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Collaboration is working in Livingston County!

Collaboration is working in Livingston County!
United Way - Summer 2016
Seeing that innovation results from organizations working together, Livingston County United Way’s annual community investments will commit 58% of total funds to collective impact coalitions and initiatives. By contrast, in 2010 that amount was 27%. In addition to the United Way’s community connection initiatives of 2-1-1 (the 24-hour helpline), Volunteer Livingston (database of volunteer opportunities) and Day of Caring (annual community service event), the coalitions working toward sustainable community impact are:
•    Homeless Continuum of Care Committee,
•    Utility Assistance Task Force,
•    Livingston County Hunger Council,
•    Great Start Livingston, and
•    Livingston Promise.

The panels of community volunteers who make the funding recommendations were extremely impressed by the high-quality applications, strategic focus, long-range planning, and creative ideas, as expressed during the coalitions’ presentations, especially since this was the first time coalitions had the option to apply for multi-year funding. The other 42% is invested in local stand-alone programs.

“Being part of an investment panel allows you to hear first-hand how United Way dollars are being used and the passion behind those working for the individual agencies,” said Carole Damon, of her experience as a volunteer in the review process this spring.

But even more impressive are the new and exciting things happening by working together. For instance,
•    Homeless Continuum of Care Committee’s Eviction Diversion Program with 53rd District Court is ramping up with a larger investment from United Way following a highly successful six-month pilot which served 162 households and prevented 109 local families from being evicted.
•    Summer Lunch Bunch is rapidly expanding with the goal to serve 100,000 meals per summer by 2018.
•    Livingston Council for Youth is launching new strategies based on the results of their community-wide youth survey in the schools.
•    Livingston Promise is making sure that kids get a great start to life through high-quality preschool with at least 37 more preschool scholarships in the next three years.

Livingston County United Way focuses on community-wide initiatives, in the areas of Financial Stability, Every Child Ready, and Community Wellness, that link resources, ideas and partners as part of something greater. Priorities center on collective work, initiatives that benefit ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed), and prevention.

For more information or to get involved, call 810-494-3000 or visit

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