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The United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors recently approved two Special Community Projects Grants in the first round totaling $8,500.00
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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. 


September 18, 2014
Duke Energy in Canby has Campaign Kick-Off

Duke Energy-Canby kicked off their United Way workplace campaign today! The kick-off included breakfast and a game demonstrating community impact and the2015C.Duke2.png reach of United Way throughout Southwest Minnesota.

2015C.Duke1.pngDuke Energy-Canby ran their very first United Way campaign last year and received the Rising Star Award of Distinction for their contributions/involvement in 2013-14. Thank you Duke-Energy for all that you do to make a difference in the lives of others.

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy solutions, helping utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities deliver affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy to customers throughout the United States.

For more information about how your workplace can get involved with United Way of Southwest Minnesota, visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org, email unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org, or call 507-929-2273.


September 15, 2014
Advance Opportunities Kicks Off Workplace Campaign

2015C.Advance.pngAdvance Opportunities kicked off their United Way workplace campaign today as part of an all staff in-service! United Way was able to visit with staff about the impact being made throughout Southwest Minnesota.

Advance Opportunities is a private not-for-profit agency that has been providing quality employment opportunities and vocational training to individuals with developmental, physical and other disabilities since 1963.

For more information about how your workplace can get involved with United Way of Southwest Minnesota email unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org or call 507-929-2273.


September 11, 2014
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Awards Community Impact Grants

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) has invested more than $4 million dollars throughout our region in the last 10 years. The UWSWMN serves Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties. United Way 2014-15 community partner programs from throughout the UW service area gathered together on September 9th for a training session tailored specifically for them as United Way officially kicked off their annual fundraising campaign. Check presentation photos were taken by grant category to close out the session. 

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Grants to the Goal for the Common Good: Education Category totaled $119,906.  Pictured at left: Representatives from Minority Advocate Program Marshall Public Schools, ARC of MN SW, Literacy Volunteers of SW MN, Project SEARCH, United Way Success By 6, and United Way of SW MN. Not pictured: SW Assistive Technology Network and area schools that applied for Student Emergency Fund grants.

 

 

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Grants to the Goal for the Common Good: Income Category totaled $37,500. Pictured at right: Representatives from Tax Preparation Clinic, The Refuge, SW MN Housing Partnership, American Red Cross-Prairie Winds Chapter, and United Way of SW MN. Not Pictured: Representatives from Junior Achievement of Lincoln County and Junior Achievement of Lyon County.

 

 

 

 

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Grants to the Goal for the Common Good: Health Category totaled $45,105. Pictured at left: Representatives from Adult Community Center, Hmong Community Support Program, Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Marshall Area YMCA, Nurse-Family Partnership of SW Health & Human Services, Prairie Home Hospice, Wellness Project of WMHC, and United Way of SW MN. Not pictured: Canby Bloodmobile and Marshall United Soccer Association.

 

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Grants to the Goal for the Common Good: United Against Hunger Category totaled $70,000.  Pictured at left: Representatives from Kitchen Table Food Shelves, LSS Senior Nutrition Program, Prairie Five Senior Nutrition Program, YM Neighbors United Food Shelf and United Way of SW MN.

 

 

 

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Grants to the Goal for the Common Good: Safety & Well-Being Category totaled $74,500. Pictured at right: Representatives from Crime Victims Support Program-NHCC, Family Services Program-NHCC, Big Buddies, Community Circles, R Word Campaign-Marshall Area Special Olympics, Therapeutic Horse Riding Program-Marshall Area Special Olympics, WRAP, and United Way of SW MN.

 


August 26, 2014
LIVE UNITED. GIVE UNITED. GROW UNITED.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (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. UWSWMN achieves these goals by convening the community to address key issues, collaborating to achieve measureable impact and connecting human and financial resources. Your dollar goes further with UWSWMN because we’re not doing our work alone.

 

Our 2014-2015 campaign goal is a lofty $560,000.00. Responding to the needs of southwest Minnesota, this amount will make even greater impact across the region. Last year, grant requests were 47% more than dollars available. Our service area includes communities within Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties. This year’s campaign will be chaired by Ben Alcorn, U.S. Bank and ‘officially’ kicks-off on September 9, 2014 with a series of meetings/events.

 

In 2014-15, we are partnering with more than thirty community programs and delivering on more than a dozen UWSWMN programs & initiatives furthering the network of human services and volunteerism in the region. In the last 10 years alone, we have invested more than $4 million throughout Southwest Minnesota. Your donation goes far…but not far away. Contributions to your local United Way improve lives right here where you live. For more information on the work of the United Way, our community partners, internal UWSWMN programming, and/or volunteer opportunities please visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

Community is something we grow together.  Thank you for LIVING UNITED.


August 18, 2014
Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Benefits YME Students

The Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive collected supplies and backpacks for 25 participating schools within the United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s service area, assisting an estimated 3,500 students.  School staff ensures the supplies reach those who really need some extra support.  Last year, approximately 1000 children at 16 schools were helped with backpacks and school supplies from this project. 

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This project is coordinated by United Way of Southwest Minnesota with support from the Lyon County Alliance for Youth and Families. Generous support from the area also makes this project a success. Salvation Army donates backpacks and financial support, churches, organizations, businesses and employee groups collect supplies and financial donations and partnerships. Locally, the Granite Falls Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a school supply collection box.  Other collection sites were set-up throughout the United Way service area.

 

Direct contributions (noted on the memo line for school supply purchase) can also be sent to United Way of Southwest MN, P.O. Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. Donations are accepted year round for this project and help the United Way purchase necessary items in bulk at a low cost.

 

Pictured: Kathy Anderson poses with supplies delivered for YME K-12 students.


August 18, 2014
Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Benefits Dawson Boyd Students

The Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive collected supplies and backpacks for 25 participating schools within the United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s service area, assisting an estimated 3,500 students.  School staff ensures the supplies reach those who really need some extra support.  Last year, approximately 1000 children at 16 schools were helped with backpacks and school supplies from this project. 

 

STB14-DB.pngThis project is coordinated by United Way of Southwest Minnesota with support from the Lyon County Alliance for Youth and Families. Generous support from the region also makes this project a success. Salvation Army donates backpacks and financial support, churches, organizations, businesses and employee groups collect supplies and financial donations and partnerships. Locally, MinnWest Bank-Dawson hosted a school supply collection box.  Other collection sites were set-up throughout the United Way service area.

 

Direct contributions (noted on the memo line for school supply purchase) can also be sent to United Way of Southwest MN, P.O. Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. Donations are accepted year round for this project and help the United Way purchase necessary items in bulk at a low cost.

 

Pictured: United Way Education Coordinator, Stephanie Cordes, and Elementary Principal, Amy Hiedeman, pose with supplies delivered for Dawson Boyd K-12 students.


August 12, 2014
Pacesetter Campaign Kick-Off

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This week marks the kick-off of our local Pacesetter campaigns with UPS. Pacesetter campaigns do just that. They set the pace for workplace campaigns that kick off in the fall. UPS is delivering impact through United Way!

This week we kicked off the UPS employee campaign with the team in Granite Falls on Monday (pictured at right) and in Slayton on Wednesday (pictured at left).  Go UPS!


July 29, 2014
United Way Membership Requirements and Network Benefits

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (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. Our mission is to improve lives in Southwest Minnesota by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. United Way achieves these goals by convening the community to address key issues, collaborating to achieve measureable impact, and connecting human and financial resources. Your dollar goes further with UWSWMN because we’re not doing our work alone. In 2014-15, we will partner with more than thirty community partner programs and deliver on more than a dozen UWSWMN programs & initiatives furthering the network of human services and volunteerism in the region. Your donation goes far, but never far away.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota has successfully completed all of the United Way Worldwide membership requirements satisfactorily and on time for 2014.  United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of 1,800 community-based United Ways around the globe. Each local United Way must complete United Way Worldwide requirements annually in order to retain its United Way membership.  The purpose of United Way Worldwide is to provide leadership, training and a wide variety of support services to the local community-based member organizations. However, it is important to emphasize that all of the 1,800 United Way organizations are independent and autonomous and work to create lasting change specific to the community needs in their own communities.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is a separately incorporated non-profit that is governed by a 23-member local, volunteer board of directors with professional staff managing the day-to-day operations. Annual dues to United Way of America are slightly less than 1% of funds that are raised.  The services received back from that membership far outweigh that small cost. For example, the United Way brand is the only nonprofit to make the Top 50 ranking 26th on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Valuable Brands, ranking between Verizon and Nintendo. The brand as an asset to the United Way network is valued at more than $34 billion by Interbrand. Our membership allows us access to use of logo’s and templates for local implementation. Additionally, the small membership fee we pay to United Way Worldwide is recouped by our local communities many times over in training, organization services, and access to national corporate and employee giving campaigns, such as UPS, Walmart, Shopko, IBM, Duke Energy, Excel Energy, etc., etc. Multinational organizations seek multinational partnerships, and the United Way network is well-positioned as the corporate social responsibility partner of choice to the world’s largest companies. These 100+ companies generate more than $1 billion annually in support to local United Ways across the globe. Locally, this translates both into access to these companies and the investment of financial contributions back to our service area in southwest Minnesota.

 

Our last two audits and annual report are available for review on our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org. You can find them under YOUR UNITED WAY then PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY. You will be able to see organizations receiving grant funding, local fundraising and administrative costs/percentages, etc. Please share these with anyone that may have a question. We are proud of our transparency. If you are interested in learning about our work and that of community partners for 2014-15 email unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org or watch our website for the latest information.


July 29, 2014
Stuff the Bus at HyVee

Thank you to everyone who helped us Stuff the Bus at Hy-Vee last Friday and donated cash at the register throughout the weekend! We collected about 1000 donated items, plus $900 in donations (some cash, some in-store donations). 

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Here's a sample of what we picked up today: 523 folders, 370 rulers, 216 bottles of glue, 100 packages of colored pencils, 103 notebooks, and more! 

Donations are being collected through August 4th. Look for collection barrels and boxes throughout the area. Monetary donations can be sent to UWSWMN, PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. 

This year we're helping 3,500 students start the school year off ready to succeed which equals 44,000 needed items! 




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