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Thursday, May 25, 2017
United We Fight for families who struggle to make a livable wage in Northern Michigan. We are fighting for ALICE. And you'll hear a lot more about ALICE in the coming months. ALICE stands Asset Limited, Income-Contingent, Employed. Char-Em United Way is currently searching for people and families in our community, who are ALICE, to share their story. So who is ALICE, and why should we care? Many people will recognize that even though a person or family might be above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), it does not mean they are not struggling financially. A new report from United Ways of Michigan tells the ALICE story. There is a rather large...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
What did you like about MyFreeTaxes? A.   It was free first of all. B.   It was incredibly user friendly. C.   I like how it has hover overs for almost everything that you could have a question for. It did not leave you feeling lost or confused or having to look up what different things meant. It did not make me feel like I had to figure out all of it on my own or with help from someone who knows how to do it.   How was it easier than how you used to file your taxes? While I used MyFreeTaxes to file my first taxes (luckily) I have learned how to file them by paper, and that process is not fun at all. Takes so much longer and you have...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Char-Em United Way invests in the children of Charlevoix & Emmet counties to give them the experience they need to enter kindergarten on par with thier peers.  Many "ALICE" households are unable to pay for quality childcare, which serves two purposes; it gives the children the start they need, and it gives parents the ability to find and maintain employment. Here are some notes we've recieved from parents: "I was happy to see him learn to write his letters with success, learn the roles of the classroom, play & understand other kids, & respond to other adults. His verbal skills have greatly improved since being in preschool. We...
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Hello everyone! I serve as a VISTA at Char-Em United Way in Petoskey. Char-Em United Way has three main focuses which are health, income and education. The mission statement is “Uniting the people and resources of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties to build strong communities”. We help connect people to community resources and agencies, rather than providing direct service.   A part of my service focuses on early childhood literacy. Along with my fellow VISTA, I help to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program which sponsors over 1,300 children ages 0-5 in Charlevoix and Emmet counties to get a free book every month in the mail....
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  February 14-20, 2016 is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Today, do something spontaneous to be kind to someone else! Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas... Do your neighbor a favor! Maybe they could use a hand shoveling snow, or maybe you could offer to babysit their kids for a night for free. It doesn't cost anything and would certainly brighten their day. Buy a stranger coffee. The next time you're in line at the coffee shop, make someone's day by offering to put their's on your tab. Sign up to volunteer. There's nothing quite like giving your time to help someone in need. Maybe it's helping out at a homeless shelter, maybe...
Friday, September 11, 2015
In observance of the National Day of Service and Remembrance Char-Em United Way’s holds an annual Day of Caring, this year it was Friday, September 11. Hundreds of local volunteers along with thousands of other groups statewide and millions of people nationwide  pay tribute as part of the single-largest charitable service effort in the U.S. Locally volunteer teams completed various tasks for non-profit organizations including The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Wagbo Peace Center, Raven Hill, The Bergmann Center and more. In Charlevoix County many Senior Citizens requested projects be comleted at their homes, things they can no longer...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sometimes I wonder, do I say "I thank you" too much? I find myself writing it most sincerely on each and every thank you letter I sign to our donors and supporters. As I make my way through the days regardless of the time of year, I am often thanking those around me; for a cup of coffee served hot, as I receive the change from my grocery store purchases, my hairstylist, and of course to the many many colleagues I see in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City, East Jordan, Harbor Springs, and the surrounding communities without whom I could not do the work of our United Way. Does sincere gratitude get lost if we over use this phrase, Thank you...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Char-Em has been chosen as one of the locations for a forum in northwest Michigan and Char-Em United Way will host the forum on Friday, June 27th, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the Charlevoix Public Library conference rooms at 200 Clinton St, Charlevoix. Lorraine Manary, director of Char-Em United Way stated, “Educators, parents, community leaders, business leaders, clergy, community members and any person interested in early childhood will have an opportunity to provide feedback on implementation of the six high-leverage areas to improve opportunities and outcomes for Michigan’s young children. She continued, “Some of the areas that will...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Educators and policymakers of all stripes will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats this week and reading to young children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The National Education Association’s Annual Read Across America Day is a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to early literacy must be sustained every day of the year. Across the country, two-thirds of our 3rd graders aren’t reading on grade level, which means they're four times as likely to drop out of high school later on. And the outlook is even worse for disadvantaged students. A staggering 83% of 4th graders from low-income families don't read on grade...
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Emmet County Sheriff, Pete Wallin Charlevoix County Sheriff, Don Schneider We are proud to be the Co-Chairs for Char-Em United Way’s 2012-2013 Campaign.  This is just one more way to give back to the citizens we represent by making sure our community needs are being met.  We are the fortunate ones who are blessed enough to help the unfortunate ones.United Way improves the lives of people in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties in three different ways.EDUCATIONUnited Way makes sure that early childhood development needs are met.  That is the key to giving children the right tools to become productive individuals in the future.Over 20% of local 3rd...

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