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December 2015 eNewsletter

Looking Ahead - 2016


I already have a short list started for folks that have emailed us wanting to participate in CRPs.  CRPs?  Yes, Citizen's Review Panels.  These are the community members from all across the Eastern Upper Peninsula, that come together on one day to hear presentations from our grant applicants. These citizens are very community minded.  They listen, learn, ask questions and then score grantees, which in turn, helps determine the amount of their award.  This year we had 14 applications to potentially fund through 2016-2017.  If you are able to join us on February 25th let me know.  


Our office will be closed the last 2 weeks of December.  We have found that we receive little traffic and it gives our small staff a chance to refresh and gear up for a new year.  We enjoy this time with our families and hope you will too.  


Together we can be the difference.

Tracey Laitinen
Executive Director 
United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

You may have noticed, things are CHANGING in our Volunteer Center. We think it's for the GREATER GOOD! It's all about the volunteer - recruitment, engagement, retention. Are you a business looking for ways to get your employees and your business noticed in the community? Are you a group who wants to give back? Are you looking to 'pay it forward' but aren't sure where to start? Call me, e-mail me, send us a Facebook message! 
Let's work together in 2016!!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities include:
December 2, 2015 - Newberry Merry Christmas Dinner 
January 18, 2016 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Contact me today to volunteer! 

Don't forget to...
Check out the Volunteer! tab on the United Way's Facebook page, or visit  and enter your zip code to see a list of opportunities near you. You can also e-mail me directly to find out about other ways you can help in your community. 
2015 Thanksgiving Basket Project
It will be a Happy Thanksgiving for over 70 families in the Sault area this year! 
We have partnered once again with Sault Ste Marie Area Public Schools Middle School, MI Dept of Health and Human Services, Family Video, and the US Coast Guard - Sector Sault to round up Thanksgiving type foods for our annual basket project. Baskets are distributed the week before Thanksgiving each year, and include items for a full turkey meal and all the trimmings. 
This year, we were able to bring on several new partners including Hoover Precision Products LLC through their Employee Community Action Fund, and Century 21 Advantage Plus
We are grateful to all of these businesses and organizations who take time out of their busy day and find a way to #LiveUnited. The support their staff show to our local communities has been phenomenal!
We are very thankful to the LSSU Volleyball Women's team for their help this year with readying baskets for distribution day, and all of the help that SAMS student groups, including Wow Jr. have been able to offer.
For more pictures, visit our Facebook page, just click here!
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians hosts
Indian Taco Sale
2015 Mardi Gras Chili & Gumbo Cook-off!
Upcoming Events

Utility Assistance Workshop ~ Dec 15!

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