2017-2018 Agency Funding Awards Announced


United Way of West Central Minnesota conducted its Community Review process in early April thanks to the help of over 50 volunteers. These volunteers reviewed applications, visited agencies and conducted interviews to determine how to best allot $350,000 in program funding. “The process reminded us that needs are still great in West Central Minnesota and that we are incredibly blessed to have a multitude of amazing programs working to change lives in our community,” said James Miller, United Way Executive Director.

The Community Reviewers carefully considered applications submitted under United Way’s Impact Areas: Education, Health and Basic Needs. United Way is pleased to announce that United Way funds will be used to fund 40 area programs represented by the following agencies.

ACGC Schools
AIM of West Central MN
Atwater Area Help for Seniors
BOLD School District 2534
Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes and Pines
Junior Achievement of Willmar
Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA
Lutheran Social Services of MN
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
New London-Spicer Schools
Prairie Five Community Action
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
Renville County Back-the-Pack Program
Safe Avenues
The Link at Faith Lutheran Church
The Salvation Army
United Community Action Partnership
West Central Industries
Kandiyohi County Food Shelf
Willmar Community Ed & Rec
Willmar Public Schools
Youth for Christ

In addition to the awarded grants, United Way of West Central Minnesota will also fund programs including Imagination Library, the “Get Connected” Volunteer Center, Community Little Free Libraries, Community Small Grants, “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive, and the Growmobile which is a mobile preschool providing a preschool experience to children in the region throughout the year. In total, United Way will provide almost $700,000 to programs for the upcoming year in an effort to improve lives right here in West Central Minnesota.

United Way is nearing the end of the campaign year, and invites the community to LIVE UNITED by giving locally to impact our community and agencies here at home. United Way asks that you consider attending one of the upcoming fundraising events or making a donation. “It’s important to know that dollars raised here stay here, and every dollar can make a difference.” Miller said.

To help United Way of West Central Minnesota reach their campaign goal, mail your contributions to:
United Way of West Central Minnesota PO Box 895 Willmar MN 56201
or donate online at www.liveunitedwcm.org or by phone at (320) 235-1050.