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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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August 29, 2013
Marshall United Soccer Association Named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call the Marshall United Soccer Association (MUSA), a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. MUSA is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

MUSA13.jpgThe $300.00 grant award will be used to provide scholarships for youth wishing to participate in the MUSA soccer program.

 


Pictured L to R: Eric Luther-MUSA; Jill Gordon-MUSA; Sam Duran-MUSA; Jackson Luther-MUSA; Ellie Gordon-MUSA; and Marcy Heemeyer. Executive Director-United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

 


August 29, 2013
'Growing Together' in Southwest Minnesota. Together WE can do more.

The theme for our upcoming 2013-2014 campaign was inspired by two things. The first being the five counties we call home-Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, western Redwood, and Yellow Medicine and the people who reside here. Through the building blocks of education, income (financial stability), health, safety & well-being, and united against hunger we can affect true community change right here...right now...together.

 

 

 

The second was an article written by Hildy Gottlieb entitled, Community Engagement: Gardening in the Front Yard that ran in the June 4th issue of the Huffington Post. The article described how planting a garden in your front yard instead of the typical backyard garden is what community engagement is all about.

 

 

 

The article went on to illustrate that by gardening in the front yard a community is able to see the hard work, sweat, and effort behind the success. It fosters two- way communication...where all parties learn and grow from each other. Relationships grow and deepen. Barriers come down. Individuals feel connected and invested in whether the garden (or community) grows and flourishes. Everyone has a stake in our future.

 

 

 

By investing in each other, across southwest Minnesota, we can grow together and make this an even better place to call home.

 

 

 

Think Local. Take a moment to think about all of the local programs that are impacted by a gift to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. You may have benefited from one or more of them...or your children or grandchildren may have benefited...or your neighbor...or your best friend. The list goes on. We're sure you know the faces of at least one individual or family who have been touched.

 

 

 

Give Local. When you give to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, your gift stays local. It is invested here to benefit our five counties and make long lasting community change.

 

 

 

Grow Local. Let's Grow Together. Help us make true community impact while gardening in the front yard. This year's campaign goal is $555,555.55. Please invest in your family, your friends, your neighbors and your community to create opportunities for a better today and a brighter tomorrow...for all of us. Thank you for LIVING UNITED.


August 26, 2013
Hmong Community Support Program named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call the Hmong Community Support Program, a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. The Hmong Community Support Program of Western Mental Health is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

The $20,000.00 grant award will be used to provide physical and mental health services to individuals living in the WMHC13.jpglocal Hmong communities of Lyon, western Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties. Services provided include client outreach, crisis assistance, housing and benefits assistance, employability services, medication management, psychosocial rehabilitation, and assistance in independent living skills.

 

Pictured L to R: Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director-United Way of Southwest Minnesota; Julie Beckman, Program Coordinator-Western Mental Health Center; Maliya Kue, Hmong Community Support Program; and Michelle Warme, Treasurer-United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors. Not pictured: Sarah Ackerman, Executive Director-Western Mental Health Center.

 


August 26, 2013
Community Circles Named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call Community Circles a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Community Circles of Western Community Action is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

CommCir13.jpgThe $1,000.00 grant award will be used to offer a safe space where participants can grain strength and have a sense of community. Each meeting begins with a free nutritious meal and weekly programs focusing on health and well-being, personal finances and community connections.

 


Pictured L to R (front row): Paula Swanson, Community Circles; June Stensrud, Community Circles; Louann Colvin, Community Circles; and Larry Montello, Community Circles.

 

 

 

Pictured L to R (back row):  Jeff Cordes, United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board Member; Michelle Warme, United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board Treasurer; Cindy Rosa, Marshall Area YMCA; Rush Tucker, Community Circles;  John Fitzgerald, Western Community Action; and Tiffany Sillers, Community Circles of Western Communication Facilitator.

 


August 15, 2013
Duke Energy in Canby, MN Launches First United Way Campaign

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Duke Energy in Canby, MN kicked off their first local United Way campaign this morning! Our Executive Director, Marcy Heemeyer, had the opportunity to visit with the Duke Energy team and snapped this photo of the energized group! We look forward to a successful and continued partnership. Thank you for LIVING UNITED!


August 15, 2013
Adult Community Center named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

 

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call the Adult Community Center a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. The Adult Community Center is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

ACC13.jpgThe $7,000.00 grant award will be used to improve the quality of life for older adults who attend the health/wellness programs and will impact the community by being a resource to keep seniors living independently and connected to our community. The Adult Community serves about 1,200 Lyon County adults each year.


Pictured L to R (front row): Erma Ellingson, Board Member-Adult Community Center (ACC); Charlie Redlinger, Board Member-ACC; Gin Windey, Board Member-ACC; Rosalie Kropp, Board Member-ACC;  Diane Elton, Board Member-ACC and Barb Lipinski, Director-Adult Community Center.

 

Pictured L to R (back row):  Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director-United Way of Southwest Minnesota; Ted Rowe, Board Member-ACC;  Alouis Thielges, Board Member-ACC; Don Klein, Board Member-ACC and Josh Bonnstetter, Vice President-United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors.


August 15, 2013
The Refuge - A Fresh Start named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call The Refuge- A Fresh Start a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. The Refuge is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

The $12,000.00 grant award will be used to provide temporary emergency shelter, using a motel model, for those in need of housing. As participants' immediate needs are met, they are referred to local agencies for job training, GED education, ongoing mental health services such as counseling or community support programs, Veterans' services, recovery/support groups, children/family services, and social and cultural connections. The Refuge13.jpgRefuge serves Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and western Redwood counties.

 


Pictured L to R (front row): Marcy Heemeyer, United Way of Southwest Minnesota-Executive Director; Tami Dale, The Refuge-Board Chair; Pam Russell, The Refuge Board Member; Mary Kay Thomas, The Refuge-Board Member; Sonya Kaiser, The Refuge-Board Member, and Justin Vorbach, The Refuge-Board Member.

 

 

 

Pictured L to R (back row):  Kris Wacklund, The Refuge-Board Vice-Chair; Jim Marshall, The Refuge-Board Member; Nick Noble, The Refuge-Board Member; Will Thomas, The Refuge-Board Treasurer; Steve Louwagie, The Refuge-Board Member and Tiffany Sillers, The Refuge-Case Manager.


August 15, 2013
Youth As Resources named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call Youth as Resources (YAR), a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Youth as Resources is a partner that aligns with our mission to YAR13.jpgadvance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.


The $2,000.00 grant award will be used to provide small grants to youth who want to make a difference in their communities in Southwest Minnesota, while allowing youth board members to develop leadership and citizenship skills as they are mentored by experienced adults.

 

 


Pictured L to R: Olivia Hofstetter, YAR; Laura Mitlyng, former YAR member; Marcy Heemeyer, United Way of Southwest Minnesota, Executive Director; McKeigh Bossuyt, YAR; and Sue Snodgrass, YAR Champion/Advisor.


August 8, 2013
Slayton Area Chamber of Commerce

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is PROUD to be the newest member of the Slayton Area Chamber of Slayton_Chamber.pngCommerce! This morning, our Executive Director Marcy Heemeyer accepted our certificate/first dollar from the Slayton Area Chamber Board of Directors.


August 7, 2013
Family Services of New Horizons Crisis Center named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call Family Services of New Horizons Crisis Center, a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Family Services of New Horizons Crisis Center is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

NHCC-FS13.jpgThe $12,000.00 grant award will be used to assist families in need through parenting time, which offers a safe, positive, neutral and interactive environment for children and their non-residential parent(s) to have parenting time or safe exchange; and crisis nursery, which enables families in crisis to voluntarily place their children with a licensed crisis care provider.  Program serves residents in the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, western Redwood, and Murray counties.

 


Pictured L to R: Lisa Rademacher, Board President-United Way of Southwest Minnesota; Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director-United Way of Southwest Minnesota; Elaine Ladwig, Lyon County Program Director & Volunteer Program Director-New Horizons Crisis Center; Jessica Van Iperen, S.M.A.R.T. Site Coordinator & Relationship Series Program Director-New Horizons Crisis Center;  Jim Smalley, Executive Director-New Horizons Crisis Center and; Kristi Stevenson, Parenting Time Coordinator & Murray County Program Director-New Horizons Crisis Center.  Not pictured:  Denise Kerkhoff, Redwood County Program Director & Relationship Series Program Co-Director-New Horizons Crisis Center and Holly Johnson, SMSU Program Director & Relationship Series Program Presenter-New Horizons Crisis Center.


August 7, 2013
Crime Victims Support Program of New Horizons Crisis Center named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call Crime Victims Services, a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Crime Victims Services of New Horizons Crisis Center is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

The $20,000.00 grant award will be used to offer various services to assist individuals who have been victims of all types of crime, including; sexual assault, child abuse and general crime. The Crime Victims Support Program serves residents in the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, western Redwood, and Murray counties.

 

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Pictured L to R: Lisa Rademacher, Board President-United Way of Southwest Minnesota; Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director-United Way of Southwest Minnesota; Elaine Ladwig, Lyon County Program Director & Volunteer Program Director-New Horizons Crisis Center; Jessica Van Iperen, S.M.A.R.T. Site Coordinator & Relationship Series Program Director-New Horizons Crisis Center;  Jim Smalley, Executive Director-New Horizons Crisis Center and; Kristi Stevenson, Parenting Time Coordinator & Murray County Program Director-New Horizons Crisis Center.  Not pictured:  Denise Kerkhoff, Redwood County Program Director & Relationship Series Program Co-Director-New Horizons Crisis Center and Holly Johnson, SMSU Program Director & Relationship Series Program Presenter-New Horizons Crisis Center.


August 7, 2013
Senior College of SMSU named 2013-2014 United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Partner

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud to call Senior College, a community partner. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota focuses on education, income, health, hunger and safety & well-being, which are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Senior College of Southwest Minnesota State University is a partner that aligns with our mission to advance the common good by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

SMSU13.jpgThe $4,000.00 grant award will be used to provide $100 scholarships for 40 financially stressed and/or disabled seniors across the five counties of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and western Redwood counties to participate in courses offered through Senior College.

 


Pictured (L to R): Marcy Heemeyer, Executive Director-United Way of Southwest Minnesota, Richard Wambeke, Board Member-SMSU Senior College, Herb Pagel, Senior College Student & Revolutionary War Period Course Instructor, Carol Purrington, Senior College Student & Memoir Writing Course Instructor and Lauren Beukelman, Senior College Staff.




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