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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 grateful for.  And, we should remember that even though many of us are comfortable and have plenty there are those in our community who are struggling, experiencing pain, and doing without while most of us are celebrating.  I am...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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 funny nonprofit bloggers out there who will explain them all to you if you search the interwebs).  One of the terms we use very frequently at United Way of Steele County and with our partner agencies is Federal Poverty Level...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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 evolved from our humble but effective-at-that-time beginnings.  I’m always frustrated by that question because we are doing SO much more than that. United Way of Steele County started out like that in 1953 but since then we have...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
By: Jessica Beckman, UWSC Volunteer It’s often said that preschool is a necessary step in children’s educations, preparing them for kindergarten. It improves social skills, teaches basic reading and writing so that they can spend time in kindergarten building on the skill, and it’s a time that encourages explorative learning and the foundation for greater abilities to problem solve. Some would argue it is a nice thing for students to have, but...
Friday, August 4, 2017
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 plastered on the front pulled into the back corner of the parking lot. It was 11:30, just 15 minutes before they would open up. Sam stepped out of the truck and with her fellow staff members, began setting the food items for the lunch that day. The lunch...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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