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Schwan is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Schwan subsidiary employees contributed $74,043.96 through payroll pledges/dona
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The United Way of Southwest Minnesota announced its partnership with 15 area libraries last winter to bring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Progra
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U.S. Bank is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $43,313.58 through payroll pledges/donations/special e
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United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that $396,286.71 in donations and pledges have been recorded to date during the annual fund-raisi
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United Way of Southwest Minnesota announces deadline for Special Community Project Grant applications will be January 30, 2015.  Organizations se
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December 17, 2014
Schwan Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015C.Schwan2.pngSchwan is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Schwan subsidiary employees contributed $74,043.96 through payroll pledges/donations/special events and the Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation made an additional investment of $74,044.00 for a total campaign of $148,087.96.

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to have Schwan among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

Front rows: Theresa Zaske, Marcy Heemeyer, Kaylee Anderson, Denise Van Keulen, Jamie Branstner, Tracie Hansen, Janet Bodo, Wendy Shores, Todd Person and Jessica Wurscher

 

Back row: Chris Ulrich, Paul Griebel and Mike Stassen

 

Not Pictured: Keri Johnson, Bethany Glidden, Cheryl Johnson, Bruce Saugstad and Chelsey Larson

 


December 9, 2014
United Way of SW MN Campaign Update

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that $396,286.71 in donations and pledges have been recorded to date during the annual fund-raising campaign.  This equates to 70.8% of the $560,000 campaign goal. Over the last 10 years, more than $4 million has been re-invested in our region through contributions to your local United Way. In 2014-15, UWSWMN is helping more than 39,000 people receive necessary services through more than 30 quality community partner programs and 12 internal initiatives.

 

UWSWMN unites people and resources to improve lives in the area with a focus on education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being, and hunger—the building blocks for a good quality of life. Your donation to UWSWMN will go to work to improve the lives of people living in the following school districts in MN: Canby, Clarkfield, Dawson/Boyd, Echo, Fulda, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lakeview, Lynd, Marshall, Milroy, Minneota, Murray County Central, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Tracy Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Yellow Medicine East (public, private and charter).

 

Your donation goes far…but not far away. Contributions can be made online at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or mailed to UWSWMN, PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. The annual campaign runs through January 30, 2015. 


December 9, 2014
U.S. Bank Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

U.S. Bank is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $43,313.58 through payroll pledges/donations/special events 2015C.US_Bank.pngand the U.S. Bank Foundation made an additional investment of $43,000.00 for a total campaign of $86,313.58.

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to the have U.S. Bank among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

 

Front Row (L to R): Brenda Denelsbeck, Erin Kuehl and Marcy Heemeyer (United Way).
Back Row (L to R): John Thomsen, Kirk Grannes, Brad Winkelman, Kevin Reese, Ben Alcorn, Dave Verkinderen and Amber Gossen. 


December 9, 2014
Tuszynski of Tyler is First 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Graduate

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota announced its partnership with 15 area libraries last winter to bring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program to our region.  Three of the area libraries, Fulda, Slayton, and Westbrook, already had successful programs so the United Way offered additional support/materials to those existing locations while initiating the start up in the 12 remaining locations.

 

Congratulations to four year old preschooler, Ryelle Tuszynski, of Tyler, MN who is the first documented graduate of the program since United Way’s launch. Ryelle’s favorite book is Fancy Nancy-Poison Ivy Expert by Jane O’Connor. “Parents have always known the importance of reading to their kids, but this program is a good reminder and incentive to read. It’s easy to do and kids love listening to stories. It is also a good bonding opportunity”, shared Tyler librarian, Carla Skjong.

 

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter Kindergarten. Children, when registered at a participating library, receive a canvas library bag with artwork on one side and a list of participating libraries on the other side, a reading folder with a reading log, program information and frequently asked questions. Children receive incentive prizes throughout the 1000 book journey and upon completion of the program a graduation party, held twice a year. 

 

Participating libraries include: Fulda, Westbrook, Slayton, Marshall – Lyon County, Balaton, Cottonwood, Clarkfield, Tyler, Tracy, Minneota, Ivanhoe, Canby, Dawson, Granite Falls and Lake Benton.  Regional graduation parties will be scheduled once additional children graduate.

 

1000books.2014.12.08.pngAny child from birth until kindergarten can sign up. Registration is ongoing at each respective library. It will take from a few months to a few years, depending on how many books you read at a time.  Developing literacy skills begins at birth and continues throughout the toddler and pre-school years. The best way to ensure a child has the skills necessary to learn to read is having someone read aloud to them.

 

For more information on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten call 507-929-2273, visit the United Way website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or contact your local library. This program is an initiative of United Way’s Success By 6 efforts which focus on school readiness and early literacy. Additional programming includes: Imagination Library, Wild About Kindergarten bags, daycare mobile learning, summer/winter reading programs, and Born Learning Trails, etc...

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting change in people’s lives and the communities in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood Counties of Minnesota

 

Picture:  1,000 Books Graduate, Ryelle Tuszynski and Librarian, Carla Skjong


December 2, 2014
Special Community Project Grant Deadliness Announced by United Way of Southwest Minnesota

United Way of Southwest Minnesota announces deadline for Special Community Project Grant applications will be January 30, 2015.  Organizations serving this area of southwest Minnesota are eligible to submit grant requests for activities or programs that are aligned with the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Goals for the Common Good. 

 

All Special Community Project Grant applications will be reviewed by a team of area volunteers who will make recommendations regarding funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors.

 

Organizations can download the Special Community Project Grant application and read more about the Goals for the Common Good at the “Your United Way – Community Impact” section of www.UnitedWaySWMN.org  or contact United Way of Southwest Minnesota at 507-929-2273. The United Way board of directors announced earlier this year that $12,000 was available for these special grants. In round one, $8,500.00, was awarded to two programs leaving $3,500.00 available for round two.

           

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create long lasting change in people’s lives and the communities in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood Counties of Minnesota.U

 


December 1, 2014
Bremer Bank Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015C.Bremer.pngBremer Bank is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $10,623.00 through payroll pledges/donations and Bremer Bank made an additional investment of $8,500.00 for a total campaign of $19,123.00. In addition, Bremer Bank of Marshall achieved 100% employee participation in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota campaign.

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to the have Bremer Bank among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

 

Pictured (L to R): Cindy Verschaetse, Bremer Bank; Sara Haney, Bremer Bank; Marcy Heemeyer, United Way of SW MN; and Robin Bednarek, Bremer Bank.


November 24, 2014
Pie in the Face Finale at Brau Brothers on TUESDAY! Join us!

Whose face would you like to see covered in pie for a good cause? Join the United Way of Southwest Minnesota for the pie in the face finale at Brau Brothers in Marshall at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th. Throughout the month of November, pie ballet boxes have been traveling throughout the area for residents to vote for their favorite candidate. Pie Wars is a fun, lighthearted way for community members to get involved in the annual campaign. The person with the most monetary donation votes placed in their ballet box will be deemed the winner and enjoy a nice pie experience. The pie to the face finale is open to the public. Please mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun.

 

Pie Wars contestants include:  Josh Bonnstetter, United Way Board President, Home Federal Bank; Ben Alcorn, United Way Campaign Chair, U.S. Bank; Jeremy Gossen, Former United Way Board President, Bremer Bank; Stephanie Cordes, Education Coordinator, United Way; Julie DeCock, Finance Coordinator, United Way; and Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director, United Way.  The race between candidates is currently extremely close with some separated in standings by less than a $1.00. Every vote counts!

 

When the boxes arrived at Brau Brothers for more voting the leader board was as follows:

1st: Alcorn

2nd: Gossen

3rd: Bonnstetter

4th: Heemeyer

5th: Cordes

6th: DeCock

 

There is still time to vote! 

  • Final donations will be accepted at Brau Brothers from Saturday, November 22nd and continue until 12:15pm on Tuesday, November 25th. The pie will be thrown at 12:30pm!

 

Donations for Pie Wars can also be sent to UW of SW MN at PO Box 41, Marshall, MN  56258 or made online at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org. Be sure to include who you would like to vote for with your donation! All funds raised will help support the annual United Way of Southwest Minnesota campaign and go to work throughout SW MN.


November 20, 2014
Thanksgiving Message

On behalf of the United Way team and twenty-three member board of directors, we extend wishes of a warm and happy Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for in this area even in the current time of uncertainty and challenge. My job allows me to see donations of time and resources to the United Way at work on a regular basis.  Now more than ever your investment is making a difference in real people’s lives, right here in Southwest Minnesota.

 

Here are just a few examples of how an investment in the United Way makes an impact right here at home:

 

There are more than 2,400 children in this area (ages birth – 5 years of age) who gain valuable school readiness skills each time an adult in their life takes 15 – 20 minutes to read them one of the interesting, age appropriate Imagination Library books that they receive in the mail each month.  Since the United Way began our sponsorship of the program, more than 4,000 children have graduated from the program. This winter we will distribute our 250,000th book!

 

936 children were able to practice their school readiness skills over the summer with ‘Wild About Kindergarten’ bags. These bags were given to every child who attended Kindergarten Round-Up in 25 area schools last spring.

 

More than 3,500 students throughout 25 area schools were able to start school with fresh new school supplies because of the Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The United Way engaged dozens of volunteers to sort, pack and distribute supplies/backpacks to elementary, middle and high schools throughout our region.

 

United Way dispersed Student Emergency grants to 21 applying area schools. These funds assist the districts neediest students with everything from school trip/activity fees, socks/underwear, snow-pants, eyeglasses, school supplies, etc.

 

Each year, dozens of non-profit organizations throughout southwest Minnesota apply for and receive grant dollars through the United Way. Last year, those requests were 47% more than dollars available. The need is great. These organizations focus on the building blocks of a healthy community including Education, Income (financial stability), Health, Safety & Well-Being and Hunger. For a complete listing of our community partners, visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

When you invest in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, you invest in your own backyard. Your donation goes far…but not far away. We are currently at 40.8% of our campaign goal of $560,000. If you haven’t invested in the United Way of SW MN yet this year, we ask you to please consider doing so. Thank you for giving, advocating and volunteering to help communities in SW MN grow.


November 20, 2014
Pie in the Face Finale at Brau Brothers

Whose face would you like to see covered in pie for a good cause? Join the United Way of Southwest Minnesota for the pie in the face finale at Brau Brothers in Marshall on Tuesday, November 25th at 12:30pm. Throughout the month of November, pie ballet boxes have been traveling throughout the area for residents to vote for their favorite candidate. Pie Wars is a fun, lighthearted way for community members to get involved in the annual campaign. The person with the most monetary donation votes placed in their ballet box will be deemed the winner and enjoy a nice pie experience. The pie to the face finale is open to the public. Please mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun.

 

 

Pie Wars contestants include:  Josh Bonnstetter, United Way Board President, Home Federal Bank; Ben Alcorn, United Way Campaign Chair, U.S. Bank; Jeremy Gossen, Former United Way Board President, Bremer Bank; Stephanie Cordes, Education Coordinator, United Way; Julie DeCock, Finance Coordinator, United Way; and Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director, United Way.  The race between candidates is currently extremely close.

 

There is still time to vote!  Voting boxes will be at the following locations leading up to the finale:

 

  • November 21st  from 5:30-7:30PM:  Wine Tasting Event benefiting United Way at the Ramada Inn
  • Final donations will be accepted at Brau Brothers from Saturday, November 22 and continue until 12:15pm on Tuesday, November 25th.
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Donations for Pie Wars can also be sent to UW of SW MN at PO Box 41, Marshall, MN  56258 or made online at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org. Be sure to include who you would like to vote for with your donation! All funds raised will help support the annual United Way of Southwest Minnesota campaign and go to work throughout SW MN.


November 19, 2014
ADM Cares Grant Awarded to United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $5000 to United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The donation will go toward the 2015 Stuff the Bus initiative. Funds will be used to purchase needed school supplies, hygiene items and back packs based on the need reported by each respective school in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota service area. In 2015, nearly 4,000 students from 26 areas schools in grades K-12 will benefit from the effort. In 2014, the program served 3,783 students.

 

”We want every child in our service area to be ready and prepared to start school successfully. In order to do this and achieve their goals, they must have the basic supplies necessary to facilitate learning,” said Marcy Heemeyer, executive director of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota unites people and resources to improve lives in the area with a focus on education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being, and hunger—the building blocks for a good quality of life. Stuff the Bus will assist students in the following school districts in SW MN: Canby, Clarkfield, Dawson/Boyd, Echo, Fulda, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lakeview, Lynd, Marshall, Milroy, Minneota, Murray County Central, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Tracy Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Yellow Medicine East (public, private and charter).

The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.  


November 19, 2014
United Way of SW MN Campaign Update

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that $228,513.89 in donations and pledges have been recorded to date during the annual fund-raising campaign.  This equates to 40.8% of the $560,000 campaign goal. Over the last 10 years, more than $4 million has been re-invested in our region through contributions to your local United Way. In 2014-15, UWSWMN is helping more than 39,000 people receive necessary services through more than 30 quality community partner programs and 12 internal initiatives.

 

UWSWMN unites people and resources to improve lives in the area with a focus on education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being, and hunger—the building blocks for a good quality of life. Your donation to UWSWMN will go to work to improve the lives of people living in the following school districts in MN: Canby, Clarkfield, Dawson/Boyd, Echo, Fulda, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lakeview, Lynd, Marshall, Milroy, Minneota, Murray County Central, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Tracy Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Yellow Medicine East (public, private and charter).

 

Your donation goes far…but not far away. Contributions can be made online at UnitedWaySWMN.org or mailed to PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258.

 


November 19, 2014
Marshall Independent Supports UW of SW MN Campaign

The Marshall Independent is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $1,466.00 through payroll 2015C.Independent.pngpledges/donations and Marshall Independent made an additional investment of $500.00 for a total campaign of $1,966.00

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to the have Marshall Independent among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

 

Back row (L to R): Marcy Heemeyer, United Way of Southwest Minnesota executive director; Julie Macht, Sara Dolan, Deb Johnson, Joyce Larsen.
Front row: Kim Labat, Whitney Deutz, Kelsey Labat, Leslie Waterman, Jane Sovell.


November 19, 2014
Marshall Education Association Donates to UW Campaign

2015C.MEA.pngMarshall Education Association is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

 

Jennifer Gregoire, representing the Marshall Education Association presented United Way Executive Director, Marcy Heemeyer, with a $500.00 contribution earlier this month. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.


November 13, 2014
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Campaign Update

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that $148,057.12 in donations and pledges have been recorded to date during the annual fund-raising campaign.  This equates to 26.4% of the $560,000 campaign goal. Over the last 10 years, more than $4 million has been re-invested in our region through contributions to your local United Way. In 2014-15, UWSWMN is helping more than 39,000 people receive necessary services through more than 30 quality community partner programs and 12 internal initiatives.

 

UWSWMN unites people and resources to improve lives in the area with a focus on education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being, and hunger—the building blocks for a good quality of life. Your donation to UWSWMN will go to work to improve the lives of people living in the following school districts in MN: Canby, Dawson/Boyd, Fulda, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lakeview, Lynd, Marshall, Milroy, Minneota, Murray County Central, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Tracy Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Yellow Medicine East (public, private and charter).

 

Your donation goes far…but not far away. Contributions can be made online at UnitedWaySWMN.org or mailed to PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. 


November 4, 2014
Wine Tasting Event to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

A Wine Tasting Event will be held to benefit the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) campaign on Friday, November 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the Ramada Inn, 1500 E. College Drive, Marshall.  Advanced tickets of $20 per person can be purchased at the Marshall Liquor Store, Valley Discount Liquor, HyVee, Ramada Inn and the UWSWMN office prior to the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the event for $25 per person.  There will be Hors d’oeuvres and a wine selection.  The event is hosted by the Ramada Inn, Phillips Wine and Spirits and Paustis & Sons Wine Company.

 

There will be a silent auction at the event. Ballot boxes for the United Way pie in the face competition will also be on display for monetary donations/votes. Wine tasting ticket holders will receive a complimentary glass of wine when an entrée is ordered at Shay’s Restaurant that evening, also.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota unites people and resources to improve lives in the area with a focus on education, income, health, safety & well-being and hunger—the building blocks for a good quality of life. UWSWMN serves Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties.  Funds will be used to support these efforts as well as help underwrite the Imagination Library literacy building program.




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