United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties had a busy spring

Spring means new flowers, new baby animals, newly planted fields and new life all around. It was also a very busy time for Centraide. What we thought was a hill in the summer season turned into a full-throttle race!

Here is a sample of our recent activities. May 20th was our 2nd annual very successful charity golf outing for Lenawee County. Less than a week later (5/26) was our first Health Checkup event in 2.5 years at Temperance at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. A week later (6/2) was our second Dundee Health Check event at the Dundee Assembly of God Church. A week later (6/9) was our third checkup event, this time to Adrian at St. Mary’s Activity Center (Holy Family Parish). And 5 days later, next Tuesday, we say goodbye to our longtime CEO, Connie Carroll, at her retirement open house. Our AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison, Collin Keehn, is also assisted in coordinating the 4th Annual Culture Community in Monroe on 6/4, a neighborhood beautification project on the east side of Monroe. We also helped organize the annual Hunger Free Lenawee meeting at our Adrian office on 6/7. That’s at least 7 events in 5 weeks! For a small team, putting it all together takes a lot of time and energy!

But fortunately, we don’t do it alone! The common thread running through all of these events is having great community partners to help us out. I mentioned all the local churches that helped organize our checkups. They were all great and so eager to help. In Monroe County, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Auxiliary/Guild members help organize our Health Check events. The Monroe Center for Health Aging provides our lunches at our 4 annual health checkup events. In Lenawee County, Anne Walker and her friends at First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh and Adrian provide most of our Health Check volunteers and Lenawee golf helpers. In Monroe, I observed Cultivate Community crews helping spruce up the landscaping of several homes on Saturday 6/4. Many local work groups, businesses, service groups, and church groups could be seen literally knee-deep in the dirt to spruce up parts of Monroe. In Adrian, the many nonprofits and community organizations that make up the Hunger Free Lenawee (HFL) coalition came together to welcome over 35 people on 6/7 and celebrate the fight against food insecurity together. Our in-house volunteers and United Way Board members are working diligently towards a memorable retirement for our beloved Executive Director, Connie. Anyone who has ever organized a special event (be it a family wedding or a baby shower or for charities), knows that these many events in 5 weeks are a bit crazy! But the good news is that we have great community partners, volunteers and supporters to help us. Let’s celebrate GOOD together!

Each year, United Way funds 25 local agency programs in Monroe County. They also sponsor countywide 2-1-1 services and coordinate Project Ramp, 4 annual health check events, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). All funds raised in Monroe County stay in Monroe County. For more information on GIVING AND LIVING UNITED, contact us! Call us at 734-242-1331, contact us for an appointment at our office: 216 N. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161. You can visit our website at www.unitedwayMLC.org. Or you can contact me at [email protected]

Laura Schultz Pipis is the Associate Director of United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties.

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