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Duke Energy-Canby kicked off their United Way workplace campaign today! The kick-off included breakfast and a game demonstrating community impact and
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Advance 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
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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
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United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) unites people and resources to improve lives in the area with a focus on education, income (financial stabi
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The Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive collected supplies and backpacks for 25 participating schools within the United Way of Southwest Minnesota&rsquo
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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! 


July 29, 2014
Marshall GreenStep Business

Congratulations, United Way of Southwest Minnesota has been recognized as a Marshall GreenStep Business with 16  points and will be listed on the www.marshallgreenstep.org website!  On behalf of the Marshall GreenStep Committee I would like to thank you for your participation in the program.  We are working to MarshallGreen2014.pngcreate a culture in Marshall that reflects a commitment to protecting our environment, financial efficiency and a healthy quality of life.  Just taking the time to complete the GreenStep Business application indicates to us that you share these same goals.  I have attached a Marshall GreenStep Cities logo to this email and encourage you to use it in your communications and marketing materials.  

 

The program is still fairly new and with your help we hope it will grow and businesses will feel a sense of pride upon being recognized as a “Marshall GreenStep Business”.   We will stay in contact to keep you informed of any future changes to the program.

 

Thank you once again and please encourage other businesses and organizations in the community to work toward Marshall “GreenStep Business” achievement.

 

Best Regards,

 

 

Thomas Hoff


July 29, 2014
The Ribbon Has Been Cut

The Ribbon has been officially cut! 

Today marks the grand opening of the Granite Falls Born Learning Trail. Located in Rice Park, this amenity will be used by families for years to come to encourage active learning. The Born Learning Trail (BLT) is a fun, easy way to use our outside environment to help teach children the skills that are necessary for their success in BLT-GF.pngschool. The signs along the BLT are meant to boost language and literacy development and also support early learning in everyday moments.

Thank you to our United Way partners/sponsors in this effort including the City of Granite Falls, Granite Falls Kiwanis, Bursch Travel, and The Sawmill. Additional thanks to Yellow Medicine County, Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce, Granite Falls EDA, Advocate Tribune, Fagen, Inc., United Way board directors, and community volunteers.


July 17, 2014
Gatzke Completes United Way Internship

Brittany Gatzke is a senior at Southwest Minnesota State University and is double majoring in Early Childhood Elementary Education and Early Childhood Intern_Gatzke.pngSpecial Education. She is originally from Hitchcock, SD. 

Gatzke successfully completed a 60 hour internship with our organization this morning. Her internship was focused on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Success By 6 efforts. She assisted with many projects including writing/updating lesson plans for our mobile learning home daycare initiative. 

Pictured: Brittany Gatzke and United Way Education Coordinator, Stephanie Cordes.


July 14, 2014
Born Learning Trail Open & Ribbon Cutting Planned

United Way of Southwest Minnesota, the City of Granite Falls, Granite Falls Kiwanis, Bursch Travel and The Sawmill are excited to bring a Born Learning Trail (BLT) to Granite Falls to help parents and caregivers support early education and active learning for young children. The Born Learning Trail is a fun, easy way for Granite Falls parents, grandparents and caregivers to use our outside environment to help teach children the skills that are necessary for their success in school. The series of 10 signs are designed to help adults interact with children to boost language and literacy development and also support early learning in everyday moments.

 

The Born Learning Trail was installed in Granite Falls on Thursday, July 10, 2014 along the sidewalk that borders Minnesota Avenue near the playground and shelter. The BLT is now open for use by area children and families. The public is invited to the Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening on July 24, 2014 at 11:30am at Trail. For more information, contact United Way of Southwest Minnesota at 507-929-2273 or log onto www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

 

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


July 10, 2014
New Board Members and Officers for United Way of Southwest Minnesota

United Way of Southwest Minnesota has elected new officers and directors for the organization for the 2014-15 fiscal year.  Joining the board as new directors are Mark Schnaser, Marshall, Taylor Corporation; Christie Hindbjorgen, Marshall, Home School Mom & Community Volunteer/Advocate; and Abby Wikelius, Marshall, Lyon County Attorney’s office.

 

Officers are President, Josh Bonnstetter, Slayton, Home Federal Bank & Family Farm; Past President, Lisa Rademacher, Lynd, SW/WC Service Cooperative; Vice-President, Theresa Zaske, Balaton, Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC; Treasurer, Michelle Warme, Marshall, Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC; Engagement/Resource Development Chair, Ben Alcorn, Marshall, U.S. Bank; Success By 6 Chair, Sue Skramstad, Marshall, SW/WC Service Cooperative; and Community Impact Chair, Jon Rowe, Lyon County, Minnesota Department of Corrections.

 

Returning directors are Amie Ascheman, Minneota, Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman, PLLP; Jeff Cordes, Marshall, Schwan’s Food Service; Brenda Denelsbeck, Porter, U.S. Bank;  Kristi Flaten, Granite Falls, Bursch Travel; Pete Hellie, Hanley Falls, North Star Mutual Insurance Company; 

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Marissa Kunde, Marshall, Title and Abstract Services; Roger Miller, Marshall, Bank of the West; Jeremy Gossen, Marshall, Bremer Bank; John Thomsen, Marshall, U.S. Bank; Matt Weller, Marshall, Centrol Crop Consulting; Janel Wartner, Marshall, Subway & Taco Del Mar; Eddy Unoh, Marshall, Schwan’s Global Supply Chain; and Tim O'Leary, Tyler, Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc.

 

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

 

New board members (L to R):  Abby Wikelius, Lyon County Attorney's Office; Christie Hindbjorgen, Homeschool Mom and Community Advocate; and Mark Schnaser, Taylor Corporation.edicine, 


July 10, 2014
Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

Help area children get a good start to the school year by providing some new school supplies or hygiene products.  Donation collection barrels and boxes are in place at Shopko, Wal-Mart, Marshall Area YMCA, County Fair, HyVee, WOW!, Marshall Radio Station, Minnwest Bank Marshall and Dawson, Bank of the West – Ivanhoe, Marshall and Minneota, Granite Falls Chamber Office, Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, and the United Way of Southwest MN office, 109 S. 5th Street, Marshall.  People can also help Stuff the Bus by bringing school supplies to the WOW! sponsored Marshall Radio Open Happiness  event at the Marshall National Guard Armory on Tuesday, July 22, 4:00-6:00 pm, where a school bus will be available to place supplies.  Also, on July 25 from 10 – 6 Marshall Hy-Vee is hosting a Stuff the Bus event with in store sales and a bus in the parking lot to “stuff.” Additionally Lincoln County 4H is collecting supplies at the Lincoln County Fair, July 31 – August 3.

 

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.

 

The collected supplies and backpacks are distributed to 26 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.

 

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 community 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 with Western Printing, Marshall Radio, WOW! and Marshall Hy-Vee help with both advertising  Stuff the Bus and coordinating events to collect supplies. Southwest Coaches is providing a bus to be on site for two collection events this year.

 

Groups still interested in taking part in collection efforts should contact United Way right away to find out what supplies are especially needed this year. Volunteers are needed to help sort supplies on August 6 between 8:15 and 12:00. Sorting occurs at the Marshall National Guard Armory. Volunteers are needed to deliver supplies to schools as well on August 7. Please contact the United Way to sign up.

 

Canby 4 Kids and the United Way of Southwest Minnesota are also collecting supplies for Canby Elementary and St. Peter’s in Canby.  School supplies can be brought to the Canby Elementary school throughout July and into the first week of August or to the Canby 4 Kids booth at National Night Out on August 5th at Central Park in Canby.  Financial donations can be mailed to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota office, please note Canby Stuff the Bus in the memo.

 

For additional information on this project please call United Way, 507-929-2273 or visit our website www.unitedwayswmn.org.    




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