It’s time to kick off the campaign, again!

Join us for our 5th Annual Campaign Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner!spaghetti

One way or another, Crawford County United Way (CCUW) touches the lives of every person in our county. Whether it’s by helping provide a safe place for a child who is victim of crime, a safe night for high school graduates, putting a smile on the face of a hungry child or a senior citizen enjoying nutritious fresh produce, your neighbor receiving free medical care, a fun and educational opportunity at the library, museum or 4-H, disaster relief for victims of a fire, family and substance abuse counseling, or job training for special needs adults, your United Way supports them all. We all know someone who benefits, including our own family members.

September is Campaign Kick-Off Month. Part of that campaign involves asking local businesses to make a donation and to participate in our Payroll Deduction Program, encouraging their employees to donate just a dollar each week from their pay. If 1,000 employees who live in Crawford County made this pledge, your local United Way would raise $52,000, which would be an incredible blessing to the efforts of the local agencies we support. We really appreciate all the businesses and employees who have supported CCUW over many years. Be assured, your care and generosity make a difference.

In June, Crawford County United Way allocated $19,075 to 11 local agencies for their work that supports our stated mission to “engage our local agencies to provide the measurable tools to impact the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.” From the data provided, these agencies help directly nearly 10,000 people combined.

Funding sources are dwindling for many agencies and government programs have seen their budgets cut, as well. This is where Crawford County United Way can make a huge difference by raising more funds for distribution locally to help local people.

Agencies receiving funding in 2015 were AuSable Free Clinic, Munson Grayling Hospital Patient Needs Program, American Red Cross, Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, R.O.O.C., Inc., Crawford County Library Summer Reading Program, G.R.A.C.E. Center, Crawford County Commission on Aging, Crawford County Historical Museum, Crawford County MSU-Extension/4-H, and Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center.

We also support Project Graduation, Kids’ Day in the Park, Neighborhood Connections, and provide a local scholarship for community service. We work in partnership with VisionUSA to arrange free eye examinations for low-income workers, the FamilyWize Discount Prescription Drug Program to help with the cost of medicine, and support resource call center 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan.

Please sign up for payroll deduction; make a monthly donation, or an annual donation. Participate in our fundraisers. Help us continue to help each other in our community. What’s raised here, stays here!

On September 23, our Campaign Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner will be held at Fox Run Country Club from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meal will be buffet-style, with fun and family-friendly entertainment by Chad Patterson and Acting Up Theater Company, and a silent auction. We are asking for a donation at the door of $10 per person/$8 with three canned goods or $25 per family of four/$20 with three canned goods. All canned goods collected will be given to the Christian Help Center for distribution. Please join us!

For more information about our 2015-16 Campaign, our fundraisers, or to donate a silent auction item for the Kick-Off dinner, please call (989) 350-4462 or email crawforduw@gmail.com. Send donations to: CCUW, P.O. Box 171, Grayling, MI 49738.

With a little help from all, we can make a big difference. LIVE UNITED!

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