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I don’t know about you, but every year in November and December I have the misconception that things will be slower, calmer, less busy as soon as the holidays are over. I want to go on record here refuting that sentiment. January, for United Way of Steele County, most nonprofits we interact with and many of you is just as busy as those other months — but different. At this time of year, we are doing the tallying, recapping the prior year,...
Monday, January 20, 2020
With Christmas behind us, the United Way of Steele County is nearing the end of its annual campaign and local nonprofit organizations are counting on the United Way to meet its fundraising goal. Community members and local businesses have donated $750,981 to date, but that is still a long way from the $800,000.00 necessary to meet the growing need for services in 2020. The United Way funds twenty-seven local programs that strengthen families,...
Monday, December 30, 2019
As the year winds down and 2019 draws to a close, United Way of Steele County (UWSC) would like to thank our dedicated donors and volunteers. It is the residents and community partners who have helped make this another incredible year. UWSC reached 14,450 people over this past year which means that 1 in 3 Steele County residents received assistance from one of UWSC’s 27 funded partner programs. Our community partner programs such as the...
Monday, December 16, 2019
Recently, as frequently happens, people have shared with me stories of their hardships or the hardships of neighbors, friends, family, or acquaintances of theirs. These are always hard to hear, as you can probably imagine. For example, a friend told me the story of a young man who was homeless when they met. He’d been sleeping in his car (can you imagine in Minnesota!?) but going to work steadily. He’d planned to continue sleeping in his car...
Monday, November 18, 2019
How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving At United Way of Steele County we are deep into our annual campaign appeal to the community. We look to raise $800,000 to benefit 27 vitally needed local programs. As we are looking to meet this goal for our immediate needs we thought you might like some ideas on how to make the most of your charitable giving. 1. Choose charities carefully You probably have certain causes near and dear to...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
United Way Supports the Nonprofit Ecosystem United Way has been around for a long time going back to 1889 but really taking off in 1927 after World War I. The creation of Community Chests — an early version of UW — was in response to crushing humanitarian crises many cities were facing as a result of the economic impact of that war on workers, families, and children. In his article United Way of America John Hasan speaks about that time, “When...
Monday, September 16, 2019
United Way and Community Leadership Stories about the breakdown in the way we talk to and about each other have been all over the news and social, and other, media in the past couple of weeks.  I heard a couple of programs on MPR discussing the effect of the quality of our words on our civility with each other.  Pastor Loren Olson wrote a great editorial about it in the Pastor's Perspective column in the August 10th edition of this newspaper. ...
Monday, August 19, 2019
Staff Transitions at the United Way In the past six years United Way of Steele County has had a pretty stable staffing model but it is about to be shaken up a bit. Tanya Paley, our Director of Strategic Operations, is becoming Assistant Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf College. We will miss her very much in our work here but wish her success in a new position that perfectly suits her skills, talents and interests...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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