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United Way of Saginaw County Staff:  Cherrie J. Benchley, President/CEO  Marsha Cooley, Vice President  Tracy Aldrich, Director of Finance & Administration  Kelly Johnson, Director of Marketing  Steven Lamb, Labor Liaison  Kimberly German, Administrative Assistant Campaign

Our Mission:

To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another

Our Vision:

A safe nurturing community where all families can thrive

2013 Campaign Cabinet:  Craig Goslin, Campaign Chair  Linda Sims, Campaign Vice Chair  Jim Gohr, Manufacturing M-Z  George Heilbronn, Construction  William Inman, Architects/Engineers  Leslie Orozco, Hospitality/Business Services  Teresa Pruden, School Corporations  Teresa Santana, Financial  Steve Schlicht, Manufacturing A-L  Darryl Thomas, General Retail  Scott Trepkowski, Insurance

 Susan Sanford, Payment Specialist  Joanie Covert, Homeless Prevention Specialist  Joshua Hales, AmeriCorps Program Director  Henrietta Watson, Community Impact Assistant  Melissa Durow, Housing Specialist  Jeremy Reinert, HMIS Systems Administrator  Sheilda Braddock, Special Advisor to the Wickes Foundation/Community Liaison  Cecelia Harrold, AmeriCorps Financial Empowerment Coach

“To obtain extraordinary results, it takes extraordinary people that work together in an unselfish team-first approach. That exactly describes the environment that has been developed and nurtured with the United Way of Saginaw County. It is a true honor to work with United Way staff, their executive committee, board members and campaign cabinet. Together they form the fabric of the United Way and make it the success that it is. It was a great honor to chair the 2013 United Way campaign and I look forward to leading such a great team again in 2014!” - Craig Goslin, Campaign Chair

Our Three Focus Areas:

Health, Education and Financial Stability

2013 Board of Directors - Executive Committee: Board Chair


Community Impact Chair

Merrill Technologies Group

Covenant HealthCare

Ricardo Resio

Carrie Travis

Larry Sims

First Vice Chair


Brookstone LHS, LLC Bylaws Chair

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

HealthPlus of Michigan Nominations Chair

Dave Youngstrom

Brian Dixon

Second Vice Chair

2013 Campaign Chair

Spence Brothers

Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club

Herb Spence

Craig Goslin

Immediate Past Board Chair

UW Liaison SCF

Consumers Energy

Chemical Bank

Thomas Begin

Keith Wenzel

2013 Board of Directors - Members at Large:

Bridget Hollingsworth Steve Schlicht

UAW Retiree - Local 467

Bryan Gilleland

Frankenmuth Insurance

Joseph Kiss II Bank of America

Rev. Hurley Coleman

Jamie Nisidis

David Small

Tom Conklin

Eve Perry

Melissa Spranger

Teresa Pruden

Dr. Richard Syrek

Dereon Pruitt

Anthony Taylor

Greater Coleman Temple Church Catholic Family Service (Agency Representative)

Jim Cross

Dow Corning Corporation

Jennie Culberson Local 699 Retiree

Lesley Foxx Sims

Saginaw Housing Commission

Martin Gembrowski

The Dow Chemical Company

Suzanne Greenberg

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region (Agency Representative)

George Heilbronn Carpenters Local 706

Lizabeth Hunt

Michigan State Police

Dr. Carlton Jenkins Saginaw Public Schools

James Jesselaitis

Nexteer Automotive/UAW Local 699

Elvis Machul

Garber Automotive Group

Mike Major

Saginaw Valley State University

Braun Kendrick P.L.C. Steelworkers Local 9899

IBEW Local 557 Chemical Bank

Saginaw Intermediate School District Saginaw Intermediate School District

Nexteer Automotive

Gina Rendon-Wiederhold UAW Local 668/GM Powertrain

Tri-Star Trust Bank

Douglas Trombley

Terry Robinson

Saginaw Township Community Schools

Michael Sangster II

Community Volunteer

Teresa Santana

Community Volunteer

Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. TRW Integrated Chasses Systems Wanigas Credit Union

James VanTiflin

Patricia Washburn Marcia Yearwood FirstMerit Bank

“It has been a privilege to serve as the community's chairperson to the United Way for the past two years. My involvement with UWSC started back in 1995 as a campaign organizer for Michigan Sugar. Throughout the years I've served in many capacities including campaign committee and allocation process committee. Everyone always had the same goal: invest the community's donations wisely to help build a brighter tomorrow. If we want a safe nurturing community where all families can thrive, then Saginaw County must have a United Way leading the change. Saginaw is a Saginawesome place to live and work, and where people care for one another." - Ricardo Resio, Board Chair 2012-2014

Thank you to all who LIVE UNITED by GIVING through Corporate Gifts, Special Events or Employee Workplace Campaigns 1st State Bank AAA Michigan Insurance Abbe Insurance Center Inc. Abbott Laboratories Ace-Saginaw Paving Company AIG/AGF American International Group Allied Tool & Machine Company American Express Company American Express Foundation American Red Cross Great Lakes Bay Chapter Amigo Mobility International, Inc. Andersen Corporation Andrews Hooper & Pavlik P.L.C. Ascension Health AT&T Auto Owners Insurance B & P Process Equipment Bank of America Bavarian Inn, Inc. Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District Bernier Cast Metals, Inc. Best Buy Big John Steak & Onion Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan BP BP Foundation, Inc. Brady's Business Systems Braun Kendrick P.L.C. Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District Bringer Inn Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland Brown & Brown Insurance Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region Caravan Facilities Management LLC Carrollton Public Schools Catholic Diocese of Saginaw Catholic Family Service Centennial Technologies Central Metallizing & Machine

Charles F. & Adeline L. Barth Charitable Foundation Chemical Bank Child & Family Services City of Saginaw CMS Energy CMU College of Medicine Cole Veterinary Hospital Comerica Bank Consumers Energy County of Saginaw Covenant HealthCare Dale Carnegie Training of Mid & Northern Michigan Davenport University Dawn of a New Day Coffeehouse & CafĂŠ Deloitte Delta College Delta Door Sales, Inc. Denny's Diesel Truck Sales DML Management Dornbos Printing Impressions Dow Corning Corporation Draper Auto Group DTE Energy Duclos Insurance Agency, Inc. Duperon Corporation Eli Lilly EMI Consulting, Inc. Enterprise Holdings Fabiano Brothers, Inc. Family First Credit Union FedEx Express Fifth Third Bank Fifth Third Foundation Firehouse Soft Car Wash Firestone Complete Auto Care First Area Credit Union First Ward Community Center Firstbank FirstMerit Bank FirstMerit Private Bank

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Ford Motor Company Ford Retirees Frankenmuth Credit Union Frankenmuth Insurance Frankenmuth School District Freeland Community School District Garber Management Group Gardey Financial Advisors LLC Gardner, Provenzano, Thomas & Luplow, P.C. GE GE Foundation General Dynamics General Machine Service Inc. Generations Family Federal Credit Union Genesee Packaging, Inc. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan GlaxoSmithKline GM Powertrain GM Retirees Goodrich Quality Theaters, Inc. Gordon Food Service Graham Construction Corp. Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Great Lakes Loons Habitat for Humanity Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation HealthPlus of Michigan HealthSource Saginaw Hemlock School District Hemlock Semiconductor Group Hidden Harvest Honeywell International Inc. Horizons Conference Center HPRB Company IBEW Local 557 IBM Corporation Independent Bank Irish & Associates, Inc. Isabella Bank and Trust

JCPenney Company, Inc. Jet's Pizza of Saginaw Johnson & Johnson Johnson Controls Joseph M. Day Company JP Morgan Chase Bank King Communications Kroger KUKA Assembly & Test Corp. Kurek Tool, Inc. Lowe's Home Improvement MacDonald Broadcasting Company Macy's Marriott International, Inc. Marshall E. Campbell Company Martin Chevrolet Sales Mast, Foulds & Co., P.C. Means Industries Inc. Meijer #213/Birch Run Meijer #42 /Gratiot Rd. Meijer #43/Tittabawassee Rd. Meijer #48/Bay City Merrill Community Schools Merrill Technologies Group Messiah Missionary Baptist Church Michigan Association of United Ways Michigan Molecular Institute Michigan Property Consultants LLC Michigan Sugar Company Morbark, Inc. Morley Moulthrop Clift, Inc. MTS Systems Corporation Nationwide Insurance Foundation Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Neighborhood House Nexteer Automotive Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Panda Promotional Products Payless Holdings PNC Bank PNC Financial Group Public Libraries of Saginaw Qualified Staffing Services Quality Upholstery Quantum Composites, Inc. READ Association Region VII Area Agency on Aging

Regional Steel Distribution Center Rehmann Remer Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

Rohde Brothers Excavating Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation Rose Pest Solutions Bio-Serve Corporation Ryder Saginaw Bay Underwriters Saginaw Charter Township Saginaw Club Saginaw Community Foundation Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority Saginaw Future Saginaw Housing Commission Saginaw Intermediate School District Saginaw Machine Systems Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union Saginaw Pattern & Machine, Inc. Saginaw Public School District Saginaw Spirit Charitable Foundation Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club Saginaw Township Community Schools Saginaw Valley State University Salvation Army Sam's Club #6663/Bay Rd. Security Credit Union ServiceMaster Severance Tool Industries, Inc. Signature Bank Spartan Stores Special Needs Vision Clinic Spectrum Health Spence Brothers Spicer Group SSP Associates, Inc. St. Charles Community Schools St. Mary's of Michigan Standard Electric Company Stan's Hardware, Inc. Star of the West Milling Company STARS State Employees Charitable Campaign State Farm State Farm Companies Foundation Stevens Worldwide Van Lines SVRC Industries, Inc. Swan Valley School District

T.J.Maxx *Companies listed in orange are featured below Target #347 TBF Graphics Team One Credit Union The Dow Chemical Company The Dow Chemical Company Foundation The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan The F.P. Horak Company The Mayan Agency The Saginaw News/Mlive Media Group The Willows Salon and Day Spa The Wirt-Rivette Group Tri-City Links, Inc. Tri-Star Trust Bank UAW Local 455 UAW Local 467 UAW Local 467 Retirees UAW Local 699 UAW Sub Regional Office Underground Railroad United Financial Credit Union United Parcel Service Freight United Parcel Service of America United Steelworkers Union Local 12075 United Way of Saginaw County UnitedHealth Group Valley Lutheran High School Walmart #2644/Brockway Rd. Walmart #5097/Bay Rd. Wanigas Credit Union Waste Management Water and Woods Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America Weiss Equipment Wells Fargo Western & Southern Life Western & Southern Life Retirees Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates Wildfire Credit Union William A. Kibbe & Associates, Inc. Wilson Realty, Inc. Wm. F. Nelson Electric WNEM TV 5 Wobig Construction Co., Inc. Wolohan Family Foundation Wright-K Technology, Inc. Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants YMCA Youth Protection Council

Thomas J. Hetherman Campaign Awards

The Hetherman Awards recognize three companies and their employees for excellence in the United Way annual community fundraising campaign. The awards are a tribute to the late Thomas J. Hetherman, a former United Way of Saginaw County President/CEO who served our community from 1957 to 1981. STARS/United Steelworkers Union Local 9036 - Small Firm Recipients (Under 100 employees) Each year the employees at STARS and members of the United Steelworkers Union Local 9036 show their commitment to the community through their involvement with the United Way annual fundraising campaign. "STARS is one of the smaller but extremely dedicated companies whose traditional fundraising campaign continuously produces great results," said Steven Lamb, United Way labor liaison. When asked about the key to their success, STARS General Manager, Sylvester Payne commented, "We encourage our employees to think of the impact their donation makes to the people in the community, because just like STARS, United Way is here to help our Saginaw County residents." Past recipients include: Amigo Mobility International, Inc. - Rehmann - Wanigas Credit Union - HealthPlus of Michigan

Team One Credit Union - Medium Firm Recipients (Between 101 and 300 employees) For Team One Credit Union and their employees, participating in the United Way fundraising drive each year is more than helping with another fundraiser, it is part of their Community Impact Initiative. "The credit union philosophy is 'People Helping People', and I am very proud of our wonderful employees," states Gerald Hutto, Team One Credit Union president/CEO. "They embrace this philosophy by supporting United Way every year and give back to the community in so many ways," added Hutto. In addition to their giving, the impact team volunteered more than 2,300 hours of community service in 2013. "Team One Credit Union is truly a company that supports their community by LIVING UNITED and is a more than deserving company to receive this award," said Kelly Johnson, United Way director of marketing. Past recipients include: KUKA Assembly and Test Corp. - Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants - SVRC Industries, Inc. - Spence Brothers

Nexteer Automotive/UAW Local 699 - Large Firm Recipients (More than 301 employees) Throughout the year Nexteer Automotive employees, as well as their UAW Local 699 members, actively support the community through United Way. "Nexteer's dedicated, continuous support is critical to the success of our campaign," said Cherrie Benchley, United Way president/CEO. Each year a team of United Way trained union employees spends days soliciting individuals at each of the plants, while the management team conducts a vigorous campaign with their administrative staff. In addition to their campaign support, they are also involved with various volunteer opportunities, including the Project Independence annual blitz builds. "It is quite extraordinary that we can always count on the support of Nexteer's team throughout the year, whether it's giving, advocating or volunteering, this team shows others what it means to LIVE UNITED," added Benchley. Past recipients include: The Dow Chemical Company - Frankenmuth Insurance - Nexteer Automotive - Covenant HealthCare

Lloyd J. Yeo Community Involvement Award The Lloyd J. Yeo Community Involvement Award recognizes a business that exemplifies the United Way best practices of corporate citizenship. This year, the award is proudly presented to Consumers Energy. For Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees, corporate social responsibility is a journey that began with the company’s inception in 1886. Consumers Energy understands that its role reaches beyond being a trusted energy partner and providing safe and reliable electric and gas service to millions of Michigan residents. To create strong communities, the company must demonstrate that it cares for them and that commitment guides its decisions and directs its actions. Across the state, the company’s prime recipient of charitable giving is the United Way. From leadership positions on the campaign team (Linda Sims serving as Campaign Vice Chair) to serving on the board and receiving top volunteer awards (Tom Begin) to serving on allocation and community change committees, the Consumers Energy employees have stepped up in a big way to support United Way of Saginaw County for more than 50 years. “Throughout our years of serving the community, United Way of Saginaw County and the employees at Consumers Energy have a long history of working together to help Saginaw County residents,” said Cherrie Benchley, United Way president/CEO. “No matter what fundraiser, special event or volunteer opportunity we have, their employees are the first ones to step up and continue to go out of their way to make this community a better place to live and work. Our community is very fortunate to have their long-standing support,” added Benchley. Consumers Energy’s charitable giving to Saginaw County totals more than $1.6 million with more than half of that contributed to United Way of Saginaw County. Locally, more than 430 employees work out of the Saginaw service center, calling Saginaw County their place of work and home. They volunteer and serve on boards of various chamber, economic development and civic/welfare groups. For more than 128 years, Consumers Energy and their foundation have touched countless lives and energized communities through foundation grants, employee and retiree contributions, corporate giving and volunteerism. Other major recipients of Consumers Energy Foundation grants locally include maintenance and park improvements at Deindorfer Woods, as well as support of Walk for Warmth fundraising events. Consumers Energy’s investments are made not only in money, but also by the “helping hands” expertise and community involvement of employees and retirees. In working to improve lives, they have been enriched by the gratifying experiences of being a good corporate citizen. Past recipients include: Spence Brothers - Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. - FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) - Wildfire Credit Union

Harry S. Lund Outstanding Volunteer Award The Harry S. Lund Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes a volunteer who has served United Way of Saginaw County in various capacities over many years. Award recipients include some of Saginaw’s greatest leaders. Each year, these leaders/past recipients get together to decide the next recipient of the prestigious award. When considering the many ways to be involved with United Way and the community, especially at multiple leadership levels, the choice was unanimous. This year the Harry S. Lund Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented to Herbert A. Spence III. As a longtime community supporter, Spence’s passion for United Way grew when he served as the Campaign Chair. “I had donated to United Way for over 30 years and helped with past campaigns but never understood how much work went into it and what an impact it had until chairing the campaign,” said Spence. “I agreed to become Campaign Chair in 2005 when asked by my friend, Dick Garber who chaired the previous campaign. I quickly learned how important United Way was to so many critical programs helping people in need in our community,” added Spence. “When I think of Herb I think of one of our community’s strongest cheerleaders,” said Cherrie Benchley, United Way president/CEO. “When serving as the campaign chair, Herb would use LIVE UNITED cheers to inspire and motivate our donors. He has been a cheerleader for United Way ever since and uses every opportunity to remind the community to get involved,” added Benchley. One of the many ways Spence 'cheers' on his employees to LIVE UNITED is by personally preparing a blueberry pancake breakfast at each office. "At Spence Brothers I started a tradition of making blueberry pancakes (from a grandfather's scratch recipe) for all employees who contribute," added Spence. Spence continues to serve as a member of United Way’s Board of Directors and is currently second vice chair. In addition to his involvement with United Way, he is involved with the Saginaw County Economic Development Corp., City of Saginaw Riverfront Commission and Downtown Development Authority, as a READ volunteer, Boys & Girls Club of the Great Lakes Region board member, past chair for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance board and past chair of the Saginaw Valley State University Foundation board. Past recipients include: Thomas Begin - Barbara A. Russell - Dr. Craig Douglas - Dave Youngstrom

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Volunteers show how they LIVE UNITED every day throughout Saginaw County. The 2014 LIVE UNITED Award recipients are selfless individuals who join hands and open their hearts; they lend their muscle and find their voice. Not only do they give 110%, they think of WE before ME and when they reach out a hand to one, they influence the condition of all.

Lawrence H. Sims - 2014 LIVE UNITED Community Award Recipient As a dedicated community volunteer, Lawrence H. Sims is someone who is always willing to go the extra mile to make our community a better place. Sims, a lifelong Saginaw resident, has served the community, as well as United Way, in many different capacities over the years. “When it comes to dedication, Larry is one of United Way’s biggest supporters,” said Marsha Cooley, United Way vice president. “Whether he’s working on a fundraising campaign, facilitating board meetings or chairing United Way’s new Community Impact Model process, Larry’s leadership is invaluable. He continues to give tirelessly to make United Way the lead nonprofit organization in Saginaw County,” added Cooley. Since beginning his career in the early 80’s, Sims has been involved in United Way in one way or another. Sims has not only been a long-term member of the United Way’s board of directors but has also served as the Board Chair, Campaign Fundraising Chair and currently the Community Impact Model Chair. Sims has a 40 year career in the insurance industry and started Brookstone LHS LLC, an insurance consulting firm in 2011. He and his wife, Linda (pictured) have one son, Alexander. In addition to his immeasurable involvement with United Way of Saginaw County, Sims also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Covenant HealthCare, was co-founder of the Bridge Center for Racial Harmony and is a past Spirit of Saginaw award recipient.

Tony Bell - 2014 LIVE UNITED Labor Award Recipient Opportunities to give back and get involved are everywhere you look, whether in your community, neighborhood or through a local union. Tony Bell is one of our community’s outstanding volunteers who gives back any chance he gets, no matter what the cause is. Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Bell is a Swan Valley High School 2001 graduate, received his Applied Sciences/Electrical Technology degree from Lansing Community College and resides in Saginaw Township with his wife, Mary and their children Anthony and Alivia. As a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #557, Bell first became involved with United Way as a Project Independence volunteer. “I find that the few hours of my time spent working on each ramp is life changing to each ramp recipient,” said Bell. Bell’s commitment to the community does not stop there. He is involved with the One Week One Street community project and the Light Up the City grassroots, crime prevention initiative. In addition to those projects, Bell volunteers with IBEW apprenticeship community projects, the American Red Cross, Friends of Hoyt Park and is actively involved in the Saginaw Labor Council AFL-CIO as a delegate and recording secretary, as well as the recording secretary for IBEW Local #557. “Tony is a great labor volunteer who is dedicated to making our community a better place. I know that when community projects need additional help, Tony is always there and willing to lend a helping hand,” said Steve Lamb, United Way labor liaison.

2013 Community Impact Programs and Accomplishments United Way facilitates community partnerships, administers grants and implements programs designed to create CHANGE in our community.

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Utilities - 30% Connecting people with community-wide health and human service resources to build healthy, safe communities 3% in Northeastern Michigan is the goal for our local 2-1-1 call 4% 3% members can receive free, comprehensive center. By dialing 2-1-1 community Housing/Shelter - 21% information and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2013, more than 4% 12,500 Saginaw County individuals received information from 2-1-1’s trained and Community Services - 16% 30% 5% Chart Title certified operators. The residents were connected with everything from housing to utility shut-off assistance with the help of the Northeast Michigan 2-1-1 Food - 7% tleinformation call center. 7% 4% Utilities - 30% 7% Housing/Shelter - 21%







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Material Goods - 7%

Best Practices Nonprofit Institute Health - 5%

For the past seven years, this capacity building class has worked with 178 nonprofits from the Great Lakes Bay Region Legal/Safety - 4% and beyond. Specialists and practitioners work with participants over a period of seven weeks to teach best Transportation practices and share- 3% the synergy of networking. The class is a partnership between Saginaw Valley State University and United Way of Saginaw County and is supported by the H.R. Wickes Foundation. In 2013, there were 37 graduates of the class, many of which have been able to implement their newly acquired skills within their own organizations. “Not

only did I learn great concepts that can be used in the nonprofit world, but I created relationships with individuals who are potential board members, dynamic partners, skilled grant reviewers, local resources and most importantly, a friend,” said Autumn Scherzer, Saginaw ISD Career Links program director. "The

class really opened my eyes to issues our organization is experiencing. I wish I would have taken this class five years ago. We have already implemented many aspects of the class," said Neil T. Wackerly, Humane Society of Midland County president.

Holiday Wish List

The Holiday Wish List program has been helping families in our community have a brighter holiday season for the past 28 years. More than 142 individuals, families and groups shared the holiday spirit in 2013 by providing assistance with clothing, food and entertainment. It is because of their generosity that 267 families and individuals did not have to choose between paying a bill or being able to provide gifts or a special dinner for their families. On behalf of me and my family, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the gifts that we have received today. Without it, I don’t think that I would've been able to give my children much of a Christmas this year. Thank you so very much! – Wish #1074

Thank you very much! Without your help me and my family would not have had a Christmas. Me and my husband are very appreciative of all you have done for our three children. Thank you from the bottom of our family’s heart! – Wish #1026 Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program continues to provide children, ages birth to five, with one free, age appropriate book each month until their fifth birthday. This income-neutral, free program offers Saginaw County children the opportunity to discover the world of books from an early age. The program continues to keep more than 1,200 children enrolled annually and would not be possible without the support from generous community donors from those who want to provide Saginaw County children with the gift of literacy. “The

Imagination Library program has made it possible for my husband and I to create an excitement for reading for Sebastian, our four year old son. Every night before bed, Sebastian goes through his “library” and picks out a book; he has books that mommy reads and books that daddy reads. Then we all sit together and enjoy a good book. For Sebastian, the thought of not reading every night is unimaginable!” Thank you Imagination Library!” – Lorena and Dan Gloden, Parents "The seeds of dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world." - Dolly Parton, Imagination Library creator

AmeriCorps - Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Partnership Program

Officially kicking-off in September 2013, this new AmeriCorps program’s mission is to increase healthy attitudes in youth and families in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, substance abuse, violence and life skills. The program enlists passionate and engaged residents to become AmeriCorps members and places them as human service assistants at 10 youth-serving organizations throughout Saginaw County. The program focuses on the hours of the day, afterschool, when delinquency is highest and parent supervision is lowest. It is because of this program that every day, youth and parents at eight Community Centers within this partnership are empowered by stronger healthy living programs because of the HKHFP members. These members also strengthen many other outreach activities, connecting with more Saginaw County youth. "The AmeriCorps program has been instrumental in the

effort to raise awareness regarding youth substance use and abuse in Saginaw County." - Marisa Eynon-Ezop, Prevention and Youth Services program director "I enjoyed learning about others in the community and

seeing how I impacted the youth in the program. I feel like I benefitted from this program greatly." - Nina Orlowski, AmeriCorps Member

Project HOME (Household Occupancy Maintained Efficiently)

Project HOME continues to be an essential resource in our community for providing short-term emergency assistance with homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. Through an Emergency Solutions Grant, low-income Saginaw County residents who are currently renting can contact Project HOME for assistance with rental arrearages, utility shut-offs or deliverable fuel fill-ups. Project HOME, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, is then able to move these families into permanent housing, allowing them a new beginning in a stable environment. The program also partners with the City of Saginaw and Youth Protection Council as well as provides case management by teaching budgeting and life skills that will allow residents to remain self-sufficient. Families receiving Project HOME assistance in 2013 Permanent Housing


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“Project HOME was a savior in my time of need.

The program allowed me to stay in my home instead of ending up on the streets.” – City of Saginaw “I can’t thank Project HOME enough. They helped

us keep our heat and water on through a really hard time.” – Chesaning

“With the help of Project HOME, we were able to

get out of the shelter and into our own home. I will always be grateful!” – Saginaw Township

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

For the past 16 years through United Way, VITA volunteers have been assisting Saginaw County residents who cannot afford to have their taxes prepared for them. From college students to retired community members, the volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of backgrounds. The one thing they all have in common is the joy of helping others. The support the program receives from local businesses, organizations and individuals is the backbone of the program. Without the community’s generous support, whether it be donated space, equipment, supplies or time, the VITA program would not be possible.

77 Volunteers

*Training *Greeting *Preparing *Reviewing *E-Filing

3,000 Taxpayers Served

4,700 Hours Volunteered

At 6 sites throughout Saginaw County:

*PNC *Delta College *Butman Fish Library *Frankenmuth Credit Union *Frankenmuth Credit Union (Town & Country Office) *Rauchholz Memorial Library

5,600 Tax Returns Prepared

$3.4 Million Returned to Saginaw County

Project Independence

Since 2006, Project Independence has been able to provide more than 90 mobility ramps to low-income, disabled residents in Saginaw County. Each year more than 150 labor volunteers and other community members come together to design, construct and install 10 mobility ramps during the one-day blitz build. This program not only provides a free ramp for the individual or family in need, in many cases it also gives them back their independence. “I am thankful for my ramp from Project Independence. It has made it possible for me to reach the sidewalk and driveway by myself. Thanks to the ramp I am now independently able to visit with my neighbors, go grocery shopping and to doctor appointments,” said Sue Lee, ramp recipient. In addition to the 10 ramps assembled in 2013, the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club partnered with Project Independence to host their own ramp build. The Spirit players, along with their assistant coach, volunteered to help install the ramp. The team’s involvement meant that a local family would be able to have their mother/grandmother return home. This program would not be possible if it were not for the support from Nexteer Automotive engineers, local foundations, labor and community volunteers, area businesses and other partnering agencies, including SVRC, Inc. and Youth Protection Council.

Youth Service Days

Twice each year, our community comes together to organize youth service day events which help teach high school students the importance of leadership, teamwork and leaving a lasting impression on their community. The events are organized by United Way, the Saginaw Community Foundation and several other community leaders. High school students throughout Saginaw County are encouraged to attend. Once students arrive at the YMCA, they are mixed into groups with students and teachers from other schools, given an introduction about the purpose of the day and then after a quick team building exercise, the students are bused to various work sites in the community. Volunteers work with community leaders and master gardeners as they spend their time planting, painting, cleaning up brush, landscaping, assisting with minor repairs and aiding in whatever other way they are able. To help reach more people in the community, each project has a different focus. During the May Spring Into Service Day event, more than 200 students worked at locations throughout the Celebration Square area (including Ojibway Island, Andersen Enrichment Center, Crayola Park and the Japanese Tea House). In October, more than 175 students volunteered at the homes of senior citizens and veterans throughout Saginaw Township, Bridgeport Township and the City of Saginaw during the annual Make A Difference Day event. ďƒŠ"One

of the biggest highlights during Make A Difference Day was seeing the homeowner's joy! I enjoyed the stories that she told about her husband, a deceased Korean War veteran, and feel like I really made a difference. My favorite part was knowing that the homeowner got the chance to be helped." - Kayla Snellemberger, Birch Run High School Student

Community Partnerships and Collaborations In addition to the Community Impact Programs, United Way collaborates with other key organizations to help facilitate the following programs so that Saginaw County residents and organizations can receive additional resources and enhanced partnership opportunities. Saginaw County Consortium of Homeless Assistance Providers (SC-CHAP) - In 2013,

member agencies provided assistance to 2,370 individuals and families. As the lead agency, United Way of Saginaw County successfully submitted the annual collaborative grant applications and ensured that the group received approximately $2.2 million in funding from the State of Michigan, HUD and Salvation Army. *On-going program Community Advancement Network - Launched in 2013, this program strives to

strengthen regional nonprofits by providing capacity building services to enhance organizational effectiveness and efficiency. This program is a collaborative partnership with the Community Foundations and United Ways of Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties; with foundational support provided by The Dow Chemical Company. Since its launch in 2013, the Network has conducted 14 capacity building projects across the region, five of which were with Saginaw County nonprofit organizations. *On-going program Strengthening Our Communities Initiative - In December 2013, the Harvey Randall

Wickes Foundation and United Way of Saginaw County aligned together to create a new initiative focused on public safety. The Strengthening Our Communities Initiative concentrates on youth services and neighborhood development, as well as working together to create a safer community. This is facilitated by identifying best practices and helping to channel resources to the programs that are achieving success in Saginaw County. *On-going program Veterans Outreach Program - Hosted at United Way of Saginaw County, the AmeriCorps

Veterans Benefits Liaison was able to provide a valuable service to local veterans by working tirelessly to make them aware of how to sign up for health benefits. A one-day, multiple county event was organized with 48 sites across Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties where veterans and family members could sign up or inquire about health benefits. More than 250 veterans visited the sites during the event and many of the sites continue the important work that our AmeriCorps Veterans Benefits Liaison was able to provide within his year of service. *One-year program AmeriCorps Community Resource Navigator - The AmeriCorps Community Resource

Navigator was assigned the task of building capacity in our community to connect families with resources to increase financial stability. This included training community based organizations, as well as Saginaw County residents on how to access MI Bridges. The AmeriCorps Community Resource Navigator was hosted at United Way of Saginaw County and in her year of service, was able to provide assistance to 78 organizations and 216 individuals. *One-year program

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2013 United Way Annual Report  

United Way of Saginaw County's 2013 Annual Report