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Shop Amazon - Support United Way

Did you know that when you shop on Amazon.com, your purchase can help raise money for United Way? Simply go to smile.amazon.com, chose United Way of Saginaw County and continue your online shopping (or you can click the link below). Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to United Way to benefit the community. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon - same products, same prices, same service - but you get to support your community even further!

Lucky ticket #0116 wins raffle

Congratulations to Saginaw resident, Raquel Hernandez who had the winning ticket (#0116) for our 'Fly Away with United Way' raffle. The winning ticket was pulled by Saginaw Spirit mascot, Sammy Spirit, at our Annual Meeting on May 3, 2016. The raffle was another successful fundraiser, raising $7,005 for the Saginaw County community. The United Way team thanks all those who sold, promoted or purchased the raffle tickets. All 1,401 tickets were purchased this year!

View the video of Sammy pulling the winning ticket.

Inclement Weather

Our office will be closing at 2 p.m. today (February 24) due to inclement weather. Our VITA free tax preparation site at PNC in Buena Vista will also be closing to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers. We plan to be open tomorrow morning but will be sure to update our website and social media pages with any changes.

National 2-1-1 Day

Did you know that today (February 11) is National 2-1-1 Day? 2-1-1 provides a great resource for our community. If you have an issue or need (utility assistance, transportation, free tax preparation, food assistance, etc.) and are unsure where to turn, simply dial 2-1-1 and a trained professional will help you find the resources you need. The 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan Call Center's Comprehensive Information and Referral program is one of our affiliated programs helping us reach our health vision; individuals and families will live a healthy lifestyle.

Homelessness Down in Saginaw County

At the Monday night Saginaw City Council meeting, Jeremy Reinert, United Way of Saginaw County Homeless Management Information System Administrator, presented a 5 year Point in Tome (PIT) trend report on homeless statistics in Saginaw County. Based on data collected, since 2011 the number of homeless individuals in Saginaw County fell 21 percent. Homeless prevention programs were credited for the reduction in numbers. This year's PIT count is scheduled for January 26. Thank you to all our community partners who play a key role in reducing homelessness in Saginaw County.

Best Practices Nonprofit Certicate Program - 2.26.16

Our Best Practices Nonprofit Certificate program will be starting on February 26. This program is designed for nonprofit managers or members of a nonprofit board of directors and provides all participants with the tools, techniques and industry information to help them overcome challenges in the nonprofit world. Even better, scholarships are available to qualifying participants! We always look forward to partnering with Saginaw Valley State University as we provide helpful resources for our local nonprofit organizations.

Thank You

Thank you for everything you have helped us achieve in 2015! Our board members, community change team members, volunteers, staff and supporters are the greatest and we could not do any of this without your assistance. Thank you for another great year. We are looking forward to creating more exciting, positive impact in 2016!

View our 2015 Thank You video.

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