Genesee County UAW-GM contributions push United Way close to $2.9 million goal
Agency on track to surpass amount raised in 2010-11 campaign
Flint, MI – The United Way of Genesee County, led by a boost in funding from UAW members and General Motors, is closing in on its goal to raise $2.9 million during its 90th anniversary year.
With a donation of nearly $93,000 from the GM Foundation and nearly $500,000 raised at GM operations in the Flint area, the United Way of Genesee County now sits at more than 80 percent of its stretch goal to raise $2.9 million in the 2011-12 campaign. At this point the United Way campaign is on track to surpass the amount raised in the 2010-11 campaign.
“We are grateful to the men and women of GM and the UAW for their generous donations year after year,” said Jerry Leman, interim executive director of the United Way of Genesee County. “Without their support many of the programs funded by the United Way would either reduce the number of people helped or disappear altogether.”
“The General Motors Foundation, along with our plant cities, is committed to giving back to the communities that are home to General Motors facilities and its employees,” said Vivian Pickard, President, GM Foundation. “The work of United Way makes a positive impact on these communities daily, and we are pleased to support their efforts again this year.”
Funds raised in the annual campaign provide services to more than 35,000 Genesee County residents.
· All money collected in Genesee County stays in Genesee County.
· United Way-funded programs can match these funds through state, federal, corporation or foundation grants to provide more dollars for the community.
· Decisions for community investment of United Way dollars are driven by volunteers with first-hand knowledge of community needs.
· United Way focuses its dollars on Child/Youth Development, Older Adults and Basic Needs /Strengthening Families.
Christopher P. Wise, vice president of the Randy Wise Automotive Team and chairman of the 2011-12 United Way campaign, is confident the agency will meet its goal, which was originally set at $2.8 million by the United Way board of directors.
“Our volunteers wanted to set the bar higher because of the incredible need in our communities,” Wise said. “Through their tireless efforts and the generous donations made by countless individuals, companies and organizations we have a good chance to not only reach the board goal but also our stretch target of $2.9 million.”
In the coming weeks, Genesee County residents will get a chance to help their fellow residents as the United Way embarks on its final phase of the 2011-12 campaign. Wise said the agency will contact potential donors through phone calls, direct mail and other media.
“The need in our communities continues to be great, exceeded only by the generosity of the people of Genesee County to make this a better place to live,” Wise said.
Donations to the United Way of Genesee County can be made in three ways:
Mobile: Text UWGC to 27722 to donate $10. Carrier fees and other charges may apply.
Online: Click the DONATE button in the upper left corner on http://www.unitedwaygenesee.org/
Mail: Send checks to the United Way of Genesee County, P.O. Box 949, Flint, MI 48501
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