Sign me up for updates. Signup now

You are here

Build Back Better

Olmsted County and the state of Minnesota report significant disparities in financial stability and educational attainment between white residents and residents who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. Both nationally and locally, the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are falling disproportionately on Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, as well as immigrant and refugee communities. Experts warn that the pandemic will widen existing disparities without intentional efforts to support those most impacted, improve health equity, and rebuild more resilient and just communities.


Culturally specific organizations--those nonprofits that serve and are led by people from Olmsted County's diverse cultural communities--play a vital role in communities' wellbeing. They are ideally situated to understand the cultural norms, beliefs, and traditions of the people they serve; effectively engage community members; interpret and remove barriers that impede access to services; and bridge norms between communities and institutions.


​Build Back Better COVID-19 Recovery Fund


United Way of Olmsted County’s Build Back Better COVID-19 Recovery Fund is designed to strengthen communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis by supporting the organizations that serve them. It’s part of our strategy to Build Back Better, a phrase used in disaster recovery that emphasizes equity and put communities at the center. Build Back Better means that we’re doubling down in our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Olmsted County.


Grantees: Barbershop and Social Services, Hope Fuse, Intercultural Mutural Assistance Association (IMAA), Journie, Somali American Social Service Association, Somali Community Resettlement Services, and Sports Mentorship Academy


​Build Back Better Culturally Powered Communities Program


Stay tuned! This winter we'll announce our Culturally Powered Communities program to help Olmsted County Build Back Better after this crisis. Won't you join us? 


To learn more about our Build Back Better strategy, read our supporting research