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New at the Sunwood Apartments Growmobile site this summer are six large stock tanks that serve as community gardens for the residents.  Our goal of this project is to include both children and parents to learn about plants and vegetables, healthy eating, preparation and cooking.  During the first week, Growmobile staff and children prepared the gardens by drilling holes in the bottom and explaining why we need the soil to have a place to drain.  City of Willmar staff provided soil for the containers where we also added fertilizer to the soil. We partnered with Stacy’s Nursery to get vegetable and herb plants for the children to plant in their gardens.

During our time, Growmobile staff explained to the children about the special care for the plants.  We discussed what plants need in order to grow, best watering practices and talked with the kids about the general care for their community gardens.  Our partners, University of Minnesota Extension 4-H and SNAP-Ed staff, will also work with the children on care and nutrition education for both children and parents.

It was extremely exciting to see how involved the children want to be in the garden project.  Each day the Growmobile makes a stop at Sunwood for programming, the kids are excited to show us what new is happening in their gardens.  They are always more than willing to help water and care for the plants.  During the middle of the planting process, we had a few lettuce plants that weren’t looking well.  We didn’t plan on planting them but Abdi, age 8, asked us if he could still plant it saying he would make sure to “take extra good care of it!”  We planted it and sure enough he has given the plant special attention!

It has been so much fun to see how eager the kids are to learn about the garden and see the new growth happening.  I have enjoyed every minute of the process and look forward to continuing this project with them throughout the summer!  Special thank you to SHIP for providing funding for this project!

 

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.

 

Tell us a little about you and your family:

After graduating from Willmar High School I left our community for eleven years to serve in the military and attend college. I returned to Willmar 10 years ago, it has been great to reconnect with friends and family that still live in the area. In January of this year I married Chelsie. We are very excited as we start this new chapter of our lives together.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I have been with Jennie-O Turkey Store for ten years. I currently work in the marketing department.

What inspired you to become involved with United Way?

As a kid growing up in this community, I think I was a little naive to some of the challenges that many of our neighbors face. When I returned to Willmar I saw things in a whole new light and wanted to help make a difference in the lives of people in our community.

What is the most rewarding thing(s) you have taken from this experience?

Since becoming involved with the United Way, I have had the opportunity to be part of the annual community review day. This has been such a rewarding experience because I was able to have a direct impact on how donor dollars are spent and see the difference that these donations make in the community.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work and why?

Humble. Seeing the level of caring and commitment of different members of community has truly been a humbling experience for me.

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

The diligence of the staff and volunteers that give so much of themselves to try to make our communities in West Central Minnesota a better place.

What is one thing about United Way that you think people should know?

Even though the Grow Mobile and the Imagination Library programs are among the most visible United Way programs in our community, we support more than 40 different programs in West Central Minnesota impacting the lives of thousands of people each year.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

Please know that your investment in the United Way makes a difference in the lives of your neighbors. The programs that the United Way supports are thoroughly vetted to ensure that donor dollars will make a lasting impact in the lives of those people who need it the most.

How has being a board member for United Way affected your life?

Sometimes we tend to live and work in a bubble. Being on the United Way board has given me an opportunity to work with a diverse group of people from different parts of our communities that I otherwise may not have been exposed to.

 

Tell us a little about you and your family:

I am married to Bradley with 3 children – Ella, Colin and Crosby and two dogs.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP where I am a CPA and Manager.

What inspired you to become involved with United Way?

Started out volunteering for the Empower group because of the focus on early education.  I have always donated to United Way because they can spread the donation out to agencies that need it most and hits a variety of need areas.

What is the most rewarding thing(s) you have taken from this experience?

Feels great to be part of something that does truly impacts so many people.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work and why?

Invested – the United Way is not about just giving money to agencies – they really try to ensure the agencies are successful at their mission so the community as a whole is benefiting from the services and people are taken care of in their time of need.

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

What impresses me the most? The diversity of the programs that are funded and the caring attitude of staff, board members and volunteers.

What is one thing about United Way that you think people should know?

They do focus on the areas of need in the communities served and want to make a positive impact in the lives of those who really do need it the most.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

Ask questions- the United Way Executive Director, Staff and all involved want to make sure you as a donor feel like your donation is being put to its best use and will not hesitate to spend time to answer your questions.

How has being a board member for United Way affected your life?

It truly gives me a sense of the caring nature of the community I live in and allows me to be involved in creating a caring community for my children.

 
Tell us a little about you and your family:

My family and I live in Litchfield. Gina and I have been married for 19+ years and we have two daughters Delaney (14) and Addyson (9).

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at Center National Bank in Litchfield where I’m a Vice President of Commercial and Ag lending.

What inspired you to become involved with United Way?

Wayne Nelson encouraged me to get involved in United Way as a way of giving back to communities in which we live and work.

What is the most rewarding thing(s) you have taken from this experience?

Learning about all the agencies in the area and the important role they play within our communities.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work and why?

Inspiring!

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

It’s commitment year over year to improve and do more. United Way has collaborated with many amazing agencies in the area and I feel we have become a great community partner.

What is one thing about United Way that you think people should know?

We have done many good things for the area but the need to do more never ends.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

The impact a donation has is priceless. Many dollars are spent helping kids, providing basic needs, and helping to improve someone way of life.

How has being a board member for United Way affected your life?

The connections with individual’s and business’s I’ve made within the community are connections I’ll never forget. I’ve made many new friends since getting involved and those friendships will be lifelong relationships.

 

United Way of West Central Minnesota is looking for summer interns to help with the United Way GrowMobile.

United Way GrowMobile Intern Positions Available:
Internships are non-exempt positions and report to Success by 6 Coordinator

June 6th – August 25th, 2017. 25-30 hours per week.  Off July 4th
$10 per hour along with mileage reimbursement

Qualifications:
High School Diploma with an interest in Early Learning or Education Field
Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record
Absence of 5 days or less throughout the summer (exception of Holidays)
Able to start June 6th, 2017

What is the GrowMobile?
The GrowMobile is a program of United Way of West Central Minnesota that provides a mobile preschool experience to at risk children. The GrowMobile hosts an hour-long preschool at multiple stops a day during the week throughout the summer.  The GrowMobile is a community initiative and allows interns to work with volunteers, businesses, agencies, schools and other regional entities.  This program is unique to our region and is working to prepare our community’s children for school.

Growmobile Interns 
Purpose of this position: To assist with the implementation of the Growmobile. Responsibilities will include coordinating Growmobile vehicle needs, preparing Growmobile projects, marketing Growmobile programs, operating the Growmobile and working with volunteers and children.

Internship Skills Required:

  • Organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work in an environment of deadlines
  • Ability to complete various office tasks as needed
  • Computer proficiency: Work, Excel, Publisher (or the ability to learn)
  • Occasional evening and weekend duties

Resumes, Cover Letters & Questions can be directed to:
Amelia Ryan
United Way of West Central Minnesota
PO Box 895
Willmar MN
amelia@liveunitedwcm.org
phone: 320-235-1050

 

Our program’s goal is to educate each 4-5 year olds within  the school district before they enter kindergarten.  Each year, we provide scholarships for families that cannot afford the monthly tuition.  We have provided a scholarship for a family that had a child enrolled in our program last year and this school year.  The children were provided a 2 day a week preschool education along, with transportation to school and back home, and participated in the free and reduced lunch program.  The children were able to get 2 meals at school; breakfast and lunch.  Throughout the preschool curriculum, the children were taught literacy, reading, math, social skills, fine motor and gross motor skills.  The children participated in the Pre-K Reading Corps program, where they received extra help in letter recognition, along with rhyming, alliteration and beginning sounds.  The children showed growth during the 3 benchmark assessments and data was shared with parents at two conference times.   “I am so happy he is doing so well!” explained one mom at this fall’s conference.  Because of the funding from United Way, these children were able to participate in Renville County West’s School Readiness program and will be prepared for kindergarten.

 

Tell us a little about you and your family:

My husband, Brian, and I live on the family farm just north of Olivia. We have two sons, Samuel and Maxwell, who are kind, active and intelligent teenagers at BOLD schools.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Engan Associates, an architecture firm in downtown Willmar. I love that my job is a combination of art and science.  It IS construction… but it is really about people and relationships.  The biggest compliment I’ve ever received from a client was when they affectionately referred to me as their “translator.”

What inspired you to become involved with United Way?

I became involved in the Community Review Day as it was a simple, single day commitment.  I was inspired by what I was seeing and the democratic process of reviews.  It was good to see the important work happening all around us; not just the big showy adventures but the smaller scale, let’s do what is right, right now, aspect to some of these agencies.  While the United Way board was serving the area that I live AND work in, I noticed that there no current board representation in the area in which I live.  My boys were getting older, a little more self-sufficient, so the time seemed right to commit.

What is the most rewarding thing(s) you have taken from this experience?

I find being able to help people help themselves is not only empowering for them, but me as well.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work and why?

Empowering. United Way works to help others find lasting solutions to issues.

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

I am impressed with the spirit of trying to do what is right, balanced with budget and what is the biggest benefit for the common good.

What is one thing about United Way that you think people should know?

Nearly all the money raised in West Central Minnesota stays in West Central Minnesota.  99 cents from every dollar raised stays local!

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

When you give to United Way of West Central Minnesota, local people are actively reviewing organizations and their programs to evaluate the impact of the giving dollar.

How has being a board member for United Way affected your life?

I would like to think that I have an open mind with a broad perspective. Being on the board has allowed  me to have thoughtful debate with other caring individuals who have different goals and life experiences.  We can accept and embrace our difference and still work together to help others.

 

United Way of West Central Minnesota believes that through hard work and determination, all of its young people have the potential to attain their long-term educational goals. Providing scholarship opportunities is one of the best ways we can give back to our youth leaders and volunteers who have given so much of their time and support.  The United Way of West Central Minnesota’s Volunteerism Scholarship recognizes six outstanding high school seniors who have given back to their community, through volunteer service.  Two scholarships will be awarded at $500 and four at $250 and will be sent directly to the recipient’s college of attendance upon verification of enrollment.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Student must be a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2017 from Willmar, NL-S, KMS, MACCRAY, RCW, BOLD, Litchfield, ACGC, Benson, Community Christian School in Willmar, Dream Technical Academy or Central MN Christian school and be entering post-secondary education.
  • Have a home address that is within the United Way of West Central Minnesota territory, which includes the following Zip Codes: 56222, 56260, 56201, 56209, 56216, 56246, 56251, 56253, 56273, 56279, 56281, 56282, 56288, 56289, 55324, 55355, 56243, 56228, 55310, 56230, 56277, 56284, 56285, 56226, 56215, 56231, 56252, and 56271.
  • Show a strong commitment to community volunteerism.
  • Scholarship award winners will need to provide a photo and release for newspaper and/or social media use.
  • *Only typed applications will be accepted.

All applications will be checked for eligibility and be reviewed by United Way volunteers who will select the finalists to be recommended to the United Way Community Investments Committee who will choose the scholarship recipients.

Application deadline is Monday, March 13th, 2017.

Download the Application Here

 

 
Tell us a little about you and your family:

I grew up in Okabena, MN (population 250) and my folks still reside there 7 months out of the year.  I am the baby of 5 children and loved growing up in a large family.  I attended college at U of MN – Morris and obtained by Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services.  I completed my Master’s Degree online through Capella University and have an MS in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Leadership.  I have been married 27+ years, husband has taught 6th grade in Willmar for 25+ years.  I have 3 children and a daughter-in-law (Dean – 23, Brooke – 21, Megan – 19 years).  Dean is married for almost a year and in grad school at SDSU, Brooke is a senior at St. Ben’s, and Megan is attending the post secondary program for special needs students at the FOCUS House in Willmar.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I worked 10 years at WCI and the past 17+ at Rice Memorial Hospital as the Rehab Center Director.  Biggest highlight of my professional career was opening our new Rehab Center in July.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?

I was the lead coordinator for our United Way at Rice Hospital for several years, and involved in United Way prior to that in my previous job.  I believe in being philanthropic and giving back in any way I can.  I believe in United Way’s vision and excited to be able to do more than just give financially.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?

Seeing how even just a few dollars can make a big difference in someone’s life and how so many people, children through the elderly, are in need of various things and how we can give and keep those dollars working in our communities.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

Inspiring, because United Way looks at different ways to raise awareness about the needs in our communities and inspires us to want to give!

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

The vast number of people, communities, and organizations it reaches!

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?

United Way of West Central Minnesota services OUR communities and OUR needs!

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

Learn about the United Way of West Central Minnesota, its Vision, and its priority funding needs.  Understand how we have many people locally who benefit from the dollars, services, programs, etc. funded by United Way, and you or a friend/family member more than likely has benefited or will benefit from these great services.

How has being a board member for United Way impacted your life?

It’s just more of an awareness and being able to speak and educate more confidently if asked questions

 

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The United Way of West Central Minnesota is beginning the Community Impact Grant process for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  Community Impact grants are how we invest local dollars in our communities to address specific community centered issues. Funding decisions are made through an annual Financial Review and a Volunteer Community Review Day.  Our Community Impact grants are invested in high performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our strategic impact areas of Education, Health and Basic Needs.

Our funded Partner Programs helps to improve community conditions and create lasting change across west central Minnesota.   Any programs and/or agencies that are interested in applying for funds, that meet the goals with in one or more of the United Way of West Central Minnesota’s impact areas are encouraged to apply.   For more information or to apply please contact James Miller at (320)235-1050 or by e-mail: james@liveunitedwcm.org

The current United Way of West Central Minnesota impact area are;

EDUCATION

Making sure that our children come to school prepared to succeed, supporting them through high school, and helping people of all ages gain job skills creates a ripple effect of success throughout our United Way of West Central Minnesota communities.
Aspirations around Education:

  • Prepare children of West Central Minnesota for kindergarten and support learning opportunities for ages 0-6.
  • Every youth (Pre K to 12th grade) engaged in ongoing experiences that build positive life skills and receive the support they need to be successful.
  • Promote education to address adult needs to enhance financial stability and independence.
HEALTH & WELLNESS

Health is essential to quality of life. Quality health keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work.
Aspirations around Health:

  • Promote access to affordable and quality physical, mental and dental health care.
  • Promote independent living and quality of life by investing in programs that help older adults and those living with disabilities.
  • Promote access to programs that teach healthy behaviors and promote wellness to prevent future problems.
BASIC NEEDS

United Way of West Central Minnesota works hard at building the long-term future and strength of our communities by targeting key areas and conditions that if improved,
will have a profound positive and lasting impact on our region for years to come.
Aspiration around Basic Needs:

  • Supporting agencies that provide building blocks for a good life for individuals and families in West Central Minnesota.

 

2017-18 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT TIMELINE

December 15th, 2016 – Community Impact Grant Q&A session, United Way Offices 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
December 19th, 2016 – Community Impact Grant Q&A session, United Way Offices 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
January, 12th, 2017 – Deadline for agencies to submit a copy of information for financial review to United Way of West Central Minnesota

FINANCIAL REVIEW REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Letter of intent
  • 501c3 determination letter
  • By-laws
  • Board of Directors
  • Current Audit if budget is over $750,000
  • Recent Financial Statements
  • Most Recent 990
  • Local Organizational Budget (Last fiscal year)

Agencies will be notified whether they qualify for the application process by February 10th, 2017.
Final Applications are due to the United Way offices by 4:00 pm on March 16th, 2017.
April 6th, 2017 will be the United Way Community Review Day.
Final grant determination will be announced by May 10th, 2017.
More information can be found here.

 

 
Tell us a little about you and your family:

I grew up in Wadena, MN where my parents still reside. I have two older brothers, one in Duluth, MN and one in Nashville, TN. I moved to Willmar to attend Ridgewater College right out of high school and moved back after finishing my Bachelor’s degree because I loved the area so much. I proceeded to meet and fall in love with an amazing man. Travis and I have been married for 6 years and have a 2 year old son named Gabriel. I love to golf, curl up with a good book, vacation, and do anything that allows me to spend time with my family and friends.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at Christianson CPAs and Consultants, where I am the Firm Administrator.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?

I was introduced to the United Way through my previous job and instantly became an advocate. I jumped at the chance to get involved when asked to become a Board Member. I have always felt that it’s my responsibility to give back to my community and United Way presented the perfect opportunity for me to do just that. I believe in the work that United Way does and I know that we are truly making an impact on the lives of people right here in our community.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?

Learning about the different programs that we are helping to fund and the people we are serving. Knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of people in our community.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

Meaningful!

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

The dedicated staff, volunteers, and generous donors that make the work we do possible.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?

We do a lot to educate those that receive funding from United Way. We don’t just hand out money and hope that fixes the problem. We work to educate people to find long term solutions.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

Know that the dollars you give are being used wisely. Talk to our staff or board members and get to know our process for funding programs. Get to know what programs we fund and who we are helping.

 

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Have you met Freddy?  If you haven’t, you really should, he’s a bundle of energy, excitement and imagination.  We had the chance to connect with Freddy and his family a few weeks ago and we were inspired by the time we spent with them.  Freddy is now five years old and in kindergarten at KMS, he also happens to be the 5,000th graduate of the United Way of West Central Minnesota’s Imagination Library program.  He’s showing off one of his favorite books he received through the program – The Runaway Tomato, by Kim Cooley Reeder.  For the record Freddy had a whole pile of his favorite books for us to see.

The Imagination Library program provides age appropriate books to children, one each month, up until their fifth birthday to help improve their vocabulary and literacy skills and ultimately better prepare children for kindergarten.  It also creates a opportunity for parents and grandparents to be actively engaged in their child’s education.  These books are provided free to the children and their families through the generosity of donors to the United Way of West Central Minnesota.

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Back to Freddy…  We can see the attention he gives to this time with his family as we shared the experience of reading one of his favorite book received through the Imagination Library program, The Gruffalo.  The story just grabs Freddy’s attention and he was immersed in the characters and the vibrant pictures.  As his dad read the story aloud, Freddy read along and his facial expressions showed his connection to the Gruffalo and the little mouse.  This might be the best part of the Imagination Library program, family engagement and interaction.  The development of reading skills, enhancing vocabulary and expanding one’s imagination through reading are very important, but seeing Freddy’s parents spending quality time reading to Freddy and teaching him are simply amazing.

If you would like to help children across west central Minnesota be part of this amazing program you can pledge your support by clicking here.  If you happen to know a child under the age of five and would like sign them up to receive Imagination Library books, please sign them up today.

 

The United Way of West Central Minnesota has wrapped up its annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive.  Final totals are in; 12,075 individual items were collected with value of $14,309 with additional monetary donations of more than $2,000.  School supplies were donated throughout July and August at area business locations and collected on Friday, August 19th.

Requested supplies included notebooks, pencils, calculators, pens, backpacks, crayons, folders, and more.  All school supply donations will benefit area students in need at Willmar, CCS, NL-S, BOLD and St. Mary’s in Bird Island, CMCS, Litchfield, MACCRAY, KMS, ACGC, RCW and Benson schools.

Find out more about the United Way of West Central Minnesota at www.liveunitedwcm.org or call the United Way office at (320) 235-1050.

Thank you for giving back and LIVING UNITED in West Central Minnesota!

 

Kandiyohi County has been chosen to receive $4,437 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The Local Board, chaired by the United Way of West Central Minnesota, will determine how funds will be distributed to local emergency food and shelter programs in Kandiyohi County.  The intent of EFSP funding is to address hunger and homeless needs to make a difference – not to simply spread dollars among all eligible applicants.

Funding in 2015 provided 1,400 meals and shelter for 40 individuals/families

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
2) have an accounting system

3) be eligible to receive Federal funding
4) practice nondiscrimination
5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs

6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact United Way of West Central Minnesota at 235-1050 or email Teresa@liveunitedwcm.org with their intent to apply.  The deadline for applications to be received is September 13th, 2015.  At 9:00 am that morning a meeting will convene with the local board to determine funding allocations.   Applications are available upon request.

Contact United Way for more information 320-235-1050 or Teresa@liveunitedwcm.org www.liveunitedwcm.org

 

 

United Way of West Central Minnesota is looking for a summer intern to help with the United Way GrowMobile.

United Way GrowMobile Intern Positions Available:
Internships are non-exempt positions and report to Success by 6 Coordinator

June 7th – August 24th, 2016  – Days Off July 1st and 4th25 – 30 hours per week
$9 per hour along with mileage reimbursement

Qualifications:
High School Diploma with an interest in Early Learning or Education Field
Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record
Absence of 5 days or less throughout the summer (exception of Holidays)
Able to start June 7th, 2016

What is the GrowMobile?
The GrowMobile is a program of United Way of West Central Minnesota that provides a mobile preschool experience to at risk children. The GrowMobile hosts a 1 hour preschool at multiple stops a day, during the week throughout the summer.  The GrowMobile is a community initiative and allows interns to work with volunteers, businesses, agencies, schools and other regional entities.  This program is unique to our region and is working to prepare our community’s children for school.

Growmobile Interns 
Purpose of this position: To assist with the implementation of the Growmobile. Responsibilities will include coordinating Growmobile vehicle needs, preparing Growmobile projects, marketing Growmobile programs, operating the Growmobile and working with volunteers and children.

Internship Skills Required:

  • Organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work in an environment of deadlines
  • Ability to complete various office tasks as needed
  • Computer proficiency: Work, Excel, Publisher (or the ability to learn)
  • Occasional evening and weekend duties

Resumes, Cover Letters & Questions can be directed to:
Amelia Ryan
United Way of West Central Minnesota
PO Box 895
Willmar MN
amelia@liveunitedwcm.org
phone: 320-235-1050

 

Change Starts Here!

I know it seems like just another Monday, but it isn’t – it is a very special Monday. A bonus Monday!  That’s right, as you clock in at the store, start your shift or check in at the office, it’s February 29th. It’s a very special day that happens every four years, Leap Day.

Just think of all those times that you’ve said, “if I only had another hour or two in the day.” Well, here you go! Here’s an extra 24 hours just for you. So what if instead of just letting it pass you by, you used those 24 hours to do good? Please give to United Way of West Central Minnesota and help create lasting change in west central Minnesota to help our family, friends and neighbors.

You’ve been given an extra 24 hours. What will you do with it?

DONATE HERE

Here are 24 reasons to make your extra 24 hours count!

Reason #1. Give because you help more than one person or one charity. Your gift is invested into more than 37 of the most effective and high-performing programs and initiatives.

Reason #2. Give because it ensures kids are prepared for school, and enables adults and families to achieve financial independence and live wholesome and healthy lives.

Reason #3. Give because one gift supports a network of more than 20+ agencies that work to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Reason #4. Give because it stays local, making a difference at home. The money you donate to United Way of West Central Minnesota supports local programs and local agencies – period. Dollars raised in your community stay in your community to help build a better place for all of us to live and work.

Reason #5. Give because there’s strength in numbers. Think: 1 + 1 = 5. Your donation works with those from others, allowing us to use the cumulative dollars to create deeper impact.

Reason #6. Give because United Way carefully stewards and leverages your gift to make the greatest impact on our community. Your support continues to help kids be all that they can be, move people from poverty to possibility and build healthy people and strong communities.

Reason #7. Give because it’s Tax Deductible. Any donation you make to United Way qualifies as a deduction on your personal or business taxes.

Reason #8. Give because it’s accountable. An independent auditor reviews our financial statements annually and we comply with United Way Worldwide transparency, accountability and financial reporting standards.

Reason #9. Give because it helps the most people. Services funded by United Way have a broad reach – helping connect 31,000 people to the programs and services so they can find the help they need.

Reason #10. Give because it’s measured. United Way holds agency partners accountable for producing measurable results. Our Community Review process and measurable program outcomes demonstrate United Way’s community wide results.

Reason #11. Give because it helps the whole community. It helps children get a strong start to life; it helps kids get help in mentoring, after-school and summer learning programs; it helps seniors and caregivers get the help they need; and it helps local people with meeting their basic needs.

Reason #12. Give because it gets results. Programs are funded based on results and community impact. United Way helps put people in need on a path to self-sufficiency. We address today’s needs and work to reduce tomorrow’s.

Reason #13. Give because you live here, and so do we! United Way focuses on people and issues close to us: food, housing, health care, emergency services, children and youth, people with disabilities, and older adults.

Reason #14. Give because it feels good. There have been recent studies, which relate that helping others has good health benefits, including boosting the immune system.

Reason #15. Give because you can count on us to be here. For more than 60 years, United Way of West Central Minnesota has been here, working with you to improve people’s lives.

Reason #16. Give because it helps real people with real needs. Your support helps when basic needs aren’t so basic – like food, shelter, personal care items and clothing.

Reason #17. Give because it helps support causes and initiatives to help the community as a whole. From programs that give our neighbors a hand up, to programs that help working families overcome life’s challenges and remain self-sufficient.

Reason #18. Give because the need is great. Thousands of families are struggling to make ends meet. Many children grow up with hunger, a lack of basic needs, and not nearly the opportunities they will need to prosper. Many United Way programs focus on improving the life and opportunities of these children through food, safety, independence and activity

Reason #19. Give because resources are scarce. Government funding for health and human services is declining, forcing agencies to scale back or eliminate critical programs even as the needs continue to grow in this tough economy.

Reason #20. Give because your contributions ensure that people have an opportunity to break cycles of poverty, violence, and hopelessness and replace them with self-sufficiency, security, and hope.

Reason #21. Give because it helps where the need is greatest. United Way focuses on the critical health and human service issues impacting our communities.

Reason #22. Give because it’s efficient. Working with so many partners, like you, allows us to keep costs low. This translates to helping more people and making a stronger impact.

Reason #23. Give because we have lots of support. More then three thousand of our neighbors, coworkers, friends and family trust the United Way of West Central Minnesota with their charitable dollars.

Reason #24. Give because together we ARE creating lasting change throughout west central Minnesota.

You’ve been given an extra 24 hours. Make it count.   #24HOUR4UWWCM

 

The United Way of West Central Minnesota is beginning the Agency Review Process for the 2016-2017 funding cycle.  Community Impact grants are how we invest local dollars in our communities to address specific community centered issues. Funding decisions are made through an annual Financial Review and a Volunteer Community Review Day.  Our Community Impact grants are invested in high performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our strategic impact areas of Education, Health and Basic Needs.   Our funded Partner Programs help to improve community conditions and create lasting change across west central Minnesota.   Any programs and/or agencies that are interested in applying for funds, that meet the goals with in one or more of the United Way of West Central Minnesota’s impact areas are encouraged to apply.   For more information or to apply please contact James Miller at (320)235-1050 or by e-mail: james@liveunitedwcm.org .

General Timeline

01/15/16  Deadline for agencies to submit copy of info for financial review
FINANCIAL REVIEW REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
• Letter of intent
• 501c3 determination letter
• By-laws
• Board of Directors
• Current Audit if budget is over $750,000
• Recent Financial Statements
• Most Recent 990
02/17/16  Agencies to be notified that Application will be emailed to agencies
03/17/16  Applications to be submitted to United Way
03/31/16  Agency Review Day (Agencies will be notified about funding by May 3rd, 2016)

More information can be found here.

 

 

Bring the whole family – proceeds benefit kindergarten readiness in Litchfield. It’s a great time with your family and friends! Strollers and groups are welcome.  The race runs around Lake Ripley.  Runners will receive a complimentary t-shirt* and a Complimentary breakfast following the race.  *Race t-shirts are not guaranteed unless you pre-register by May 9th.  After this date they are first come, first served on race day.

Start your day with a kids’ 1 mile fun run at 8:30 followed by the 4 mile walk/run at 9:00. There will be music throughout the race and goodies when you finish your race. Race day registration as well as check in can be found at the start of the race which is at Memorial Park on the East side of Lake Ripley. Lake Ripley is on the south side of Litchfield on Hwy 22. Look for the army tank which is by the start/finish line.

We will have race day registration which will be $35 for the 4 mile and $10 for the kids fun run. Please come to the tent at the start/finish line for race day forms.

Register Here

Thank you to our race day sponsors

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Schultz Milk Hauling
Mighty Dragons Preschool
Medicine Shoppe
Family Eye Center
Kinsella Chiropractic
Wal-Mart
McDonalds

 

The United Way of West Central Minnesota, located in Willmar Minnesota is currently searching for a full time Executive Director. Qualified candidates will possess strong leadership skills, management experience, have extensive knowledge in non-profit business, fundraising efforts, be highly motivated and enjoy public speaking.

Submit a cover letter and resume to;
United Way of West Central Minnesota
PO Box 895
Willmar MN 56201

or email at teresa@liveunitedwcm.org

Please submit your documentation for review by Friday February 13, 2015

 

Overview of Responsibility

The Executive Director is the true leader of the organization. The expectation is that he/she will champion the fundraising campaign and establish the vision for community impact that is achieved through the efforts of a team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers. The Executive Director is appointed and employed by the Board of Directors for the United Way of West Central Minnesota, within the framework of the organization’s by-laws and policies. The Executive Director has the authority to take necessary action to coordinate and direct the day to day operations of the organization, to develop and implement new United Way initiatives.
The Executive Director must possess a high level of broad business, management skills, and be effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. The Executive Director must be dedicated to sharing and measuring goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging the brand of the United Way. The Executive Director is the Steward of the United Way and understanding his/her role to grow and protecting the reputation of United Way. The Executive Director is responsible for building trust in the United Way and its relevance in the community and values networking and strives to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationship and strategy.

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