes multiple groups who have gardens across Livingston County. These gardens vary in size, content, and location, but together they distribute more than 10,000 pounds of produce each summer to through area food pantries.

If you would like to volunteer at an existing community garden or start your own, contact Hunger Council Community Garden Coordinator Kay Simmons at ksimmons@gcfb.org. The Livingston County United Way is a major partner and funder of the Livingston County Hunger Council.

How to Help pdf
Wish List pdf

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 Day of Caring 
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Visit our Day of Caring website or contact lcuw@lcunitedway.org for volunteer or work-site sign-up information.