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Uffda! What a year 2020 was. We found ourselves having to pivot, adapt and do our best. I don’t believe we’ve given ourselves enough credit
as we faced and continue to face challenges related to COVID-19. Not only did we provide funding through our normal grant processes to local
programs, we also distributed funds through three separate grant rounds to local schools and programs in response to COVID-19.

While we weren’t able to hold our fundraising events and visit those holding workplace campaigns, we still raised over $500,000! I am blown away
by this dollar amount. When so many things in our world right now seem uncertain, it is inspiring to witness generosity. Our donors can be certain
that their investment in United Way of Southwest Minnesota will make a difference right here in southwest Minnesota. Whether it’s your grandkids
that receive Imagination Library books, your co-worker that was helped through a domestic violence situation or a neighbor who recently lost their job and needs some food support during the transition. That is your investment at work. 

I’m proud of the work we are doing. I’m proud of our staff for their commitment, passion and efforts. I’m proud of our board for their support and guidance. And I’m proud of our donors for trusting their investment with us and believing in our mission. Thank you, thank you, thank you a millions times over.

The sign above my desk reads, “We Rise by Lifting Others,” a powerful and pertinent reminder as we look ahead.

In appreciation,
Sarah Kicmal


Sarah Kicmal
President and CEO


Julie DeCock
Finance and Administrative

Thanks to Studio B for their great work on our professional staff photographs.


UWSWMN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle of diversity.  Diversity, which enriches our community and its neighborhoods and organizations, is valuing people without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state laws or otherwise protected by UWSWMN policy. Our ability to embrace diversity and make it an integral part of our business will enable us to serve our community more effectively. 


Current Positions Available at United Way of Southwest Minnesota:  

UWSWMN is seeking an energetic and results driven individual to join our team as a Fundraising & Projects Associate.  

This is a regular part-time position working up to 25 hours per week.  Applicant must have demonstrated experience in the areas of relationship development, fundraising, project management and excellent written/oral communication skills.

Job Description

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