Phone: (269) 657-2410
Fax:    (269) 657-6544

181 W. Michigan Ave., Suite 4
Paw Paw michigan 49079
Van Buren County United Way
Celebrates Campaign, Volunteers
During its Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

“Growing to New Heights!” was the theme of this year's Van Buren County United Way annual meeting and awards luncheon, held May 23, at the Van Buren Intermediate School District’s Conference Center, here.
    The event was held to celebrate the 2016-17 fundraising Campaign, and thank  the volunteers, service agencies and individuals who have supported United Way throughout the year.
    “Last year, United Way and its Partner Agencies responded to over 215,000 calls for assistance. We want to recognize our Partner agencies and their employees, who are working with people every day to help them better their lives,” said Vera E. Sebree, United Way executive director. “In addition, more than 1,258 individuals worked over 79,000 hours for United Way-supported or partnered programs.”
      United Way thanked the companies supporting the 2016-17 Campaign.   “We could not continue our work or grow to new heights without their ongoing generosity, and we are so thankful for their support,” said Sebree.

Awards included:
Bronze Award ($4,000-$9,999)
Bronson Lakeview Hospital
Chemical Bank
Consumers Energy
PNC Bank
Van Buren ISD
Silver Award ($10,000-$19,999)
VB Community Mental Health
Platinum Award ($30,000-$49,999)
MPI Research
Western Diversified Plastics

Diamond Award ($50,000+)

For further information, contact Van Buren County United Way, 269/657-2410.


Thanks to all the volunteers who made our Fifth Paw Paw United Way Free VITA tax site a great success! We opened for free tax service to low income residents of Van Buren County from February through March. Volunteers offered services with refunds of $2,052,478
for the people of Van Buren County.

Thanks to the following site Locations:

South Haven Senior Services - South Haven & Township Halls
VBC United Way - Paw Paw
DHS - Hartford
ISD -Virtual Tax Site Lawrence

United Way would like to thank everyone who supported our fourth annual Stuff the Bus county-wide food drive! Our local pantries have seen the need for their services more than double since this time last year, so this event was critical to get them stocked up and ready for the high demands of winter and the holidays.

The need is great but once again Van Buren County residents and businesses stepped up to help. Glenn Cowles of The UPS Store and Dondi Squires of State Farm Insurance helped offset a large share of United Way's expenses by co-sponsoring production of the banners used at our collection sites. The grocery store managers at Village Market, Wagoner's, Family Fare , Dollar General, and Harding's Friendly Market welcomed our efforts and posted signs announcing the event.
Across the county, local school transportation managers arranged to station buses at their local grocery stores. The bus drivers, who volunteered their time, arrived on time and assisted the volunteers in placing our Stuff the Bus banners on their buses. The food pantry volunteers greeted customers, sorted food and re-stocked their pantry shelves.

The most delightful feedback I have received were the comments concerning Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, who staffed the entrances of every grocery store all day. According to board memeber Jim Vettese, "All the Girl Scouts I met with were very excited to help others in their community." Jim Tessar VBCUW board memeber agreed,
"The Girls Scouts were just delightful and so full of energy."

Everyone who came together for the good of our food pantries and those they serve truly embodied the United Way mission: LIVE UNITED. Thanks to each and every one of you who participated in United Way's Stuff the Bus! You should be proud to live in such a caring county.


Vera E. Sebree
Executive Director
Van Buren County United Way
Alison Harrop, right, representing United Christian Services, accepts the “Growing to New Heights” award from Van Buren County United Way Executive Director Vera Sebree. The presentation was made during the 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, held Tuesday, May 23, at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence.
Kyle Tanier, Van Buren County United Way Campaign Manager, above right, presents Bronze Awards to Jeff Mills, Van Buren Intermediate School District superintendent, left, and Maria Diaz, of Chemical Bank.
Shirley Smith-Torp, representing Entergy/Palisades receives a Diamond Award from Tanier.
Tanier presents Sue Prudden, left, and Cathy Cowles, of Western Diversified Plastics, Mattawan, with a Platinum Award.
Photography by: Paul Garrod
Photography by: Paul Garrod
Photography by: Paul Garrod
Photography by: Paul Garrod
United Way
Van Buren County