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President Dr. Joe Odenwald, Stephanie Lyons display United Way award

President Dr. Joe Odenwald, Stephanie Lyons display United Way award

SMC United Way Campaign Wins ‘Best Growth’ Award

Published on May 11, 2022 - 3 p.m.

Southwestern Michigan College received a “Best Campaign Growth” award from United Way of Southwest Michigan.

United Way raised $5,092,203 in 2021, plus $652,578 in in-kind donations, with $1,639,741 leveraged by United Way funding in state and federal grants. The 2,516 volunteers served 16,798 hours valued at $479,413. Total value delivered to the community was $7,944,757.

Wolverine Mutual Insurance Co., K&M Machine-Fabricating Inc. and Niles Community Schools were recognized for community leadership.

Award winners also included Western Diversified Plastics, LLC, and Whirlpool Corp., large corporate champions; Tyler Automotive, medium corporate champion; and Wolverine Pipe Line Co., small corporate champion.

Other awards included: Inspired Giving, Meijer and United Federal Credit Union; Live United, American Electric Power Co. Inc. and Cook Nuclear Plant; David J. Weichhand Award, Andrews University; and Whirlpool Community Commitment, Honor Credit Union.

Named best year-round partnerships were 1st Source Bank, Area Agency on Aging Region IV, Berrien RESA, Coloma Township Police Department, Competitive Edge, The Herald-Palladium and United Parcel Service.