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


The Battle is On.

The United Way of West Central Minnesota is proud to partner with four regional barber shops during the month of November for a “Battle of the Beards” contest.


Dine Out Thursdays

Save time, dine out, support local small business, help your community. It’ll be a great day!

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Latest News

See what’s currently happening with your United Way.

Kristie Haefner – Board Member

Kristie Haefner calls herself the eternal board member of the United Way of West Central Minnesota, and for good reason. Serving with the board in some capacity since 2014, Kristie[…]

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Hannah Douglass – Vice President

As the new board Vice President of the United Way of West Central Minnesota, Hannah Douglass continues the commitment to our organization that began when she first joined the board[…]

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Overdose Awareness Day

Did you know Governor Tim Walz proclaimed August 31st to be Overdose Awareness Day? Mayor Marv Calvin of Willmar, MN, and Jon Hawkinson of Oliva, MN, have also issued proclamations[…]

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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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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

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.