More than a quarter million dollars was raised this week for families in need through the generosity of donors and sponsors.
The Livingston County United Way’s Matching Money Monday was held on December 5th, the biggest one-day fundraiser in the county.
“This year we were able to invite people into our offices to enjoy some coffee, hot cocoa and cookies,” stated a United Way press release. “What was amazing is the number of people who stayed and chatted with United Way staff and Board members or even just sat for a moment to nibble on a cookie. It was clear we all needed a moment to socialize and connect to each other.”
A record 39 sponsors came forward to provide $125,800 to match all of the donations that came in on Monday. In all, 440 people came to the United Way offices or logged into their website to donate $140,451, resulting in a total of $266,251. While that was shy of the $300,000 goal, United Way officials said the event was more important than ever as all of the Matching Money Monday donations will go directly to help local working families struggling to stay healthy, put food on their tables, keeping their lights & heat on, and a roof over their heads.
In addition to the financial contributions, there was also “incredible” community support to help get the word out. 22 local businesses put Matching Money Monday on their business Marquee, while another 33 businesses allowed the United Way to put out yard signs at their business for the week before the event.
“Thank you to everyone who made this day possible,” stated the press release. “Your generosity and commitment to making a difference in our community made us humbled and proud. We also would like to thank the many long term donors and partners who stopped by to wish Mary Nye well in her retirement after 34 years!”