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Monday, February 26, 2018
Hi, Everyone! My name is Missy Wright, and I am serving with Char-Em United Way (CEUW) in Petoskey, MI. Looking back on the first six months of my service, I’m amazed by the number and variety of things I’ve been involved in through CEUW. I went into this looking to gain experience and I have already gotten so much more than I anticipated. I’ve written grant proposals, newsletters, press releases, and newspaper articles, recruited, trained, and coordinated volunteers, planned events, helped coordinate a silent auction, run social media accounts, and designed flyers, posters, and banners. I have been considering a career in nonprofit work of...
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Today, as many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs, with nearly half of all working Americans earning less than $15 an hour, according to Oxfam America. Still others are without basic health and retirement benefits. Wages have simply not kept pace with the rising costs of housing, healthcare and education, resulting in homelessness, food insecurity and limited schooling, among other crises that threaten personal growth. You can help individuals struggling to make ends meet. Through United Way, you can volunteer your time and services to programs that support people in your own backyard....
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Petoskey MI, Jan. 30, 2018 -- A new survey, conducted by United Way Worldwide, finds that 74 percent of millennial respondents indicate they felt some level of stress around filing their returns. The survey of over 1,000 millennials (those between the ages of 18-36) reveals that common stressors include making a mistake (48 percent) and not getting a full refund (23 percent). Additionally, the survey found that millennials are not claiming the tax credits that they have earned. Fifty percent of those surveyed did not claim any tax credits last year; 67 percent of respondents were interested in learning more about tax credits for which they...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
10 Reasons to Volunteer in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties! No matter which community you live in- Pellston to Boyne Falls, East Jordan to Cross Village, Petoskey to Charlevoix- our communities big and small rely on the support and involvement of volunteers. Did you know that nearly 25% of Americans[1] volunteer their time? Here are 10 reasons to get out and volunteer today. 1)     Your Service is Invaluable! While the State of Michigan estimates that volunteer service is valued at approximately $23/hour, your service is so much greater than that. You provide the help needed for these agencies as they work to build a stronger community. 2...
Thursday, May 25, 2017
United We Fight for families who struggle to make a livable wage in Northern Michigan. We are fighting for ALICE. And you'll hear a lot more about ALICE in the coming months. ALICE stands Asset Limited, Income-Contingent, Employed. Char-Em United Way is currently searching for people and families in our community, who are ALICE, to share their story. So who is ALICE, and why should we care? Many people will recognize that even though a person or family might be above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), it does not mean they are not struggling financially. A new report from United Ways of Michigan tells the ALICE story. There is a rather large...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
What did you like about MyFreeTaxes? A.   It was free first of all. B.   It was incredibly user friendly. C.   I like how it has hover overs for almost everything that you could have a question for. It did not leave you feeling lost or confused or having to look up what different things meant. It did not make me feel like I had to figure out all of it on my own or with help from someone who knows how to do it.   How was it easier than how you used to file your taxes? While I used MyFreeTaxes to file my first taxes (luckily) I have learned how to file them by paper, and that process is not fun at all. Takes so much longer and you have...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Char-Em United Way invests in the children of Charlevoix & Emmet counties to give them the experience they need to enter kindergarten on par with thier peers.  Many "ALICE" households are unable to pay for quality childcare, which serves two purposes; it gives the children the start they need, and it gives parents the ability to find and maintain employment. Here are some notes we've recieved from parents: "I was happy to see him learn to write his letters with success, learn the roles of the classroom, play & understand other kids, & respond to other adults. His verbal skills have greatly improved since being in preschool. We...
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Hello everyone! I serve as a VISTA at Char-Em United Way in Petoskey. Char-Em United Way has three main focuses which are health, income and education. The mission statement is “Uniting the people and resources of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties to build strong communities”. We help connect people to community resources and agencies, rather than providing direct service.   A part of my service focuses on early childhood literacy. Along with my fellow VISTA, I help to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program which sponsors over 1,300 children ages 0-5 in Charlevoix and Emmet counties to get a free book every month in the mail....
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  February 14-20, 2016 is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Today, do something spontaneous to be kind to someone else! Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas... Do your neighbor a favor! Maybe they could use a hand shoveling snow, or maybe you could offer to babysit their kids for a night for free. It doesn't cost anything and would certainly brighten their day. Buy a stranger coffee. The next time you're in line at the coffee shop, make someone's day by offering to put their's on your tab. Sign up to volunteer. There's nothing quite like giving your time to help someone in need. Maybe it's helping out at a homeless shelter, maybe...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sometimes I wonder, do I say "I thank you" too much? I find myself writing it most sincerely on each and every thank you letter I sign to our donors and supporters. As I make my way through the days regardless of the time of year, I am often thanking those around me; for a cup of coffee served hot, as I receive the change from my grocery store purchases, my hairstylist, and of course to the many many colleagues I see in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City, East Jordan, Harbor Springs, and the surrounding communities without whom I could not do the work of our United Way. Does sincere gratitude get lost if we over use this phrase, Thank you...

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