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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 feels that service to her community is part of who she is, and her passion for the programs and support provided by the United Way…
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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 as a member at large in June 2019. And though she may be new to her role, she is certainly not new to the United…
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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 in their respective cities. The proclamations bring awareness to the dangers and risks of drug use, support the loved ones of those lost to overdose,…
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Barbara Midgarden Marks – Secretary/Treasurer

When Barbara Midgarden Marks was asked to serve on the board of directors for the United Way of West Central Minnesota, she brought with her a vision, dedication, and work ethic that is just as valuable today as it was when she began. Early on, she took careful notes and contributed in meetings, as well…
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Stuff the Bus 2021

The Stuff the Bus event will begin on Sunday, August 1 and ends on Sunday, August 15, 2021. Help us Stuff the Bus by dropping off school supplies to any of the locations listed below.  Benson: Bank of West, Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, First Security Bank Blomkest: Concorde Bank Clara City: Citizens Bank Litchfield: Center…
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Steve Gerberding – Immediate Past President

When Steve Gerberding agreed to become the board president for the United Way of West Central Minnesota, he had no idea what challenges would arise during his tenure. Having helped navigate the organization through the sweeping changes forced upon the organization due to the COVID pandemic, he is now entering a new phase of service…
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Special Events Coordinator Position Opening

The mission of the United Way of West Central MN is to mobilize the caring power of communities to transform lives and advance the common good. Job Description: Special Events Coordinator-Part time as needed Job Summary Supports the success of fundraising events. Works with staff and volunteers in planning, coordinating, and implementing events designed to…
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High School Senior Awarded Volunteerism Scholarship (3 of 4)

Each year the United Way of West Central Minnesota offers scholarships to students who volunteer. There’s a natural gap between what government and business do to contribute to the community. Volunteers and non-profits fill that gap. 33 students in our area applied this year, and four were selected to receive to scholarship sent directly to…
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Day of Caring

The United Way of West Central Minnesota recently had the opportunity to partner with Doosan Bobcat and help support their Doosan Day of Caring. The day of caring involves gathering proposals for projects being undertaken by non-profit organizations in Litchfield, MN and surrounding areas. The Doosan team provides equipment and manpower to help in any…
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Sew For Safety

Early in the COVID pandemic, when Peggy Ammerman decided to sew masks for her husband and herself, she was inspired to do something truly wonderful in service to the community. She found a pattern and pulled out her sewing machine to get to work. As she talked to others, it became clear that good-quality masks…
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