Each year 600 people come together to improve the lives of Olmsted County children and youth at United Way’s annual Power of the Purse event. Presented by United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, this fundraiser features a well-known keynote speaker, a popular silent purse auction, and a delicious luncheon with the goal of helping children and youth reach their potential.
United Way’s work to create a thriving community with quality education, good health, and strong financial stability continues thanks to outstanding donors, advocates, and volunteers dedicated to the organization’s mission.
As part of an increased community outreach effort to critically inform its work in the coming years, United Way of Olmsted County hosted numerous community conversations over the last several months. With 45 conversations completed and 424 people attending, United Way is now releasing a summary of findings for public use.
In a new way to kick off their annual campaign to improve lives, United Way of Olmsted County is seeking volunteers to share the impact of their work by sign-waving throughout the community on Thursday, September 15. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Soldiers Field with a rally for all volunteers to receive a light breakfast and pick up their signs. By 7 a.m., volunteers will be dispersed throughout the community to wave their signs, sharing the importance of United Way’s work with others. The event will conclude by 8:30 a.m.
United Way of Olmsted County announced today that Jennifer Teske will join the nonprofit as vice president of resource development. With 17 years of development experience, Teske brings strong leadership and relationship-building experience to the resource development staff and volunteers who lead the fundraising activities United Way engages in to create lasting social change in Olmsted County.
In an enduring effort to improve lives and create lasting change in the community, United Way of Olmsted County announced new and renewed partnerships designed to help people in need reach their potential by focusing on the interconnected building blocks for a thriving community: education, income (financial stability), health, and basic needs. United Way engages a strategic and diverse network of community supports to help address the complex causes of poverty by creating long-lasting change.
While Olmsted County students are enjoying their summer break, community members are rallying together with United Way to make sure those most in need will be ready for school to start this fall. United Way’s Running Start for School, the community-wide backpack and school supply collection, has a new tool this year to make it even easier for people to give back.
The 10 Who Make A Difference Awards recognize 10 outstanding individuals or groups within Southeastern Minnesota and Northern Iowa who have made an impact in their community through volunteering. Each year KTTC Television and United Way of Olmsted County ask the public and non-profit organizations to nominate an individual or a group who have made a difference in their community. A judging panel of community members have reviewed the nominations and selected 10 individuals and/or groups to receive this award.
United Way has been engaged in a series of community conversations for a few months. We began those conversations with groups of UWOC volunteers and advisory groups, then branched out to many small groups around our community. Our goal is to understand the aspirations of community members – what kind of community they hope to have – and to hear how they think we can band together across the community to make progress toward those aspirations.