United Way of Southwest Michigan is seeking nominations for their Volunteer Recognition Event.  The event recognizes and celebrates the outstanding volunteers in Berrien and Cass counties. 


Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership Award

This honor is given to one volunteer in Berrien County who demonstrates a long-standing history of volunteerism of more than 10 years and a diverse volunteer background with multiple organizations.

LIVE UNITED Youth Scholarships

These scholarships recognize one winner from Berrien County and one from Cass County who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism through innovation, dedication, and advocacy for community improvement.

Sustaining and Emerging Volunteer Awards

These awards recognize volunteers from Berrien or Cass counties who show a commitment to United Way's goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health or Basic Needs.

For more information or to nominate a volunteer, CLICK HERE.
Thursday night's United Way of Southwest Michigan Annual Celebration proved that the community is in good hands.  The non-profit organization set a lofty campaign goal of $4 million last year, and the work put in by Berrien and Cass county donors, volunteers and community members paid off.  United Way set another record, attaining a historic $4,186,203  in 2016. 

The night may have been highlighted by the money raised, but was decorated by the lives changed.  The attainment presenters were recipients of United Way services.  Nate Whitelow has been a Foster Grandparent through Area Agency on Aging for almost five years.  Foster Grandparents is a program funded by United Way.  Nate was able to take to the stage to help reveal the attainment.  A former United Way staffer, Angela Brownie helped establish Dolly Parton's Imagination Library back in 2009.  Now, her children are enrolled in the reading program.  She, too, took to the stage to help reveal the attainment.

United, WE FIGHT.  United, WE WIN.  
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in southwest Michigan.   We do this by LIVING UNITED.  By forging unlikely partnerships.  By finding new solutions to old problems.  And by mobilizing the best resources.  To watch our video on how we're fighting for you, click below.