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.


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!

Many ways to help United Way help others

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.

Cash for Christmas 50/50 Raffle under way!

How would you like to have a Christmas that doesn’t put a dent in your budget? Or, be able to add to your normal Christmas budget in a big way? Well, Crawford County United Way’s “Cash for Christmas” 50/50 Raffle may just be your ticket!


Tickets are now available for $1 each or 6 for $5. The more tickets are sold, the more the jackpot grows! Each week, we will report how big the jackpot has grown via this website, our Facebook page, on the radio and in the newspaper. It should be really exciting to watch the prize money increase!

If you would like tickets, please let us know via email at crawforduw@gmail.com or mail a check or money order in the appropriate amount, along with your name, address and phone number to: CCUW, PO Box 171, Grayling, MI 49738 and we will mail your tickets to you right away.

Tell all of your friends and family to get in on this great fundraiser that will help local human services agencies and organizations in the Crawford County community meet their goals and fulfill their missions!

Any questions? Call (989) 350-4462.

Come to the River Fest and buy a t-shirt!

It’s time for the 64th Weyerhaeuser AuSable River Canoe Marathon and a day full of festivities! Crawford County United Way will be part of the fun! Come out and show your support for the only organization in Crawford County that raises money to help 16 different LOCAL human services organizations.

Many of you, your neighbors and your family members benefit from services provided by the organizations and projects we support. Won’t you stop by our booth on the lawn of Citizens Bank on Saturday, July 30 and show your support?

We have two styles of t-shirts. Get one for a donation of $10 and wear it with pride! Your donation helps hundreds of people!

We will also be selling cotton candy, donated by a new business in Grayling, “A Little Taste of Heaven”. All proceeds go to our 2012 Campaign.

Buy a 50/50 ticket or a refreshing bottle of water. It’s going to be a hot one!

In 2011, Crawford County United Way allocated over $30,000 to LOCAL agencies. Please help us start building our Allocation Fund for next year’s community needs.