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
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.