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How Do We Grow at United Way? In the seasons of United Way we have just completed the Grant-Making Season; and we are just about to begin the Fundraising Season. There are planning and reporting seasons in between but most people know our work by these two activities. I am very proud to let you know, that for the fifth year running we have increased the amount of funds distributed to local nonprofit agencies. In fact we have increased that...
Monday, June 17, 2019
United Way of Steele County Fights for the Financial Stability, Health and Education of Every Person in our Community  Education is one of the three pillars of work that the United Way focuses on. It is one of the fundamentals of a healthy community and is interconnected with the other two pillars much like a three legged stool. If one of the legs is removed the entire structure falls. While most of us know that education is important it’s...
Monday, May 20, 2019
The Role Of The Board I am proud to say that I work for one of the bests Boards around. They are the unsung heroes of the work of United Way of Steele County, keeping us well governed, transparent, accountable, solvent, and focused on our mission. Most of this work is behind the scenes but it is definitely work and takes commitment and time to be effective. Per our Bylaws, United Way of Steele County can have between 18-25 members of the...
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
If I Had A Million Dollars Happy New Year! United Way of Steele County accomplished A LOT in 2018, some things were new like our CommUnity Tables intentional social interaction events and our Volunteer Connect website, and we had great outcomes with ongoing programs like Incent to Save, Boots to Work and Steele Co Works. It’s the last one in that list that I want to talk about today – Steele Co Works. This program has been known by several...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Why Workforce? Happy New Year! United Way of Steele County accomplished A LOT in 2018, some things were new like our CommUnity Tables intentional social interaction events and our Volunteer Connect website, and we had great outcomes with ongoing programs like Incent to Save, Boots to Work and Steele Co Works. It’s the last one in that list that I want to talk about today – Steele Co Works. This program has been known by several names:...
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Season of Gratitude A lot of the time my job is to put a magnifying lens on the community issues that United Way is working on or problems that need to be addressed. It is important that community members are aware of problems that might not directly affect them or of struggles other Steele County citizens are experiencing. I could write a monthly column just on the needs of our community, but for this one, I really want to talk about...
Monday, December 17, 2018
Democratic Process Two weeks ago the Midterm election happened.  Even though I am very glad it is over – those ads can be very draining - I am also very encouraged by our local participation in the process.  Over 75% of eligible Steele County voters turned out for this election which means that the majority of people are concerned about the well-being of our county and its residents.  We care about each other and the functioning of local...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Steele County Nonprofits I frequently get asked the question “how many nonprofits are in Steele County”?  It seems like a reasonable question since United Way formally funds 16 locally operating nonprofits and partner each year with 6-10 other nonprofits, charities, and other tax exempt organizations.  What’s the difference in these terms?  The term “nonprofit” in many cases is synonymous with “charity” and can be used interchangeably.  However...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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