2017-09-14 / Business

United Way of Genesee County kicks off 2017 campaign in Grand Blanc


Left to right, United Way Board Chair Tony Burks, Brian Norman, AT&T representative, Jet Kilmer, Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce, and Jaime Gaskin, United Way CEO, pose with the $15,000 corporate gift from AT&T to help kick-off the start of the 2017 campaign. 
Photos by Paula K. Schmidt Left to right, United Way Board Chair Tony Burks, Brian Norman, AT&T representative, Jet Kilmer, Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce, and Jaime Gaskin, United Way CEO, pose with the $15,000 corporate gift from AT&T to help kick-off the start of the 2017 campaign. Photos by Paula K. Schmidt GRAND BLANC — Officials with the United Way of Genesee County kicked off their 2017 campaign in Grand Blanc on Friday, Sept. 8, as part of the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting at the Flint Elks Club.

The kickoff emphasized the United Way’s work to expand workplace giving throughout the county and help more than 85,000 men, women and children in the county.

Last year, the local United Way’s total community impact was over $15 million in donations, grants, designated gifts and leveraged funds. These funds supported 150 programs across the county and they are hoping to raise and leverage funds to support even more programs throughout Genesee County.

AT&T continued in their legacy of support through a contribution of $15,000 to United Way of Genesee County.

Additionally, United Way CEO Jaime Gaskin encouraged business owners to get involved in their annual workplace campaigns which use the “teaspoon philosophy” of giving—having employees deduct as little as 50 cents each pay period to support the United Way.

Funds are used for grants such as those given out that day to both Grand Blanc Community Schools for their Positivity Project and Goodrich Area Schools for their Early Childhood Literacy work.

The United Way of Genesee County will use the contribution to support programs creating lasting change in our community. For example, in the past year, the organization partnered with Genesys Health Systems, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint to launch the “A to Z Learn with Me!” program, which works to ensure every baby leaves the maternity ward with the learning materials they need to start their love for learning at an early age.

“AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “The United Way of Genesee County supports programs that effectively connect members of our community to the support and resources they need to live happy, healthy lives, and that’s certainly an endeavor worth supporting.”

For more information about how to support the United Way or run a workplace campaign, contact Amy Meister, Director of Development at ameister@unitedwaygenesee.org or 810-762-0855.

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