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Yuri Haglund – Board Member

Yuri Haglund of Spicer, MN joined the United Way of West Central Minnesota’s Board of Directors in September of 2020, during the early phases of the COVID pandemic. A manager for Velcro® Brand fasteners, her sense of dedication to her community is strong. She was seeking an opportunity to serve in meaningful ways right here…
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Andrea Nelson – Special Events Coordinator

The United Way of West Central Minnesota recently conducted a search for the position of events coordinator on our staff. Fortunately, Andrea Nelson answered that call, and has been an invaluable addition since coming on board in August of 2021. The events coordinator is tasked with overseeing all our incredible United Way events such as…
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Javier Valenzuela – Board Member

Since making Willmar his home 18 years ago, member-at-large Javier Valenzuela has been a valued and community-focused contributor of service to our communities. A banker with Bremer Bank in Willmar, MN since 2003, Javier has served West Central Minnesota in many ways. With a passion for spreading the word about United Way’s programs and services,…
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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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