United Way celebrates 75 years in Charlevoix and Emmet counties

United Way celebrates 75 years in Charlevoix and Emmet counties.

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Char-Em United Way has big goals to celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Its goal this year is to help provide funding to get children into pre-school and literacy programs like Dolly Parton's Literacy Library.

It's also advocating for public transportation in the area and for expanding childcare.

Char-Em's focus is on what they call the Alice Community, the "asset limited, income constrained and employed.

“So it’s a population that is not necessarily living in poverty, they aren’t living in poverty, but they also aren’t earning enough to fund a basic, basic survival budget in our community,” Lorraine Manray, executive director said.

Char-Em United Way believed 38 percent of households in their two-county area fall into that category.

They also hope to bring the 211 phone service to the area. It provides information about social services that available.

If you'd like to donate money or your time to the Char-Em United Way or the United Way in your area visit letsliveunited.org.