The United Way of St. Clair County held their campaign kick-off at the Blue Water Convention Center this week. Over 45 volunteers gathered along with members of the community to celebrate the 95th United Way campaign in the Blue Water Area. Michelle Shepley, 2019 Campaign Chair, was emotional at times as she unveiled this year’s theme, “Give a Little Bit, Make a Big Change”, and shared the effect United Way has had in her life and the lives of others in the community. She also enthusiastically announced the campaign goal for this year which is $1,208,000. Special guest Debbie Post encouraged guests with the announcement of a $25,000 matching grant from the Stebbins Family Fund dubbed the Leadership Challenge Grant. This 100% matching grant will apply to new contributions raised by November 15th that put contributors at the leadership level of $500 or above. The grant challenges and inspires new givers with the incentive of turning their $500 gift into a $1,000 gift. For more information about the United Way of St. Clair County and this year’s campaign and giving options, visit www.uwstclair.org.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand