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UNITED WAY'S EQUITY DEFINITION: United Way defines equity as the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes. UNITED WAY'S EQUITY VISION: We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to...
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Local business and community leaders: Owatonna is a community of philanthropic spirit, breadth of culture, and opportunity and diversity of industry and local businesses. At United Way of Steele County, we take our mission to heart: Together, we change lives by mobilizing and optimizing the caring power of our community. COVID-19 and emergency orders to mitigate it have had significant impact to our community. Changing schedules, processes,...
Monday, June 29, 2020
Better Together is excited to launch Community Reading Circles. If you’ve been wondering how you can take action toward a more inclusive Owatonna, leading or joining a Reading Circle this summer is one easy step. This is a community-wide initiative where small groups of about 5-10 people – Reading Circles – can read a book that will help us discuss race, white privilege, anti-racism and related topics. We are looking for Reading Circle leaders...
Monday, June 29, 2020
Join us in Supporting Minnesota Communities by participating in Golf Fore Minnesota.  This virtual golf event takes place July 13-19 at a Minnesota course of your choice. All proceeds go Second Harvest Heartland and United Ways in Minnesota.  For more information and to sign up and donate to these incredible organizations, go to www.GolfForeMinnesota.com
Friday, June 26, 2020
United Way is spurring volunteers into action to create meaningful impact throughout the community on June 21st for Day of Action. This annual event mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to create positive change in cities around the world. Traditionally held on or about June 21st, Day of Action invites volunteers of all ages to rally together around important issues. Last year, tens of thousands of volunteers joined more than 570 United Ways...
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Reflecting on the past three months in wonder at all that this community has accomplished and will accomplish as we strive for some semblance of normal. But what is normal? For some, the obstacles they are facing for the first time, such as food insecurities, loss of work, and kids falling behind in school, are familiar struggles others. Even social distancing isn’t necessarily a new concept. In speaking with those that have lived this life of...
Monday, June 15, 2020
Local food pantries and food banks are here to help. Are you or someone you know struggling to afford food? United Way of Steele County can help. United Way of Steele County makes it easier every day for families to get healthy food on a budget, where they live and when they need it. United Way of Steele county works with communty partners and volunteers to ensure families are supported. During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have stepped up our...
Friday, June 12, 2020
Three ideas for giving back   For some families in Steele County, the recent COVID-19 outbreak has made it even harder to take care of basic needs. Many families lived paycheck to paycheck before this crisis and hovered just above the poverty line.  Who are Struggling Families? People in our community who are struggling are often individual who work low wage jobs that keep their income level above the poverty line so they cannot qualify for...
Thursday, June 4, 2020

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