A Case for Pitching In

I am privileged to spend a lot of time with people who care deeply about others and our community.  Hands down it is the best part of my job. UWSC staff and these community members talk a lot about...

posted at: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:05pm

“Downtime” at United Way

Sometimes people ask me if, now that campaign is over and we hit our goal, if we relax a little or have a little “downtime.”  I do try not to laugh or smirk but for some reason it takes me by...

posted at: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:05pm

Broader Participation Needed

When you first enter nonprofit work from outside the sector you can undergo a little bit of culture shock.  It may appear to work like a business and we do our best to use business principles...

posted at: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:05pm

Myth Busting United Way

I am deeply thankful to Jeffrey Jackson, editor, and Tom Murray, publisher, for earlier this year giving me the opportunity to write a monthly column which allows me to open a window into the work...

posted at: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:05pm

Reasons to be Thankful

Steele County is a great place to live.  People are caring and generous.  Opportunity is present for individuals and families.  At this time of year we are called to reflect on what we have to be...

posted at: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:05pm

What is the Federal Poverty Level?

What is the Federal Poverty level and what does it mean, really?

Just like every industry, there is a fair amount of coded language or lingo in the nonprofit world (and there are some very...

posted at: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:05pm

Why United Way

I get this a lot: “United Way, aren’t you just a clearing house for funding for local nonprofits?” or “you just fundraise and give money out to local charities, right?” The short answer is no – we have...

posted at: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 1:05pm

By: Jessica Beckman, UWSC Volunteer

It’s often said that preschool is a necessary step in children’s educations, preparing them for...

posted at: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:28am

By: Jessica Beckman, UWSC Volunteer

It was a warm and bustling day at the Owatonna library. The parking lot was packed, except for a few spots scattered around. A truck with the words FRED...

posted at: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 10:19am