Mom2Mom Sale & Swap CANCELLED

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DUE TO A POOR RESPONSE, WE HAVE CANCELLED THIS EVENT FOR MAY 31, 2014. WE HOPE TO HOLD THIS EVENT IN THE FUTURE, POSSIBLY IN MID-AUGUST. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

It’s time for Moms to go through all their kids’ stuff and get ready to sell it or swap it at the Crawford County United Way’s Mom2Mom Sale & Swap, a new fundraiser for the organization.

Mom2Mom Sale & Swap will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the old Hometown Furniture Store located at 2436 S. I-75 Business Loop in Grayling. Admission will be $1 for adults.

“We are expecting about 60 Moms to take advantage of this opportunity to sell or swap their clean and gently used baby, toddler, and juvenile clothes, toys, games, books, sports equipment, and furniture, to help everyone with the cost of providing their children with the things they need for a healthy and happy childhood,” said Cheryll Ruley, Executive Director.

Building owner, John Cherven, has been generous in allowing several organizations to use the vacant store for many fundraisers, including the Crawford County Commission on Aging, River House, Inc., Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce, and for pre-race events for the AuSable Canoe Marathon.

“We are hoping this event will really help our local Moms move those things they no longer use and pick up some things their kids need without the high cost of buying new,” said event organizer, Anne Tuck, who presented Ruley with the fundraising idea following the very successful Merry Marketplace & Craft Show last November. That event helped CCUW raise much needed funds while helping local small business owners, all under one roof.

The combined effort to come up with an event name, colorful posters and graphics by Kim Ruley, promotion by many local businesses and individuals, and Cherven providing a venue, has fulfilled the organization’s slogan: LIVE UNITED!

Each Mom will have a 10 x 10 foot space to set up for sale or swap of her kid stuff. Booth fee is a donation of $20 to CCUW. Registration form can be found at www.crawfordunitedway.org here: Mom2Mom Sale Contract 2014 or a form can be requested via email to crawforduw@gmail.com. The form contains all the details about participating in the event. Deadline for paid registrations is May 23, 2014.

Each participating Mom is also asked to donate an item to be given to the Crawford County Baby to Toddler Closet to help those in need. All proceeds from booth fees, admissions, and any drawings go to Crawford County United Way. Keep up with this event and all CCUW activities at www.facebook.com/CrawfordUW.

Tax deductible donations are encouraged. Send check to: Crawford County United Way, P.O. Box 171, Grayling, MI 49738.

Crawford County United Way seeking funding requests

Crawford County United Way is heading into its annual allocation season and is seeking applications from local agencies and organizations for fund distribution throughout 2014-2015.

Last year, Crawford County United Way (CCUW) distributed funds to 10 local agencies as well as partnered with the Crawford County Deputy Sheriffs Association to help students with school supplies, presented the third LIVE UNITED Community Service Award scholarship, supported Project Graduation and Kids Day in the park, helped our neighbors with free discount prescription drug cards through our FamilyWize Community Service partnership, and helped employed low-income people get free eye examinations through VisionUSA.

The mission of the United Way movement is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. Through a single community-wide campaign, United Way volunteers raise funds to support local agency service providers.

“Our relationship with everyone in this community has helped us help many people in a variety of ways for many years,” said Cheryll Ruley, CCUW Executive Director. “The generosity comes from every age group, every income level, and every neighborhood. We care about each other and it shows.”

The CCUW’s 2014-2015 funding base continues to need a boost. “Even with the increased fundraising efforts, we’re going to have a difficult time meeting agency funding requests. And, with even more of our neighbors and friends in need, support from businesses and individuals is needed more than ever,” Ruley explained.

Agencies applying for funding from Crawford County United Way must be a charitable health and human service organization, fully describe their array of services, demonstrate how they meet local needs, and prove their cost-effectiveness and accountability to the community.

The board of directors makes the decisions about how the funds will be disseminated. The board assesses the community’s human services needs, meets with service providers to discuss funding requirements when necessary, and approves the funding level for the various programs and agencies.

“Once again this year, we will not be mailing out application packets to prior recipients,” said Karen Hatley, President of CCUW. “Every penny is important, so we are asking that all previous recipients and new requesters please contact us immediately for an application to help save on printing and mailing costs.”

To receive an application, email crawforduw@gmail.com or call (989) 350-4462. The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2014.

Donations should be sent to CCUW, P.O. Box 171, Grayling, MI 49738. All donations are tax deductible and stay in our community.

It’s time for a Fun Run for United Way! Let it SNOW!

Saturday, February 8, 2014 — Check-In at Noon at Dingman’s Bar in KalkaskaUWsnowmobile
Entry Donation: $25 per person
Includes Lunch at Dingman’s, T-Shirt,
Prizes, and Dinner Party at 8 pm
at Mainstream Steak & Ribs.
Get Registration Form: 10th Annual Snowmobile Fun Run Registration 2014

Hosts:
Dingman’s Bar – Kalkaska
The Hideaway – Starvation Lake
Swamp II – Frederic Township
Mainstream Steak & Ribs – Grayling

Main Sponsor: Northpointe Motors of Gaylord
Also sponsored by our friends at:
Grayling Auto Repair of Grayling & Extreme Power Sports of Gaylord

Route: Leisurely ride begins after lunch and check-in at Dingman’s, with stops at each host location, ending with dinner and fun at Mainstream Steak & Ribs. If the weather does not cooperate, the ride will take place by personal vehicle. Non-sledders of all ages are encouraged to participate by car.

JOIN US and support CCUW that supports our strong community.

For more information, call Mary Becker at (586) 242-1179 cell or email mbeckerwashmtg@yahoo.com or Cheryll Ruley at crawforduw@gmail.com

Crawford County United Way is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated!

“Like” Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrawfordUW and join the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/265047440320044

Registration Form: 10th Annual Snowmobile Fun Run Registration 2014

Merry Marketplace & Craft Show!

Facebook Cover PhotoTake advantage of visiting with a variety of home product sales vendors and crafters all under one roof, benefiting the Crawford County United Way. Do your Christmas and holiday shopping with us!

When: Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm

Where: In the former Hometown Furniture Store at 2436 S. I-75 Bus. Loop, Grayling MI 49738

Admission: $1. All proceeds from admissions, booth space fees, and bucket raffles go to Crawford County United Way.

WE NEED CRAFTERS & ARTISANS
Booth Space: approx. 10′ x 10′ Booth Fee: $25
Please call or email for Booth Reservation form:
Anne Tuck (989) 745-6328
email: aeb722@hotmail.com
OR
Cheryll Ruley (989) 619-0473
email: crawforduw@gmail.com

Or download a form here: 2013 Vendor Contract FINAL
Deadline to reserve a space is NOV. 25, 2013

Each Vendor/Crafter/Artisan will be asked to donate one item to be included in the bucket raffles.

The mission of Crawford County United Way is to engage our local agencies to provide the measurable tools to impact the lives of those most vulnerable in our community. We raise funds year-round to distribute to LOCAL human services organizations and community projects. What’s raised here, stays here!

United Way accepting funding requests

Crawford County United Way is heading into its annual allocation season and is seeking applications from local agencies and organizations for fund distribution throughout 2013-2014.

Last year, Crawford County United Way (CCUW) distributed funds to 11 local agencies as well as partnered with the Crawford County Deputy Sheriffs Association to help students with school supplies, presented the second LIVE UNITED Community Service Award scholarship, supported Project Graduation and Neighborhood Connections, helped our neighbors with free discount prescription drug cards through our FamilyWize Community Service partnership, and helped employed low-income people get free eye examinations through VisionUSA.

The mission of the United Way movement is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. Through a single community-wide campaign, United Way volunteers raise funds to support local agency service providers.

“Our relationship with everyone in this community has helped us help many people in a variety of ways for many years,” said Cheryll Ruley, CCUW Executive Director. “The generosity comes from every age group, every income level, and every neighborhood. We care about each other and it shows.”

However, the CCUW’s 2013-2014 funding base is down again from last year, approximately $10,000, due to a reduction in outside funding sources. “We’re going to have a difficult time keeping agency funding to last year’s levels, and with more of our family, neighbors and friends now in need, we need support from businesses and individuals more than ever,” Ruley explained.

Agencies applying for funding from Crawford County United Way must be a charitable health and human service organization, fully describe their array of services, demonstrate how they meet local needs, and prove their cost-effectiveness and accountability to the community.

The board of directors makes the decisions about how the funds will be disseminated. The board assesses the community’s human service needs, meets with service providers to discuss funding requirements when necessary, and approves the funding level for the various programs and agencies.

“Once again this year, we will not be mailing out application packets to prior recipients,” said Karen Hatley, President of CCUW. “Every penny is important, so we are asking that all previous recipients and new requesters please contact us immediately for an application to help save on printing and mailing costs.”

To receive an application, email crawforduw@gmail.com or call (989) 350-4462. The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2013.

Donations should be sent to CCUW, P.O. Box 171, Grayling, MI 49738. All donations are tax deductible and stay in our community.

Come and have a last winter BLAST for United Way

The 2nd Annual LAST BLAST Celebrity Server Night to benefit Crawford County United Way is be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Spike’s Keg O Nails in Grayling, Michigan.

All tips and a portion of the proceeds from all food sold will be donated to your United Way. The funds will be used to help all of our local human services agencies meet their goals and missions in 2013-2104. They will also help with special projects in the community throughout the year.

Bring your family, bring your friends. Have some great food and lots of fun while helping a great cause.

More information on who will be serving the evening will be provided shortly.

LIVE UNITED!

Only Halfway There with a Few Months to Go!

The 2013 Crawford County United Way Goal is $30,000 but we’re only half the way there as of January 25, 2013. All funds for this allocation season must be collected before April 1, 2013 so we really need your help to jump start the new year.

Please make a donation today! Send your check to:

Crawford County United Way, PO Box 171, Grayling MI 49738

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Show your support with FLOWER POWER!

Throughout the month of June, our Grayling Big Boy Restaurant will be “Growing Support for Our Community” to benefit Crawford County United Way.

Enjoy a great meal or one of their yummy desserts and donate $1 or more to the campaign. You’ll get to pick one of five brightly colored daisies to display in the restaurant to show your support. Don’t forget to put your name on it or honor a loved one by writing their name on the daisy.

We hope to raise money and awareness with this campaign. In the 2012 campaign, Crawford County United Way will help fund the missions of 11 local human service agencies to help them meet their goals. Agencies include: AuSable Free Clinic, American Red Cross, AuSable Valley Youth Services Bureau, G.R.A.C.E. Center, River House Inc., ROOC Inc., Grayling Co-Operative Preschool, Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, Mercy Medicine Program, Crawford/Roscommon Child Protection Council and Crawford County MSU-Extension.

“Growing Support for Our Community” is another way to LIVE UNITED!

Thank you to our great friends at Grayling Big Boy for all their support and to their hungry and generous customers!

Let your voice be heard… join our conversation on education

Crawford County United Way invites you to participate in an upcoming Community Conversation on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., at the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library, 201 Plum Street in Grayling.

In partnership with the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank located in Ann Arbor, we have volunteered to convene a group of 25-50 people for a 90-minute discussion focused on Michigan’s preK-12 education system and student learning called “The Future of Education”.

During the conversation, we will learn more about many of the key issues and choices related to education that impact students within our community. We’ll also provide an opportunity for you to share success stories about what’s working in our local schools to improve student learning. Our conversation will be one of more than 250 structured dialogues taking place in 2012 all across the state. Altogether, the participants will include more than 5,000 local leaders and engaged citizens, including students, parents, job providers, and educators.

As part of a statewide effort, our local conversation will help accomplish four goals:
• Expand the knowledge of students, parents, employers and educators about the education choices facing Michigan today.
• Gather the perspectives and preferences of Michigan residents on major education policy and reform choices under debate in Michigan and around the country.
• Amplify the voices of Michigan residents and press state decision makers to follow participant recommendations on how best to improve students’ prospects for future success.
• Provide participants with options on how to become more involved in improving educational opportunities for students in their own communities.

To learn more about the Community Conversations and the Center for Michigan, please visit www.thecenterformichigan.net.

I hope that you will be able to participate in our conversation. Please RSVP to Crawford County United way by email to crawforduw@gmail.com or by calling (989) 350-4462. Leave a message if necessary. We hope to see you there!

Support your community… Give a gift to CCUW!

We have included our latest IRS 990EZ filing for your review.
Click here: Crawford County United Way 2010 990EZ

We encourage you to get to know nonprofit organizations before you donate, including Crawford County United Way. We believe we are great stewards of your gifts, allocating $32,500 in 2011 to 16 local human service agencies and organizations. With our economic times as trying as they are, we need your support more than ever! Most of our supported agencies have lost large amounts of state and federal funding which sustains them, therefore they look to us for stability in our funding.

Agencies receiving funding in 2011: AuSable Free Clinic, Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, Mercy Medicine Program, ROOC Inc., Crawford County Baby Closet, American Red Cross, AuSable Valley Youth Services Bureau, Crawford County MSU-Extension and 4-H Youth Program, Crawford Roscommon Child Protection Council, G.R.A.C.E. Center, Crawford County Commission on Aging, River House Inc., Grayling Cooperative Preschool, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Halo Sleepsack Swaddle Blankets Program.

Please send your donations to:
Crawford County United Way
P.O. Box 171
Grayling, MI 49738-0171

Be sure to include the name and address of your honoree or who to send a memorial acknowledgement when making a gift donation.

If you have any questions about the accountability and transparency of Crawford County United Way, please do not hesitate to call us at (989) 350-4462 or email your questions to crawforduw@gmail.com.

Thank you!