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September is Campaign Kick-Off month

“Just a dollar.” Many of us who are fortunate enough to be working may take for granted what a dollar can do, but for those in need of assistance from our many local human service agencies, it can do more than you realize.

September is Campaign Kick-Off Month for Crawford County United Way. Part of that campaign involves asking local employers to participate in our Payroll Deduction Program and encourage their employees to donate just a dollar each week from their pay. If 1,000 employees in Crawford County made this pledge, your local United Way would raise $52,000 to help our neighbors, many are in need for the first time in their lives.

This past June, Crawford County United Way allocated $32,500 to 15 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.”

To be noted, $17,500 of the funds allocated was received through a single grant from Weyerhaeuser Foundation. The grant will be much more modest this campaign year. Therefore, we must make up that difference and that is where you can help.

Sign up for payroll deduction; make a monthly donation, or an annual donation. Participate in our fundraisers throughout the year. Help us help others.

On September 29, our Campaign Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner will be held at Fox Run Country Club from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meal will be buffet-style, with great local entertainment 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!

We are also in the midst of our Cash for Christmas 50/50 Raffle with a minimum prize of $200. We’re hoping to sell enough tickets to end up with a $1,000 prize, but we can’t get there without everyone purchasing tickets, which are $1 each or 6 for $5 and available at 7-Eleven in Grayling or by contacting us. The drawing will be held at noon on November 20, 2011 at the Grayling Mini Mall, right before the drawings at the annual GPA Festival of Trees.

I have often said I live in the best community on Earth. I mean it sincerely. Crawford County residents are the most compassionate and generous people I have ever met. You know how to “Live United”. It comes naturally to you. It’s for that reason I felt confident about taking on the challenge to lead an organization many caring people initiated several years ago and kept growing. Some are probably watching carefully the stewardship of what was once their baby. I don’t want to let them down or our neighbors in need.

For more information about our 2011-12 Campaign or fundraisers, 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.

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