United Way of Southwest Minnesota Awarded Great River Energy Grant

Great River Energy recently donated $1,500 to United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The donation will go toward the 2019 Stuff the Bus initiative. Funds will be used to purchase basic headphones, backpacks, Kleenex and disinfectant wipes.  These supplies are the highest priced and are generally not donated in the volume required to fulfil the need.  In 2018, nearly 4,000 students from 23 area schools in grades K-12 benefited from the effort. 67,003 supplies were distributed.

“We want every child in our service area to thrive in school and not worry about simple things like how they will carry their books or projects home without a backpack.” said Sarah Kicmal, President & CEO, United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being. Stuff the Bus will assist students in the following school districts in southwest Minnesota: 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).

Great River Energy, based in Maple Grove, Minn., provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives, which distribute electricity to approximately 700,000 members across Minnesota. For more information about Great River Energy, please visit www.greatriverenergy.com.

For more information on the work of your local United Way, please visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

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