United We Lift Up Our Communities


Join Us in Creating a Thriving Community 

Dear friend,

As the 2023-2024 Volunteer Chair of the United Way of Olmsted County Board of Directors, and as someone who cares deeply about our community, I am asking for your support as we continue our unique work in southeast Minnesota. United Way of Olmsted County is a movement of local people and local resources that provides direct support and convenes like-minded partners to improve lives and create a thriving community here in Olmsted County. We do this by:

  • Collaborating on local priorities with their network of partners, donors, and volunteers to ensure more than 43,700 people in our community have access to essential services and support.
  • Amplifying nonprofit partners to increase awareness of the other organizations doing important work in our community—and helping United Way accomplish their goals to create lasting change in Southeast Minnesota.
  • Advancing community-driven change to address the root causes of the social problems our community faces and create lasting solutions that benefit everyone.

The stories of community members who benefit from your generous support are too many to count, but one family who recently experienced life-changing help from United Way of Olmsted County’s work is Julie and her twin three-year-old girls. When the pandemic hit, like many families, faced unexpected challenges and turned to her community for help.  She called United Way’s 2-1-1 resource line, which connected her with a local organization providing housing assistance. This organization helped her stabilize her housing, ensuring Julie and her family have a safe, consistent home to return to each evening and connect her with local organizations to ensure her daughters get the early childhood education they need.  Through a program funded by United Way, her daycare was able to identify learning delays that the girls, like so many children, experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, thanks to the support of United Way partners who understand the barriers she has experienced, Julie's family is able to stay in their home, and her girls have access to the educational support they need to help them get ready to start kindergarten.

We are all fortunate to live in a community where people genuinely care for one another but the complex environment in which we live today means that there are many others like Julie who need their neighbors’ support to reach their full potential. That’s why I invite you to join me and thousands of others in supporting United Way of Olmsted County. Because of donors like you, who give where they live, Julie's family—and many other Olmsted County families—are thriving. Please consider donating today at


Piper Nieters Su 

2023-24 Board Chair 

United Way of Olmsted County 



Board Chair Piper Su


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