United Way of Kalamazoo Battle Creek

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The Chief Operating Officer of the United Way for the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says a public-private partnership is a long-term effort to improve education. Chris Sargent says United4Change will require constant evaluation, making changes to the program and employing best practices. 

The contributions were raised through company and retiree pledges, the Kellogg company match of pledges and fundraisers

Costs of childcare and transportation take large chunks out of family budgets

Money will be used to benefit programs focusing on health and education

Leaders say totals show generosity of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo region.