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What We Do

We Live United for universal success and prosperity in Olmsted County

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 dedicated to these building blocks of a better life. Our goal is to create long lasting sustainable change 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:

  • Financial Stability - moving familise toward financial independence nd meeting basic needs of food.
  • Education - preparing children to succeed in school and youth to succeed in the community.
  • Health - promoting wellness and health care access.

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.

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OUR APPROACH STARTS WITH COMMUNITY

Through summits, town halls and research, we identify the root causes of some of our community's most complex challenges.

 

 

WE IDENTIFY BROKEN SYSTEMS

We look at the institutions providing public services and work to make them better.

 

 

OUR PARTNERS DRIVE CHANGE

We pool the resources of our public, private and nonprofit partners to multiply our impact through giving, advocating and volunteering.

 

 

WE INVEST IN KEY FOCUS AREAS

We focus donor contributions on strategies in Education, Financial Stability and Health that change individual lives and benefit the entire community so everyone has the same opportunities to succeed.

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IMPACT STORIES

When we unite behind a common cause, with a common vision, lives are improved and our community is strengthened.

 
Hope for us, single-parents
 
Lance is a single-father of 4 that just wanted what was best for his kids, but wasn’t sure where to start. With no job or money to his name, he sought answers. With help from United Way and programs like Head Start, Lance was able to get his kids prepared for school and he was able to return to the workforce. He is now an entrepreneur and exploring the idea of starting his own non-profit for other single-fathers.

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help, when you need it most
 
Just like Madi and Danielle, many families across Olmsted County struggle financially and feel isolated because of it. With help from United Way of Olmsted County and partners like the Civic League Day Nursery, her daughter Madi received valuable early childhood education that has prepared her for Elementary school.
 

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PREPARING for THE FUTURE
 
Rosetta is a single mother of 5 who moved to
Rochester to find a safer place for her family.
Struggling to find stability, Rosetta called Family Promise. They were able to help her obtain temporary housing, as well as Head Start services. She has overcome many barriers by participating in life skills, parenting training, and expanding her financial literacy. With support made possible by United Way, Rosetta
is on the path to homeownership.
 
 

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