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

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. In 2017, two awards will be presented: one for service in Gratiot County, and one for service in Isabella County. 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.

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.


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.