Our Work

There are essential things that we all need for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. United Way of Olmsted County is focused on these building blocks of a better life.

Our goal is to create long lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems.

In 2009, United Way of Olmsted County volunteers identified community goals that are most critical for advancing the common good by focusing on:

  • Basic Needs - meeting basic needs of food, shelter, safety and inclusiveness.
  • Education - preparing children to succeed in school and youth to succeed in the community.
  • Health - promoting wellness and health care access.
  • Income - moving families toward financial independence.

Through these specific goals, we are helping people in a new way. We are breaking negative cycles and tackling the root causes of problems to create lasting change. This shared vision is mobilizing the community and creating collaborations that produce results. Together, we are changing Olmsted County for the better for all of us.