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I feel very blessed that each day I come to work I have the opportunity to witness the generosity from both people I’ve had the privilege to meet and those that I haven’t or may never meet.  It never becomes routine to me when I open the mail or review a digital contribution, each one impacts me a little differently.  Sometimes I know them and I smile because it brings joy to me that I know someone that gave to UWSWMN! Sometimes I...
Posted at: 01-19-2021- 10:51 am Related:
As I submit the final board member blog for the 2020 campaign year, gratitude is the message I want to convey. I think we can all agree the past year has been more than difficult. Our service area certainly reflected challenges the entire country faced, and the United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s focus on hunger (food insecurity), health, education, financial stability, and safety & well-being has been even more essential than it normally is....
Posted at: 01-11-2021- 3:20 pm Related:
We’ve been focusing on each of our priority areas for the last few months. This month our focus has been on safety & well-being. Two very important parts of our lives that maybe some of us (myself included) take for granted.  The good news is that we have many local programs in our area that increase access to various services that are vital in keeping people safe that attend to their well-being too.  That is what I love most about...
Posted at: 12-22-2020- 10:10 am Related:
November was a GREAT month! I really enjoyed my visits at the food shelves in the following communities: Tracy, Marshall and Lake Benton.   We produced two powerful videos about these sites and their dedicated staff and volunteers.  If you haven’t seen them yet, I encourage you to visit our Facebook page or You Tube channel to watch them. I’ve been stopping by businesses throughout our service area that have supported us in...
Posted at: 12-10-2020- 10:18 am Related:
2020 is not what we expected it to be when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Is it ever what we expect?  I find that this year it has been a lot easier to say things aren’t going well because of the pandemic or to justify that extra treat because of the stress.  I know I have felt these things but I also know I can be better and do better.  I realize that is easier said than done but life is filled with choices...
Posted at: 11-24-2020- 1:15 pm Related:
It appears that we welcomed back fall (at least for this week) which means perfect driving conditions!  Sunglasses on, seat belt buckled and radio tunes turned up! This week I headed west on Highway 19 with stops in Ivanhoe and Hendricks.  There are some great businesses in each of these communities—a few stuck out to me—a bakery, a boutique and a brewery.  Head west and be sure to make stops in both of these great...
Posted at: 11-03-2020- 2:17 pm Related:

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