Happy 100th birthday, United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was initially published at DTE Energy’s blog, EmpoweringMichigan.com.

100 years ago, a Boeing aircraft took flight for the first time, Coca-Cola created its secret formula we still guzzle today and Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. And in the Motor City, the Detroit Community Union (now known as United Way for Southeastern Michigan) was created. In that time, United Way has become the region’s unifier, bringing private, nonprofit and public partners together in an effort to respond to the community’s most pressing challenges.

Thanks to generous donor support, United Way invested $45.7 million into Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. DTE Energy continues to top the list of United Way’s corporate givers.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s continuous investment in the community,” said Nancy Moody, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy. “This milestone achievement is a true testament to the necessity of its work, and the ongoing dedication UWSEM has to ensuring our communities have the resources, support and tools they need to grow and prosper.”

For nearly 40 years, DTE Energy and United Way for Southeastern Michigan have been working together to support and help our communities. To ensure that people are connected to resources like food, shelter and utility assistance. To empower people to unite, build networks and pathways and solve complex problems that affect all of us.

“Without the community’s support and trust, United Way could not have become the impact organization it is today,” said Dr. Herman Gray, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “This year’s celebration is truly in recognition of all of our donors, volunteers, and corporate and community partners who have joined us on this journey for 100 years.”

United Way’s work continues to influence our society, confronting issues head on with help from the community. Women United is one of United Way’s newest affinity groups, where dedicated members support the nonprofit’s efforts to ensure children are prepared for the first day of school.

“We’re proud to support Women United. Together, we’re working together to build the next generation of empowered women and children by connecting and uniting our efforts,” said Moody. “Education is the most essential piece to success. At DTE, we recognize that by helping our young people develop these skills today, they will have better opportunities with businesses across Michigan in the future, when they are ready for full-time employment.”

Last year alone, DTE Energy donated more than 700 volunteer hours to helping women- and education-supported organizations. While another 200 hours were volunteered directly with United Way.

With a collective 250 years between DTE Energy and United Way for Southeastern Michigan – it only makes sense that we’d partner together and combine our collective knowledge and influence to help our communities become stronger.

Together, we can make a big difference.

You can help United Way for Southeastern Michigan by giving, advocating and volunteering. Learn more about United Way’s 100 years of service by clicking here.