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United Way calling on 200 heroes to soar closer to campaign goal

(Photo Courtesy/Steve Jakubcin) United Way's Alison Jakubcin stands with 'hero' Dave Szydlowski who donated $100 toward the '200 Hero Campaign.'

Alpena, Mich. — the United Way of Northeast Michigan helps dozens of organizations throughout the area, providing funding and support, so groups like Hospice of Michigan and the Alpena Day Care Center can continue to thrive and serve the community.

As the campaign season comes to a close for the United Way, they are working on hitting their goal of fundraising $217,000 for the year. They are kicking off a mini campaign to help bridge the gap. The organization launched ‘200 Heroes’ where they are hoping to get 200 people to donate $100 before the end of March.

It’s a unique way of hitting a fundraising goal, calling on superheroes to save the day, but these heroes aren’t Batman or Superman. These are everyday people like David Szydlowski that the United Way of Northeast Michigan is counting on to save the day.

“The community is in definite need of supports for folks who are less fortunate, in need of basic human needs, assistance of health, and education,” Szydlowski.

Last year, Steve and Alison Jakubcin created the idea ‘100 Heroes’ where they sought out 100 people to donate $100.  This year, they’ve upped the ante to 200 people.
It’s a high goal, but the two know that the Alpena area is filled with heroes to answer the call.

“We are confident that we’ll get there,” said Alison Jakubcin. “Alpena is such a generous community that we know we’ll get to the 200, but we are a little short on our campaign goal of $217,000, so we wanted to up it to get that push to help us try and reach that goal before the end of March.”

so far they’ve raised $2,100, and they are hoping to hit $20,000 in two weeks. They use social media to their advantage, posting pictures of donors and updates on how the campaign is going. At the end of the campaign, a full page ad in the Alpena News will feature all of the donors.

If you would like to donate, you can stop at the United way office in the APlex or  Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet, or you can donate online by visiting the United Way of Northeast Michigan website