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Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 5:59 a.m. hosting social media event for United Way of Washtenaw fundraiser

By Danny Shaw


On Wednesday, the United Way of Washtenaw County is giving one last push to reach its $5.75 million goal with a radiothon fundraiser in an effort to raise $100,000.

The UWWC is partnering with to provide several gifts as donation incentives to help raise the funds on Wednesday, the same day it's also participating in a radiothon with local stations.

The incentive program is only found on’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.

At the top of each hour, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., will announce the gift incentive that will available for just that hour.

Want that signed Pavel Datsyuk jersey or maybe the autographed Brady Hoke football? The first person to donate online during the hour’s specified amount wins the incentive. If your donation is the first in the hour specified, and is for a minimum of the specified amount in the photo gallery caption, the item is yours.


If an hour's specified donation isn't met, the donor with the highest donation during that hour will receive the donation incentive. Winners of the incentives will be notified by UWWC members Thursday.

If you have any questions about the incentives, please contact James Corey at the United Way of Washtenaw County: (734) 971-8200.

Anyone donating $25 or more during the fund-drive will receive a United Way T-shirt, which will be available at the UWWC Ann Arbor offices at 2305 Platt Road. T-shirts will be available while supplies last starting Thursday, March 1.

The UWWC helps provide 12,000 meals every day and assistance to 25 percent of Washtenaw County residents with transportation, childcare, senior citizen programs, hospice and early childhood development, among other programs and causes.


Rachel Barsch

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 8:44 p.m.

I can certainly understand the hestitation of giving away your hard-earned money. However, I can attest to the commitment of the Washtenaw United Way. I have been involved with this group for years, and can honestly say that they have given me a sense of community--along with my employer, Washtenaw Community College-that I had trouble finding earlier in my life. Some of my proudest moments have come from working with the UWWC, and I hope to be able to pass this spirit of community on to my children. Best of luck UWWC! And thank you for looking out for the neediest of us.


Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

Did contribute to United Way years ago. But, stopped years ago after several scandals involving there officers and money disbursement. Many companies push to hard for contribution to UW even to the point of forcing employees. I went thru this several times in my career.


Wed, Feb 29, 2012 : 12:59 a.m.

Towny and Suspect: I strongly agree.

Usual Suspect

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

The problem of companies coercing employees to participate is troubling. I have friends who have had to deal with this unethical behavior from their employers over the years. Also, when United Way caved to the hate groups and stopped supporting the Boy Scouts, they lost my support.

Deb Bratkovich

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Thank you for your past support. United Way has stringent controls in place and an engaged Board of Directors that oversees all financial and operational aspects. United Way does not beleive in forcing employees to participate. Please go to to view our audit and find out more.