Andrew Bregar – Board Member
Andrew Bregar is the most recent member to join the United Way of West Central Minnesota board, and he is excited to utilize his skills and experience to make a difference both on the board and within the West Central Minnesota area. After moving to Willmar in 2019, Andrew had sought out opportunities to give back to the community and began serving on the Vision 2040 design team. The COVID pandemic made it challenging to find additional opportunities, so when he was approached about joining the United Way board, he jumped at the chance. Andrew had always been impressed by the programs and services provided by the United Way locally, and he looks forward to being an active part of the team. Andrew was impressed to see that the board is a “working” board, and each member plays a hands-on role in ensuring the organization is as effective as possible. He has also appreciated the fact that while there are ample opportunities to give to the United Way, he has never felt pressured to do so. Ours is a close-knit team and we are fortunate to add Andrew to it.
As a native of Pueblo, Colorado, Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO. He then earned his master’s degree in library studies from the University of Oklahoma. Andrew returned to Colorado and served as a library branch manager, but desired to relocate to Minnesota if the opportunity presented itself. An opening at the Willmar Public Library became available and he was honored to accept the position. Andrew has family in Minnesota and has fully adopted it as his own. Andrew has always been drawn to libraries and enjoys his work because of the variety of people he gets to meet and the technology aspects of libraries he is able to learn and implement. One of the aspects of his career most appreciated is being able to help people find the resources and information they need. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, especially camping and hiking with his German Shepherd, Sadie.
With a strong desire to be involved, meet others, and help people in need, the United Way board allowed him to do even more than the work he is already doing in service to the area. So far, learning more about all the United Way does has been one of the best aspects of being a board member for Andrew. Even prior to coming on board, he was impressed by what he saw in terms of programming by the United Way. He especially has a heart for the level of importance our United Way places on child literacy through Imagination Library, and child development through the Growmobile. He was surprised to learn about other United Way programs like the 211-information line and so many other resources that many don’t even know are there. Most exciting to Andrew is the Village Children’s Museum become a program of the United Way. Even more exciting are the opportunities to grow and improve it making an even larger impact on local children and their families.
The Village is just one program that Andrew is especially excited about being a part of. He joined the board just as the transition was being planned and believes in the long-term value that it will provide. He is also looking to see how the library might be involved in The Village and other programs. Andrew has a vision for the United Way to reach even more people with the services that help them to live and thrive. He knows even being familiar with the organization, there is so much more available than he thought, and encourages everyone to find out how the United Way can help them. As he continues to familiarize himself with his role at United Way, he hopes to become even more involved as time goes on. Andrew enjoys and believes in being part of the solution and getting people the resources they need.
Andrew’s term is just beginning, and he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. He hopes to stay as long as the board will have him, and we are excited for what is to come as an organization with him and the rest of our board. Andrew has discovered like many others that being involved in the United Way, whether as a board member, volunteer, or financial donor, helps you to see just how important the work of the United Way is in our area, and what a large difference you can make when everyone gives a little. For more information about the United Way or services we provide please don’t hesitate to contact us. When we work together, we help everyone LIVE UNITED!