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United Way launches 2012-13 campaign

September 12, 2012
By LISA M. HOFFMANN - Staff Writer , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - The United Way of Dickinson County launched its 2012-13 campaign drive Tuesday.

Barb Messer, executive director for the United Way of Dickinson County, said this year's campaign goal is to raise $100,500. That is $500 more than last year.

United Way officials announced the goal at Pine Grove County Club on Tuesday night. Approximately 130 people attended the event.

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Chuck Munk, campaign co-chair, and Jennifer Anderson, campaign chairman of the United Way of Dickinson County announce this year’s campaign goal at the United Way kick-off at Pine Grove County in Iron Mountain.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo

"Money raised here stays here," said Messer.

The United Way of Dickinson County provides year-round administration of funds to agencies, works with agencies to improve and expand programs in the area, provide campaign supplies, leadership and help to volunteers, and maintains records for federal and state requirements and annual audit/review.

Any area business or group wishing more information can receive individual presentations from United Way officials.

The campaign chairperson is Jennifer Anderson and the campaign co-chairperson is Chuck Munk.

Messer said agencies serve human, health and welfare needs of the residents of Dickinson County and the surrounding areas.

Funds raised during the campaign benefit the following agencies:

- Family Ties Adult Center provides day care to adults with dementia who are being cared for by loved ones at home. It gives the caregiver a chance to take care of personal needs and a needed break from their routine on a daily basis. The center can be reached at 774-8032.

- American Red Cross MI-WI Border Area Service Delivery Unit, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provide relief to victims of disaster and helps prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It also provides contact for military families. Call 774-2474.

- Catholic Social Services of the U.P., a non-denominational organization that provides family, individual, and marriage counseling. Child welfare services, including problem pregnancy counseling, adoption, work and community consultation services to residents and agencies in the area. Call 774-3323.

- Lifeline provides 24-hour emergency assistance on the market to elderly, disabled and frail people who wish to live independently in their own home. Call 779-7820, ext. 14.

- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area facilitates and enhances the positive development of local youth through volunteer friendships, mentoring and outreach services. Call 774-2180.

- D.C. Proud Equestrian Program provides a one-week program of horseback riding instruction for 20 to 30 physically-challenged youth and young adults, stable management and introduction to 4-H. Call 774-0363.

- Dial Help, a crisis intervention information referral service and victim support and assistance service, licensed by Michigan's Department of Health with 39 years experience for emotional and substance abuse problems. Call 1-800-562-7622.

- Hiawathaland Council Boy Scouts, an effective program that promotes self reliance and service to others in boys ages 7 to 20. Call 1-800-236-1441.

- Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, a proven program where girls ages 5 to 17 receive a minimum of 23 of the 40 developmental assets, girls develop their self confidence, do service, have fun and make lasting friendships. Call (920) 469-4860 ext. 4022.

- Divert Program-Community Substance Abuse, a group educational therapy program for male and female domestic violence assailants. Youth education programs are also provided. Call 774-7511.

- DCH Prescription Drug Assistance Program's main purpose is quality patient advocacy. Services include Medicare Drug and Supplement Enrollment and Health Benefits Counseling. Call 774-4404.

- Northwoods Airlifeline, is a group of volunteer pilots who provide air transportation, at no cost, to ambulatory medical patients from the area who need treatment at distant facilities. Call 1-800-311-1760.

- Medical Care Access Coalition (MCAC)'s mission is to provide needed health care to uninsured individuals in Dickinson County. Call 774-3980.

The board of directors is made up of local residents who have a concern for the community and are always interested in new ideas and members.

United Way Board President in Charles Munk, and Clyde Nelson is president-elect.

Nelson is also Campaign Chairperson, with Jennifer Anderson serving as Campaign Co-Chairperson.

Area businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate by sending donations.

For more information, call (906) 221-2174, e-mail to

Donations can be sent to: United Way of Dickinson County Inc., P.O. Box 429, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is



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