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MCCF claims success on #GIvingTuesday

The Miami County Community Foundation participated in a live broadcast on Peru-based radio station WARU in celebration of #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27 which drew in over $18,000 in gifts and pledges. The funds donated even included matching dollars from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the gifts collected are going towards bettering the quality of life in Miami County.

#GivingTuesday is a global initiative that raised over $300 million this year alone through online resources in more than 115 countries. The tag is meant to encourage individuals, families, nonprofits and so on to not only express how they’re making a difference on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, but give back to their local communities.

“It is always so heartwarming to see people thinking of others at this time of year, and the Giving Tuesday event just helps us realize how much we are blessed,” said Connie Cutler, MCCF Director of Development. “A big thank you goes to all the generous people who participate in giving back to their communities, not just this week, but throughout the year.”

United Way accepting fall 2019 agency applications

The United Way of Miami County is accepting applications for agencies who wish to receive funds from the fall 2019 campaign. The funds will be available in 2020.

Applications can be picked up at the Miami County Community Resource Center, located at 13 E. Main St., and are due back no later than Jan. 23, 2019. 

For an agency to be eligible, agencies must have a 501c3 nonprofit status and provide a form of social service program to benefit the citizens of Miami County. For more information, contact the United Way of Miami County Executive Director Debi Wallick at (765)473-4240, or email debiw@uwmiamip.org.

United Way, Kroger partnering for rewards program

The United Way of Miami County has been officially accepted as a recognized nonprofit through Kroger, meaning those customers who have a Kroger rewards card may benefit the United Way.

To register their card and link it with the local United Way office, they must go to the Kroger website (www.kroger.com) and search for “United Way of Miami County, Inc.”, or use the code BF168 and click “Enroll”.

United Way of Miami County Executive Director Debi Wallick said it’s easy and helpful.

“We get a percentage of whatever they use every time they swipe a linked card,” she said.

According to a press release from the organization, customers who wish to participate in the program must have a linked Kroger rewards card and swipe it or use the associated phone number with every purchase.