311 4th St SW, PO Box 895, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
(320) 235-1050


By the Numbers

In West Central Minnesota, the average cost of living for a family with two working parents and two children is approximately $60,078 per year. As the area continues to grow, the United Way is dedicated to support the needs of everyone in the communities we serve.

Kandiyohi residents living below the poverty line.

of Willmar students qualify
for the lunch program

of donations fill the
gaps in needs
of our community

Latest News

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Jail and Bail

Here is your chance to put a high-profile “offenders” (gracious community members) behind bars (for an hour anyway.)

Kandiyohi County is full of notorious individuals. Help choose which ones will end up in the slammer, by donating to the United Way of West Central Minnesota. When giving make sure to choose which notorious individual you want your donation attributed to.

These wanted and highly dangerous community members have graciously agreed to “line-up” in order to raise money for the United Way of West Central Minnesota.

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Ask Named New Executive Director

We are delighted to announce that Seyward has accepted the position of Executive Director. Seyward shares our passion for helping neighbors and friends in need and will help grow our impact throughout our five-county service area. She has the right personality and skillset to collaborate with community and corporate leaders to invest in our priority areas of education, financial stability, and health. Seyward is joining us at

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Stuff the Bus 2022

2022 Recap We had 19 schools come and get supplies for their students.  These included schools from the following districts Dream Technical Academy, Willmar, CCS, CMCS, ACGC, KMS, NL-S, Benson,[…]

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Our Service Area

United Way of West Central Minnesota’s territory includes all of Kandiyohi County, Atwater, Blomkest, Kandiyohi, Lake Lillian, New London, Pennock, Prinsburg, Raymond, Regal, Spicer, Sunburg, and Willmar; the communities of Sacred Heart, Danube, Renville, Olivia, and Bird Island in Renville County; Grove City, Cosmos, Darwin and Litchfield in Meeker County; Clara City and Maynard in Chippewa County; Danvers, Clontarf, Benson, DeGraff, Murdock, and Kerkhoven in Swift County.

In Need?

We pride ourselves on our ability to match those in need with the services or resources they require. Our partnership with local organizations ensures that when someone is in need of assistance, they can access it right away. Below are just a few of the resources available through your United Way.

Grow Mobile

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Imagination Library

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Basic Needs

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Get Involved!

We could never do what we do without the generous help of countless donors and volunteers. Your financial support makes possible the support and programs we provide. However, volunteers providing their valuable time and energy is equally important. We are grateful for your consideration to help us in our mission to serve.

Give Financial Support

Financial support is the lifeblood of our organization. We have many options for individual and corporate giving, and can accept your donation once or on a recurring basis.

Volunteer Your Time

Our volunteers are the heroes who make the United Way successful in its mission. Give of your time individual, as a family, or with your co-workers.

Be an Advocate

Are you passionate about our causes? Become an advocate and join us in spreading the word to members of our communities, elected officials, and local businesses.

Our Commitment

Creating a United community takes all of us working together for the common good. We are committed to serving our local communities in three main areas of focus.


We believe that success in life requires a foundation built on a quality education. However, millions of children across the globe and in our local communities are in need of additional support. Our approach to education is supporting learners of all ages from cradle to career-aged. Our primary education goals center around initiatives such as Imagination Library, the Growmobile, and educational grants and scholarships to name a few. Learn more about our efforts to serve learners of all ages in our West Central Minnesota communities.


Health is an essential component of a quality life. We understand how our health has an affect on every area of our lives. That is why we focus on providing services to improve public health in our local communities. The United Way is dedicated to helping support safe, stable, and nurturing environments for adults and children alike. Whether it is providing masks to protect against disease, working with the food shelf to provide quality meals, or guiding individuals to healthcare programs, our neighbors can rest assured that we work hard to improve the health of all of West Central Minnesota.


We know that the long-term success for our future as well as the strength of our communities requires that we target key issues and conditions that have a profound and lasting impact on our region. We work to link individuals with immediate access to emergency services including food, shelter, disaster relief, and other basic necessities. We don’t believe that anyone should have to wonder where they will spend the night, or where their next meal will come from. Together, we can make sure that all our West Central Minnesota families have access to all they need to survive and thrive.