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Campaign Update - Frankenmuth Insurance

On October 4, Frankenmuth Insurance wrapped up their very successful campaign in a unique and exciting way - they had a high stakes game of Family Feud. Modeled after the classic game show, "families" of staff members faced off against each other to answer survey questions and gain points. Charismatic hosts, Jason Farmer and Matt Stamper, even presented "commercials" in vintage style - such as the "Where's the Beef?" lady. As an added level of competition, throughout the month, the six teams also strived to raise the most points through pledging, participation and fundraisers.

Campaign Update - The Dow Chemical Company

The Dow Chemical Company invited United Way of Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties, as well as their partner agencies, to have displays at their Chilic Cook-off, which also served as their United Way kick-off. Each United Way CEO was asked to be a guest judge and help crown the Chili Cook-off king or queen.

"Although I am not the biggest chili fan, I do love seeing how excited the Dow Chemical employees get for this event each year," said Cherrie Benchley, president/CEO.


Labor Kick-off/School Supply Drive 2012

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2012 Labor Kick-off/School Supply Drive another success! With your help we were able to collect enough materials for 150 backpacks for our partnering agencies with after school programs - YMCA, First Ward community Center, Salvation Army, Neighborhood House, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan and Lake Huron Council Boy Scouts of America. A very special thank you to the following partners:

More than $32,000 raised for community at 9th Annual Jason Richardson Golf Classic

Our 9th Annual Jason Richardson Golf Classic was once again, another success for our community! This year more than $32,000 was raised for the Saginaw Community and was a sold out event. Over the past nine years, Richardson's involvement in the outings has helped raise more than $165,000 for United Way of Saginaw County and our 19 partnering agencies.

Summer Hours

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, United Way of Saginaw County operates on a summer schedule. Please note the following schedule:

Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(Closed between Noon and 1 p.m. for lunch)

Friday - 8 a.m. to Noon

This includes our PROJECT HOME program as well.

You can reach United Way by calling (989) 755-0505 during the listed hours.

VITA Makes a Difference in Saginaw County

         At a recent luncheon, we honored the achievement of 60 income tax  volunteers who are part of our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. During the 2011 tax year, the 60 VITA volunteers spent more than 4,300 hours helpng 2,928 clients, and together completed more than 5,745 returns. In total, more than $3.4 million was brought back to the Saginaw County community through the work of these committed volunteers and the VITA program!

United Way Raffle

Thank you to our good friends at Spence Brothers, we are currently selling raffle tickets for $5 each. All proceeds will go to our annual fundraising campaign. Tickets can be purchased at the United Way offices (100 S. Jefferson Ave.) now through December 21. The drawing will take place on Friday, December 23 at Spence Brothers Warehouse (405 McCoskry). Winners will be contacted after the drawing and do not need to be present to win.

  • 1st place prize - 51" Samsung Plasma HDTV (Value $1,000)

  • 2nd place prize - Travel Voucher (Value $500)

Wishes Now Available

Want to make the holiday season brighter for families and individuals in Saginaw County?  Through our Holiday Wish List program you can adopt a wish or wishes and make the season brighter for others in need. Visit the Holiday Wish List page for more information on how you can help or to view the complete list of wishes.