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More than 100 volunteers across Southwest Minnesota participated in Read for the Record this week. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota locally coord
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The SMSU Student Social Work Association (SSWA) students will go Trick-Or-Canning throughout Marshall on Halloween to benefit area food shelves. The c
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Yellow Medicine East Schools held United Way kick off informational sessions this afternoon for elementary, middle, and high school staff. <
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Make sure to stop by Bremer Bank-Marshall and check out their gift basket silent auction!

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North Star Mutual Insurance Company had a sports team kick-off theme for their United Way kickoff event.   Community Partners from Special Olym
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October 23, 2014
A Record Setting Day

More than 100 volunteers across Southwest Minnesota participated in Read for the Record this week. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota locally coordinated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, again this year. One hundred five volunteers read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells at nineteen schools, eleven libraries, five child care/preschool centers and one radio station in Lyon, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Murray, Cottonwood, and Yellow Medicine counties on Tuesday October 21, 2014.

 

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience. United Way of Southwest Minnesota has participated for four years and Jump Start’s seventh year of Read for the Record. The goal is to bring attention to the importance of early childhood literacy. Jump Start and the United Way of Southwest Minnesota both believe that every child should start Kindergarten ready to succeed.

 

The Jump Start organization selects the book each year. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota sets up reading locations, recruits volunteers, orders the books, and creates corresponding learning activities that work with the book selected. Books are donated to the location where the books are read and each child gets a cool sticker indicating that they helped set a reading record!  

 

Schools that participated this year include: Bert Raney (Granite Falls), Canby, Clarkfield Charter, Stevens Elementary  (Dawson-Boyd District), Hendricks, Holy Redeemer - Marshall, Lake Benton, Lakeview (Cottonwood), Lincoln Elementary (Ivanhoe), Lynd, Marshall Park Side, Minneota, Murray County Central,  RTR, Samuel Lutheran - Marshall, St. Edwards – Minneota, St. Mary’s  - Tracy, St. Peter’s – Canby and Westbrook Walnut Grove.

 

Libraries that participated include: Canby, Slayton, Tracy, Minneota, Lake Benton, Tyler, Granite Falls, Marshall-Lyon County, Fulda, Dawson and Westbrook.  Ivanhoe also participated, but due to not being open on Tuesday October 21st they participated on Thursday October 23rd.

 

Child Care and Preschool Centers that participated include: Marshall Area Child Care, SMSU Child Care, Wee Care Preschool (Marshall), Discovery Center Child Care (Marshall) and Wonder World Preschool (Slayton).

 

The book was also read live on air on Marshall Radio.

 

Since the campaign’s inception, more than eleven million people have joined local Jumpstart’s Read for the Record reading celebrations. Thank you to all of the volunteers who contributed their time to make Read for the Record a success in Southwest Minnesota. For more information about your local United Way visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org


October 22, 2014
Trick-or-Canning to Benefit Area Food Shelves & Hunger Relief Efforts in Southwest Minnesota

The SMSU Student Social Work Association (SSWA) students will go Trick-Or-Canning throughout Marshall on Halloween to benefit area food shelves. The concept is the same as Trick-Or-Treating although the students will not be wearing costumes or asking for candy. Instead SMSU Social Work students will be collecting canned goods, non-perishable items, and personal hygiene items for area food shelves and other food relief programs. Please no glass containers.

 

Collected items will be weighed and donated to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. From there the United Way of Southwest Minnesota will distribute items to Community Partners working on the issue of hunger. Teams of students will start going door to door at 5:30pm on Halloween night and continue until neighborhoods have been covered. If you are not going to be home, please consider leaving a bag of items on your doorstop, dropping items off at the United Way of SW MN office or by purchasing items and placing them in a marked collection container at participating area businesses.  The United Way of SW MN is located in the RLC Office Building, 109 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, Marshall. Participating businesses include: Walmart, Shopko, HyVee, Runnings, Bank of the West and United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Collection containers will be in place from October 27th-November 3, 2014.

 

The United Way is committed to investing in SW MN to make long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger.

 

For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, please visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org. You may also contact SMSU SSWA President, Katelyn Robbennolt, at katelyn.robbennolt@smsu.edu for more information about Trick-Or-Canning.

 


October 20, 2014
YME Schools Holds Campaign Kick-Off

2015C.YME1.pngYellow Medicine East Schools held United Way kick off informational sessions this afternoon for elementary, middle, and high school staff. 

Thank you to the YME School District for running your very first United Way campaign this year. The YME United Way campaign 2015C.YME2.pngwill run through Friday, October 24th. 

Thank you to Superintendent Stoeckman, Principal Hansen, and Principal Luft for being such gracious hosts! Go Sting!


October 15, 2014
North Star Mutual Insurance Company Kicks Off Campaign

North Star Mutual Insurance Company had a sports team kick-off theme for their United Way kickoff event.

 

2015C.NorthStar2.jpgCommunity Partners from Special Olympics helped make the event even more special.

 

Thank you to the employees, ambassadors, and leadership team at North Star Mutual for your continued support of United Way of Southwest Minnesota and the people and programs served.

 

Since the 1920s, North Star Mutual has provided property and casualty insurance to protect families and small business owners from financial disaster. They are a Midwest mutual insurance company that specializes in farm, home, auto, and small business insurance.2015C.NorthStar1.jpg

 

Pictured:  Front Row: Marcy Heemeyer, Deb Picht, and Marissa Davis representing United Way of Southwest Minnesota and Marshall Area Special Olympics.

Back Row: Melinda Schmidt, Becky Meyer, Marian Kalass, Sara Anderson, Christina Hagen, Jeff Mauland (President/CEO), Francine Stahl, and Angela Yahnka. North Star Mutual Insurance Company Ambassadors.

Not pictured: Margaret Montgomery and Derek Hartke, North Star Mutual Insurance Company Ambassadors.


October 15, 2014
Bremer Bank Holds Silent Auction to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015C.Bremer1.jpgMake sure to stop by Bremer Bank-Marshall and check out their gift basket silent auction!

This is open to the public. The selection is amazing. Lots of good gift giving options. 2015C.Bremer2.jpg

Bidding will close at noon on Friday, October 31st. All proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.


October 14, 2014
Pizza Ranch Dine Out for United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015DO.Pizza_Ranch1.pngThank you to everyone who supported United Way of Southwest Minnesota last night at the Pizza Ranch Dine Out promotion.

Thanks to your generosity we raised $285.72 last night through a percentage of sales and all tips! All funds raised will benefit local people in SW MN.

Thank you to community volunteers Tony & Patty Alcorn and their sons Chase & Eli for helping bus tables. The boys were counting the plates cleared during their shift. What hard working young men!2015DO.Pizza_Ranch_2.png

Thank you to United Way board directors Ben Alcorn and Michelle Warme for your help clearing tables as well. 

In case you missed it, board directors Michelle and Ben and executive director Marcy even sang 'Happy Birthday' by request to a hungry diner and entertained the crowd. Hope your birthday was special, Lisa! 

For more information on Dine Out opportunities throughout SW MN visitwww.UnitedWaySWMN.org.


October 2, 2014
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Awards Two Special Community Projects Grants in Round One

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors recently approved two Special Community Projects Grants in the first round totaling $8,500.00. For 2014-2015, $12,000 was made available to fund these special projects. Round two will have a deadline of January 30 and the remaining $3,500.00 will be available. All grant applicants were reviewed and interviewed by community volunteers who then made their recommendations to the Board for final approval similar to the process used in the spring for Community Impact grant applicants; only on a smaller scale. Projects being funded had a clear tie to the United Way’s Goals for the Common Good focusing on Education, Income (financial stability), Health, Hunger or Safety & Well-Being and demonstrated clear impact and potential outcomes in those areas. Those applications being funded in Round One are as follows:

 

  • 2015SCPG.GOLD.pngHealth:  GOLD College at SMSU will use grant dollars for a One Day University. The goal of the program is to introduce a larger aging population from the region to the benefits of lifelong learning and further stimulate intellectual and cultural opportunities in a One Day University experience.
    • Pictured:  Front Row (L to R): Barb Sandquist, Marshall;  Mary Lou Anderson, Tracy; Donna Kurth, Ivanhoe; Bev Wambeke, Marshall; Mary Hansen, Tracy;  United Way board director, Jeff Cordes; and GOLD College Director, Marcia Beukelman.
  • Back Row (L to R): David Doering, Redwood Falls; Renee Krentz, Walnut Grove; Richard Wambeke, Marshall; Linda Tucker, Boyd; David Taylor, Marshall; Lloyd Peterson, Marshall; and Toni Fredrickson, Granite Falls.

  

  • 2015SCPG.Food4Kids.pngHunger: Marshall Food 4 Kids will use grant dollars to support the weekend hunger relief backpack program for children enrolled in the Marshall School District and Western Community Action Head Start program. Funding will support the purchase of food for nutritious weekend and school break food packs.
    • Pictured (L to R): Jeff Cordes, United Way board director, and Melissa Frederking, Sylvia Pridal, Chris Rowell, Lisa Olin, and Jane Bitker, Marshall Food 4 Kids volunteers.

 


October 2, 2014
Bank of the West Kick Off

2015C.BOW.pngBank of the West kicked off their United Way campaign this morning. 

Bank of the West employees in Ivanhoe, Marshall, and Minneota are strong supporters of United Way through employee and corporate giving and volunteer time! Thank you for your commitment to SW MN.


October 2, 2014
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Celebrates Jumpstart's Read for the Record

Jumpstart Campaign Brings Attention to Early Education Crisis

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, again this year. One hundred five volunteers will read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells at 19 schools, 11 libraries and 5 child care/preschool centers in Lyon, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Murray, Cottonwood, and Yellow Medicine counties on Tuesday October 21, 2014. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.

 

Schools participating are: Bert Raney (Granite Falls), Canby, Clarkfield Charter, Stevens Elementary  (Dawson-Boyd District), Hendricks, Holy Redeemer - Marshall, Lake Benton, Lakeview (Cottonwood), Lincoln Elementary (Ivanhoe), Lynd, Marshall Park Side, Minneota, Murray County Central,  RTR, Samuel Lutheran - Marshall, St. Edwards – Minneota, St. Mary’s  - Tracy, St. Peter’s – Canby and Westbrook Walnut Grove.

 

Libraries participating are: Canby, Slayton, Tracy, Minneota, Lake Benton, Tyler, Granite Falls, Marshall-Lyon County, Fulda and Dawson.  Ivanhoe is participating as well, but due to not being open on Tuesday October 21st Ivanhoe will participate on Thursday October 23.

 

Child Care and Preschool Centers participating are: Marshall Area Child Care, SMSU Child Care, Wee Care Preschool (Marshall), Discovery Center Child Care (Marshall) and Wonder World Preschool (Slayton).

 

”Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a call to action to Americans to recognize the importance of quality early education, especially for our most vulnerable children,” said Stephanie Cordes, Education Coordinator. “When children start behind, they tend to stay behind. United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to support this campaign.”

 

For more information on this event, please contact Stephanie Cordes at stephanie.cordes@unitedwayswmn.org or 507.929.2273.

 

Since the campaign’s inception in 2006, more than eleven million people have joined local Jumpstart’s Read for the Record reading celebrations; Jumpstart has raised more than $8 million to support its year-round work in preschools in low-income neighborhoods. Learn more about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record at www.jstart.org/readfortherecord.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac Qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties in Minnesota.

 


September 24, 2014
Kronborg Restaurant & Lounge Promotion to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

The Kronborg Restaurant & Lounge will hold a special promotion to raise funds that will be donated to United Way of Southwest Minnesota. 

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is committed to investing in the five county area to make long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger.

 

DINE OUT Specials:

  • Kronborg Restaurant & Lounge will donate $0.50 for every pizza ordered each Wednesday during the months of October & November. Kronborg is located at 101 W Hwy 14, Tyler, MN.

 

For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the area, please visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Nobles, Lac qui Parle, and Redwood counties of Minnesota.


September 24, 2014
Left Bank Cafe Promotion to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

The Left Bank Café will hold a special promotion to raise funds that will be donated to United Way of Southwest Minnesota. 

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is committed to investing in the five county area to make long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger.

 

DINE OUT Specials:

  • Left Bank Café will donate $1 for each pound of coffee sold each Monday in October. The Left Bank Café is located at 2600 Broadway Ave., Slayton.

 

For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the area, please visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Nobles, Lac qui Parle, and Redwood counties of Minnesota.

 


September 23, 2014
Granite Falls Restaurants to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Granite Falls restaurants will hold special promotions to raise funds that will be donated to United Way of Southwest Minnesota.  Please DINE OUT at some of your favorite local establishments and support the United Way at the same time!

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is committed to investing in the Granite Falls area to make long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger.

 

DINE OUT Specials:

  • Every Wednesday, September 17th-October 31st, Bootlegger’s Supper Club will donate $1 for EACH entrée sold.
  • Each Monday in October, Jimmy’s Pizza will donate $1 for EVERY appetizer ordered.
  • On Tuesday, November 18th, Hardee’s will donate 10% of sales.

 

In addition, the Granite Falls Kiwanis Club donated 40% of stand sales to the United Way during the September 19th-21st weekend. United Way staff and board members worked the booth during that weekend.

 

For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the Granite Falls area, please visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties of Minnesota.


September 23, 2014
Hunan Lion Promotion to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

The Hunan Lion will hold a special promotion to raise funds that will be donated to United Way of Southwest Minnesota. 

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is committed to investing in the five county area to make long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and united against hunger.

 

DINE OUT Specials:

  • September 23rd-28th, the Hunan Lion will donate $1 for every order of Crab Rangoon. 

 

For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the area, please visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.


September 22, 2014
Burger King Promotion to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Burger King will hold a special promotion to raise funds that will be donated to United Way of Southwest Minnesota. 

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is committed to make long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and hunger.

 

DINE OUT Special:

  • On Monday, September 22nd, Burger King will donate $1 for every ice cream cone GIVEN-AWAY from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

 

For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the area, please visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 


September 22, 2014
LIVE UNITED. GIVE UNITED. GROW UNITED.

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors recently approved two Special Community Projects Grants in the first round totaling $8,500.00. For 2014-2015, $12,000 was made available to fund these special projects. Round two will have a deadline of January 30 and the remaining $3,500.00 will be available. All grant applicants were reviewed and interviewed by community volunteers who then made their recommendations to the Board for final approval similar to the process used in the spring for Community Impact grant applicants; only on a smaller scale. Projects being funded had a clear tie to the United Way’s Goals for the Common Good focusing on Education, Income (financial stability), Health, Hunger or Safety & Well-Being and demonstrated clear impact and potential outcomes in those areas. Those applications being funded in Round One are as follows:

 

  • Health:  GOLD College at SMSU will use grant dollars for a One Day University. The goal of the program is to introduce a larger aging population from the region to the benefits of lifelong learning and further stimulate intellectual and cultural opportunities in a One Day University experience.
  • Hunger: Marshall Food 4 Kids will use grant dollars to support the weekend hunger relief backpack program for children enrolled in the Marshall School District and Western Community Action Head Start program. Funding will support the purchase of food for nutritious weekend and school break food packs.

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota annual fund-raising campaign is now underway.  While we do set an ambitious campaign goal each year, we are more interested in telling the story of the impact we’re having in the communities we call home. While we need to reach a financial goal in order to have the funds to do the work, it is the work we do with the funds that is the most important thing. Here are a few additional examples of how your dollars have been invested locally to make an impact.

 

In the 2014-15, United Way of Southwest Minnesota is…

  • Helping 25,000+ people receive necessary services through more than 30 quality community partner programs.
  • Providing a free, developmentally appropriate book to 2,400 children age 0-5 across SW MN each month through our sponsorship of the Imagination Library program. Our 250,000th book will be sent out this winter!
  • Delivering on more than 12 internal programs & initiatives to 14,492 area children and their families.
  • Focusing the majority of our internal initiatives on early childhood education/literacy/school readiness. Research shows that for every $1 invested in early childhood education, the return to society is more than $17.
  • Transparent about our overhead ratio of just 13.65% which is well under recommended non-profit overhead ratio standards. This means that almost $0.87 of every dollar you invested last year went directly to program impact. We are local, reliable and accountable.
  • Proud to report that we have invested more than $4 million dollars in Southwest Minnesota over the last 10 years to improve the lives of local people.


Our ambitious goal is $560,000.00.  We strive to meet and hopefully exceed that goal. And, because we know you want to know, we’ll keep you updated on our progress.  Funds invested and volunteer time donated enable us to meet community needs and have an impact on local people. Last year community impact grant requests were 47% more than dollars available. The local need is great. I invite you to invest in local people by giving through your local United Way. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.     

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting community change through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being and hunger in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Laq qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties. 




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