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BTL Viewpoint: Living United for the LGBT Community

By | 2012-09-13T09:00:00-04:00 September 13th, 2012|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Many of our readers will be participating in workplace funding campaigns operated by Live United http://www.liveunitedsem.org, known as the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Former partner agencies Affirmations Community Center and AIDS Partnership Michigan are no longer “Partner Agencies,” but you as a contributor can make donations to these strong LGBT supporting organizations by asking for a Donor Designation form during your workplace campaign.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan will still honor donor designations to these former Partner Agencies and YOU as a donor can enjoy the convenience of payroll deduction for your support.
You can find the Donor Designation list by going to http://www.liveunitedsem.org, click on About Us and then click on Community Partners and scroll down to the Donor Designation list. You can also find the Donor Designation Form by clicking on Resources, then click on Workforce Campaign Resources and then click on Designation Form. (Do you get the feeling these United Way folks are trying to make this difficult?)
This year’s Campaign will kick off this Friday, Sept.14, at 7 a.m. at Hart Plaza and the Spirit of Detroit. The Campaign slogan is “Let’s Make Greater Detroit Greater” and the campaign theme is “Donate Today for Better Headlines Tomorrow.” Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO of the Chrysler Group, LLC, is serving as Campaign Chair.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan/Live United has totally transformed its workplace giving campaign over the past 5 years. We do have to ask why these two critical LGBT community agencies are no longer funded by Live United, as they were formerly under the Education and Basic Needs categories. We can’t think of two more critical focuses for our LGBT community than Education and Basic Needs.

We in the LGBT community want to Live United with our place at the table in the “Let’s Make Greater Detroit Greater.”

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