This week on Michigan Matters host Carol Cain sits down with Dr. Herman Gray, President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and Beth Chappell, President and CEO of Detroit Economic Club and board member of United Way.

Dr. Herman Gray, Beth Chappell (credit: Kristy Stanford/CBS 62)

Dr. Herman Gray, Beth Chappell (credit: Kristy Stanford/CBS 62)

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The mission of United Way is to mobilize the caring power of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways.

“United Way is a fantastic organization full of talented, smart, passionate and committed people. Very mission driven organization.” said Dr. Herman Gray, President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He was appointed to his current post in September 2015.

United Way goes out of their way to find solutions to different issues going on in the community. They are providing solutions to why children are going hungry, what causes a child to drop out of school and why families lose their homes.

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“I love the work that United Way does, it’s a different United Way, than it was years ago, but early childhood development has really captured my heart and my soul,” said Beth Chappell, Board Member of United Way and President and CEO of Detroit Economic Club.

Chappell also discusses the Bib to Backpack program and how it specializes in Early Childhood Development. The initiative is for every child to have the same shot at being kindergarten ready.

L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Illitch, and Tony Michaels (credit: Kristy Stanford/CBS 62)

L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Illitch, and Tony Michaels (credit: Kristy Stanford/CBS 62)

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Kristy Stanford is a Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. She is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she studied in Electronic Media Film Studies and Comprehensive Communication. She enjoys doing interviews with different brands and businesses for her website KristyLoveMedia.com. Kristy also is an inspirational blogger and does photography and event hosting on the side.