At their annual meeting on Saturday, May 18, Harbor Island Homeowners Association became the first long-time established homeowner’s association in Ottawa County to be a United Way Caring Giving Community (CGC). They will join other associations who became Caring Giving Communities at the time their development was initiated. The first CGC, Catawba Bay Development, was recognized in April by Ohio United Way at their 100th anniversary celebration as one of 100 community heroes for creating this novel approach to allowing residents to make a commitment to change lives in their communities.
Harbor Island charted a new course by being the first existing association to choose to do this. The members voted to request a partnership with United Way and some members wrote checks on the spot. Harbor Island Association members will make a voluntary contribution to United Way annually.
Being a United Way Caring Giving Community entails making a commitment to help change lives in our community. The commitment involves making a predetermined and agreed upon donation to United Way from each member of the homeowners association.
As a United Way Caring Giving Community, Harbor Island demonstrates homeowners care about the community and the people who live here. United Way recognizes this commitment and will designate Harbor Island Homeowners Association as a Caring Giving Community with permission to use the United Way logo and the Caring Giving Community designation in signage and promotional materials.
United Way in Ottawa County changes lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. Starting at the root, United Way addresses the circumstances that destabilize communities. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer – that’s how to LIVE UNITED. For more information, visit unitedwayottawacounty.org.