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February 2016 United Way EUP e-News

What makes United Way different?

Citizen's Review Panels, also known as CRPs, are just one way that United Way is different from other not-for-profits.

Each year we fundraise, and then to help us determine HOW to award funds, we ask community members to participate in CRPs to determine, WHO gets HOW much.

If you are interested in the process OR better yet, have time to participate and score 14 agencies that have applied email me and I will get you signed up for All Day, the Morning or the Afternoon shift.  We will be listening to presentations at the Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, MI this year on Thursday, February 25th.  You do not have to be a donor to participate, but need to reside in Chippewa, Luce or Mackinac Counties.

This is a great way to learn the nuts and bolts of United Way as well as the 14 human service agencies that are asking for funds.  I know you will walk away with even more knowledge of our local organizations.  

Please join us! 

Tracey Laitinen
Executive Director 
United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

Forgive me for being slightly behind - sometimes I wonder if I'll pass myself in the hallways with all of the running around I do! 
We'd like to shine a light on a man that gives back to the youth in our community several times over.
was nominated as Volunteer of the Month for November, 2015

Stan is a dedicated volunteer! He spends his free time playing on the ice, and for good reason. Stan is the volunteer program manager for the SMHA hockey initiation and mite programs. These programs work with children ranging in age from 3 to 6 years old. 
Not only does he spend countless hours organizing and scheduling ice time, practices, games, and tournaments he also spends quality time with the children on and off the ice. He's at practice 4 to 5 nights every week, encouraging and teaching the children hockey basics including, how to skate and have fun! 
Stan also works with community groups such as the Lake Superior State University Lakers, Soo Eagles and Soo Firehawks hockey programs arranging for the boys and girls in his own hockey programs to attend games with their families free of charge or at a reduced price. He even organizes ice time for the young players so they can play short games in between periods! According to his nominator who shall remain anonymous, "I cannot say enough good things about Stan, his focus, and selflessness. He is a positive role model and remarkable mentor to the children in the SMHA organization."
So, the next time you see Stan Shunk, on or off the ice, give him a pat on the back and remind him that we're cheering from the stands not just for our own children, but for the awesome volunteer work that he's doing as well! Thank you for your willingness to #LiveUnited!

Want to get involved? Here's what we're working on:
  1.  February 6, 2016 International 500 Snowmobile Race - Volunteers needed for the race store, contact us for more information.
  2.  February 26, 2016 - Citizen Review Panel (CRP's) - Have a say about where donated dollars are spent! No experience necessary, we'll train!
  3. April - Global Youth Service Day - TBD - call if you have a group of students who would like to be involved!
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. 
Student Service Awards!

The deadline is looming - are you tracking your hours? 
Teachers, Advisers, parents - remind your students to get their volunteer hours turned in! 

Essays and hour logs are due to our office by March 1st so we have time to review them and have the Governor sign the Recognition Certificates.   Students who put the time and effort into making a difference and volunteering in our community deserve to be recognized! Please help us as we strive to grow youth involvement in our community, and give these students a toolbox full of life skills so they can continue to make a difference!
Student Advisors - Turn in student names exactly as they should be printed on certificates, and remind your students that essays must be turned in to our office no later than March 1st 2016! If you have questions or need further information please contact me.

Need a form to track hours? Looking for essay guidelines? 

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