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The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is hoping for a boost in the final stretch of its annual campaign.   The local non-profit is about $25,00
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The first 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation party will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 7th at the Marshall-Lyon County Library fo
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Bank of the West is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees at the Ivanhoe, Marshall and Minneota branches contributed
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Big Stone Therapies, LLC are supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $460.57 through donations/pledges/special even
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Lyon County Courthouse employees are strong supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $4,308.00 through payroll pledg
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January 26, 2015
Every Dollar Makes a Difference - United Way of SW MN $25,000 Short of Goal

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is hoping for a boost in the final stretch of its annual campaign.

 

The local non-profit is about $25,000 short of its $560,000.00 goal and there’s just five days left to get there. Funds raised support local people, programs and initiatives that are meeting current and emerging needs in the community. Resources are directed towards work in basic needs—the five focus areas are education, income (financial stability), health, hunger and safety & well-being.

 

Last year about 45 programs benefited from the campaign affecting more than 39,000 local people. This includes programming that serves people from birth through the end of their lifetime and every step in between. For a complete list of supported programs please visit the United Way website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or call 507-929-2273 for more information.

 

“The needs of those we impact across rural SW MN are deep and often complex. If we don’t make the goal, local people that need the help will suffer, and we want to ensure that that’s not happening. Grant requests last year were 47% more than dollars available. We take our commitment to invest in the people and future of SW MN very seriously” said Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

 

The campaign runs through January 31, 2015. Donations can be made online at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or mailed to UWSWMN, PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258. United Way is located in the RLC Building at 109 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, Marshall, MN.

 

The organization serves Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties. This includes the following school districts (private, public and charter): 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. 


January 23, 2015
Lyon County Courthouse Employees Invest in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015C.LyonCty.pngLyon County Courthouse employees are strong supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $4,308.00 through payroll pledges/donations/special events. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to have the Lyon County Courthouse team among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

 

Pictured (L to R): Carol Oakland, Dar Brewers, Tricia Zimmer, Abby Wikelius, and Craig Wilson.


January 23, 2015
Big Stone Therapies Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Big Stone Therapies, LLC are supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $460.57 through donations/pledges/special events in their very first United Way workplace campaign! In addition, Big Stone made an investment of $250.00 for a total campaign of $710.57.2015C.BigStone2.png

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) is proud to have Big Stone Therapies, LLC among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.                            

 

Pictured: Hana Gilbertson, Desiree Berg, Ronni Vlaminck, Daynna Larsen, Nic Doeling, Ashley Holm, Shannon Hauger, Kirsten Haukom, Jeremy VanKlompenburg, Nancy Blanchard, Jeremy Mikkelsen, Jane Vandelanotte, Amy Homan, Allison Naber, Catie Dahl, and Betty Gossen.

 

Not Pictured: Brad Runia, Kelly Rouge, and Tawny Schotzko


January 23, 2015
Bank of the West Supports United Way of Southwest Minnesota Campaign

2015C.BankoftheWest.pngBank of the West is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees at the Ivanhoe, Marshall and Minneota branches contributed $1,911.50 through payroll pledges/donations/special events and Bank of the West made an additional investment of $1,751.50 for a total campaign of $3,663.00.

 

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

 

Front row: Jacki Knigge, Kahla Weber, Barb Stevens and Lorene Dibble.            

Back row: Anja Bjorklund, Kelli Kurth, Roger Miller and Carol Alness.


January 23, 2015
10000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation

Logo-1000books.pngThe first 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation party will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 7th at the Marshall-Lyon County Library for those who have completed the program. Mayor Bob Byrnes will hand out diplomas, and Buster the Magic Clown will present a program at 11 a.m. 

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. 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota announced its partnership with 15 area libraries last winter to bring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program toNR.1000Books.png 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. Participating libraries include: Fulda, Westbrook, Slayton, Marshall – Lyon County, Balaton, Cottonwood, Clarkfield, Tyler, Tracy, Minneota, Ivanhoe, Canby, Dawson, Granite Falls and Lake Benton. 

Any 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. Four year old preschooler, Ryelle Tuszynski, of Tyler, MN was the first documented graduate of the program since United Way’s launch. 

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.


January 22, 2015
Celebrating 250,000 Imagination Library books distributed

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United Way of Southwest Minnesota Coloring Raffle

January 12 – March 5, 2015

  1. Open to children birth to currently in Kindergarten (or Kindergarten aged)
  2. Color this picture.
  3. Entries accepted through Thursday March 5, 2015. One entry per child.
  4. Coloring entries will be displayed at Wells Fargo, Marshall and/or United Way of Southwest Minnesota.
  5. Three entries will be drawn to win a prize pack. Will notify by phone or email after March 5th.
  6. Return to United Way of Southwest Minnesota  109 S 5th Street Suite 300  Marshall, MN 56258

January 21, 2015
United Way of SW MN Campaign Update

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that $526,153.68 in donations and pledges have been recorded to date during the annual fund-raising campaign.  This equates to 94% 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 31, 2015. 


January 20, 2015
Letter to the Editor

As members of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) Board of Directors, we know first-hand that UWSWMN is a well-respected and locally governed organization committed to connecting human and financial resources. We all win when a child succeeds in school; when families are financially stable and when people are in good health. A single act – like your donation to United Way of Southwest Minnesota – will have an enormous impact. Your gift stays right here, and when magnified by the gifts of others, it has the power to make lasting impact.

 

With our campaign closing on January 31st, we are making the last push to hit our goal of $560,000.00. It has been a great campaign so far with $517,259.44 being raised as of January 13th. We are looking forward to the continued support from the generous individuals and businesses throughout SW MN. This will ensure that we will reach our goal so we can continue to improve lives right here in SW MN.

 

In 2014-15, our organization is granting dollars to more than 30 community partner programs and delivering on a dozen UWSWMN initiatives furthering the network of human services and volunteerism in the region.  That equates to helping more than 39,000 local people.

 

All contributions benefit individuals and families in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties. In the last ten years, we are proud that United Way of Southwest Minnesota has been able to invest more than $4 million dollars in SW MN through grants, programming and partnerships. That’s LIVING UNITED.

 

To make a contribution, please visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org. Donations can also be mailed to UWSWMN, PO Box 41, Marshall, MN 56258.

Sincerely,

 

Ben Alcorn, UWSWMN Campaign Chair, Marshall

Josh Bonnstetter, UWSWMN Board President, Slayton


January 20, 2015
Advance Opportunities Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Advance Opportunities employees are supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $1,136.50 through donations/special events. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to have Advance Opportunities employees among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

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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.

 

Pictured (L to R): Ann Pavek, Danielle Ogren, Dawn Wambeke, Paula Belaen, Jamie Struck and Rhonda Lyon.


January 20, 2015
Murray County Central Employees Invest in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Murray County Central employees are supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $170.00 through donations in their very first United Way workplace campaign! The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) is proud to have Murray County Central employees among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

 

 

In addition to supporting the work of local community partners, UWSWMN sponsors programs that are targeted to promote early literacy and school readiness skills for people living and/or working in the Murray County Central school district.

 

 

 

Over the past five years:

  • An average of 220 children (ages 0-5) living in Murray County Central school district have received an age appropriate, free book delivered to their home every month through UWSWMN’s sponsorship of the Imagination Library Program. Five year cost: $33,000.
  • Murray County Central School has received over $3,100 in UWSWMN Student Emergency Funds to be used to help meet unusual, unfunded basic needs of their neediest students.  
  • Over 300 Wild About Kindergarten Bags have been distributed to children attending Murray County Central School. These bags are filled with school readiness supplies to help young people prepare for success and school readiness.  Five Year Cost:  $3,000
  • For the first time this fall (2014), Murray County Central school district received back to school supplies through our UWSWMN’s Stuff the Bus 2015C.MCCentral.pngprogram.  The supplies delivered included:  117 notebooks; 144 black/blue pens; nine middle school backpacks and 26 elementary backpacks filled with school supplies; 60 glue sticks; 138 pencils; 147 folders; and more!       

 

Over the last 10 years, more than $4 million dollars has been re-invested in our region through contributions to your local United Way. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota serves Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties.

 

For more information or to make a contribution visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

                                     

 

Pictured (L to R): Dodi Haugen, Marcia Kunze, and Stephanie Cordes (UWSWMN).

 

 


January 13, 2015
United Way of SW MN Campaign Update

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) announces that $517,259.44 in donations and pledges have been recorded to date during the annual fund-raising campaign.  This equates to 92.4% 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, 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 31, 2015.

 

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January 13, 2015
Affiliated Community Medical Centers Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Affiliated Community Medical Center (ACMC)-Marshall is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $7,129.75 through payroll pledges/donations/special events and ACMC-Marshall made an additional investment of $1,000.00 for a total campaign of $8,129.75.2015C.ACMC.png

 

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

 

Front Row (L to R): Kayla Williams, Keri Sandhurst, Shannon Gerhardson, and Tina Arens

 

Back Row (L to R): Marcy Heemeyer (UWSWMN), Jody Bauer, Nancy Wiese, and Chelsea Lund


January 12, 2015
Western Mental Health Center Employees Invest in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Western Mental Health Center employees are strong supporters of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $1,300.00 through donations/special events. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to have Western Mental Health Center among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

2015C.WMHC.pngWestern Mental Health Center(WMHC) is a United Way of Southwest Minnesota community partner. Community partners are those organizations that receive grant dollars from United Way. 

Currently, the following WMHC programs are supported by United Way funds: 

  • • Hmong Community Support Program
  • • Wellness Project Program

Pictured: Julie Beckman and Marci Pluth

For more information about your local United Way, visitwww.UnitedWaySWMN.org.


January 9, 2015
BlueGreen Sponsors Gift Wrap Fundraiser to Benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015C.BlueGreen.pngUnited Way of Southwest Minnesota recognizes and thanks Kim & Christine at Blue Green Floral, Marshall for their free will donation gift wrap fundraiser for United Way. 

During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Blue Green Floral, wrapped gifts for a free will donation. Through this unique fundraiser, $183.00 was raised to benefit United Way of Southwest Minnesota and the communities we serve. Thank you to Blue Green Floral and your customers for your support and for LIVING UNITED.

For more information visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or www.bluegreenflowers.com.


January 7, 2015
Running Supply, Inc. Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota

2015C.Runnings.pngRunning Supply, Inc.  is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $4,891.61 through payroll pledges/donations and Running Supply, Inc. made an additional investment of $750.00 for a total campaign of $5,641.61. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to have Running Supply, Inc. among its supporters. Thank you for your investment and for LIVING UNITED.

 

Pictured (L to R): Thomas Homan, Laura Rogers, and Sal Nielsen.




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