Each year, individuals, companies and organizations are recognized for their efforts in supporting United Way.


Commitment to Community Award

The Commitment to Community award is presented to an organization or group that goes above and beyond to make a positive difference in the community. It takes everyone working together to create positive change, and our honorees understand that collaboration is an essential element to strengthening our community over time.

Emerging Leader Award

First presented in 2014, the Emerging Leader Award recognizes an up-and-coming young leader who is striving to improve the quality of life in our community by helping others achieve their potential through quality education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles. See Past Receipients.

LIVE UNITED Awards — Event

The LIVE UNITED Awards were created in 2013 to recognize key volunteers, staff members and contributors who inspire hope in our community and create opportunities for a better tomorrow through dedicated service to, and support of, our affiliate partners. See Past Recipients.

President's Award

First presented in 1999, the President's Award recognizes unselfish commitment and dedication to the advancement of United Way. The annual recipients are selected by the President of United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties with input from the Board of Trustees. See Past Recipients.

Quality of Life Award

The Quality of Life award originated in 1989 and is the highest level of recognition given by United Way's Board of Trustees. The award is presented to an individual, organization or group that makes a significant contribution of time, talent and/or treasure that benefits the greater community over time. See Past Recipients.

Teacher of the Year Award

United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties values the many contributions made by dedicated teachers who help children in our communities achieve their potential through quality education. New in 2017, United Way's Teacher of the Year awards, recognize two outstanding educators (one in Gratiot County and one in Isabella County.)