August 2017 Newsletter

We are kicking off our Stuff the Bus campaign!  Please look for the small yellow buses in various Cheboygan localities & merchants helping us with this project.  You will find them at:  Dollar General, Citizens National Bank, Wheeler Motors, Calcite Credit Union, among other contributors.  Any spare change no matter how small is appreciated!  This helps teachers & children in all the elementary classrooms in Cheboygan County.  If you want to sponsor a particular classroom (could be your child or grandchildren or favorite school!) please see our form for sponsorship/donation on this website or contact us at:  520 North Main Street, Suite #106, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721 or call 231-627-2288 for more information.

Friday, August 25th between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. you will see a BIG school bus at the WalMart Supercenter in Cheboygan.  Donations of pens, Kleenex tissues, markers, glue sticks, scissors, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers, copy paper, crayons, etc. can be dropped off there.  Just in time for the kids to go back to school!  Thank you in advance for your help!

Stuff the Bus Sponsor letter

Grant Funding Available for Cheboygan County

Cheboygan County receives funding for emergency food and shelter programs

Cheboygan County has been chosen to receive $16,308.00 in Phase 34, to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Cheboygan County has also been chosen to receive $15,760.00 in Phase 33, to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. These federal funds have been made available through the Department of Homeland Security DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

A Local Board made up of community members from, United Way, Salvation Army, Catholic Human Services, Veterans Services, County Government, St. Thomas Food Pantry, Joy Fellowship Food Pantry, Cross of Christ Compassionate Ministries and community members at large will determine how the funds awarded to Cheboygan County.  They are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Tracy Torrence, Ex. Director, at Cheboygan County United Way. 520 North Main St. Suite 106 Cheboygan, MI 49721, 231-627-2288 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received July 28th, 2017.

EFSP Funding Application

June 2017 NEWSLETTER

Schools almost out!  Kick off for a wonderful Northern Michigan Summer!  Be safe in all your travels & watch out for children playing!  United Way will be here for you all summer!  Be sure to take advantage of the nutrition classes for Project Fresh and then use the food coupons you will be awarded for attending, at our local Farmer’s Market.  There is NOTHING like fresh, local-grown produce to nourish the body!  We also help with needed gas assistance if you are having difficulty making it to your medical appointments.  United Way also can connect you to our Cancer Care Fund and Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group.  United Way fights for the Health, Education & Financial Stability of every person in every community!

 

Do you know ALICE?

ALICE 20170001The United Way ALICE Report provides the comprehensive look at Michigan residents who are struggling financially. Many households are living below the Federal Poverty Level, but an even greater number households are what United Way calls ALICE – an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

United Ways of Michigan are dedicated to fighting for health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Through programs that support ALICE families, workplaces, and communities, United Way is working to address the range of issues that face ALICE. We invite you to discuss community solutions to these issues with us and see how we can work together to better our community. Here is the full ALICE report: 16UW+ALICE+Report_MIUpdate_3.24.17_

SAVE THE DATE!

W4W Logo (2) (640x412) (300x193) Save the Date: February 18th for the 8th Annual Walk for Warmth!

In Cheboygan County, our families, friends and neighbors are struggling financially more today than at any other time in recent memory; many to the point where they must decide between providing food for their family or heat their home.  This should not be! Walk for Warmth is concerned citizens coming together taking steps to heat homes.

Start a Team or join us for a walk on your own…… challenge your friends and family….make a difference in your community! Registration and Pledge Forms are available on our W4W website, http://www.cheboyganw4w.com

Our goal this year is $20,000.00 and we need your help!  We serve all residents in Cheboygan County who need help. The money we raise STAYS HERE!! If you have any question or would like to volunteer with the event please call us at 231-627-2288.

Walk for Warmth – Utility Assistance Available

W4W Logo (2) (640x412) (300x193)The 7th Annual Walk for Warmth was a success! To date we have raised over $18,000.00.

W4W is a utility assistance program here at United Way. Our goal is to help families in Cheboygan County stay warm! Our funds are used to help fill gaps in the system, targeting families that work and don’t qualify for other assistance programs. One unexpected event can leave families short on funds, we want to help keep them on track. We also help those who get assistance from other agencies as well, there are limits and guidelines we follow to make sure our funds are used in an efficient way. We also have budgeting classes to help families become self sufficient.

Check out the Walk for Warmth website for more information: http://cheboyganw4w.com/