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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...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Char-Em has been chosen as one of the locations for a forum in northwest Michigan and Char-Em United Way will host the forum on Friday, June 27th, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the Charlevoix Public Library conference rooms at 200 Clinton St, Charlevoix. Lorraine Manary, director of Char-Em United Way stated, “Educators, parents, community leaders, business leaders, clergy, community members and any person interested in early childhood will have an opportunity to provide feedback on implementation of the six high-leverage areas to improve opportunities and outcomes for Michigan’s young children. She continued, “Some of the areas that will...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Educators and policymakers of all stripes will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats this week and reading to young children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The National Education Association’s Annual Read Across America Day is a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to early literacy must be sustained every day of the year. Across the country, two-thirds of our 3rd graders aren’t reading on grade level, which means they're four times as likely to drop out of high school later on. And the outlook is even worse for disadvantaged students. A staggering 83% of 4th graders from low-income families don't read on grade...
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Emmet County Sheriff, Pete Wallin Charlevoix County Sheriff, Don Schneider We are proud to be the Co-Chairs for Char-Em United Way’s 2012-2013 Campaign.  This is just one more way to give back to the citizens we represent by making sure our community needs are being met.  We are the fortunate ones who are blessed enough to help the unfortunate ones.United Way improves the lives of people in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties in three different ways.EDUCATIONUnited Way makes sure that early childhood development needs are met.  That is the key to giving children the right tools to become productive individuals in the future.Over 20% of local 3rd...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
“Why pay when you can get your taxes done for free?” Many low and moderate income workers pay tax preparation fees and excessive interest for refund anticipation loans, which they could get free help in filing their taxes.    Several local organizations provide free tax preparation assistance throughout Emmet and Charlevoix counties.   Once a tax return is filed electronically, the taxpayer can expect a refund in as little as 10 days, making it unnecessary to pay for a refund anticipation loan.  These tax assistance sites help families maximize their tax credits and use them to make ends meet or save for the future. The IRS estimates,...
Thursday, February 16, 2012
As the recent Poverty Simulation held by the Char-Em Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) showed, poverty is a significant and complex problem in our community.  Char-Em United Way is proud to be an active member of the PRI and Human Service Collaborative Body.  This group is developing collaborative and complex solutions to help reduce poverty in our community.  The PRI’s next event is Project Connect March 21. Much of our local work is aimed at helping families build financial stability – one of our three focus areas.  This year, we are investing over $61,000 in effective programs that help meet this goal. Much of this investment goes toward...
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
As I put away the presents I received for Christmas and cleaned up the leftover food, I reflected on the wonderful spirit of giving I noticed in our community over the past few months.Food was donated, cooked, delivered and served to hundreds of families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Gifts were purchased and wrapped to make sure that foster kids, families in shelters, senior citizens, and others facing financial challenges had a happy holiday this year.  Nearly every day, the paper reported on one or more generous donations given to a local pantry, shelter, or other charity.  Generous donors paid off strangers' layaway bills and...
Saturday, November 19, 2011
At this time of Thanksgiving, we want to thank our donors who are reaching deep in their pockets to help us meet community needs. As the effects of the recession continue to hit northern Michigan hard, we are especially grateful that so many people and businesses have been so generous.  Our theme of Local Giving; Local Decisions; Local Impact is striking a responsive chord. All but 1.5% of the funds we raise stay in our community.We are close to the 50% mark toward our 2011 Campaign Goal of $380,000. We are pleased that we are ahead of dollars raised at this time last year. With the need so great in our community for a wide range of health...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The 8th annual Charlevoix Emmet Day of Caring took place on September 15.  Despite rain showers and cool weather, over 500 volunteers pitched in to complete nearly 50 projects ranging from beach cleanups to building a ramp for a senior citizen; from cleaning a food pantry to building a trail. While an annual event like the Day of Caring is a lot of fun, we know that people want to volunteer year ‘round, and that a wide range of non-profit agencies need a helping hand throughout the year. That is why we launched the Volunteer Connections program nearly two years ago. This ‘virtual volunteer center’ is a free, easy-to-use online site.  People...

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