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PARTNERS American Red Cross Central Michigan Chapter

VISION United Way of Isabella County envisions a strong community where everyone achieves their potential through quality education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles.

Arc of Central Michigan


Big Brothers Big Sisters Boy Scouts of America Central Michigan Pregnancy Services Child Advocacy CAFÉ: Child and Family Enrichment Council Community Cancer Services Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Gratiot Isabella RESD) Friends of Isabella Seniors Friends of Veterans Memorial Library Habitat for Humanity John H. Goodrow Fund Listening Ear Crisis Center Mid-Michigan Industries PEAK: Partners Empowering All Kids The Salvation Army Ten 16 Recovery Network Women’s Aid Service Woodland Hospice

United Way of Isabella County provides leadership and resources to improve the quality of life in our community by generating revenue, creating awareness and engaging volunteers to support the programs and services of our affiliate agency partners.

VALUES United Way of Isabella County is committed to being a good steward of the community resources that are entrusted to our care. We will be financially efficient with administrative and fund development costs, while expecting the same of our affiliate agency partners.


524 E. Mosher Street, Suite 400 • Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 989.773.9863 •


ALLOCATIONS American Red Cross Blood Services: $4,800 Disaster Services: $10,000

Central Michigan Pregnancy Services Ready to Learn: $4,372 Power of Positive Choices: $3,300

CAFÉ: Child and Family Enrichment Council Forensic Interviews: $8,600

Friends of Isabella Seniors Gold Key Mileage: $9,075

John H. Goodrow Fund Community Assistance: $20,100

Listening Ear Crisis Center Child Abuse Treatment: $8,500 Runaway & Homeless Youth: $5,500 Home Ownership: $3,250 Transitional Living: $2,250

Mid-Michigan Industries Transitional Assessment: $11,100

The Salvation Army Utilities Assistance: $7,000

Women’s Aid Service Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention: $13,050

13,837 No. of Isabella County residents served by these programs

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT United Way of Isabella County provides leadership and resources to improve the quality of life in our community by generating revenue, creating awareness and engaging volunteers to support the programs and services of our affiliate agency partners.

$1,702,230 United Way of Isabella County has invested more than $1.7 million over the past 10 years in support of 41 community-based programs and services offered through 18 affiliate agency partners.

$864,902 United Way of Isabella County serves as a vehicle for charitable giving for local employees by providing an opportunity for donor designated gifts through easy payroll deduction. As a result, more than $864,000 has been invested in 25 area non-profit organizations over the past decade. Since 2009, United Way of Isabella County has invested more than $84,000 through Listening Ear Crisis Center, Inc. for Information & Referral, 2-1-1 and 24-hour crisis intervention services for calls originating in Isabella County.

EVENTS, PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN KICKOFF Last summer, United Way of Isabella County moved to a new office at the corner of Mosher and Kinney Streets in Mt. Pleasant. More than 100 community leaders attended an Open House in August to kickoff the 2012 Community Campaign.

RIDE UNITED In early September, seven cyclists completed a 100-mile challenge, riding from Grand Rapids to Mt. Pleasant. They were greeted by more than 150 community members at the Ride United Family Celebration. The event was sponsored by DTE Energy and Celebration! Cinema.

DRIVE 4UR COMMUNITY For every test drive completed at Krapohl Ford on October 26th, Ford Motor Company donated $20 to United Way of Isabella County. Krapohl also donated the proceeds from oil changes purchased that day. Thanks to Tom Krapohl, Mark Smith, James Yun and our friends at Krapohl Ford.

DANCE UNITED Six local couples laced up their shoes and took to the stage for CMU’s inaugural Dance United, November 8 at the Events Center. The studentorganized event brought the community and University together to raise money and awareness for United Way and its affiliate agency partners.

ADOPT A FAMILY More than 2,700 community members shopped, donated & volunteered to make holiday wishes come true for 156 local families. The program raised more than $85,000 in donations and in-kind support, and was sponsored by Agree Realty, ICCU, Rent-a-Center & University Events.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES 5K TRAIL RUN CMU’s Physicians Assistant Class of 2014 hosted a unique 5k run at Deerfield Nature Park on Saturday, April 13. More than 100 runners, joggers, walkers (and dogs!) participated, despite chilly temperatures and a little snow. The event was sponsored by Kohl’s & Panera Bread.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT committee Mary Lou Morey, Chair Central Michigan University Faye Cole Firstbank Mike Kent Retired Tim Snellenberger Central Michigan University Leo Wickert Isabella Bank

community volunteers Lyndsey Chippeway Miles Coffland Kathryn Crockett Jaclyn Dean Kim Hudson John Lentz Claudia Perry Kate Reasoner Roxanne Schultz Cindy Seger René Shingles Peggy Wheeler Kristen Winn


A W A R D S Overall Outstanding Campaign Central Michigan University

Excellence in Campaign Growth American Mitsuba Bandit Industries Beal City Schools City of Mount Pleasant The General Agency Company LaBelle Management Morbark, Inc. United Parcel Service

Gold Awards American Mitsuba • City of Mount Pleasant • The General Agency Company • Isabella Bank • LaBelle Management • Listening Ear Crisis Center • United Way of Isabella County • Walmart

Silver Awards Bandit Industries • Beal City Schools • Central Michigan University • Delfield • Firstbank • Morbark, Inc. • Morningstar Publishing Co. • Robert F. Murray & Co. • United Parcel Service

Bronze Awards Central Michigan District Health Department • Community Mental Health for Central Michigan • Gratiot/Isabella RESD • Isabella Community Credit Union • Isabella County Transportation Commission • Isabella County • KMG Prestige • McLaren Central Michigan • Meijer • Mid-Michigan Industries • Mt. Pleasant Public Schools • Shepherd Public Schools • Target

2012 Quality of Life Award Recipient Mike Kent (left) with 2011 honoree Don Schuster.

QUALITY OF LIFE award Mike Kent is the 2012 recipient of the Quality of Life Award, which is the highest level of recognition given by United Way of Isabella County. Kent is a long-time contributor and volunteer, having served on the Board and as a co-chair of the Central Michigan University employee fund drive with his wife Maxine. He serves on the Community Investment committee. Kent retired from CMU in 2004 after 34 years of dedicated service. The Quality of Life Award was first presented in 1989.

PRESIDENT’S award Mary Lou Morey is the 2012 recipient of the President’s Award in recognition of her continued dedication to the advancement of United Way of Isabella County. Morey serves on the Board of Directors, chairs the Community Investment committee, coordinated the CMU employee fund drive and is a member of the CMU Steering Committee. An active member of the Strategic Planning Task Force, her efforts provided the groundwork for the recently-adopted Strategic Planning Initiative. The President’s Award was first presented in 1999.

The 2012 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards (left) are based on growth in the total amount raised, the number of donors and the average employee gift. Gold awards represent growth in all three categories, Silver in two categories and Bronze in one category.

LIVE UNITED awards JENNY OSWALD, big brothers big sisters For 11 years, Oswald has served Isabella County, providing children in need with positive adult role models. With her boundless enthusiasm, she supports nearly 50 matches — some lasting almost 10 years.

BARBARA BARBERI, american red cross A retired teacher, Barberi is the driving force behind the Red Cross Fashion Show. She is creative, energetic and professional in her duties, and has a long history of volunteering with many community organizations.

SHARI EVANS, central michigan pregnancy services As the Willing to Wait Abstinence director and educator, Evans has touched the lives of thousands of students in 15 area schools. With candor, humor and critical information, she empowers students to make positive life choices.

VANDA BARKER, community cancer services A retired nurse, Barker reviews applications for financial assistance from Isabella County cancer patients so they can travel for treatment. She offers support with financial & psychological pressures associated with the disease.

STAN KLUMPP, friends of isabella seniors A Gold Key Volunteer since 1992, Klumpp has delivered meals to home-bound older adults on seven routes throughout Isabella County. He transported dialysis patients, enabling them to continue this lifesaving treatment.

BARBARA SHEPERDIGIAN, john h. goodrow fund A quiet and giving person, Sheperdigian gives up to 240 hours per year volunteering. Attending monthly meetings, she networks with area agencies and inputs critical client information into the Fund’s database.

TEAGEN LEFERE, listening ear A dedicated employee for almost 20 years, Lefere is a certified MSHDA counselor. She offers assistance to households faced with foreclosure. Nearly 500 households have been served by her tenacity, advocacy & compassion.

LAURIE MATTIES, mid-michigan industries Supervisor of the Community Connections program in Isabella County and an advocate for inclusion, Matties has been responsible for providing community work and volunteer experiences to individuals with severe disabilities.

ADRIANE LYNNE SHORKEY, women’s aid service A CMU student, Shorkey’s cheerful attitude and kind spirit have made a world of difference for those staying in the shelter. She epitomizes perseverance over life’s challenges and is dedicated to making her community better.

PAST RECIPIENTS quality of life Don Schuster Tim Snellenberger Delfield Employees (twice) Stan & René Shingles Maxine Kent Lon Morey Al Kaufmann (twice) CMU Faculty, Students & Staff Denny Adams Sally Goodrow CME Mitsuba Rich Domeyer Rick Barz Mary Ellen Brandell Ted & Ginger Kjolhede Students of CMU John Lauffer Sue Murray Mary Olivieri Marcia Schmidt Nancy Lewis

president’s award Teresa Rupert Kim Gillespie Mike Demos Marykaye Murphy Mt. Pleasant Schools Faculty, Staff & Administration Al Frattura & Morningstar Publishing Central Michigan Community Hospital Employees Bob Kjolhede Dean Eckersley Curt & Margaret Nash Sharon Tilmann Pam Fitzgerald Tom Armstrong

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Miles Coffland, Chairman Isabella Bank René Shingles, Vice Chair Central Michigan University Thomas W. Hall Jr., Treasurer Hall & Bolles, LLC Linda Spycher, Secretary Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Trish Chase Central Michigan University Faye Cole Firstbank Angie Evans Greenax Broadcasting, WCFX Dan Gaken Central Michigan University Merodie Hancock Central Michigan University Sherry Knight Central Michigan University Rebecca Lobsinger Members First Credit Union Andrew Martin, Personnel Isabella Bank Mary Lou Morey, Community Investment Central Michigan University Christine Mortimer Morningstar Publishing Tina Powell Robert F. Murray & Co. Heather Smith, Campaign City of Mount Pleasant Tim Snellenberger Central Michigan University Nick Williams Central Michigan University

STAFF Thomas C. Olver President & CEO Tina Gaillard Director of Finance & Administration

STRATEGIC PLANNING INITIATIVE over the next three years we will . . .

be financially efficient

1. Grow the Community Campaign by a minimum of 10% annually.

(2013: $450,000; 2014: $495,000; 2015: $545,000)

2. Expand United Way’s ability to serve as a vehicle for giving

for individuals, businesses and organizations by allowing donor designations to a larger base of charitable organizations.*

3. Secure corporate, organizational and individual sponsorships to cover at least 20% of administrative and program-related expenses. Approximately $30,000 annually.

4. Set aside a minimum of $10,000 annually to support the United Way of Isabella County operational endowment fund established at the Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation to build for the future.

support our partners

5. Create three-year funding agreements with key affiliate agency partners to ensure consistent funding (contingent upon annual campaign results) while reducing the administrative burden and building stronger partnerships.

6. Focus the annual Community Investment Fund allocation

process on providing financial support for programs and services that generate sustainable improvements in the areas of education, income and health.

streamline operations

7. Concentrate internal financial and human resources on

initiatives that promote the mission and vision of United Way of Isabella County: Stuff the Bus (August/September); Adopt-a-Family (November/December); Day of Service (May/June)

8. Actively recruit community leaders to serve as volunteers to

drive progress at the Board and committee levels, as well as provide support for United Way of Isabella County initiatives.

9. Review and update the Bylaws and Board policies annually

to reflect modern operational practices that promote increased efficiency and effectiveness. * Affiliate Agency Partners must be registered with the IRS, have a charitable solicitation license (unless exempt), file a Form 990 (or equivalent) and complete United Way of Isabella County’s application and ACH Agreement, which requires compliance with the USA Patriot Act. Affiliation is subject to approval from United Way of Isabella County’s Board of Directors.

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