United Way launches 2018 fundraising campaign

FROM LEFT, JENNIFER ANDERSON, president-elect; Debbie Peterson, vice president; and Diane Blaskowski, board director, discuss the 2018 fundraising campaign during the annual kick-off Tuesday evening at Pine Grove County Club in Iron Mountain. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — United Way of Dickinson County officially launched its 2018 fundraising campaign Tuesday with a goal of $156,900.

Executive director Barb Messer announced the target amount at a kick-off event Tuesday evening at Pine Grove Country Club.

“Representatives of the United Way set an ambitious goal this year, but we are looking forward to working with members of the community because when they see a need, they respond and the needs are great” said Messer.

Tuesday’s event was sponsored by Dickinson County Healthcare System, We Energies Foundation, Danielson Insurance Agency and Northern Michigan Bank. Boss Snowplow donated a Toro Power Clear 721 E snow blower as the grand prize for the evening.

“We want to thank everybody for their past support and are looking forward to their continued support,” Messer said.

Seventeen area agencies stand to benefit from the annual fundraising campaign, which also provides 4-H summer camp scholarships.

The agencies in line for funding include:

— American Red Cross MI-WI Border Area Service Delivery Unit;

— Bay Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America;

— Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area;

— Caring House Inc., which addresses domestic and sexual assault in the community through education, advocacy and other appropriate interventions and offering a save haven for victims;

— Catholic Social Services of the U.P., a non-denominational agency that provides family, individual and marriage counseling as well as child welfare services, including problem pregnancy counseling, adoption and work and community consultation services;

— D.A.R.E. of Dickinson County, which educates Dickinson County schools and students on making safe and responsible decisions concerning drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors;

— DCH Prescription Assistance Program, a Dickinson County Healthcare System service that includes Medicare drugs, supplement enrollment and health benefits counseling to meet the needs of the uninsured in the community;

— Dickinson County Proud Equestrian Program, which offers a week of horseback riding instruction to 20 to 30 physically-challenged youth and young adults;

— Dial Help, a crisis intervention information referral service and victim support and assistance service for emotional or substance abuse problems;

— Family Ties Adult Center, which provides day care to adults with dementia so caregivers can attend to personal needs or take a break;

— Imagination Library-Great Start and Intermediate School District, which offers early literacy opportunities to all children from birth to age 5 in Dickinson County;

— Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes;

— Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc., which aids recovery efforts by increasing people’s access to outpatient and residential substance abuse and mental health treatment services;

— Habitat for Humanity Menominee River, which works to help people in the community by building and renovating houses and improving neighborhoods through home repair projects.

— Medical Care Access Coalition, which is developing a system to provide quality, affordable health care to the uninsured in Dickinson County;

— Northwoods Airlifeline, a service that uses volunteer pilots to provide air transportation at no cost to medical patients who need treatment at distant facilities;

— Great Start Drug Task Force, which focuses on solutions, action and drug prevention programs to fight substance abuse in Dickinson County.

“Over half the residents of Dickinson County use our agency. It touches men, women and children of all ages. Even if it isn’t personally touching you, think about your family or friends — somebody you know is using the service,” Messer said.

For more information on how to contribute, go to www.unitedwaydickinson.org.